Coast Guard monitors removal of Tug Tutahaco in Ormond Beach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard marine safety crews monitored the removal of the tugboat Tutahaco Friday near Ormond Beach. The Tutahaco was deemed a maritime threat to the environment after finding significant amounts of oil, PCBs, lead and asbestos. “The Tutahaco is in dilapidated condition,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Svencer, the incident commander for the removal. “Not only was it a threat to the environment, but the community and that's our primary concern.” The Coast Guard hired T&T Salvage to hoist the vessel onto a barge where it will be transported to All Star Metals in Brownsville, Texas to remove the hazardous contaminates.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard marine safety crews monitored the removal of the tugboat Tutahaco Friday near Ormond Beach.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard marine safety crews monitored the removal of the tugboat Tutahaco Friday near Ormond Beach.

The Tutahaco was deemed a maritime threat to the environment after finding significant amounts of oil, PCBs, lead and asbestos.

“The Tutahaco is in a dilapidated condition,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Svencer, the incident commander for the removal. “Not only was it a threat to the environment, but to the community, and that’s our primary concern.”

The Coast Guard hired T&T Salvage to hoist the vessel onto a barge where it will be transported to All Star Metals in Brownsville, Texas to remove the hazardous contaminates.

The Tutahaco will be secured for ocean travel in Jacksonville.

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