DEER PARK, TEXAS Phoenix Pollution Control and Environmental Services, Inc. assisted in emergency ship-to-shore off load pumping operations performed on the historic Battleship Texas. The 100 year old USS Texas, located near the San Jacinto Battleground State Park in Deer Park, Texas, began taking on water over the weekend. Jimmy Watson, from the regional office of the Texas Parks and Wildlife department was on hand to describe the situation. “We were notified Saturday around three P.M. that she was taking on water so we sent three additional four inch pumps out to keep up with the amount of water coming in.”
Phoenix dispatched a Hazmate team and a 70 barrel vacuum truck to set up oil skimming operations inside of the massive ship to prevent oil from being released into the Houston Ship Channel during the water pumping operations. Watson escorted the PIC and Safety Compliance Manager down four decks to the engine room to inspect and establish a safe and efficient approach to removing the oil. All though the battleship had good air flow on the upper decks, the engine room, where the work would be taking place was approaching 100 degrees in temperature. The first Job Safety Awareness task identified was the potential of heat exhaustion and was later addressed during the site safety meeting that occurred top side prior to beginning the project. Another potential hazard was slips, trips and falls due to the cramped conditions throughout the ship. Response crew members had to be safety aware for themselves and for the visiting public’s safety as well.
The Response Team laid out vacuum hose and added a Frac Tank to pump the oil into. Then Phoenix hooked the tank up to a 130 barrel vacuum truck so as to pull from the tank and transport to an authorized disposal facility.
News crews from all over the State were sending out reports about the sinking monument and the emergency response to fix the leak. The visitors continued with there exploring of the battleship while not knowing they were on a sinking ship!
The Battleship Texas has had leaks in the past and have been repaired using this same approach; 1. Pumping off the oil from the ship. 2. Pumping the water out of the ship. 3. Divers locating the damage causing the leak. 4. Utilizing underwater welders to repair and patch the damage.
Phoenix Pollution Control and Environmental Services was honored to be a part of the Emergency Response team of contractors that played a part in saving the Battleship Texas. For more information on the services we offer please call 281-838-3400.