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June 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

UPDATE: Derelict crabbing boat arrives at Ballard locks

The derelict crabber "Deep Sea," left, goes through the Ballard locks Wednesday on its way to be dismantled at a Ballard boatyard. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. | The old crabber made the journey from Penn Cove off Whidbey Island today and arrived at the Ballard locks about 12:30 this afternoon.

The derelict vessel is to be dismantled at a Ballard boatyard.

Original post:

The derelict Deep Sea crabber that was refloated in Penn Cove is being now being pulled by tugboat to Ballard, where it will be scrapped, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The boat is currently near Hat Island and Everett and could be at the Ballard locks by early afternoon, said ecology spokesman Larry Altose. The ship is heading for Stabbert Maritime Yacht & Shop in Ballard where it will be dry-docked, Altose added.

If you want to see the boat’s progress through the Sound, you can go to the marinetraffic.com website.

The Deep Sea is surrounded by a flotilla of two crane barges and a salvage ship, all of which were there to raise it from Penn Cove.  The ship caught fire May 12 and sank, forcing the closure of  shellfish beds in Penn Cove out of concerns over leaking fuel.

“The Deep Sea is doing well. It had about an inch of water in it last night that was because of rain,” Altose said.

Altose said the spill response is expected to cost various agencies nearly $2 million.

Related links:

Parts of Penn Cove reopen to shellfish harvest

Refloated ship in Penn Cove to be towed to Seattle

Junker boat’s owner often in hot water

 

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