DAILY NEWS Feb 20, 2014 2:13 PM - 0 comments

Prince Rupert Port Authority overseeing salvage operation on submerged ramp

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PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.-- The Prince Rupert Port Authority is overseeing a salvage operation to recover a 185-tonne floating ro-ro (roll-on, roll-off cargo) ramp that was partially submerged on the morning of Saturday, February 15th.

The ramp, located at the north end of Fairview Container Terminal, lost buoyancy due to corrosion of one of its pontoons. Although still secured to the shoreline, the ramp is partly underwater, the port authority said.

The ro-ro ramp is a remnant of Fairview’s former function as a breakbulk terminal, and is not part of current operations at the container facility.

Containment booms have been placed around the site to mitigate environmental risks.

The Port Authority is working with partners from the local marine community to recover the ramp and its related infrastructure.

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