Category: Marine Casualty Response
Washington State Department of Ecology hires Global to raise 140-foot fishing vessel in Penn Cove,WA
May 23, 2012
Global has been hired by the Washington State Department of Ecology to raise and remove a 140-foot fishing vessel that burned and sank in Penn Cove,WA. The department released the following statement about the project:
Washington Department of Ecology news
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2012
COUPEVILLE,Wash. – A salvage company dive team, hired by the Washington State Department of Ecology, is surveying the submerged wreck of the former fishing vessel Deep Sea today in Penn Cover near Coupeville.
Information from the dive will aid efforts to plan for the raising of the vessel, which sank on May 13, 2012, after a fire. Ecology maintains a standing salvage contract with Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., as part of the department’s spill response mission. The company will conduct the salvage operation for Ecology.
The vessel rests on state-owned aquatic lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Plans for the salvage operation are still being developed, with no date set for raising the vessel.
Ecology and DNR seek a prompt and safe removal of the wreck because it likely contains an unknown amount of oil and hazardous materials that could be released into the water as the steel structure rusts over time.
Meanwhile, environmental response crews hired by Ecology continue to tend and monitor oil-spill containment boom placed around the site of the wreck. The crews are removing small amounts of oil that periodically float up from the wreck into the boomed area with oil-spill cleanup materials.
Divers and other responders hired by the U.S. Coast Guard removed or recovered at least 3,600 gallons of diesel fuel from the wreck in the first five days after the sinking. The 128-foot vessel rests on its left side in about 60 feet of water.