The U.S. Coast Guard has established a Unified Command to oversee the salvage and wreck removal and pollution response to the capsized SEACOR Power lift boat off Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
The Unified Command is comprised of representatives from the Coast Guard and SEACOR Marine who are engaged in-person at the site. The Unified Command will oversea the salvage and wreck removal, including the safe removal of fuel and oil, for the SEACOR Power.
The command is comprised of Coast Guard Capt. Wade Russell and Joseph Ruiz, a general manger with SEACOR Marine.
The 234-foot lift vessel was carrying a maximum potential of 35,000 gallons of fuel, lube oil, hydraulic and waste oil. At this time, there are no reported impacts to wildlife, and responders will continue to assess as work progresses.
SEACOR Marine, as the responsible party, activated its response plan.
Underground oil lines are not compromised and are being monitored, the Coast Guard said.
There is an approximate one-mile safety zone around the scene which includes a Federal Aviation Administration temporary flight restriction, and a marine safety information bulletin is being broadcasted.
The SEACOR Power capsized during a severe squall shortly after departing Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Tuesday, April 13, with 19 people on board. Six crew members were recovered safely following the accident. Seven people currently remain missing.
SEACOR Power is owned and operated by Houston-based SEACOR Marine and was chartered to Talos Energy at the time of the accident.
The NTSB and Coast Guard are investigating the incident as a “Major Marine Casualty”.
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