Paddle boat owner granted extra time for salvage

30 May 2014

Equipment will be moved into place from Monday to start the salvage of the paddle boat Avoca from the Murray River near Mildura.

Roads and Maritime Services Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said Road and Maritime Services had granted an extension for the vessel’s removal and was satisfied with efforts being made by the owner.

“The owner, who is responsible for arranging the salvage of the vessel, applied for an extension to the removal date and this has been granted after consideration of information provided, including the cost and complexity of the operation,” Mr Wright said.

“A 14 day extension has been granted for the refloat of the vessel and an additional seven days to remove it from the water. We have been provided all necessary documentation to be satisfied the complex salvage effort is under way.

“Barges and lifting gear have been sourced and will be moved into place from next week.

“There has has been no reported pollution and we are monitoring the area daily and working closely with the owners to ensure the vessel is removed as quickly as possible.”

Specialist lifting equipment will be required to remove the 38 metre vessel which sank on its mooring in the Murray River just above the Mildura Weir on 25 April.

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