M/V Ever Reach

State TrusteeState of South Carolina
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

Also Known As


Incident Type



South Carolina

Case Status



Cooper River



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

On or about September 30, 2002, #6 fuel oil was accidentally discharged into the waters of the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor, in South Carolina, from the containership M/V Ever Reach. The amount of oil discharged is not precisely known, but has been estimated at approximately 12,500 gallons.

The principal distribution of oil was concentrated along the western shore of the Cooper River between the Interstate 526 Bridge and the Cooper River Bridge, in the vicinity of the North Charleston Terminal and the Old Navy Base piers and docks, however, other shoreline areas were also exposed to oil in varying degrees. These other areas included tidal creeks and backwater areas in the vicinity of James Island, Fort Johnson, Shutes Folly, Crab Bank, Morris Island, Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island. In all, released oil was found over approximately 30 linear miles of shoreline comprised of a variety of types, including tidal flats, fringing marshes, intertidal oyster reefs, sandy beaches and man-made structures (i.e., docks, piers, bulkheads), and their associated sediments.

Response workers wash oil from rip-rap during the M/V EVERREACH Oil Spill, Credit: South Carolina Dept of Health and Environmental Control

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 11/17/2003


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment 05/15/2012


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 10/24/2012


 Study Report Lost Human Use 03/01/2004
 Study Report Physical Fate Biological Injuries 08/01/2006
 Study Report Restoration Scaling Bird Injuries 11/13/2006

No publications have been entered for this case.

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Case Contact

South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office

Charleston, SC | (843) 727-4707 | http://www.fws.gov/charleston/

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of South Carolina

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