November 11, 2006
Navy to help free Intrepid
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum says that it will partner with the U.S. military to free the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid and prepare it for towing to Bayonne, N.J. for refurbishment and repair. The partnership announcement comes four days after lengthy discussions between officials at the Intrepid and the Pentagon, following the Intrepid's grounding November 6.
The aircraft carrier Intrepid had been scheduled to be towed from its home at New York's Pier 86 to Bayonne, NJ for restoration and refurbishment. But the huge amount of silt that has accumulated underneath and around Intrepid over the past 24 years prevented the ship from being successfully removed. It was moved only 10 to 15 feet.
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Now the Navy will provide salvage support to free the vessel for tow. The support will be within the scope of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit issued to the Museum for dredging in the vicinity of the Intrepid. Salvage support will include the Navy's oversight of the operation, which is take place over the next several weeks.
Once the Navy operation is complete and Intrepid is clear to move, the ship will be towed to Bayonne. The date of the tow, which is not yet determined, will be based on the schedule developed by the Navy and its contractors.
McAllister Towing & Transportation Company, Inc., will manage the next move at no cost to the Museum.
"The Intrepid Museum is thankful to the Navy and to the Army Corps of Engineers for the great help they are providing to this effort." said Arnold Fisher, Chairman of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. "The expertise that the military is offering to solve this situation is crucial in allowing Intrepid to get underway and for us to stay within our schedule to refurbish the ship and rebuild Pier 86."