Sheen reported after ship runs aground in Juneau harbor


The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(JUNEAU, Alaska) — Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel responded to a report of possible pollution caused by the grounding of the motor vessel Pacific Queen, moored at Harris Harbor in Juneau, Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard pollution responders arrived on scene and observed a small sheen. The hull of Pacific Queen sustained minor damage due to grounding.

The owner of the vessel took actions to regain the stability of their vessel and mitigate any threat of pollution. The Coast Guard will maintain an active role in overseeing the safety of the worksite.

“Even though this is a small spill, Coast Guard members are trained to respond to all sizes of spills of oil or hazardous materials,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffry Crews, Sector Juneau marine science technician. “Any sheen is required to be reported to your local Coast Guard unit or the National Response Center 1-800-424-8802 as soon as possible.”

The owner of Pacific Queen reports the vessel has an estimated 150 gallons of diesel onboard.

By Professional Mariner Staff