FV Deep Sea Salvage

May , 2012

The 140-foot fishing vessel Deep Sea was moored illegally off of Whidbey Island in Penn Cove, Washington, a world-renowned oyster and mussel rearing area. On May 12, 2012 it caught fire and sank. At the time of sinking it was unknown how much fuel was onboard; estimates ranged from 100 to 5,000 gallons, with a known capacity of 30,000 gallons.

Divers responded to plug the vessel’s vents and take steps to prevent the oil from entering the environment and contaminating the over 2,000,000 pounds of mussels, clams, and oysters that are raised in the cove. Containment boom was deployed and the leaking oil was contained.

The Department of Ecology and the Coast Guard agreed that the wreck must be removed from this natural habitat. Global Diving & Salvage,Inc. was contracted to perform the removal operation.Two derrick barges were brought in to perform the lift,once at the surface the F/V Deep Sea was pumped out and reflected.

Project Updates:
June 3, 2012: F/V DEEP SEA refloated
The fishing vessel DEEP SEA was re-floated today with the assistance of two derrick barges, the D/B General and D/B Oakland. Divers connected lifting chains to the derrick barges’ rigging. The vessel was righted from its previous 45 degree port list to approximately 5 degrees. Once the cranes had the vessel off bottom, divers used high pressure water to flush the accumulated mud from the vessel decks, it was then lifted to the surface. Environmental crews installed pump suctions into the holds and engine room to pump water from the interior. Divers inspected the outside of the hull for damage and leaks.

The vessel is being prepared for Dead Ship Tow to Seattle where it will be put on a dry dock, cut up, and recycled.

6/8/12: F/V Deep Sea Refloated (Marine Link)
6/7/12: Vessel that caught fire, sank in Penn Cove to be scrapped in Seattle shipyard(Washington Department of Natural Resources)
5/28/12: Crane headed toward Penn Cove to tackle sunken ship (Whidbey Island News)
5/27/12: Crew rushes to recover sunken boat in Penn Cove (Seattle Times)
5/23/12: DOE Operational Updates(Washington State Department of Ecology)