Oil Recovery from Submerged Ship Wreck

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur is continuing to coordinate response operations to recover oil from a submerged ship wreck 6 miles off Texas Point in the Gulf of Mexico, Friday, Sept. 25.

The Coast Guard federal on scene coordinator authorized the opening of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in order to determine and secure the source of an oil sheen.  Resolve Marine was contracted, and conducted a preliminary survey that identified a sunken vessel buried in 36 feet of water with only 5 feet of the hull protruding from the bottom of the gulf. After detailed measurements, engineering calculations and samples were taken from the site, it has been determined that the vessel is consistent in size and shape with that of a 417-foot long, 56-foot wide World War II Liberty Ship.

Once the vessel was determined to be the most probable source of discharge, a Unified Command was created and approved plans for surveying, marking, sampling, and quantifying the vessel's tanks.  These efforts resulted in securing the sources of the original oil sheen and the discovery of oil within the vessel's fuel tanks. At this point, it is estimated that approximately 16,000 gallons of recoverable fuel oil still remain onboard the ship.

Currently, operations are ongoing to tap into the tanks containing oil and pump the oil into a tank onboard a response vessel for further disposal.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter June 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Port Everglades, EPA to Study Air Emissions

Port Everglades has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study air emissions.   The EPA's Office of Transportation

Lloyd's Register Extends Drilling Rig Integrity Support

Exploration begins by BHP Billiton using the Deepwater Invictus rig and supported by Lloyd’s Register’s rig integrity team. Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced it

Groningen Seaports First in Line for Damen InvaSave

The first production version of Damen’s InvaSave ballast water treatment system – intended for use at Groningen Seaports – will be on display at the upcoming ‘DelfSail’

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0734 sec (14 req/sec)