USA: Bad Weather Delays Arthur J Salvage

Bad Weather Delays Arthur J Salvage

On-scene weather conditions Tuesday continue to delay the on-going salvage operations of the Arthur J, the 110-foot dredge barge that is grounded and partially sunk two miles off the shore of Lakeport, Mich., in Lake Huron.

This is the second day that weather and sea state have caused a delay in the salvage of the vessel that partially sank on Thursday.

Waves measuring 4-6 feet are causing conditions deemed too dangerous for salvage crews to attempt to remove the vessel from the lake. Anticipating a window of favorable weather conditions, responders plan to continue salvage operations Wednesday morning, before more severe weather conditions, predicted later in the day, cause any further delays.

Environmental clean-up operations over the last several days continue to be successful. The substantial threat to the environment has been mitigated through removal of fuel and oil from the wreck.

Clean-up crews will continue to walk the beaches to ensure they meet a standard approved by the state of Michigan and St. Clair County Health Department officials.

The Unified Command has reopened all Lake Huron beaches that were previously closed.

In the event that debris from the sunken vessels washes ashore, the public should call the local hazardous material removal unit so the hazardous material can be safely and properly disposed of.

Dredging Today Staff, July 25, 2012; Image: US Coast Guard

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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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