Unified Command continues salvage operations for Caribbean Fantasy

Containment boom around the Caribbean Fantasy, moored at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. 2,500 feet of boom has been deployed around the vessel as a precautionary measure against potential discharge from the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala)

Containment boom around the Caribbean Fantasy, moored at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Unified Command is continuing salvage operations at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor.

The Unified Command is establishing mechanical ventilation to circulate air through the vessel. A marine chemist will certify the vessel is safe for entry by personnel facilitating the overhaul of the vessel, removal of cargo and continuing salvage operations.

Ardent, the responding salvage company, is developing a heavy weather mooring plan for the vessel.

The Coast Guard maintains a 100-yard safety zone around the vessel.

There were reports Sunday of minor sheening near the vessel which was contained in the primary containment boom. No additional sheening or pollution has been reported since.

The vessel is being closely monitored and 2,500 feet of boom has been deployed around the vessel as a precautionary measure against any further discharge from the vessel.

The Unified Command has implemented an air monitoring plan in the vicinity of the vessel and Pier 15 to ensure the safety of responders and the local community.

The Unified Command is developing an assessment and disposal plan for potential hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

A joint marine casualty investigation with the Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board, RINA Services and the flag state, Panama, is underway.

The Caribbean Fantasy Response Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and Baja Ferries (owner of the Caribbean Fantasy).

Also assisting the response efforts are the American Cruise Ferries, Ardent, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Response Corporation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, O’Brien’s Response Management, the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Fire Department.

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