M/V Ever Reach

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Oil

State

South Carolina

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Cooper River

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$121,000.00

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$18,227.97

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$104,879.62

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

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


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Agreement

 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 11/17/2003

Assessment

 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

Settlement

 Consent Decree Consent Decree 10/24/2012

Restoration

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

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Case Contact

South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office

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

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