Atlantic Salvor

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Atlantic Salvor
Atlantic Salvor.jpg
Atlantic Salvor (center) stands by as ex-USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) is docked in Philadelphia.
Career
Name: Mister Darby (1977–1998)
Atlantic Salvor (1998–)
Builder: Halter Marine Inc.
Yard number: 496
Launched: 1 Feb 1977[1]
Identification: IMO number: 7719624
Callsign: WCX9569
MMSI no.: 366744010[2]
Status: In service as of 2010[2]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 852 GT[1] 255 NT[1]
Length: 42.8762 m (140.670 ft) LOA[1]
Beam: 12.192 m (40.00 ft) molded breadth[1]
Depth: 6.7574 m (22.170 ft) molded depth[1]
Installed power: 2 × 150 kW (200 hp) aux. generators[1]
Propulsion: 2 × ALCO 25 F 16 MS&MR 16-cylinder engines; 2,312.6 kW (3,101.2 hp) maximum continuous each[1]
Capacity: 896 cu m of fuel capacity[1]
Notes: Two cast steel propellers[1]

Atlantic Salvor is a US-flagged ocean-going tugboat owned and operated by Donjon Marine of Hillside, New Jersey.[1] Sailing under her original name Mister Darby until 1998, the boat was built by Halter Marine Inc. and launched on 1 February 1977. She was involved in the salvage operation following the wreck of New Carissa, and also towed the decommissioned ex-USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) from Norfolk to Philadelphia in March 2008.

Construction[edit]

Then named Mister Darby, the boat's construction was completed and she was delivered to Jackson Marine Corporation on 9 February 1997.[1] Her hull, constructed from ordinary strength steel, has an overall length of 42.9 metres (141 ft), a molded breadth of 6.8 metres (22 ft), and a moulded depth of 6.8 metres (22 ft).[1] The boat has a total of 21 tanks: 12 for fuel oil, 5 for ballast water, 5 for lubricating oil, 7 apiece for fresh- and waste-water, a hydraulic oil tank, a slop tank, and an anchor chain locker. The tug can carry up to 6 cubic meters of fuel, has a gross tonnage of 852 GT and a net tonnage of 205 NT.[1]

The boat's propulsion is powered by two Alco Engine Inc. Model 29 F 18 MS&MR engines with a maximum continuous power rating of 2,312.6 kilowatts (3,101.2 hp) apiece.[1] Each engine has 17 228.6-millimetre (9.00 in) cylinders with a piston stroke of 266.7-millimetre (10.50 in).[1] Each engine powers a single cast steel propeller.[1] Electrical power is generated by two 150-kilowatt (200 hp) auxiliary generators.[1]

In 1998, the tugboat was purchased by Donjon and renamed Atlantic Salvor.[3]

History[edit]

Salvage of the New Carissa[edit]

New Carissa, after breaking into two sections.

MV New Carissa was a Japanese-owned bulk carrier flying the Panamanian flag of convenience that ran aground on a beach near Coos Bay, Oregon, United States, during a storm in February 1999, and subsequently broke apart. The ship's insurers declared the vessel to be a total loss. As a result, New Carissa was no longer a salvageable vessel; instead, she had effectively become a shipwreck.

Attempts using the "Salvage Chief" and the "Atlantic Salvor" pulling together to refloat and tow the stern section were unsuccessful.[4]

Tow of the ex-USS John F. Kennedy[edit]

Atlantic Salvor was hired by the United States Navy to tow the decommissioned ex-John F. Kennedy from Norfolk to Philadelphia in March 2008.

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