GMS Response History
2018 – Heavy Fuel Oil Spill – New Orleans, LA – A fuel oil tank was ruptured while mooring to a dock spilling approximately 2,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil into the Mississippi River which was at flood stage. GMS was activated to respond and within hours was on scene with a complete IMT. For 22 days the GMS Team worked in the ICS environment and managed five divisions. Under the direction of GMS Division Managers, the force of approximately 150 laborers and 30 boats and support assets worked the response. The team deconned 28 commercial vessels and cleaned approximately 35 miles of diverse shoreline types to meet approved endpoints. GMS SCAT teams were formed and remained on scene working with the Coast Guard and Louisiana Stated agencies until the spill was deemed to have met all the required end points.
2017 – Tank Barge Explosion – Corpus Christi, TX – GMS responded to a Tank Barge explosion 3 nautical miles off Aransas Pass. A full IMT was established within the Command Post consisting of 31 GMS responders and over 200 contractors and regulatory agency personnel. The Tank Barge was carrying 140,000 bbls. of crude oil.
2016 – Oil Spill Jersey City – Jersey City, New Jersey – GMS managed a response to dielectric oil spill on behalf of the USCG and a Utility company. The GMS SMT fulfilled all Incident Command Post ICS positions and provided oversight for field operations. This was a continuous leak and turned into a long-term response with numerous challenges between multiple RP’, a property owner, and working year round through the changing East Coast weather.
2016 – Pipeline rupture/fire – Alabama – GMS responded to another incident involving the 36” gasoline pipeline in Alabama only miles from the September leak of over 350,000 gallons. Unfortunately there was loss of life when the gasoline ignited and burned for days.
2016 – Pipeline leak – Shelby County, Alabama – GMS responded to an estimated 350,000 gallon gasoline Leak from a ruptured pipeline. The shutdown of the pipeline caused a summer gasoline shortage for Southeastern US impacting 6 states. The response involved several hundred responders and lasted 3 weeks and impacted the Cahaba River Wildlife area.
2016 – Bunker Fuel Spill – Los Angeles Harbor, Los Angeles, CA – GMS mobilized SMT to a heavy fuel oil tank overflow which occurred at dusk while taking on bunkers from a barge. Cleanup challenges included initial response at night, impact to marinas and commercial berths within 400 feet (122 meters) of spill site, and impact to hundreds of oiled pier pilings. Fast response prevented more significant oiling of harbor.
2016 – Crude Oil Pipeline Spill – Near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Canada – Ruptured pipeline spills crude oil into the North Saskatchewan River. GMS personnel supported Operations and SCAT for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
2015 – Tank Barge – Bayonne, NJ – GMS responded to a Barge that suffered a mechanical failure (stuck transmission) and allided with the IMTT Ship Dock. Approximately 100 feet of damage sustained to the dock and Pipe line. Approximately 273 bbls. of No. 6 fuel oil spilled. The pipelines from IMTT carried an additional potential of 600 bbls. of gasoline and 200 bbls. of biodiesel.
2015 – US Flagged vessel lost at sea – Jacksonville, FL – GMS deployed to a missing vessel lost due to hurricane JOAQUIN off the Bahama Islands. GMS sent a full IMT to Jacksonville consisting of Incident Commander and Section Chiefs to plan and implement potential worst-case cleanup operations and coordinate salvage.
2014 – Los Angeles, CA – A container vessel sustained damage and cargo loss while as sea, due to severe weather conditions. GMS SMT representative attended on scene to facilitate the operations of unloading the damaged containers which were positioned in a compromising way due to storm damage.
2013 – Valdez, AK – Nearly 30 containers on board a vessel leaking transformer oil for an unknown reason. Each container held approximately 5,000 gallons of oil in flexi-bladders. The GMS SMT coordinated the transfer of approximately 140,000 gallons of oil into temporary storage and, eventually, final disposition. The USCG Captain of the Port for Prince William Sound issued a Letter of Recognition to GMS for the successful response. (See attached) USCG Letter of Recognition to GMS (Valdez AK)
2013 – Newark, NJ – Damaged Hazardous Containers damaged by heavy storm. GMS mobilized personnel and worked with the salvage provider to produce a cargo salvage plan involving the removal of storm damaged hazardous material containers from the vessel, and transferring those damaged containers to undamaged containers.
2012-2013 – Staten Island, New York – A barge with a punctured hull, located on the Kill Van Kull, released oil impacting approximately 80 miles of shoreline in New Jersey and New York. GMS managed this successful response consisting of more than 500 people.
2012 – Washington Township, New Jersey – Approximately 26,000 gallons of Diesel oil was released from two underground storage tanks. The oil was released into several lakes and nearby creeks. GMS provided technical expertise and acted in an advisory role to a major insurance company.
2012 – Los Angeles/Long Beach, California – GMS SMT established a command post and simulated a response to a vessel collision and release of oil in the Precautionary Area near the oil platforms. This exercise involved over 100 participants from industry, federal, state, and local agencies.
2011 – Billings, Montana – Oil pipeline burst underneath the Yellowstone River releasing 42,000 gallons of crude oil. GMS provided support to the response effort in the form of Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT) representatives.
2011 – Alexandria, Virginia – Approximately 4,500 +/- gallons of mineral oil was released from a transformer (20,000+ gallon capacity) and entered the Potomac River. GMS managed a timely and effective cleanup during a response which took place in sub-freezing temperatures in driving wind and snow.
2010 – Gulf of Mexico – Explosion and release of oil from offshore oil platform. GMS provided support to the response effort in the form of Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT) representatives. SMT provided representation at the Command Post level to SCAT liaisons in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
2010 – Port Arthur, Texas – Collision involving three vessels, releasing approximately 9,500 barrels of high sulfur crude oil. At the height of the response, approximately 1,000 personnel were involved in response operations. The majority of response operations were completed within 3 weeks. Commercial traffic resumed within 100 hours of the incident occurring.
2009 – Charleston, South Carolina – Bunker tank overflow through a vent pipe that occurred at anchorage. Officials determined that no clean-up was necessary; however, the following day tar balls were reported on nearby beaches extending 60 miles. SMT responded, surveyed, and managed all operations.
2007 – Morehead City, North Carolina to Virginia Border – Containership lost 21 containers at sea during storm. Debris from containers washed ashore impacting at least 120 miles of coastline. SMT worked under a Unified Command that managed the clean-up and use of volunteers.
2004 – Unalaska, Alaska – Vessel lost power, grounded and wrecked, spilling approximately 300,000 gallons of fuel oil. The response was conducted from offshore vessels over two years in one of the world’s most difficult and remote environments. The response tactics were comparable to those of the Exxon Valdez spill response, and was praised by Alaskan officials.
2004 – Port Arthur, Texas – Vessel collision and release of 27,000 gallons of fuel oil. Mobilization of 40-person Spill Management Team at the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard. Expedited opening of the waterway to reduce the impact on one of the highest oil producing ports in the United States.
2004 – New Orleans, Louisiana & Chincoteague, Virginia – Three response incidents within two weeks. Vessel collision and 22,000 gallon oil spill on the Mississippi River. Vessel collision and oil spill at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Vessel explosion, sinking and oil spill off the coast of Chincoteague, Virginia.
2003 – Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts – Barge grounded, spilling 98,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. More than 90 miles of southern Massachusetts shoreline affected at the beginning of beach season. Careful work required to clean sensitive areas while protecting bird nesting areas. SMT members received USCG certificates of appreciation from the Captain of the Port. ICS organization and procedures used as a model in training state FEMA agency personnel.
2002 – Port Angeles, Washington – LPG carrier fuel spill during bunkering from barge. Careful work with local agencies to expedite cleanup of and restoration of facilities while minimizing damage to highly sensitive environmental areas, fish farms, etc.
2001 – Western Chesapeake Bay, Maryland – Power plant pipeline spill of 125,000 gallons of oil into marsh and river. Response included relief of initial Spill Management Team at the request of the client, re-direction of responders to cut response costs of more than $25 million, extensive remediation of marsh and other wetlands over several months, and coordination with federal and state agencies.
1999 – Coos Bay, Oregon – Bulk carrier driven ashore and wrecked in heavy winter storms. Response included extended seepage from wreck, extreme weather, wreck removal and cleanup work in environmentally sensitive areas over several months.
1996 – Portland Maine – Tanker struck bridge, 4,000 barrels of medium and heavy fuel spilled. SMT work included extensive cleanup of local facilities to mitigate damage and claims.
1993 – Tampa Florida – Three-vessel collision, fire, explosion and oil spill. Multiple responsible parties, specialized cargo removal operation, cleanup of 13 miles of beach to meet holiday deadline. SMT work cited as a model by OSHA; key to the city awarded to GMS SMT.