March , 2015

The new built M/Y BÄDEN, a 90’ LOA x 22’ motor yacht, experienced a severe stability failure while being launched at the Fidalgo Marina in Anacortes, WA. The failure resulted in the vessel capsizing to port and ultimately coming to rest with an approximate 65° port list. 4 persons trapped within the vessel were rescued by bystanders.

Global was initially engaged by the US Coast Guard under our BOA to respond to the pollution threat posed by the vessel. Underwriters for the vessels interested parties assumed the Global contract from the US Coast Guard. Pollution response was mounted and the vessel was boomed however, as the vessel was new, there was a limited amount of fuel was on board (~120 gallons of diesel fuel) and the bilges were clean which resulted in a relatively “clean” event.

Simultaneous to the pollution response Global was contracted by Culbertson Marine Construction to assist in the salvage of the vessel. The CMC and GDS crews worked to rig righting straps and the BÄDEN was rolled to an upright and crane stabilized position. Pumping commenced and the vessel was successfully dewatered and restored afloat.

Crews defueled the vessel, drained crankcase oils and commenced with cleaning, striping bilges and preparing the vessel for a planned stability assessment. Main and auxiliary engines were flushed and pickled by local diesel engine service mechanics. Vendors were identified and engaged to perform fresh water irrigation of the vessel in an effort to preserve the integrity of the vessels interior. Due to the weight of the vessel and the distance from the edge of the dock to where is would be set onshore the D/B GENERAL was contracted to lift the yacht from the water, transport it to shore and place it in a cradle.