Project Tag: Casualty Response

FV St. Patrick Defuel

Reports of a large oil sheen in Women’s Bay off Kodiak Island in Alaska were reported on Aug. 5, 2021 just a few days after a large earthquake struck the Alaskan peninsula. A US Coast Guard overflight confirmed the sheen, which appeared to be caused by an unknown submerged source. The USCG contacted Global Diving …

Global, MER Salvage F/V All For Joy

Global and our parent company, Moran Environmental Recovery, recently completed a joint salvage effort on the bright pink fishing vessel “All For Joy” in the Long Island Sound, marking another successful project. On March 10, 2019, the fishing vessel All For Joy began taking water into the fish hold during heavy weather. The crew was …

Galapagos Wreck Removal

The MY San Jose was a 33-meter long passenger vessel that provided 16-passenger cruise expeditions in the Galapagos. The vessel was on its way to a cruise site in July 2018 when it ran aground on a reef near Bartolome Island. The salvage company originally hired to refloat the vessel failed at their attempt to …

Amazon River Anchor Untangle

When a bulk carrier suffered an anchor entanglement on the swiftly flowing Amazon River in Brazil, Global’s salvage experts responded quickly. Working closely with the vessel owner, captain and local resources, the team completed the complex process of unfouling the anchor chains; the vessel was able to continue her voyage and fulfill her contract at …

Remote Wreck Site Presents Logistical Challenges

In early October 2016, the US Coast Guard (USCG) responded to a distress call from the crew of the 45-foot sailing vessel Soteria, who reported their vessel was taking on water during a storm. At the time, the Soteria was located 40 miles northwest of Gray’s Harbor off the Washington Coast; weather reports indicated 20-foot …

Salvaging a WWII Tug in Juneau

The Challenger,a 96-foot wooden tug,sank in Juneau,Alaska. Global performed an immediate inspection for fuel and contaminants,removing any potentially hazardous materials. The Coast Guard later awarded Global a contract to safely remove the tug from channel waters. See the full case study (left) for complete project details.

F/V Savannah Ray Defuel on Remote Alaska Coast

The F/V Savannah Ray washed ashore on Long Island,near Kodiak,AK. Wreck was located on rocky shore line surrounded by vertical cliffs with open fetch on three sides to the Gulf of Alaska. Weather and location proved very difficult to access. First low tide time period at end of February allowed for defueling stern tanks (3). Second mission in early March allowed for drilling and measuring all tanks in machinery space to certify all known and observed bulk petroleum sources had been removed.

M/Y Baden Launch Accident Response

The new built M/Y BÄDEN,a 90’ LOA x 22’ motor yacht,experienced a severe stability failure while being launched at the Fidalgo Marina in Anacortes,WA. The failure resulted in the vessel capsizing to port and ultimately coming to rest with an approximate 65° port list. 4 persons trapped within the vessel were rescued by bystanders.

Global was initially engaged by the US Coast Guard under our BOA to respond to the pollution threat posed by the vessel. Underwriters for the vessels interested parties assumed the Global contract from the US Coast Guard. Pollution response was mounted and the vessel was boomed however,as the vessel was new,there was a limited amount of fuel was on board (~120 gallons of diesel fuel) and the bilges were clean which resulted in a relatively “clean” event.

Simultaneous to the pollution response Global was contracted by Culbertson Marine Construction to assist in the salvage of the vessel. The CMC and GDS crews worked to rig righting straps and the BÄDEN was rolled to an upright and crane stabilized position. Pumping commenced and the vessel was successfully dewatered and restored afloat.

Crews defueled the vessel,drained crankcase oils and commenced with cleaning,striping bilges and preparing the vessel for a planned stability assessment. Main and auxiliary engines were flushed and pickled by local diesel engine service mechanics. Vendors were identified and engaged to perform fresh water irrigation of the vessel in an effort to preserve the integrity of the vessels interior.

Due to the weight of the vessel and the distance from the edge of the dock to where is would be set onshore the D/B GENERAL was contracted to lift the yacht from the water ,transport it to shore and place it in a cradle.

Saving the Reefs – Palmyra Atoll Wreck Removal

In the summer of 1991,a 121 foot long Taiwanese long line fishing vessel,the HUI FENG #1,ran aground on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific. With a footprint of just 4.6 square miles Palmyra Atoll forms the most northern vegetated island in the Northern Line Islands,lying some 1,000 miles south of Honolulu. The atoll has a long storied past and is now a national monument and wildlife refuge,cooperatively managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and The Nature Conservancy.

Palmyra Atoll encompasses some of the last remaining near- pristine reef environment on earth,boasting an intact marine predator-dominated marine ecosystem where species’ richness and diversity abound,with over 176 species of hard coral and 418 species of reef fish. Through monitoring of the reefs,a slow and insidious destruction was identified by the HUI FENG #1 and the other wrecks deteriorating on Palmyra and Kingman Reef,a non-vegetated wildlife refuge reef located 35 miles to the northwest of Palmyra.

At Palmyra the problem lay in a native marine organism called corallimorph that was effectively smothering the corals surrounding the wreck. Researchers have made observations over several years that showed the spread of the organism progressively increasing due to the leaching of iron into the environment as the wreck corroded serving as a fertilizer of sorts. At Kingman the problem was not corallimorph,but an invasive form of algae feeding off nutrients released from the dissolving wreckage of a burned fishing vessel.

In September of 2012,the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s issued an RFP for the removal of the two wrecks from Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef. Global Diving & Salvage,Inc. reached out to Curtin Maritime,frequent partners in unique and challenging projects,to collaborate on this. Several factors were fundamental in the planning process: the safety of personnel and equipment,followed closely by mitigating the potential of further damage to the extremely delicate living coral and reef structure. Working together a creative plan was developed to remove the wreckage from the inner-tidal areas. Flat deck scows were designed and built with shallow draft to transit the debris across the coral reef areas to the main barge that provided logistical support and housing for the project.

In total,the combined crew of 12 worked 79 days with 880 hours spent underwater to cut,rig and remove over 970,000 pounds of steel and debris,as well as 605 gallons of hydrocarbons. Susan White,the USFWS’s project leader for the removal effort,said the debris was “the equivalent of 67 large elephants or 31 city buses and was removed to protect some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs.”

Parbuckling the Costa Concordia

Global Diving & Salvage,Inc. was contracted by Titan / Maricopa,JV to assist with the largest salvage project (by weight) in history,the salvaging of the Costa Concordia which ran aground off Isola del Giglio,Italy. The initial phase of the project required ‘righting’ the vessel which lay on its starboard side. Divers from 26 countries were brought in to prepare the vessel for parbuckling,moving from its side to sitting onto its keel.

Global provided a 12 man dive team working round the clock to place grout bags used to fill the area between the naturally sloping shore and the platform upon which the ship was rolled. Over 30,000 cubic yards of concrete was pumped into hundreds of bags. Global divers logged just under 1,900 dives over the course of the project. Global personnel appreciated the historic aspect of this salvage. David DeVilbiss,Global V.P. of Casualty Response,states,“I think everyone was pleased and honored to be part of this project.”

More information on the process can be found at The Parbuckling Project.