Dredge Vessel Recovery

Customer: Owner & USCG

In conjunction with the United States Coast Guard, and various other state agencies, a dredge recovery operation in the heavy tidal influenced channel entrance of La Push, WA. was performed under contract with both the owner and the United States Coast Guard.

During initial inspection and pollution mitigation dives, the dredge was confirmed to have sustained minimal damage in the sinking so it was imperative that the salvage team use care in raising the barge to keep the sealed fuel tanks intact and mitigate further damage to the vessel. A combination of strong currents, undersea cables and a first for the divers and the dive company, a tsunami warning during early dives, added an interesting twist to the operation.

The dredge barge was raised with a 135 ton capacity crane barge, the largest that could safely navigate the infamous narrow channel entrance to La Push. Additional spill containment boom was placed to ensure no unplanned pollutants would be released as the entire operation was performed during active fishing operations by the  Quileute Indian Tribe.   The dredge was returned to its owner and after repairs returned to service.