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Saturday, January 20, 2018

DRY DOCK SUNK IN CALCASIEU RIVER (LA)

The dry dock sank at Lat. 30 05 N, Long. 93 19 W in Calcasieu River off Lake Charles when an attempt was made to lift an LPG carrier. The vessel was undamaged in the incident but the dock has partially blocked the entrance channel to Lake Charles.

Currently, traffic is moving; vessels of virtually any beam that normally use the channel can be accommodated. However, there is still a draught restriction of 32 foot. The three dredgers on scene are moving along well. All questions should be addressed to the pilots as they will have the most up-to-date information.

Salvage operations began on 21 June 00 on the dry dock, but there is no estimation of the time by which they will be completed.

The Coast Guard has now approved lightering in the channel/industrial canal if it does not impede other traffic. To make transit more flexible some of the restrictions on the LNG ships have been suspended. Barge traffic continues to move unaffected.

This article can also be found under the Ports and Terminals Section

Source: Biehl & Co. Inc., Beaumont