Freighter ordered to Port Angeles after oil spills off Oregon coast

PORT ANGELES — A Swedish freighter docked Thursday, one day after it spilled 12,000 gallons of oil off the Oregon coast.

The 654-foot car carrier MV Tristan, based out of Stockholm, will stay in port until Coast Guard officials declare it fit and an oil stain on the hull is cleaned, said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Tucci, chief of the Coast Guard’s Puget Sound marine and environmental response department.

An area of the green and white ship’s hull was visibly blackened by oil as it sat anchored in the harbor midday Thursday.

Later in the day, the boxy freighter designed to transport wheeled vehicles — especially cars — docked at T-Pier near the KPly Inc. plywood mill on Marine Drive.

Tucci said droplets of oil dropped from the hull into harbor waters, but were quickly cleaned by spill response crews.

Sandy Howard, a Washington Department of Ecology spokeswoman confirmed that there was little chance of oil from the Tristan contaminating the harbor.

While docked at the pier, investigators will conclude their inspections and crews will clean the oil from the hull of the vessel.

Howard said the fuel oil was being transferred from one tank to another when it overfilled and began pouring over the side about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The ship was 40 miles west of Florence, Ore., said Lt. j.g. Jeff Pile, spokesman for the Coast Guard Office of Marine Safety in Portland, Ore.

The full report appears in the Friday/Saturday Peninsula Daily News. Click on “Subscribe” to have your PDN delivered to your home or office.

More in News

Scholarship luncheon set for Friday in Port Angeles

Soroptimist International of Port Angeles will host its annual… Continue reading

Jefferson PUD views broadband

The Jefferson County Public Utility District commissioners will hear… Continue reading

Nation passes 1M COVID deaths

First-time vaccine rates up in Clallam

Three-way race forms for District 24 seat

Candidates sign up on first day of official filing week

Three-way race forms for District 24 seat

Candidates sign up on first day of official filing week

Vancouver police: Arby’s manager urinated in milkshake mix

A manager at an Arby’s fast food restaurant has… Continue reading

Judge tosses COVID-19 vaccine objections of Hanford workers

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several… Continue reading

A stylized dragon with its mouth operated by Kurt White makes its way down Washington Street as part of the Olympic Theatre Arts entry in Saturday’s Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade. The event returned to an in-person activity with more than 90 entries and thousands of spectators lining the parade route. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Irrigation Festival Grand parade

Awards issued to floats in the Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade on… Continue reading

Most Read