Sunday, June 3, 2012

Deep Sea lift update #5: Floating higher as water pumped out

by Larry Altose, Ecology public information

The Deep Sea is riding higher on the water as two pumps discharge 800-1,000 gallons of water each per minute. Two floating cranes righted and lifted the former fishing vessel from the bottom of Penn Cove on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

The Deep Sea rested with a 45-degree list to the left in 60 feet of water when the cranes started pulling at about 9:30 a.m. After righting the vessel to about 5 degrees, the crane lift paused with the deck still 15-20 feet below the surface. Divers removed tons of silt that covered the deck. The entire deck cleared the surface about 1:30. Pumping began soon after.

If the Deep Sea proves safe and stable enough, a tugboat will tow the vessel for dismantling at a Seattle shipyard. If the Deep Sea cannot be towed it will be placed on a barge. Either way, the trip to Seattle is expected on Monday, June 4.

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