Update 3: Coast Guard, partner agencies continue to monitor sunken barge near Bay Bridge

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SAN FRANCISCO — A unified command comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and Bay Area Rapid Transit District is moving forward with efforts to prepare the sunken 112-foot freight barge Vengeance for salvage and fuel removal operations.

Global Diving and Salvage will begin preparations today to rotate the barge upright on the sea floor, an operation known as a parbuckle.

Preparations for the parbuckle may take several weeks and will involve divers rigging anchors to the sea floor and to the Vengeance barge. Once all components have been rigged, tension will gradually be applied to the anchors to rotate the barge upright.

Information gathered during the parbuckle operation will support development of a second plan, which will involve refloating and towing the barge to a facility for fuel removal.

“Our goal with this operation is to mitigate any environmental threat posed by the fuel remaining on the Vengeance while protecting the subterranean BART Transbay Tube and ensuring the safety of responders and the public,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Winston, Coast Guard incident commander.

Mariners are requested to abide by the 350-meter (1,148 feet) safety zone and monitor local media channels, as the safety zone is subject to change. Marine information broadcasts to local mariners will continue while the safety zone is in effect.

A media release is scheduled to be published next week regarding a media availability with unified command members.

The Vengeance capsized April 7 south of the Bay Bridge.

U.S. Coast Guard 11th District Pacific Southwest
Contact: 11th District Public Affairs
Office: (510) 437-3325
After Hours: (510) 772-8865

 

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Update 2: Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to monitor the sunken barge south of Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO –  A collaborative unified command has been established, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and Bay Area Rapid Transit District, in response to the sunken 112-foot barge Vengeance near the Bay Bridge and has worked with contractors to determine Monday that the barge’s location poses no threat to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District TransBay Tube or salvage operations. 

The barge has settled on the sea floor above the subterranean BART tube, which is sheltered by a 25-to-30-foot protective layer of earth consisting of compacted sediment. Regular sonar scans and tube inspections are being conducted to ensure the BART tube is not impacted and that BART remains safe to operate. 

Global Diving and Salvage has been hired by the barge owner, Vortex Marine Construction, to conduct underwater assessments and devise a salvage plan. The unified command will review the salvage plan before salvage operations begin to ensure it can be conducted safely and efficiently. 

A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducted an overflight Sunday and detected no sheen. Responders remain on scene prepared to deploy boom.

Coast Guard Station San Francisco crews are enforcing a safety zone in the area to ensure the safety of responders. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco have issued a safety marine information broadcast to local mariners.

Shoreline teams have also been deployed throughout the surrounding areas to conduct shoreline assessments to the outlining areas and monitor wildlife. While no impact to the shoreline has been detected, the responding agencies continue to prioritize and prepare for potential impacts to environmentally sensitive sites.

No visibly oiled wildlife has been reported or observed at this time, but crews are monitoring for them. Anyone seeing oiled wildlife should not attempt to capture them but should report the sightings to 1-877-UCD-OWCN.

All agencies are working together to develop a salvage plan, to ensure safety and effectiveness and to mitigate any environmental impacts.  

For overflight B-roll please click link bellow:

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/518495/coast-guard-personnel-survey-sunken-barge-near-yerba-buena-island

Contact: 11th District Public Affairs
Office: (510) 437-3325
After Hours: (510) 772-8865

Update 1: Coast Guard responds to sunken barge south of Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO — A unified command comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and Bay Area Rapid Transit has been established in response to the sunken 112-foot freight barge Vengeance leaking diesel fuel south of the Bay Bridge, Friday.

State and federal responders and investigators are on site executing cleanup strategies for a maximum potential release of 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 300 gallons of hydraulic fluid.

Divers from Global Diving and Salvage conducted an initial underwater assessment and plugged the leaking fuel vent Friday afternoon.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew is scheduled to conduct an overflight and divers are scheduled to conduct another underwater assessment Saturday morning. Responders will be on scene prepared to deploy boom.

While no impact to the shoreline has been detected, the responding agencies continue to prioritize and prepare for potential impacts to environmentally sensitive sites.

No visibly oiled wildlife has been reported or observed at this time, but crews are monitoring for them. Anyone seeing oiled wildlife should not attempt to capture them but should report the sightings to 1-877-UCD-OWCN.

Contact: 11th District Public Affairs Office: (510) 437-3325 After Hours: (510) 772-8865

Coast Guard responding to sunken barge south of the Bay Bridge, cleanup underway

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response are responding to the report of the capsized and sunken 112-foot freight barge Vengeance leaking diesel fuel and hydraulic oil south of the Bay Bridge, Friday.

Coast Guard responders and investigators are on site executing cleanup strategies for a maximum potential release of 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 300 gallons of lube oil.

National Response Corporation Emergency Services personnel have been contracted to deploy 3,000 feet of hard boom.

Coast Guard Station San Francisco crews are enforcing a safety zone in the area to ensure the safety of responders. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco have issued a safety marine information broadcast to local mariners.

No shoreline or wildlife impact has been reported.

A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco helicopter crew is conducting an overflight of the area.

The owners of the sunken barge have contracted Global Diving and Salvage to assess the salvage response and environmental impact.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened for $50,000 for pollution mitigation.

Contact: 11th District Public Affairs
Office: (510) 437-3325
After Hours: (510) 772-8865