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Oil Barge-Millicoma

 

 

March 20, 2005 Fred Devine Diving & Salvage Co. was contracted by Sause Bros. Ocean Towing to salvage the oil barge " Millicoma" from a rocky cove below North Head Lighthouse north of  the mouth of the Columbia River. The 350-foot barge broke loose from a tugboat towline in bad weather on the Columbia River bar. 

 

CapeDisappointment 166.jpg (119796 bytes)Mick Leitz, President and Salvage Master of Fred Devine Diving & Salvage Co.  conducted the salvage effort with personnel from Fred Devine Diving & Salvage Co. Diving Division, their salvage vessel the "Salvage Chief", Foss Maritime tugs "American" and "Betsy L" and the Sause tug "Navaho". 

 

N6672D Delivering Tow Line - lr CH.jpg (619226 bytes)On scene to assist with potential environmental pollution, if necessary, were the National Response Corporation and the Marine Spill Response Corporation. Helicopter support was provided by Hillsboro Helicopter, Arctic Air Service and Columbia Helicopter.

 

 

When weather and the tides permitted Fred Devine Diving & Salvage Co. & Sause Bros. Ocean Towing personnel were put aboard to prepare the vessel for refloating.  Eleven of the fifteen fuel tanks were extensively damaged. Four of the six rake tanks were also damaged.

 

 Mr. Leitz called in the Fred Devine Diving & Salvage Company's 202 foot salvage 6 Salvage Chief KGW.jpg (19082 bytes) vessel the "M/V Salvage Chief” to winch the “ Millicoma" from the rocky cove.  To stabilize the barge 10" tow lines were flown by Columbia Helicopters Boeing Vertol between the "M/V Salvage Chief" and the barge "Millicoma" . Buoyancy was restored to the barge by using large air blowers to pump air into the damaged cargo tanks.  The "M/V Salvage Chief" successfully winched the barge "Millicoma" from the rocky cove.

Pictures provided by :USCG, Foss Maritime, LeAnn Bailey & Mark & Susan Gawecki

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