USA: Salvage Operation of Dredge Barge Starts

Salvage Operations of Dredge Barge Starts

Salvage operations for the 110-foot Dredge Barge Arthur J and 38-foot Tug Madison, began at first light this morning.

The two vessels sank Thursday morning in Lake Huron off the shoreline of Lakeport State Beach. The cause of the accident is unknown, and the Coast Guard is investigating.

The Captain of the Port Coast Guard Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander Coast Guard Sector Detroit, approved the salvage plan Friday afternoon. MCM Marine, of Sault Ste. Marie and owner of the sunken barge and tug, is also a qualified salvage company and will be managing the salvage operations under the coordination of U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspectors.

The clean-up and salvage crews are working diligently to complete the process and allow residents and visitors to resume normal activities along Lake Huron.

Early this morning a 150-ton crane barge arrived from Sault Ste. Marie as the lead operational resource in salvage efforts. The salvage efforts of the tug Madison and dredge barge Arthur J are on-going, but there is no set timeframe to complete the salvage.

As part of the clean up efforts over the last three days, Marine Pollution Control and Coast Guard personnel have been walking the beaches and cleaning up debris that has washed ashore from the sunken vessels.

After further assessment, the St. Clair County Health Department has reopened all Great Lakes beaches, with the exception of the following which will continue to remain closed as a precaution: Washington Street Beach in Lakeport, Mich.; Lakeport Park – Day Use Recreational Area; Metcalf Road Beach in Burtchville, Mich.; and Fort Gratiot County Park in Fort Gratiot, Mich. Those residents living from Burtch Road to Metcalf Road are also advised to avoid swimming in those areas as a precautionary health measure. Monitoring will continue and further updates will be released when available.

Dredging Today Staff, July 22, 2012; Image: U.S Coast Guard; Lake Huron


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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