Tug Invader refloated in Everett, Washington

13th Coast Guard District NewsEVERETT, Wash, — Salvage operations, Monday, successfully refloated the tug Invader, which had been submerged in a sunken drydock in Everett since Sunday, March 18, 2012.

The day-long effort to right the tug by Global Diving & Salvage on behalf of Vigor Marine was supervised by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Washington Dept. of Ecology.

The estimated 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel, remaining sealed onboard the tug, is expected to be removed this week. The relocated tug and submerged drydock are still surrounded by multiple layers of containment boom. Minor residual sheens have been spotted and recovered by salvage workers.

The Coast Guard and Ecology maintained oversight throughout Vigor’s eight-day response following a salvage plan designed to minimize impact on the environment.

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