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Coast Guard cleans up derelict vessel

Global Diving and Salvage workers unload hoses for removing 35,000 gallons of oil from the abandoned ship Ked. See page A3 for story. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Global Diving and Salvage workers unload hoses for removing 35,000 gallons of oil from the abandoned ship Ked. See page A3 for story.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

The Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Natural Resources are working to remove a potential pollution threat from a derelict 151-foot motor vessel in the Port Washington Narrows. The mooring lines of the Ked are significantly deteriorated and place it in danger of breaking free or sinking. The vessel may present a threat to human health and safety, the environment or impede navigation of vessels should it break free Coast Guard officials said.

Global Diving and Salvage has been hired to remove the hazardous materials and an estimated 15,000 gallons of oil product mixed with 15,000 gallons of water onboard. Global Diving and Salvage performed an assessment of the Ked and removed three cubic yards of hazardous materials Oct. 11.

The Department of Natural Resources plans to anchor the Ked in place to further stabilize the vessel.

The removal of the oily waste began Tuesday morning.

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