Coast Guard continues to monitor response to sunken dry dock, tug

13th Coast Guard District NewsEVERETT, Wash. – The Coast Guard and Washington Dept. of Ecology are overseeing the response, to a partially submerged dry dock and tug, by Vigor Industrial at the Vigor Marine Shipyard in Everett, Monday.

Crews worked to stabilize a dry dock that partially sunk over the weekend in Everett, along with a tugboat that capsized as a result of the dry dock sinking.

Salvage crews have set the dock level so that it rests on the bottom at its mooring. One side of the dry dock sunk over the weekend. Workers lowered the other side today. The tug, which had been on the dock for maintenance work, is afloat, listing 90 degrees on its starboard side.

The tug contains approximately 50,000 to 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel in its tanks. Crews sealed the tanks over the weekend to prevent a release of the oil into the water. Workers have surrounded the area with three rows of oil spill containment boom in case of a leak or spill.

There are no plans to right the tug today. Salvage experts hired by Vigor are developing a plan to do so, subject to Coast Guard and Ecology review and approval. Crews remain in place to ensure that the tug remains stable.

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