Barge removal: A piece at a time
Some 600 tons of metal from the derelict barge that overturned in the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal has been removed, St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin said.
Naquin told the Franklin City Council Tuesday that LAD Services LLC of Morgan City had previously righted the barge and began removing sections to attempt to lighten the load and continue to float the hull.
Another 100 tons of mud has been removed from the barge. “He’s trying to lighten the barge so he can pull it closer to the bank,” Naquin said. “He went down with two divers. When that barge turned over it looked like it exploded and sucked the whole side that was on the bottom in.”
Naquin said the removal is “not going as fast as I would like, but the traffic in the canal is still restricted to 55-foot wide barges. We’re going to get with the Coast Guard and hopefully open it up to normal traffic.”
The barge overturned in April 2010 after being delivered to T. Moore Services LLC for salvage.