Date of incident: November 26, 1997.
Location: Summer Bay, Unalaska Island.
Case status: Settled March 18, 2002. Restoration activities are under way.
Overview: On November 26, 1997, the M/V Kuroshima, a 368-foot frozen seafood freighter owned by the Kuroshima Shipping, S.A., located at Summer Bay on the Aleutian island of Unalaska, broke away from its anchorage during a severe storm and ran aground. The U.S. Coast Guard's Unified Command estimated that about 39,000 gallons of Bunker C fuel oil spilled from the freighter and affected approximately 3,500 feet of ocean shoreline, including about 1.6 miles of shoreline in Summer Bay Lake (ADEC Situation Reports nos. 2 and 5). Cleanup operations continued into June 1998.
For information on the response effort by the Unified Command, readers are
directed to the Alaska Department of
web site. The site also contains a number of photographs and location maps.