Salvage Team Continues Work on BRIDGEPORT
June 3, 2021
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla - Wednesday, The FARREL 256 was on location at first light, settling into a moor on the port side of the BRIDGEPORT. The salvage team arrived on location and found the sea conditions exceeding the safe operating parameters of the FARRELL 256.
The crew set up to use the T/V MEAGAN ANN to pull the cargo hatch covers away from the port side of the BRIDGEPORT. During the first removal, a line fouled in the MEAGAN ANN's propellers. This required the dive team to turn focus on clearing the props. During this evolution the FARREL 256 was shifted to the starboard side of the barge and into the lee.
Dive operations conducted this afternoon on the port side revealed that there were two hatch covers stacked impeding access to the salvage hatches at #5 & 6 voids. This means that, with one hatch cover removed, two cargo hatch covers remain leaning against the hull.
The FARREL 256, STEPHAN DANN and THOMAS DANN remain on location tonight.
Thursday, The crew will make an early departure to the BRIDGEPORT to continue work on the port side removing cargo hatches and making repairs to the salvage hatches. As the forecast deteriorates in the afternoon we will watch the weather and work as long as it conditions are safe.
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