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Iced-in Barges in Lake Johnson; Nunapitchuk, AK

Nunapitchuk, AK, USA | 2023-Nov-07

Initial Notification: On Tuesday 8-NOV, EPA Region 10 AK contacted NOAA acting AK SSC to notify them of 2 tugs, and 2 barges that are beset in ice in Johnson Lake, approximately 6 miles down river from the village of Nunapitchuk. The vessels were in the process of making the final delivery to the village. One barge (Cauneq) has 57,000 gallons of Diesel and 52,000 gallons of regular unleaded gasoline (RUL) onboard. The other barge (RW-14) has 15,000 gallons of RUL onboard. Vitus plans on delivery of the fuel to the village once winter conditions allow for transportation on the ice.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:diesel and gasoline
Total amount at risk of spill: 124000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 60° 50.92′ North
Longitude (approximate): 162° 21.48′ West