Refloated ship in Penn Cove heading to Seattle shipyard

  • Wed Jun 6th, 2012 2:08pm
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Associated Press

COUPEVILLE — The Coast Guard said the derelict ship that shut down shellfish harvesting in Penn Cove has been moved from Whidbey Island and is heading to a Ballard shipyard to be dismantled.

Chief Warrant Officer Iain Wells said a tug boat started moving the Deep Sea about 5 a.m. for the trip of about 50 miles.

The 140-foot ship caught fire and sank May 12, leaking fuel. A crane barge raised the Deep Sea on Sunday.

The state Ecology Department says the spill response by various agencies has cost the state nearly $2 million.

The state Health Department said some Penn Cove shellfish beds reopened Tuesday, but some contamination was detected at others that remain closed for more testing next week.