Works begin to remove overturned barge in Pittwater

 

Source: Manly daily

Work commenced on Thursday to remove an overturned barge and truck in Pittwater.

Four men had to be rescued of the remote Great Mackerel Beach on August 21 after the barge — which was ferrying a truck carrying 10,000 litres of liquid waste — overturned in Pittwater.

The truck had pumped the sullage from a tank on a wharf at Great Mackerel Beach on the same day it overturned.

A barge salvage operation is taking place in Great Mackerel Beach. Picture: RMS/ Martin Keyes.

A barge salvage operation is taking place in Great Mackerel Beach. Picture: RMS/ Martin Keyes.

The barge was expected to be moved, turned and floated with the help of two crane barges, weather and sea conditions permitting.

Work to recover the sewage truck beneath the barge, on the seabed floor, was set to start once the barge had been removed.

A barge salvage operation is taking place in Great Mackerel Beach. Picture: RMS/ Martin Keyes.

A barge salvage operation is taking place in Great Mackerel Beach. Picture: RMS/ Martin Keyes.

That part of the operation was not scheduled to take place on Thursday.

A statement from Roads and Maritime Services said authorities were on-site to ensure careful management of the marine environment was maintained to minimise any long-term impact. Additional resources have been on the scene to respond to any further contamination during the salvage.


 

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