Bell 157 capsized and sank
in San Pablo, Bay CA. while under tow. Two Crewmen working below decks
perished during the sinking The vessel was lightened with
heavy lift derricks and 38 - 9 ton lift bags. The SALVAGE CHIEF then
winched the dredge on bottom approximately 2000 yards into 17 feet
of water at mean low tide. With the decks out of the water our salvage
crew was able to pump and re-float the dredge. Due to the vessels age
and conditions, it was declared a total loss and scraped.
|The tanker Sansinenea
exploded burned and
sank at berth # 46, Los Angeles, CA. The M/V SALVAGE CHIEF was
dispatched to undertake this major harbor clearance task. The principal
dimensions of the wreck were 810 feet overall length , 104 ft breadth
and 60 feet deep. A total of 16,414 long tons of steel was removed.
Approximately 30,000 bbls. of bunker oil was also removed from the
wreckage and the bottom of the harbor. The entire tasks was completed in
104 workings days.