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M/V LeConte Grounding

Location
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.
Time/Date
May 10, 2004 10:00 AM
Spill Id
04119913101
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.
Cause
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.

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