The Alaska Plaza in its new home after being cut up and resurfaced. (Bill McQuarrie photo)

The Alaska Plaza in its new home after being cut up and resurfaced. (Bill McQuarrie photo)

80-foot barge resurfaced in Port McNeill

Environment Canada brought in private contractors to refloat the barge.

The Alaska Plaza, the 80-foot barge that capsized and sank at the Port McNeill government dock on Christmas Eve and then sunk again on Jan. 8, has risen from its watery grave.

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Environment Canada brought in private contractors who worked under the supervision of the coast guard to finally resurface the barge last week.

The barge actually had to be partially cut apart by divers from Colmor Marine & Salvage, located in the Comox Valley, who ended up removing the entire top floor in order to raise it from the depths.

Divers worked for weeks using underwater torching devices to cut through and remove the top floor in sections, which came out to roughly around 35 to 40 tonnes of steel.

The Alaska Plaza is a steel accommodation barge owned and operated by Croman Corp. of Oregon USA. Croman will be fully responsible for the cleanup, and the coast guard told media that the environmental impact is likely to be minimal.


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