The Tank Barge Bouchard #120 struck rocks after passing the wrong side of a navigational marker on its way through Buzzards Bay to the power station in the Cape Cod Canal.
Hazing was attempted at Ram Island where common and roseate terns were returning to nest. 50% of the US population of roseate terns breeds on the islands of Buzzards Bay. After a time the birds became conditioned to the noise, making the hazing less effective.
A temporary wash facility was set up near the site but only a small number of birds were released.