Swift action prevented marine disaster
SWIFT action was taken to clean up debris and protect the marine environment, following last Tuesday’s boat fire at the Port of Airlie Marina.
Just one day after the 18metre timber vessel Arawe burned and sank, an Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc clean-up crew sprang into action.
Eco Barge founder Libby Edge said Port of Airlie management contacted her immediately, requesting a rapid oil spill response clean-up.
“And I had seven of my crew down there the next morning,” she said.
Ms Edge said oil, diesel and debris was “beautifully contained” in the oil boom nets put in place by Port of Airlie staff and Maritime Safety Queensland officers before the vessel sank.
She said this swift action was essential, “otherwise you would have a marine disaster.”
“This was very well managed and contained so hats off to that team and hats off to my crew for a rapid response,” she said.
While the Eco Barge crew completed its two-and-a-half day clean-up, a salvage operation also got underway.
David Edge, of David Edge Marine Contracting, took a crane barge over to the site on Friday. Mr Edge lifted the sunken boat to the surface and towed it to the marina wall on a high tide.
“When the tide went out we patched any burnt holes in the hull and we put three large salvage pumps in the boat,” he said.
“We were pumping 10 tonnes of water per minute to get it to float, then up she came.”
Arawe is now afloat and will be towed to Edges Boat Yard once forensic investigations are complete.
AFTERMATH: Dave Edge from David Edge Marine Contracting is salvaging the vessel Arawe which caught fire at Port of Airlie last week.