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SS Jacob Luckenbach Oil Removal

Gulf of the Farallones, CA | 2002-May-23

Initial Notification: The S.S. Jacob Luckenbach collided with her sister ship and sank on July 14, 1953. This vessel, which was loaded with 457,000 gallons of bunker fuel, sank in 180 feet of water approximately 17 miles west-southwest of San Francisco (37deg40.07N 122deg43.89W). It had been leaking sporadically over the years and was associated with several "mystery spills" in 2002. On 02 MAY 2002, an oil removal plan was accepted by the Unified Command and oil removal operations commenced on 25 MAY. USCG requested that the NOAA SSC lead the Resource at Risk workgroup to minimize impacts in the event of an accidental release during salvage/oil removal operations.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Bunker fuel
Latitude (approximate): 37° 40.07′ North
Longitude (approximate): 122° 43.86′ West
On-Water Recovery: Applied
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Evaluated but not used
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable