Salvage crews have completed the removal of diesel fuel from sunken liftboat Seacor Power (IMO 8765682) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the US Coast Guard reported on May 13th.
A hot tap method was used to pump the fuel from the vessel’s tanks into tanks on sister ship Seacor Eagle for transportation to shore.
The next salvage phase was underway, with crews continuing to remove and isolate hydraulic oil and petroleum products. The lift boat was carrying a maximum potential of 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel, lube oil, hydraulic, and waste oil when it capsized.
The USCG had established a Unified Command to oversee the salvage, wreck removal and pollution response to the incident location, about eight miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
The UC consists of representatives from the USCG and Seacor Marine, the vessel’s owner.
The NTSB and USCG are investigating the incident as a Major Marine Casualty.
2002-built, USA-flagged, 2,276 gt Seacor Power is owned by Falcon Global Offshore II LLC care of manager Seacor Liftboats LLC of Louisiana, USA. ISM manager is Seacor Marine LLC of Morgan City, Louisiana, USA. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Offshore) on behalf of Falcon Global Holdings LLC.