USCG: Efforts Underway to Free Fishing Vessel From Tinian Reef

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Tinian, CNMI — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and agencies from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) monitored response operations for the fishing vessel IL SIN HO, east of the port of Tinian.

Yesterday, September 17, 2013, the vessel owner completed negotiations with contractors for oily water removal from and salvage of the IL SIN HO. A plan was submitted to the Unified Command for review.  

The Unified Command concurred with the proposed actions. Representatives from the various agencies, within the Unified Command, monitored operations as contractors removed an estimated 2,800 gallons of oily water from the vessel’s tanks.

Today’s operations will focus on continuing to remove the remaining oily water and extracting the aground vessel from Kammer Beach Reef.

The Unified Command includes the vessel owner, CNMI Department of Public Safety (DPS), CNMI Port Authority, CNMI Department of Environmental Quality, Coastal Resource Management, Department of Lands and Natural Resources (Fish and Wildlife Division), Tinian’s Mayors Office, CNMI Homeland
Security and Emergency Management, NOAA, and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam.