Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Tug Twilite Grounding, Wood River

Incident Description
incident location Location Wood River, approximately half a mile downriver from mouth of Lake Aleknagik. Coordinates for the grounding location are 59° 16.2’North Latitude, 158° 35’ West Longitude.
Product/Quantity Diesel fuel but the spill volume is unknown. The tug’s crew pumped water from the engine room immediately after the incident. Crowley Marine Services reported that there was an estimated 1,925 gallons of diesel fuel and 30 gallons of lube oil on board the tug at the time of the grounding. The engine room is flooded with an estimated 8,000 gallons of oily water in the engine room. This number has been revised after better calculations were completed. During the incident the Tug Twilite was pushing the 105 foot fuel barge Sea Lite 1. The fuel barge was empty and was safely anchored shortly after the grounding.
Cause The US Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.
Time/Date of Incident The tug ran aground at approximately 10:00 PM on October 7, 2008. The incident was reported to ADEC at 8:20 AM on October 8, 2008 by Crowley Marine Services.
Situation Reports
10/08/2008 (PDF 293K)
10/10/2008 (PDF 30K)
10/11/2008 (PDF 188K)
10/14/2008 (PDF 27K)
10/16/2008 (PDF 27K) -- FINAL



For more information

John Brown, ADEC, Anchorage (907) 269-7688