American Salvage Association Member responds to deck barge grounding in Turks and Caicos

The deck barge Thor III grounded in the Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI.

(ARLINGTON, VA – APRIL 17, 2008) –A member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) recently responded to the grounding of the Thor III, a 250’ x 72’ x 16.5’ deck barge carrying 4,000 tons of gravel and sand in a national sanctuary in the Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI. The ASA member lightered approximately 3,500 tons of cargo and then proceeded to patch, pump and blow down the necessary compartments to float the barge from its grounded position, avoiding substantial damage to the sanctuary using the 2,000 HP tug El Morro.

“Professional salvors are available to respond to a variety of events and to help protect sensitive marine environments such as was done in this incident,” said ASA President John A. Witte, Jr. “We are proud of this ASA member to be there with the right approach when called upon.”

By Professional Mariner Staff