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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018
Oil sheen spread across river Engine failure led to 2016
near the Cannery Pier Hotel Columbia ship grounding
By JACK HEFFERNAN
The Daily Astorian
An oil leak last week cre-
ated a miles-long sheen along
the Columbia River east and
west of the Cannery Pier
Hotel.
The source is believed to
be a 4,200-gallon, 20-foot
oil tank underneath the pier
where the hotel is located,
according to the Coast Guard.
It is unknown how much oil
has been discharged.
“We don’t have a 100 per-
cent certainty that that is the
source, but it’s highly likely,”
Petty Officer 1st Class Levi
Read said.
The pier formerly housed
the Union Fisherman Coop-
erative. High tides last week
likely caused the sheen to
spread at least 5 miles.
The Coast Guard, state
Department of Environmen-
tal Quality and Washington
Department of Ecology are
developing plans to access
the tank, which will likely
involve deconstructing part
of the pier, Read said. It is
By EDWARD STRATTON
The Daily Astorian
Coast
Guard
personnel
respond-
ed Friday
to an oil
sheen
near the
Cannery
Pier Hotel
in Astoria.
The bulk carrier Nenita
that grounded in the Colum-
bia River Near Skamokawa,
Washington, in November
2016 suffered an engine fail-
ure stemming from improp-
erly secured bolts, accord-
ing to an accident report by
the National Transportation
Safety Board.
The Nenita, flagged in
the Marshall Islands, left the
Port of Kalama laden with
soybeans. A fracture in the
main engine cylinder cool-
ing jacket caused the ship to
slow down. The fracture was
related to improper torque on
several bolts on the cylinder.
“The
reduced
speed
resulted in reduced maneu-
verability,” the report said.
“Steering was greatly affected,
and despite the pilot’s use of
heavy rudder orders to main-
tain course, he was unable to
keep the ship in the channel
and it eventually grounded.”
The Nenita took on water
before the crew found the
break in the forward peak and
stopped the flooding. The ves-
Coast Guard
unknown when the cleanup
will be completed, though a
containment boom has been
placed around the affected
areas.
“We don’t have a time-
line,” Read said. “We’re
working on plans to do it
safely.”
Reports of the sheen
began Thursday afternoon,
but weather conditions did
not allow for safe cleanup
and investigatory operations,
according to a Coast Guard
news release. The first report
of a small sheen came from an
onlooker near the hotel, and
reports originating from the
Port of Astoria and Hammond
came in Friday morning.
The sheen extends east of
the hotel to the West Moor-
ing Basin. Cleanup near the
Hammond Mooring Basin
has been completed.
Anyone with information
about the potential source
can email Coast Guard Lt.
Cmdr. Andrew Madjeska at
Andrew.P.Madjeska@uscg.
mil.
FIVE-DAY FORECAST FOR ASTORIA
TONIGHT
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
52
45
41
Overcast with rain toward
dawn
THURSDAY
49
40
Breezy with periods
of rain
FRIDAY
48
40
Rain; breezy in the
afternoon
47
42
A little morning rain, then
a few showers
Cloudy with a little rain
ALMANAC
Shown is tomorrow's weather. Temperatures are tonight's lows and tomorrow's highs.
ASTORIA
41/52
Tillamook
42/52
Newport
42/50
SUN AND MOON
Jan 24
Jan 31
New
Feb 7
Feb 15
Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2018
REGIONAL CITIES
Tonight's Sky: Bright stars Mirfak and Algol of
Perseus is nearly overhead before midnight.
Source: Jim Todd, OMSI
TOMORROW'S TIDES
Astoria / Port Docks
High
8.5 ft.
7.2 ft.
Time
11:36 a.m.
11:26 p.m.
Low
2.4 ft.
1.6 ft.
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Philadelphia
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Salt Lake City
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Baker City
Bend
Brookings
Eugene
Ilwaco
Klamath Falls
Medford
Newberg
Newport
North Bend
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Vancouver
Yakima
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TOMORROW'S NATIONAL WEATHER
NATIONAL CITIES
Today
Hi Lo
67 43
39 38
54 32
40 18
45 27
46 37
53 26
-14 -21
82 73
58 34
39 26
55 40
69 48
68 36
80 70
65 39
72 45
48 44
53 27
57 46
59 32
38 25
56 46
48 39
64 51
Lakeview
22/42
Ashland
33/49
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Tues.
Hi Lo
55 33
53 36
33 23
38 16
35 24
40 24
57 29
-17 -27
82 73
37 25
40 24
60 39
74 50
47 29
81 67
44 27
62 43
59 38
54 27
60 34
39 26
40 23
55 45
46 43
66 38
not registered in the state.
Authorities say Mech told
investigators his wife used the
deposits for gambling.
Mech’s attorney said
during an arraignment hearing
last week his client has already
paid restitution for three cases
with the hope that Mech will
face a lesser penalty. He was
held on $50,000 bond.
Seaside
May 30, 1921 — Jan. 15, 2018
Burns
17/38
Roseburg
38/51
Brookings
42/51
from a Stamford homeowner
for a generator in February
2013. The homeowner called
Mech multiple times but never
received the generator.
Police say they received
three other complaints from
homeowners who paid Mech
for generators that were
never installed. Investigators
say Mech’s company was
Ernestine Elizabeth Neitzel
Ontario
27/43
Klamath Falls
23/44
corrective action following the
fracture.
“If he knew the vessel was
not going to quickly regain
propulsion, he would have
had more time to identify an
anchoring location or attempt a
softer-bottom grounding,” the
report said. “Without this infor-
mation, the pilot maintained
his position in the channel in
the hopes of regaining engine
speed. Consequently, the ship
lost (steerage) and grounded.”
Baker
24/40
John Day
28/44
Bend
28/45
Medford
32/48
UNDER THE SKY
Time
5:17 a.m.
5:23 p.m.
Prineville
28/45
Lebanon
39/49
Eugene
36/49
Last
La Grande
30/42
Salem
39/49
Sunset tonight ........................... 5:06 p.m.
Sunrise Tuesday .......................... 7:48 a.m. Coos Bay
Moonrise today ......................... 10:43 a.m. 41/53
Moonset today ......................... 11:05 p.m.
Full
Pendleton
34/46
The Dalles
34/42
Portland
40/48
Precipitation
Sunday ............................................. 0.33"
Month to date ................................... 6.56"
Normal month to date ....................... 7.21"
Year to date ...................................... 6.56"
Normal year to date .......................... 7.21"
First
STAMFORD, Conn. —
A Seaside man has been
charged with stealing depos-
its Connecticut homeowners
had made for generators after
Superstorm Sandy.
The Stamford Advocate
reported that 56-year-old John
Mech took a $7,500 deposit
REGIONAL WEATHER
sel was refloated, inspected
and ordered by the Coast
Guard to Kalama.
Ships transiting along the
river must carry a Colum-
bia River Pilot knowledge-
able of the shipping channel.
The safety board also found
a lack of information relayed
from the ship’s engine crew
to the pilot during the 15 min-
utes between the engine fail-
ure and grounding, prevent-
ing him from taking effective
Seaside man charged with generator fraud
Associated Press
Astoria through Sunday.
Temperatures
High/low ....................................... 51°/46°
Normal high/low ........................... 50°/38°
Record high ............................ 61° in 1981
Record low ............................. 14° in 1962
Coast Guard
The Nenita, a bulk carrier laden with soybeans, ran
aground near Skamokawa, Washington, in November
2016. The cause of the grounding was determined to be
engine failure.
Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.
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Longtime Hamlet Route resident Ernestine
Elizabeth Neitzel died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018,
in her home.
In 1921, she was born in Telluride, Colorado,
to Emma and Hilding Nordmark. The family
moved to the Necanicum Valley when Ernestine
was 2, where they sold vegetables from their
farm.
Erna graduated from Seaside High School in
1938, and worked in a local grocery store and
bakery. Later, she was employed as a teacher’s
aide at Gearhart and Cannon Beach elementary
schools for many years.
In 1945, she married Herbert Neitzel, who
died in 1984. Ernestine’s siblings, Carl Nord-
mark, Irene Hartill and Perry Nordmark, also
preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Linn Coo-
per of Eugene, Les Neitzel of Seaside and
Lynnelle Neitzel of Portland; as well as four
beloved grandchildren; dear in-laws; and
nieces, nephews and friends.
Her interests included gardening, going to
the beach, being out in nature, playing Scrab-
ble and doing crossword puzzles. Ernestine
was known as a kind, compassionate, humor-
ous person, who showed great resilience when
faced with life’s challenges.
A memorial service will follow in the
spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a dona-
tion to Lower Columbia Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of
Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary.
ON THE RECORD
DUII
• At 7:11 p.m. Thursday, Lynsi Nichelle
Jewell, 32, of Warrenton, was arrested by the
Warrenton Police Department on the 1160
block of Marlin Avenue and charged with
driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Her blood alcohol content was 0.19 percent.
Police initially responded to a report of a
car that had crashed into a ditch. Jewell was
unharmed.
PUBLIC MEETINGS
MONDAY
Clatsop Care Health District Board, noon, Clat-
sop Care Center, 646 16th St.
TUESDAY
Seaside Airport Advisory Committee, 6 p.m.,
City Hall, 989 Broadway.
Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy,
sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow fl urries,
sn-snow, i-ice.
Clatsop County Human Services Advisory
Council, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 800 Exchange St., Room
430.
Astoria Library Board, 5:30 p.m., Library Flag
Room, 450 10th St.
Warrenton City Commission, 6 p.m., City Hall,
225 S. Main Ave.
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