Update on S. S. Montebello

The evaluation of S.S. Montebello, a tanker ship that sank off the coast of Cambria, California after being torpedoed by a Japanese sub in 1941 is complete. The team led by experts from the Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response deployed a specially designed ROV (remote operated vehicle) to determine whether there was significant oil remaining in the cargo or fuel tanks. By using cutting edge technology that included neutron backscatter analyses and ultrasonic evaluation of hull thickness, the unified command was able to conclude “with a high level of confidence that there is no oil threat from the S.S. Montebello.” This is great news for the wildlife, beaches and wildlife responders in southern California.

Photo credits: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/Admin/Montebello/Montebello-DownPics.asp

Propeller blades from the S. S. MontebelloNet Draping the S.S. MontebelloS. S. Montebello USCG briefingDFG Patrol Boat Bluefin and the Motor Vessel NanuqLaunching the ROV to work on S.S. Montebello

For additional information and to view more video or photos of the operation,

Please visit the DFG website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/Admin/Montebello/index.aspx

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