Crews this morning were able to free the 572-ft. barge that ran aground on a Virginia beach Thursday night after it broke free from a tug in severe weather. The barge was on its way rom San Juan, Puerto Rico, to New Jersey when it ran into heavey weather from the remnants of Hurrican Ida. The following was released by Crowley Maritime regarding the barges removal.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Titan Salvage crews successfully pulled the barge La Princesa off Sandbridge beach at 7:48 a.m. Wednesday.
The crews used two tugs pulling together on the bow and stern of the barge at high tide to free it. The barge, which broke free from the tug Sentry Thursday night, grounded on the beach near Little Island Pier Friday morning.
Coast Guard, Crowley and Titan Salvage personnel worked together to remove the barge from the beach while ensuring the safety of the public and environment. Coast Guard inspectors and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping will survey the vessel to ensure that it is seaworthy. Once the survey team is satisfied, the tug Sentry will tow the barge to its next port of call in Pennsauken, N.J.