Donjon salvages barge sunk under Newport Pell Bridge

Hillside, N.J., headquartered Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging and related emergency response services was contracted in early November 2011 to raise a 300-ton barge used as a platform for painting supplies and disposal equipment that sank in 100 feet of water after a violent Noreaster storm near Newport Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island. At the time of the sinking he barge also contained a reported 2,400 gallons of fuel oil.

Working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the barge owners, underwriters, and environmental groups, Donjon's salvage crews and divers devised a salvage plan, worked to clear the barge of hazardous materials and oil, and with its 1,000-ton floating crane Chesapeake 1,000, lifted the barge with a number of slings. The job was successfully completed in 33 days.

"This project required experience in professional heavy lift salvage, deep water diving, and environmental remediation, to name just a few," said John A. Witte, Jr., Executive Vice President of Donjon. "Donjon Marine brings all of these capabilities and over 40 years of cost-effective service in response to the needs of the marine community to each job it completes."

January 9, 2010