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Sunken supply vessel likely to remain in Cook Inlet
AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 22nd, 2009 10:31 PM | Associated Press

Posted on 03/23/2009 9:46:35 AM PDT by thackney

The 166-foot supply vessel Monarch is likely to remain in Cook Inlet after its sinking near Nikiski.

"The vessel has been declared a total loss," Jim Butler, spokesman for the company that operated the boat, Ocean Marine Services Inc. in Nikiski, told the Peninsula Clarion.

The Monarch sank Jan. 15 when sea ice pinned it against a platform operated by Chevron. Seven crew members were evacuated onto the platform and flown to shore by helicopter.

"Because of the size of the boat and its proximity to the platform, lifting is a dangerous proposition, and we don't want to do something that would increase the risk to the platform or pipelines," Butler said.

The 2 million-plus-pound vessel is currently set like an anchor in 86 feet of water, accumulating sand. It's positioned about 10 feet southwest of the platform.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: offshore; platform; ship; sunk

The capsized vessel Monarch floats next to the Granite Point oil platform in Cook Inlet. While making a delivery Jan. 15, 2009, the Monarch was pinned to the platform by sea ice and sank. The seven crew members were able to evacuate to the platform and were then transferred to shore by helicopter.

1 posted on 03/23/2009 9:46:35 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

Obviously Bush’s fault.

2 posted on 03/23/2009 11:25:31 AM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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