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M/V Saltery Provider Sinking

Location
The Sportsman’s Cove Lodge in Saltery Cove on Prince of Wales Island.
Time/Date of Incident
5:30 AM on August 18, 2008. The spill was reported to ADEC by the US Coast Guard at 6:20 AM on August 18, 2008
Spill Number
08119923101
Product/Quantity
An undetermined quantity of diesel fuel was spilled. The owner of the landing craft M/V Saltery Provider reported that a total of 3,400 gallons of diesel fuel was onboard the vessel. The vessel was transporting a tanker truck which contained an additional 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel. The vessel seeped fuel but the tanker truck maintained integrity and did not leak.
Cause
The landing craft M/V Saltery Provider, with the fuel truck on board, docked at the lodge in approximately 80 feet of water at 10:00 PM on August 17, 2008. At 5:30 AM on August 18, 2008 the lodge staff found the vessel capsized and ripped free of the dock. The vessel maintained partial buoyancy long enough to tow it to shallower water. The investigation into the cause of the sinking is still ongoing. No injuries were reported.

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August 18-19, 2008