Salvors successfully refloated the Bonnie G, a cargo vessel that ran aground in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, after 26 days.
ccording to the US Coast GUARD, salvors pre-staged necessary equipment and conducted required preparations to refloat the Bonnie G, including pressure testing multiple vessel tanks to pump air inside and keep the water out of the compartments during refloating operations.
#FinalUpdate @USCG Bonnie G Response Incident Command concludes after #DonJonSMIT salvors successfully refloated the Bonnie G and towed her to safe harbor at the Sandfilldock in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Monday. #PlaylandMarineLLC
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) October 31, 2023
The Coast Guard coordinated with local government partners, including the Department of Planning & Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration experts, to create a pollution mitigation and removal plan for the grounded cargo vessel Bonnie G.
The vessel owners and salvors will now coordinate further operations to remove the damaged cargo, remaining oil, and conduct further salvage or repair operations.