Drydock sinks, tug capsizes at Vigor shipyard

EVERETT, Wash. – A drydock partially sank here Sunday night at the Vigor Marine Shipyard, causing a Crowley tug containing as much as 60,000 gals. of diesel fuel to capsize yesterday. Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology responders are overseeing the situation currently.

The Coast Guard reports that crews worked to stabilize the drydock and have set it level so that it “rests on the bottom at its mooring,” currently. “The tug, which had been on the dock for maintenance work, is afloat, listing 90 degrees on its starboard side.”

Here is video of the state of affairs as of mid-day yesterday, supplied by YouTube user RileyGM87:


The tug is reportedly a CrowleyInvader-class tug. The Invader-class was built by J. Ray McDermott shipyard in Morgan City, La., and measure 136’x36’6”x19’2”. They are twin-screw, 5-bladed with dual EMD 20-645-E5 engines and Caterpillar D 3304 auxiliaries, with a maximum continuous horsepower of 7,200.

In addition to the tug, the drydock also held paint, scissor lifts and a propane forklift.

The Coast Guard reports that, “workers have surrounded the area with three rows of oil spill containment boom in case of a leak or spill.” Vigor has hired a salvor to develop a plan for righting the tug and getting the drydock off the bottom. 

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