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Old 04-01-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Default Selendang Ayu Oil Spill

Selendang Ayu hit the rocks and broke in half in Scan Bay, which is West of Dutch Harbor by about sixty miles. Spent most of that spring and summer working there on it. Ran boats and fixed our boats, did cleanup and in General enjoyed the work.

We would watch seal pups being born on the rocks around us and grow up during the summer months. When the Killer Whales swam into the bay, the seals would climb up onto the rocks.


Broken in half the Selendang Ayu by Dutch Harbor. This is where I spent most of that spring and summer at doing the oil cleanup off the beaches of Scan Bay.



Seal on the rocks in Scan Bay, West of Dutch Harbor. There were young being born while we were cleaning oil from the beach from the Freighter Selendang Ayu that broke in half.

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Catching Crabs to test for Oil from the Selendang Ayu. This was in early Jan. just after the freighter broke in half and we were contracted to take samples at the time.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Some more photos.

Sunset at Scan Bay with the wreck of the Selendang Ayu at rest


One of many small fishing boat on the rocks out by Dutch Harbor


Unknown Freighter burnt our West of Dutch Harbor. It hit the rocks at the same time that the EXXON Valdez went aground and didn't get much press in the shadow of that oil spill. The ship broke in half and burned, so there wasn't as much of a spill to deal with.


Another abandon wreck out of Dutch Harbor

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Old 04-01-2009, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Nice pictures for such tragic circumstances.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Nice pictures for such tragic circumstances.
Yeah, it was. When the CG was airlifting the crew off the ship, the helo crashed on the last load of six, and only the four CG personnel were wearing Mustang Suits and were saved, the rest of the ship's crew drown from exposure...

We were concerned that the beach cleaners were going to find them on the beaches while removing oil, but they were never found.

I have a photo of that event just before the ship broke in half that the CG gave me. Will find it and post it later on. Pretty dramatic photo of the helo flying just off the ship's bow during the evacuation of the crew.

The up side was that there was very few birds that were killed because it happened in December and there were no real number of birds/seals there yet. Unlike the EXXON Valdez happened just as the Migratory masses were headed North. We had dead birds all over the place and feathers washing up on the beach well into the fall from the ones that died at sea.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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This is a photo that was taken by the Coast Guard a few hours before the ship broke in half and the CG Helo in the picture crashed with the loss of the ships six crewmen. The Coast Guard Crew had exposure suits on and were saved.



This was what washed up on the beach...
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefUc9t...4_search02.jpg

Having been in the CG, seeing a CG Helicopter crashed is even more of a real heart breaker. Had a friend I went to Boot camp with and he was killed when another CG Helicopter crashed in the Prince William Sound here in Alaska, about the late 1970's, all the crew were lost trying to save a boat that ended up getting underway and ignored the Helicopter when it crashed next to him, he just drove off back to Cordova. He was pretty much run out of town though, everyone was listening to the radio traffic as they were trying to lower a hand held radio to him and he ignored them hovering above him, even bounced the radio off his back... Had to be either on drugs, drunk or smugling...
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I'd think they could have dropped anchor before it beached and broke up. Any ideas why they didn't? Looks they still have gen power in the picture.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Oil and Soybeans from the freighter, in early april the clean up got underway full force. Note the green grass is growing up through the oil mix. The grass grew almost three times faster that the none oiled grass...



Oil and soybean mixed and settled and was like cutting cake, the heavy Bunker "C" oil mixed with the soybeans and was easy to bag. In other areas of rock, it was a different story.


Eagle looking down on cleaning crews when they were working the beaches removing oil. Same one came by a few hours a day no matter where we were at to watch us.
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Maple Lake, MN
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This is a photo that was taken by the Coast Guard a few hours before the ship broke in half and the CG Helo in the picture crashed with the loss of the ships six crewmen. The Coast Guard Crew had exposure suits on and were saved.



This was what washed up on the beach...
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefUc9t...4_search02.jpg

Having been in the CG, seeing a CG Helicopter crashed is even more of a real heart breaker. Had a friend I went to Boot camp with and he was killed when another CG Helicopter crashed in the Prince William Sound here in Alaska, about the late 1970's, all the crew were lost trying to save a boat that ended up getting underway and ignored the Helicopter when it crashed next to him, he just drove off back to Cordova. He was pretty much run out of town though, everyone was listening to the radio traffic as they were trying to lower a hand held radio to him and he ignored them hovering above him, even bounced the radio off his back... Had to be either on drugs, drunk or smugling...
No words for this....disgraceful to say the least, then disgusting to the human race...
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I'd think they could have dropped anchor before it beached and broke up. Any ideas why they didn't? Looks they still have gen power in the picture.
They did, after the main engine wasn't able to get restarted, the ship drifted for a couple of days. A small tug got a line on the ship, but it broke and the storm prevented them from being able to get a second tow line on the ship.

After getting close to the beach (rocks), they dropped the first anchor and the chain broke, the second anchor was dropped and it also broke. The storm was pretty intense. The Captain and CG rescue swimmer was on the bridge after the helicopter crashed and all the ship's crew were gone off the boat when it broke in half. Waves were coming up over the bridge, had to be pretty scary.

No anchor chains on the bow, either pulled them out completely or broke the chain on the anchor winch.
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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No words for this....disgraceful to say the least, then disgusting to the human race...
Well it was a mess, just like the EXXON Valdez was.

When I was first stationed at the CG Marine Safety Office in Valdez, before the Tanker traffic was started in 1977, We were told that they expected at least one tanker incident every six years would be "acceptable". By 1982 there had been no "Incidents" and they started to change (down grade) the response programs until the EXXON Valdez hit the rocks in 1989, by that time there was no response abilities in place, just a paper tiger.

What most people don't either realize or are told is that crude oil, is 100% biodegradable. Even if someone dumped a thousand pounds of whipped cream on you, it would suffocate anything it covered.

That doesn't mean you go around spilling the stuff all over, but bacteria will in fact over time, eat it all up.

During the Iran/Iraq war, they sank some thirty tankers and nobody did cleanup work at all. Being in warmer water, the bacteria was a lot more active and cleaned itself up a lot faster than in the colder Alaskan water will.

In WWII at Pearl Harbor, there was a lot of Bunker "C" crude oil from the ships and it cleaned itself up on it's own, there was no active cleanup going on at that time, war was a more pressing issue.

But I have made a good living over time cleaning the stuff up and will keep doing it as others keep spilling it.
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