Oil retrieved from Princess Kathleen wreckage tallied

Posted: Sunday, August 08, 2010

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Spill Prevention and Response reported removing 123,575 gallons of bunker oil and other petroleum products from the long-sunken Princess Kathleen.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File

"Overall it was an interesting project," said environmental program specialist Sarah Moore. "The ability to remove that amount of oil was a rewarding experience for both the ADEC and the Coast Guard."

The Princess Kathleen ran aground at Lena Point, just north of Juneau, in 1952.

Lt. Latarsha McQueen of the Sector Juneau Incident Management Division of the Coast Guard said that ADEC and the Coast Guard established a unified command on the project and that the amount of oil retrieved was a compilation of the efforts of both organizations. The two groups often work together in pollution response situations.

"We try to speak with a unified voice," McQueen said.

She said the Incident Management Division works with pollution responses that could affect navigable waterways in the coastal zone.

Moore said the oil was pumped from the ship's oil tanks onto a barge. The oil was then transferred to Seattle where it was recycled and disposed of.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Glass at jonathan.glass@juneauempire.com or 523-2276.

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