Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Incident Description

Incident Location Map

Location Scrub Island in Port Chester near Metlakatla, Alaska. The location of the vessel is: N55° 08.44’
W131° 43.11’.
Product/Quantity The amount of product spilled is unknown at this time. The vessel
is carrying 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, approximately 800 gallons of lube oil, and an unknown quantity of hydraulic
Cause High winds caused the State ferry Lituya to part its 3 wires and single mooring line at the Alaska Marine Highway System terminal in Metlakatla. The vessel was blown approximately 1.2km to the North and grounded on Scrub Island. There were no passengers or crew onboard the vessel at the time of the incident.
Time/Date of Incident The United States Coast Guard (USCG) received a report that the M/V Lituya was floating free at 12:51 AM on January 30, 2009. The vessel was reported aground at 2:00 AM on January 30, 2009. The USCG reported the incident to ADEC at 2:10 AM.
Situation Reports
01/30/2009 NOON (PDF 285K)
01/30/2009 5pm (PDF 168K)
02/02/2009 (PDF 23K) -- FINAL
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Press Releases
01/30/2009 (link to AK DOT/PF website)
For more information

Scot W. Tiernan, ADEC SOSC, 907-465-5378