M/V New Carissa

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

New Carissa Oil Spill

Incident Type




Case Status



Coos Bay, Pacific Ocean



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species, DOI Managed Lands

Case Description

On February 4, 1999, the M/V New Carissa, a bulk cargo ship in ballast, went aground on Coos Bay Oregon’s North Spit and within a few days began leaking oil. After an attempt to burn off the vessel’s fuel oil and after the ship had split in two and spilled more oil, the bow section was eventually refloated and towed offshore, only to break its tow and re-ground farther north on Oregon’s coast near Waldport. There, it spilled additional oil. On March 8, 1999, the bow section was again refloated, towed to sea, and sunk on March 10. During this incident, estimates of the total amount of oil released from the M/V New Carissa ranged from 25,000 to 140,000 gallons. The stern section of the vessel remains stranded in the surf near the entrance to Coos Bay.

Credit: USFWS

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Admin Record Index Administrative Record Index  


 Study Report Seabird Mortality Assessment Plan 05/14/2001
 Study Report Western Plover Assessment Plan 05/12/2000


 Claim Claim Determination 01/24/2007
 Consent Decree Consent Decree and Judgement 06/07/2004


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

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Case Contact

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office

Portland, OR | (503) 231-6179 | http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/

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