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SHIP NAME: Seabulk Pride KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source USCG
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NIKISKI, ALASKA – February 3, 2006 – At approximately 8:34 a.m. local time today, the time chartered vessel Seabulk Pride was safely and successfully refloated. As of 8:40 a.m., the vessel was making its way under its own power toward Homer with two tug escorts. The Unified Command, in conjunction with the vessel’s owner and operator, Seabulk Tankers, Inc., is in the process of completing the next steps in approving a safe transit plan for the tanker. Marine surveyors are conducting inspections of the tanker.

The Seabulk Pride was loading refined product at the Tesoro dock in Nikiski when it was struck by an ice floe and broke away from the dock. Approximately five barrels (210 gallons) of heavy vacuum gas oil (HVGO) and unleaded gasoline were released – three barrels onto the vessel deck and approximately two barrels into the water. No further oil has been released.


source COOK Inletkeeper
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Heavy ice and tides ripped the oil tanker Seabulk Pride from its mooring at the Tesoro Refinery in Cook Inlet, Alaska on the morning of February 2, 2006. The vessel went aground during a high tide cycle in extreme winter ice conditions.


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32,289 dwt , 575ft. double-hulled M/V Seabulk Pride (built 1998 at Newport News), with 116,225 barrels of oil product, or 4.9 million gallons -- hit by ice floe in Cook Inlet Feb. 2 -- Nikiski on Kenai Peninsula when she broke free and ran aground about a half-mile away.

Vessel appeared to have escaped major damage to its hull and propulsion system, and by dark it had steamed south down Cook Inlet under its own power to ice-free Kachemak Bay, where it was to anchor for a thorough inspection by divers.

Bulk M/V Seabulk Pride arrived safely in Kachemak Bay 5:30 p.m., Feb. 3 -- anchored and inspection work continues with a team of divers. Response vessels M/V Seabulk Nevada and M/V Resolution are standing by with response equipment, including skimmers, boom and storage capacity. The barges 141 and Responder are in Seldovia Bay and available if needed. Tug M/V Sea Voyager also standing by.

601-foot M/T Seabulk Pride due in with escort to Port Angeles Harbor, Washington state. The double-hulled tanker will then sail to a dry dock in Victoria for repairs to two small cracks in its outer hull. While being loaded on Feb. 2 on the Kenai Peninsula, M/T Seabulk Pride was struck by an ice floe that knocked it from its moorings -- drifted onto a nearby beach and became grounded. Subsequent investigation, with the help of divers, found that a water ballast tank in its outer hull had two small 5-to-7 inch cracks, which were temporarily repaired with a cement patch restoring vessel's seaworthiness. Ship lost an anchor and incurred other topside damage.


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More ships mobilized than barrels in the water.

It is not obvious how an ice floe alone unmoors a properly moored vessel. Most likely the Cook Inletkeeper is right in emphasizing tidal currents which "can run up to 10 miles per hour" in the Cook Inlet. The combination of very high current and some ice build up on the hull could easily overwhelm the marginal mooring systems required by the current tanker regulatory system. The same ship's mooring system failed again a year later (2007-01-09) in similar conditions at the same terminal. Anyway CTX does not currently have an unmoored by ice cause code.