Salvage efforts continue for sunken tender in Haines

Haines Harbor

Haines Harbor. (Photo by Michael Grosch/Flickr)

A salvage operation and clean-up efforts are still underway in Haines, where a 78-foot tender sank last weekend in the boat harbor.

The tender Neptune is being raised from the bottom of the Haines Harbor, although progress is going more slowly than anticipated.

That’s according to Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Erikson who has been on scene this week observing the salvage operation and monitoring the leaking fuel from the vessel that is polluting the harbor.

“The tides were not working in our favor yesterday so the vessel slipped a little,” he said. “They were able to push the nose back up to where it was.”

“This afternoon they’re looking to go ahead and swing the stern back to the rocky shelf to keep it a little higher as the tide comes in and then work on it again when the tide goes out.”

But now that the boat is at least partly above water, containment booms surrounding the harbor were removed Thursday. Booms remain around the tender to contain fuel and oils still leaking and cleanup continues, but boats are now able to move freely in and out of the harbor.

The Neptune sank while moored at the harbor Saturday, Oct. 5. Containment booms were placed at the harbor’s entrance and no fuel was reported to have escaped into Port Chilkoot or Lynn Canal, but the state and Coast Guard required boats leaving the harbor, including the Haines fishing fleet, get hosed down at a decontamination station.

The boat’s owner estimated there was about 1,600 gallons of fuel on board when it sank. It’s unclear how much of that leaked, but it’s far less than the 10,000 gallon benchmark that would make it a major spill, Erikson said.

See the full story at APRN: Salvage Efforts Continue For Sunken Tender In Haines

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