The Tug Powhatan sank at the Samson Tug & Barge (Samson) dock and moved 330 meters to the Northwest in Starrigavan Bay, approximately 7 miles north of Sitka. The tug moved from an initial depth of 15 meters to a depth of approximately 60 meters. The tug was located on the ocean bottom at 57° 07’ 52.47” N, 135° 22’ 48.58” W.
Time/Date of Incident
April 19, 2017 at approximately 10:15 p.m.
Initial estimates provided to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) of 340 gallons of oil on board were in error. The amount of oil released is unknown.
The vessel sank at the dock; the cause for the sinking is currently being investigated.