The owner of a derelict barge, the Davy Crockett, that required a $22 million cleanup after oil spilled into the Columbia River in southwest Washington has been sentenced to four months in prison. Courtesy of WA Department of Ecology.
The Deep Sea, a 140-foot derelict crab-fishing boat, caught fire and sank in May off Whidbey Island. The cleanup cost the state nearly $3 million. (Contributed photo / Washington Department of Natural Resource).
Global Diving and Salvage divers see a dark brown stream of oil flowing from the Deep Sea on May 23, 2012. Globules of oil float to the surface and are caught in a containment boom. Source: Washington Department of Ecology
The derelict Vessel, Deep Sea, caught fire and sank in May 2012, spewing diesel fuel into the Puget Sound. This caused the closing of the shellfish beds in the area’s pristine waters. Source: WA Ecology
VESSELS OF CONCERNFollowing the $22 million Davy Crockett cleanup, agencies united to form the Derelict Vessel Task Force. So far, they have identified 41 vessels to monitor. Sizes range from small floating homes to the LST 1166, which is 373 feet long.