Tandem derrick lift salvages sunken tug at Port Arthur

The following is text of a press release issued Jan. 7 by the American Salvage Association:
(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Two members of the American  Salvage Association
(ASA) salvaged a sunken tugboat in Port Arthur, Texas on  December 31, 2007.
The 600-ton capacity derrick barge, owned by one ASA member,  and another 700-ton capacity derrick barge, owned by another ASA member were  used to make a tandem lift of the 105-foot sunken tugboat.
The two companies initially responded to the sunken vessel with a
salvage support barge used for diving  survey and rigging operations. Once the
diving survey and salvage rigging phases  were complete, one derrick  barge
was connected to the bow rigging and the second derrick barge, which was
mobilized from New Orleans, Louisiana for this Salvage effort, was connected to  the
stern rigging. The two derrick barges then lifted the tug for the purpose of
dewatering, refloating and subsequent redelivery of the vessel to owners.
“ The ASA is proud to announce the salvage of this  vessel by two of our member company’s working together to provide an exemplary salvage response.
Marine emergencies require professional responses and this is a fine
example of the efforts of true salvage professionals,” said ASA President  John A.
Witte, Jr.
The American Salvage Association is a trade association  promoting
professionalism and improving marine casualty response in North American
coastal and inland waters.
By Professional Mariner Staff