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Davy Crockett is ready to be dismantled

Ecotrope | April 19, 2011 10:22 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:39 p.m.

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To prevent environmental contamination during the dismantling of the derelict barge Davy Crockett, a cofferdam has been built around the vessel. The structure is nearly done, and dismantling work is set to begin next week.

To prevent environmental contamination during the dismantling of the derelict barge Davy Crockett, a cofferdam has been built around the vessel. The structure is nearly done, and dismantling work is set to begin next week.

A report from the U.S. Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology today about the Davy Crockett, the derelict barge that leaked a 15-mile sheen of oil into the Columbia River earlier this year:

“Construction of the cofferdam to surround the barge Davy Crockett is nearly complete (may be done as of writing). This includes installation of a “deflection breakwater” just upstream of the barge. The breakwater will protect the cofferdam and crews working on the barge’s destruction from any debris carried by the river’s currents. Preparations are underway to begin work on cutting up the stern of the Davy Crockett next week. Removal of the rest of the ship will follow the removal of the stern.”

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