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Crews position second barge for New Carissa wreck removal
06/19/2008
 
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More information:   Julie Curtis, 503-986-5298 (desk); 503-510-6860 (cell)
 
"Karlissa B" barge being moved to wreck site
 
Coos Bay – Titan Maritime has started the process to position the second of two barges by the New Carissa wreck off the North Spit near Coos Bay.
 
Today, the Karlissa B was moved to the west side of the wreck. “The weather and tides were better than forecasted, so we moved quickly to get the barge out,” said David Parrot, managing director of Titan. If the weather and tides continue to be favorable, the barge should be “jacked up” out of the water by later this evening, he said.
 
The Karlissa A barge was positioned two weeks ago. Titan’s salvage crew has been working from the K-A, and workers were ferried to the site by helicopter until the recent installation of a cable-car system that connects the barge to the onshore staging area.
 
Salvagers removed a fresh-water tank from the wreck to serve as a breakwater to assist in removing the ship’s buried crane head, and have made initial cuts in the wreck to prepare for removal operations. Most of the scrap metal will be stored on the Karlissa B.  
 
The removal plan calls for both barges to be raised about 40 feet above the surf by pneumatic jacks that drive the barges’ steel legs into the sand. To fully position the Karlissa B will take up to several days, said Parrot.
 
The barges – each 170 by 80 by 13 feet – were moved in late May from Coos Bay’s Central Dock to the Cape Arago Dock in Empire owned by Sause Bros.
 
Titan employees and many local contractors worked on the barges for two months to prepare the barges for the removal process at the wreck site. The project is expected to infuse an estimated $4 million into the local economy.
 
Titan has secured the on-shore work area on Foredune Road with fencing, and built a temporary bypass road to allow public access on the North Spit.
 
More information about the removal process is available on the Department of State Lands (DSL) Web site – www.oregonstatelands.us. The department is the state agency that oversees the territorial sea, in which the stern section of the New Carissa rests.
 
DSL has a contract with Titan to remove the wreckage by Oct. 1, 2008. All funds for the removal are from a $25 million jury award paid by the ship’s owners in 2002.
 
Important information:  
 
Access to the staging area: All of the access routes on the North Spit are soft-sand surfaces, which are difficult to travel. Only appropriate all-terrain vehicles equipped with orange or red ATV flags should be used. Contact Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental, 541-759-3313, for information about transportation services.
 
Flying & access restrictions:  Restrictions are in place to protect approximately 240 acres of prime nesting habitat for western snowy plovers, located on the dry sand portion of the beach and foredune just south of the New Carissa staging area. The dry sand in this area is closed to all traffic, including foot traffic, and there is a NO FLY ZONE over the restricted area. See the attached BLM map for additional information.
 
Contacting Titan:  Media are advised that Titan personnel will be unavailable for interviews during the barge positioning process. Please contact Julie Curtis at the Department of State Lands for additional information.
 
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.
 
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