FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2013
State DNR, contractor removing sunken vessel from Quartermaster Harbor
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that work is underway to remove a sunken steel vessel from the Dockton area of Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island. The vessel, believed to be about 60 to 70 feet in length, is completely submerged in 12 to 14 feet of water and poses a potential threat to navigation in the harbor.
The vessel sank on state-owned aquatic lands managed by DNR and was tied up to an old, derelict net pen that DNR had removed in June. It’s uncertain when the boat sank, but it has been in the harbor for many years. The 11,900 square-foot net pen needed to be towed out of the way before DNR could remove the sunken vessel.
About the removal operation
DNR’s contractor for this removal is Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle. Today, the company’s work vessel Prudhoe Bay is on the scene, where divers and crews are staging the area to prepare the sunken boat to be raised. On Wednesday, the contractor plans to lift the boat out of the water and place it on a barge. From there, the vessel will be moved to a Puget Sound location for recycling and scrapping.
Update October 22, 2013 | 5 p.m. — The vessel removal has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 23.. Divers with the contracting firm discovered the bottom of the vessel was made of ferro cement, instead of steel. This adds 20 percent more weight, which requires getting a different derrick barge capable of lifting the additional weight.
Quartermaster Harbor is located within the 5,530-acre Maury Island Aquatic Reserve, which is managed by DNR. The reserve was established in 2000 to protect wildlife and habitat diversity, including one of 18 distinctive Pacific herring spawning areas in Puget Sound.
In April 2013, DNR adopted the Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan, as an addendum to the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve Management Plan. The plan calls for improving moorage opportunities in the harbor, while ensuring the health of the marine environment and protecting the interests of local recreational boaters and waterfront residents. The plan specifically calls for removing the net pen and the vessel, along with derelict and abandoned mooring buoys, and many of the numerous old creosote-treated pilings.
Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan: www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/ShellfishAquaticLeasing/Pages/aqr_qtrmstr_hrbr_mooring_buoy_plan.aspx
Maury Island Aquatic Reserve Management Plan: www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/AquaticHabitats/Pages/aqr_rsve_maury_island.aspx
News release about the June net pen removal: www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2013_06_17_net_pen_nr.aspx
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program provides funding and expertise to assist with the removal of abandoned and derelict vessels from state-owned aquatic lands, which DNR manages. At any given time, there can be several hundred derelict vessels on the rivers, lakes, and estuaries of Washington. Primary funding for the program comes from a $3 surcharge placed on annual vessel registration fees and an additional $5 charge added to non-resident vessel fees.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatic Resources Division Communications Manager, 360-902-1523 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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