Sunday, June 3, 2012

Deep Sea lift update #2: Deep Sea off the bottom

by Larry Altose, Ecology public information

The Deep Sea is clear of the bottom of Penn Cove, as two crane barges slowly and delicately bring the sunken fishing boat toward the surface of Penn Cove. The lift has paused so that divers can clear silt that covers the deck.

The larger crane – holding the back and center of the vessel – is sustaining a load of 260 tons. The smaller crane has 70 tons of load, as it holds the front end.

The ship now lists only five degrees to its left side. Some masts at the front of the vessel are visible above the surface.

When the deck is at the surface, crews will begin to pump water out of the vessel to prepare for further lifting.

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