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    Florida Unified Command Removing Vessels Displaced by Hurricane Irma
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    MIAMI -- The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, a Unified Command consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, has initiated removal efforts prioritizing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma which are actively polluting or creating a hazard to navigation to traffic in the area.

    The Unified Command consists of U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson serving as Incident Commander, Mr. Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Incident Commander, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Capt. David Schaeffer as State On-Scene Coordinator and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Environmental Administrator Kent Edwards as State On-Scene Coordinator.

    "The expanse of coastline affected by Hurricane Irma is logistically challenging," said Hanson. "Having partners like the FWC, FDEP and EPA as part of the leadership of this response gives us the local knowledge and resources necessary to form an effective response to this situation."

    Currently, response teams are conducting assessments of the most affected areas to include the ports and waterways from Jacksonville, Florida to Miami, Key West, and around to St. Petersburg and responding to instances of pollution or released hazardous material as they are reported.

    As the Florida Keys open for tourism on Oct. 1, visitors are encouraged to stay away from vessels displaced as a result of Hurricane Irma. Hundreds of the vessels damaged or sunken as a result of the storm present a hazard to health and safety. Boaters in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma are advised to transit with all due caution and report hazards to the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center at 305-292-8727.

    Miami Branch: 22 personnel
    Vessels assessed: 207

    Vessels removed by citizens: 48

    Crews have successfully mitigated pollution from a leaking motor yacht and are enacting a plan for removal.


    St. Petersburg Branch: 18 personnel
    Vessels assessed: 185

    Vessels removed by citizens: 46

    A plan to remove 10 displaced vessels at Goodland Bay and three displaced vessels from Hurricane Bay in Fort Myers is being developed.


    Jacksonville Branch: 13 personnel
    Vessels assessed: 99

    Vessels removed by citizens: 19

    Oil Spill Response Organizations are booming off two vessels at the Bill Dye Marina after an oil sheen was observed by assessment teams emanating from two vessels.


    Key West Branch: 53 personnel
    Vessels assessed: 364

    Vessels removed by citizens: 3

    A sailboat has been removed near the Fleming Key Bridge.

    Pollution mitigation continues as vessels determined to be leaking hazardous materials are identified.


    "The assessment portion of our response is ongoing, but we've reached a point where we can begin facilitating the removal of vessels in a manner that is both safe for our responders, while having minimal impact on the environment," said Franco. "As in previous stages of our response, our priority continues to be the wellbeing of our responders and the Florida citizens affected by Hurricane Irma."

    The ESF 10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. Partner agencies, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment efforts.

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    364 in the Key West Branch. Wow.

    I wonder how many are in the channels needed to travel between the Keys?
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    10/8 Update

    Miami Branch: 18 personnel
    Vessel Status
    Vessels assessed: 237
    Vessels removed: 5
    Current Plans/Operations
    Response crews oversee the cleanup of a vessel leaking fuel near Sebastian, Florida.
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    St. Petersburg Branch: 27 personnel
    Vessel Status
    Vessels assessed: 259
    Vessels removed: 126
    Current Plans/Operations
    1 vessel removed from Islamorada.
    1 vessel removed from Fort Myers Beach.
    2 vessels removed in Dunedin, Florida.
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    Jacksonville Branch: 20 personnel
    Vessel Status
    Vessels assessed: 116
    Vessels removed: 15
    Current Plans/Operations
    Response crews conduct assessments of displaced vessels in Satsuma, San Mateo, Palatka and Hastings, Florida.
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    * * * * * * * * **Florida Keys Branch: 50 personnel
    Vessel Status
    Vessels assessed: 702
    Vessels removed: 190
    Current Plans/Operations
    Response crews deployed boom to contain a sheen observed around a displaced vessel in Boot Key Harbor.
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    Wonder what the next update will say. 702 is a lot of "displaced" vessels to be sitting around the Keys. Only 190 removed so far.
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