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M/V Monterrey Grounding

Puffin Island, in Chiniak Bay, Kodiak Island. Puffin Island is approximately 2.5 miles south of the city of Kodiak.
11:48 p.m. on June 8, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard reported the incident to ADEC at 2:45 a.m. on June 9, 2012.
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ADEC estimates that between 8,000 and 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel have been released. Final determination as to the exact quantity released will be determined at a later date.
Shortly after departing Kodiak on June 8, the Monterrey, a 174-foot landing craft, struck Discovery Rocks in Chiniak Bay, damaging the forward section of the vessel. As directed by the Coast Guard, the crew beached the vessel on Puffin Island to keep it from sinking. Fuel escaped from the vessel’s #3 and #4 starboard fuel tanks, which were ruptured by the initial collision. The Monterrey was carrying 42,000 gallons of fuel on board when they departed Kodiak. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the collision.

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Maps and Diagrams

Images of the USAV Monterrey grounded on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay taken by USCG PA3 Jon Klingenberg CG at approximately 11 am, 6/9/2012. Images include the vessel, beach and rocks immediately adjacent to the vessel and the sheen as seen from the Kodiak shoreline looking toward the mouth of Chiniak Bay (Northwest).

Initial photos taken of the grounded vessel. (Photo date: 6/9/2012)

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