WSMC members continue to operate their vessels responsibly and eliminate or minimize oil spills while in WA state waters. In 2018 there were over 5,000 WSMC member vessel transits* and only 6 member oil spills with only 3 requiring clean up actions. Additionally there was an unprecedented 7 months when there were no WSMC member spills. Our 10-year average continues to be less than 1 spill response for every 1,000 vessel transits. When a WSMC member spill incident occurs, it is usually very small. Our 10-year average spill incident is approximately ¼ cup, or 55 ml, for every 1,000 vessel transits. Though spill incidents are very infrequent and amounts relatively small, be assured the WSMC team maintains the highest state of readiness to respond to a major oil spill incident if it should occur.
WSMC members are to be congratulated for their careful and conscientious operation of their vessels while in Washington State waters. We look forward to continuing to cover your vessels in WA state waters in 2019 and beyond.
* A transit is each round trip movement of a vessel in and out of WA state waters and each passenger ferry route covered per day.