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Dubai Star / San Francisco Bay Spill

  • LOCATION: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco and Alameda Counties, including Alameda County Shoreline.
  • DATE:  October 30, 2009
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY:  During a refueling incident, the T/V Dubai Star spilled over 400 gallons of Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO 380) into San Francisco Bay at Anchorage 9 just south of the Bay Bridge. The spill affected more than 10 miles of shoreline, from just north of the east approach of the Bay Bridge to San Leandro Bay along the Alameda coastline. The spill resulted in shoreline oiling, bird mortalities, as well as beach and fisheries closures in the vicinity of Alameda Island.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY:  Pioneer Ship Management Services LLC, and South Harmony Shipping, Inc.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES:  California Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED:  Birds, shoreline habitats, and human recreational use.
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS:  The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $850,000. This includes $400,000 for bird and shoreline habitat restoration, $350,000 for recreational improvements, and $100,000 for administration and oversight.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION:  Restoration projects in planning (birds and shoreline habitat), in implementation (recreational fishing), and completed (Crown Memorial State Beach sand replenishment project, as of December 2013).

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Beckye Stanton
Phone: (916) 327-0916

Page Last Updated: October 23, 2014