Inland Salvage recovers 1,000 tons of scrap
Inland Salvage Inc. recently completed the
removal of approximately 1,000 tons of structural scrap steel
from a sunken hopper barge and subsequent salvage of the barge
which had been obstructing a loading dock on the Mississippi
River near LaPlace, Louisiana.
Immediately upon being notified by the dock’s owner that Inland
Salvage Inc. (ISI) had been appointed as the salvor, ISI responded
to the sinking of the 195’ hopper barge laden with 1,000 tons
of scrap metal when the barge sank.
ISI mobilized salvage equipment and personnel and were on scene
within three hours of receiving the notice to commence operations.
A dive survey was conducted and the casualty was found to be
buckled, sitting on the river bottom, and listing to port six
feet. The casualty was buckled 90 feet aft of the bow head log.
The barge was found to be resting on river bottom with bow up
river and hull parallel to the dock. There was approximately
35 feet of water over the top of cargo bin wall.
Due to previously scheduled incoming vessels, time was of the
essence. Inland Salvage Inc. crews conducted 24 hour operations,
lightering scrap metal from the sunken barge and performing dive
surveys throughout the 9 day evolution.
Once ISI dive teams and the salvage master determined the majority
of scrap had been recovered, rigging was installed and ISI Heavy
Lift L A-Frames “Large Marge” and “Big Al” were moved into position.
Upon lift and dewatering, the casualty was found compromised
and unseaworthy. In order to clear the dock for incoming traffic,
the casualty was moved under hook a quarter mile downriver. The
barge was then lifted and placed on a receiver barge for future