Between approximately 0000 hours and 0600 hours on January 14, 1999, the M/V Star Evviva's engine room was unmanned as the ship sailed approximately 30 to 50 miles off the coast of South Carolina. Due to the malfunction of a fuel oil transfer system in the engine room during these hours, the Star Evviva pumped fuel oil onto the deck and overboard, spilling approximately 24,000 gallons into the Atlantic Ocean. On January 16, 1999, oiled birds began washing ashore along South Carolina's and North Carolina's coastline from Folly Beach, South Carolina, to Topsail Beach, North Carolina.
The terms of a Consent Decree filed in Federal District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 1st, 2003, included $1,875,946 in recovered damages to be used by the Trustees for restoration of injured natural resources. In compliance with the Oil Pollution Act regulations and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Trustees evaluated the environmental consequence and restoration benefit of a range of restoration alternatives to restore lost bird-years in the 2004 "Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for the M/S STAR EVVIVA Oil Spill, South/North Carolina Coast". The Trustees ultimately selected the establishment of a combined use avian medical center, currently the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey (SCCBP) in Awendaw, South Carolina, as the preferred alternative to offset natural resource injury.
A balance of recovered damages and accrued interest remains available for additional restoration activities to restore injured natural resources. The Trustees have identified the establishment of a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shorebird steward position as an additional restoration alternative to benefit coastal bird species. Funding of a shorebird steward position is proposed as the final restoration activity to expend the remaining balance of damages, including any additional earned interest. A description of the proposed shorebird steward position is available in the document list below in a Draft Addendum to the original restoration plan and environmental assessment. Public input on the proposed shorebird steward position is welcomed by the Trustees. Comments may be sent by mail to Anthony Sowers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4980 Wildlife Drive NE, Townsend, Georgia 31331, or by email to email@example.com.