Barge to support recovery operation arrives


U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- A barge contracted by the Navy to support the shallow water recovery operation of Ehime Maru arrived today (Monday) at Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

The roughly 400-foot-long Crowley Maritime Corp. 450-10 barge, which left Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 7, will be at Pearl Harbor to onload equipment and allow divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One the opportunity to conduct training dives.

The barge will serve as a work platform and accommodations barge for Navy divers after Ehime Maru is moved from the its present location to the shallow water recovery site less than a mile south of Honolulu International Airport's Reef Runway. When Ehime Maru is stabilized at a depth of about 115 feet, the divers will search all safely accessible areas to recover missing crewmembers, personal effects and certain unique items from the ship, such as its nameplate and anchor, for a possible memorial.

Media will be invited to photograph the barge while it is berthed at the Navy pier at a date and time to be determined. Navy Public Affairs will announce the date and time once it is scheduled.
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