Salvors have started removing fuel from the tanks of lift boat Seacor Power (IMO 8765682), which capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in April.
Phoenix International and Donjon Marine have been contracted for dive and salvage operations.
The US Coast Guard said that the vessel could have been carrying up to 35,000 gallons of fuel, lube oil, hydraulic and waste oil when it overturned in rough weather on April 13th about eight miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. No spills have been reported.
Salvage crews began lightering operations on Monday after arriving over the weekend. They are using the hot-tapping method, which involves drilling into the fuel tanks and making a hose connection. Divers are working above and below the water from another Seacor Marine lift boat, the Seacor Eagle, which is being used for salvage and pollution response efforts.
The USCG said that operations would be paused if seas exceed 4ft, or wind speeds surpassed 15mph, or if currents grew stronger then 1.25mph. The USCG has asked mariners to maintain a distance of at least a mile from the wreck site.
Six crew members were saved when the Seacor Power capsized; the bodies of six others were recovered over the following days, but seven remained missing.
The NTSB’s first report on the accident, declared a major incident, is expected later this month. The full report into the accident’s causes will be released sometime next year.
The NTSB will split its analysis into People, Machinery and Weather.
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.