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September 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Fuel spilled as tug sinks near Ballard Bridge

The 72 foot 1925 wooden tug IVER sank in  the early morning Monday. The tug is moored at a dock on Salmon Bay, west of the Ballard Bridge and just east of the Ballard Locks.  A department of ecology spokesman estimated the tug began sinking around 2:30 a.m. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

The 72-foot 1925 wooden tug, Iver, sank in the early morning Monday. The tug is moored at a dock on Salmon Bay, west of the Ballard Bridge and just east of the Ballard Locks.  (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Coast Guard and state Department of Ecology crews are on the scene of a 72-foot tug that sank near the Ballard Bridge this morning.

Booms and absorbent pads have been set around the tugboat Iver to reduce the spread of any fuel released.  The boat was undergoing work at a dock along West Commodore Way, about halfway between the Ballard Bridge and the Ballard Locks.

There is a sheen on the water, but it’s not clear how many gallons spilled, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley. Mosley said the tug’s fuel tanks hold 1,700 gallons when they are full, but it wasn’t immediately known how much fuel was aboard.

The Coast Guard was notified by the tug’s caretaker at about 7:30 a.m.  The vessel is being remodeled to be used as a floating residence.

Coast Guard records list the owner of the 1925-vintage vessel as William Soderberg of Port Townsend.

A blog by Soderberg that tells about the project is at ourtugboat.blogspot.com

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