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Waller Marine, Inc. supports the marine salvage industry with
consulting services offering sometimes-unique technical
solutions to the salvage of vessels and drilling rigs.

Support of the salvage industry and vessel owners also includes
the preparation of computer-based models of barges and ships
for load monitoring and to provide quick response capability to
owners and salvers to determine vessel condition and solutions
when a collision or sinking event occurs.

Often Waller Marine is asked to perform a marine salvage
operation itself, such as the recent repair and salvage in 2007 of
the oil barge, DBL 152, which WMI undertook with it's own
personnel as described below.
Waller Marine recently completed the marine salvage operation of
the 160,000 bbl tank barge DBL 152 at a location in the Port of
Chickasaw, Alabama. The 20,000-dwt barge, having dimensions
of 442 feet in length, 76 feet beam and 44 feet to the Trunk Deck,
capsized in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the hull striking a
submerged object when fully loaded with bunker fuel.

Verde metals of Brownsville, Texas eventually purchased the
barge for salvage and possible reuse. After having the oil removed
and still in the overturned position, Waller repaired the damaged
tank tops and bottom shell plating created by the accident and
subsequent oil removal to ABS survey, and proceeded to plan the
up-righting of the barge.

Salvage operations were based upon a complex sequence of lifting
the hull on air and simultaneous ballasting and the positioning and
attachment of high holding-power anchors and powerful winches.
The barge was successfully rotated to a position where the hull
took a 90 degree angle to the water and then dramatically rotated
to the upright in the confined slip in the Port of Chickasaw,
Mobile, Alabama.
The DBL 152 upright!
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