Deep Sea Fishing Ship Lifted to the Surface

By Curious

Two mobile cranes lifted the sunken fishing ship Deep Sea, long 140-foot to the superficies of Penn Cove. The lift capped an intensive multi-agency operation to protect the region's shellfish and other marine resources avoiding damage from the many thousands of gallons of oil on the Deep Sea when it sank at its mooring May 13 after a huge fire.
The Deep Sea vessel need still experience surveying to define whether it may float successfully or need to be situated on a barge for a towing to Seattle as early as tomorrow for demolition. A multi-agency united command is controlling the recovery effort. The command consists the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and Island County. Helping in the response are the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Global Diving & Salvage Inc. (Global) and NRC-Environmental Services (NRC-ES). The departments of Emergency Management and Public Works of the country, and the Island County Sheriff’s Office, are securing local maintenance to the response effort. The united command also gets assistance from the Washington departments of Health (WDOH) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).
The lifting operation of the sunken Deep Sea started on Sunday morning, paused shortly so divers could shift few tons of silt from the deck, and resumed by late morning. By 1:30 p.m. the deck stood over the surface, and crew members started to pump water out of the hold. The sunken vessel rose slowly as the pumps emptied it. By late afternoon the ship's own buoyancy supported nearly all of its weight. Crew members continued to look for and repair any openings in the hull.
The lifting action to raise the ship involved about 80 people, including crew members on the water from Global Diving and NRC-ES, and those that secured the operation on coast from local, state and federal agencies. In addition to crane barge crew members, divers and environmental response contractors, the acquisition included 5 volunteer teams from Island County’s Washington State University Beach Watchers Program that helped Coast Guard staff. Responders have been ready for a major leakage of oil because divers had been unable to define whether 2 of the ship's 6 - 5,500-gallon tanks contained with fuel. In the 1st days after the sinking of the vessel Deep Sea, divers and environmental cleanup crew members hired by the Coast Guard shifted over 5,000 gallons of oil, mostly diesel fuel, from the ship or superficies waters above and around it.