The 200-foot-long oil spill response barge Ibis came off its mooring Saturday afternoon in rough seas and drifted onto Front Beach, requiring a coordinated response effort. The barge has been anchored in Iliuliuk Bay for the past several months.
The barge is owned by Resolve Magone Marine Services. As of Saturday evening, a company crew had maneuvered the barge off the beach and guided it back to Magone Marine in Dutch Harbor.
Dan Magone, Resolve Magone Marine president, said gale force winds on Saturday afternoon caused the barge the break loose from its mooring.