The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with Donjon Marine, Clean Harbors and partner agencies, oversaw the raising of a construction barge that sank on October 31, 2011, directly under the Newport/Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island. The barge was raised Monday, December 5.
The barge is owned by Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. and was being used as part of a major painting operation on the Newport/Pell Bridge.
After several weeks of coordination with port and industry partners, salvage crews hoisted the sunken barge to make it easily accessible for hazardous materials recovery. Crews then rigged fuel removal lines and have recovered approximately 1,900 gallons of diesel.
The combined total capacity of the tanks and equipment is estimated at 3,900 gallons of diesel fuel. Approximately 2,400 gallons were reportedly aboard originally.
The unified command is planning to remove the barge this week pending weather and tidal conditions.