SS Jacob Luckenbach Oil Spill

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

Incident Type

Oil

State

California

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Pacific Ocean offshore San Francisco, Gulf of the Farallones, Pacific Ocean

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species, Marine Mammals

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$23,441,663.60

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$14,021,685.84

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$11,498,260.89

* 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 July 14, 1953, the freighter S.S. Jacob Luckenbach collided with another vessel and sank in the Gulf of the Farallones. As it decayed on the ocean floor, it leaked oil and became the source of many oil spills, primarily during large winter storms when currents rocked the vessel. Major oiling events have occurred every few winters since at least 1973-74. It was not until January 2002 that these “mystery spills” were linked to the Luckenbach. These spills manifested themselves in the appearance of oiled seabirds on beaches from Bodega Bay to Monterey Bay. Oil chemistry analysis has confirmed the presence of Luckenbach oil on dead birds for every winter since 1992-93 (the earliest date for which samples are available).

Credit: California Dept of Fish and Wildlife


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Factsheet

 Factsheet 2010 Trustee Council News Update 03/01/2010
 Factsheet 2011 Trustee Council News Update 01/01/2011
 Factsheet 2012 Trustee Council News Update 01/01/2012
 Factsheet 2013 Trustee Council News Update 01/01/2013
 Factsheet 2014 Trustee Council News Update 01/01/2014
 Factsheet 2015 Trustee Council News Update 01/01/2015
 Factsheet 2016 Trustee Council News Update 01/01/2016

Assessment

 Assessment Plan Amendments to the DARP 08/16/2010
 Study Report Seabird Injuries 07/01/2003
 Study Report Seabird Mortality 04/08/2006

Settlement

 Claim 1st Partial Claim Determination 09/29/2008
 Claim 2nd Partial Claim Determination 01/04/2010
 Claim 3rd Partial Claim Determination 07/06/2010

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan 11/01/2006
 Restoration Plan Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan  

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Case Contact

San Francisco Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife

Sacramento, CA | (916) 930-5603 | http://www.fws.gov/sfbaydelta/

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