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M/V Selendang Ayu

AO BureauFederal TrusteeState Trustee

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Oil

State

Alaska

Case Status

Assessment

Location

Spray Cape, Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species, Marine Mammals, Anadromous Fish

Case Description


On December 8, 2004, the 738-foot cargo vessel M/V Selendang Ayu, ran aground and broke in half off Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Islands. Six of the vessel's crew members were lost in the rescue effort. The cargo vessel, which was bound to Asia with a 60,000-ton soybean load, was carrying approximately 425,000 gallons of Intermediate Fuel Oil 380 and 21,000 gallons of marine diesel oil; an estimated 354,218 gallons of those oils were released into the environment. Approximately 86 miles of shoreline habitat were oiled. Approximately 1,800 dead birds were collected, and at least two sea otters died due to the spill. Other marine mammals, anadromous fish, and various types of shoreline habitats were also impacted. The human uses of those impacted natural resources were also likely impaired. Despite cleanup efforts, oil persisted in some habitats at least until 2008.

For more detailed information about the spill go to: http://www.fws.gov/alaska/fisheries/contaminants/spill/sa_index.htm

M/V Selendang Ayu aground and broken in two on the shore of Unalaska Island, December 11, 2004, Credit: AK Dept of Environmental Conservation


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Assessment

 Study Report Aerial Surveys of Birds 02/14/2008
 Study Report Aerial, On-Water, and Beach Surveys of Marine Mammals 02/08/2008
 Study Report Bird Species Found Oiled 2004-2005 02/11/2008
 Study Report Chronic Exposure of Seaducks to Oil 02/08/2008
 Study Report Detetion Probabilities for Bird Carcasses on Beaches 02/08/2008
 Study Report Drift Experiment to Estimate Seabird Carcass Deposition 01/30/2008
 Assessment Plan Final Assessment Plan 10/26/2016
 Study Report Oil Risk to Early Life Stage Salmon 05/05/2008
 Study Report Overview of Commercial Fisheries Impacts 04/15/2005
 Study Report Persistence Rates of Bird Carcasses on Beaches 02/08/2008
 Study Report Potential Human Use Losses 03/06/2008
 Study Report Surveys of Intertidal, Subtidal, and Anadromous Stream Habitats 01/30/2008

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Case Contact


Alaska FWS Regional Office

1011 East Tudor Road, MS 361, Anchorage, AK, 99503 | (907) 786-3866 | http://www.fws.gov/alaska/fisheries/contaminants/index.htm

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