The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported that a salvage team from Donjon-SMIT raised the bow section of capsized liftboat Seacor Power and transported it by barge to a recycling facility
Donjon-SMIT salvors moved Seacor Power on 17 July to the Modern American Recycling Services (MARS) facility in Houma, Louisiana.
USCG said with the bow section removed, salvage work continued at the site, where crews conducted more acoustic surveys of the stern and accommodation sections.
The updated surveys will be used to complete the rigging configuration to prepare the stern section for removal. Once the stern section is raised, the crews will continue the preparation and removal of the accommodation section.
The USCG said a unified commander is monitoring the weather and adjusting operations when needed to ensure the safety of salvage crews.
The USCG safety zone, extending one nautical mile around the site, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary flight restriction, covering a five nautical mile radius around the wreckage site and 2,000-ft minimum altitude, will remain in place until salvage operations are complete.
A temporary flight restriction is in place around the MARS facility to ensure the safety of salvage crews working at the wreckage site and the facility itself, as well as boaters who could place themselves in danger by transiting through an active work site where debris and other underwater obstructions such as anchor wires, mooring ropes and navigational buoys may be present.
The incident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Coast Guard.
Seacor Power capsized on 13 April with the loss of 13 seafarers, as only six of the 19 crew were rescued.
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