About 13,000 Gallons of Fuel Removed From Tug

About 13,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oils have been removed from a tug that ran aground earlier this month along the Aleutian chain.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew conducts an over flight at the site of a 78-foot tug vessel that went aground on Ukolnoi Island, 20 miles east of Cold Bay, Alaska, Nov. 14, 2012. The Hercules crew conducted a survey of the area to detect any maritime pollution, no pollution was found. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Stixrud.

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ANCHORAGE - About 13,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oils have been removed from a tug that ran aground earlier this month along the Aleutian chain.

The state Department of Environmental Conversation says in a release that the fuel and oil have been removed from the Polar Wind with additional removal continuing Monday.

The Polar Wind went aground Nov. 13 on uninhabited Ukolnoi Island, about 40 miles from Alaska's Cold Bay.

Sorbent boom has been placed around the tug and its barge. A survey of the barge's hull on Sunday showed significant damage to the bottom and starboard side.

The state says nearly 1.5 million pounds of frozen seafood has been transferred to another barge. The seafood has been maintained at 15 degrees below zero since the grounding.

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