M/V LeConte Grounding
- Cozian Reef, Peril Straits on the north end of Baranof Island (135 0 26.5’ W long; 57 0 34.01 N lat), NE of Sitka, AK.
- May 10, 2004 10:00 AM
- Spill Id
- Product/ Quantity
- Potential Spill Only. The vessel did not spill any oil during the grounding, salvage or transit to Ketchikan . At the time of the grounding the ferry system reported the vessel had on board approximately 26,600 gallons of diesel fuel and 1962 gallons of auxiliary oils. On May 12, the ferry system revised the volume on board to approximately 19,500 gallons of diesel fuel. On May 13 the transfer of 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel was completed. On May 14th the transfer of the 1962 gallons of auxiliary oils was completed. Approximately 3000 gallons remained on board to supply fuel to power the vessel during the salvage and transit.
- The ferry grounded on Cozian Reef. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) believes the cause of the grounding was due to navigational error though both the USCG and AMHS have ongoing investigations.
ADEC Situation Reports
- May 21, 2004 (Final) (PDF 317K)
- May 17, 2004 (PDF 274K)
- May 14, 2004 (PDF 366K)
- May 13, 2004 (PDF 99K)
- May 10, 2004 (PDF 267K)
Unified Command Press Releases
- May 20, 2004 -- LeConte Arrives Safely in Ketchikan
- May 13, 2004 -- Salvage Operators Evaluate LeConte's Stability, Transit Plan Under Review
- May 12, 2004 (1 pm) -- Unified Command Schedules Media Briefing
- May 12, 2004 -- Unified Command Investigates Cause of LeConte Grounding
- May 11, 2004 -- Unified Command makes salvage plans for ferry LeConte
Unified Command Updates