Boat sal­vaged

Swift ac­tion pre­vented marine disas­ter

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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