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Press Release | March 15, 2024

Coast Guard Cutter accidentally discharges approximately 500 gallons of diesel fuel offshore of Fort Bragg

U.S. Coast Guard District 11

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot buoy tender, homeported in San Francisco, accidentally discharged approximately 500 gallons of diesel fuel 30 miles offshore of Fort Bragg, Friday morning.

Alder was enroute to Humboldt Bay when the incident occurred. Members of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Incident Management Division have notified interagency stakeholders and are investigating the oil spill and cause. They are also evaluating potential impacts to sensitive sites. There are currently no anticipated shoreline impacts at this time.

“We are investigating the incident and are working diligently to minimize any potential environmental impacts,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Andrew Sugimoto, commander, District Eleven. “Our priority is to protect the environment and prevent any future incidents.”

Please contact Chief Petty Officer Levi Read, District 11 assistant public affairs officer at or 510-772-8865 for additional information.