The Project:

Assisted in heavy bunker fuel removal from the wreckage of the Princess Kathleen, which sank after grounding on Point Lena near Juneau, Alaska, in 1952. In order to mitigate potential environmental damage, Foss worked in conjunction with Global Diving & Salvage, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to extract over 300,000 gallons of bunker fuel and oily water from the wreck and transport it to a waste oil-recycling center. To secure the vessels on location, Foss designed and installed a four point mooring system aboard the barge.

Services Provided:

  • Salvage Operations
  • Marine Engineering
  • Pollution Control Equipment
  • Project Cargo & Logistics
  • Subsea Site Survey & Mapping


  • Provided the tank barge Foss 248 P-2, and the ocean-going tug the Halle Foss to assist in the fuel removal and transportation
  • Provided project management and a project team for 24 hour operations lasting over 90 days
  • Worked within the USCG National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Designed a site specific mooring system to secure the response vessels above the Princess Kathleen, which lay on a slope between 52 and 134 feet depths within 1000 feet of Lena Point
  • Deployed oil spill response equipment and materials from the barge to contain free floating oil