Salvage of burned barge completed in Delaware Bay

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Two weeks after a barge was engulfed in flames in Delaware Bay, the ship was finally pulled from the water.

As bay bulletin reportedly, the barge was carrying scrap metal from household appliances when it caught fire in the early hours of May 23. The fire quickly grew to consume the entire 40ft high cargo pile on the 400ft long barge. Burning in shallow water nine miles south of Port Mahon, not far from Dover, Delaware, the smoke was visible from the shore.

The blaze lasted about 36 hours and drew a huge response, including the New York Fire Department and other fireboats from New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. Once he was finally under control, efforts quickly turned to rescue operations. Rescuers and naval architects developed a plan to “safely assess the barge’s condition and then verify the vessel’s stability and seaworthiness for transit,” according to the Coast Guard.

The houseboat, CMT O Step 6was towed to its original destination of Camden, NJ, where the scrap metal will be removed and recycled.

“Through the close collaboration and coordination between the Unified Command, the crews were able to stabilize the ship and minimize the impact on the maritime transportation system and the environment,” said Captain Jonathan Theel, Sector Commander. of the Delaware Bay Coast Guard.

The Unified Command is made up of representatives from Eastern Metal Recycling, New Jersey Environmental Protection and Emergency Management Services, the Coast Guard, and Cumberland County, NJ Emergency Management.

The barge fire would not have had any major impact on the environment.

-Meg Walburn Viviano

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