first_imgWith more than 80 percent of the vessel now gone, the dismantling of the Davy Crockett continues at a steady clip.But even with an aggressive work pace — crews have pulled as much as 50,000 pounds of steel from the broken vessel in a single day — officials now say it could be late August or September before the broken liberty ship-turned-barge is gone from the north bank of the Columbia River near Camas.“They’ve been pretty much working on this thing seven days a week, almost nonstop,” said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.The numbers continue to climb — 3.6 million pounds of steel removed, another 730,000 pounds of debris, more than 13,000 gallons of bunker oil and almost 5,000 pounds of asbestos.And the cost stands at $16.6 million to date, paid for by the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.At this point, most of the work is taking place underwater, said Kim Schmanke, a Washington State Department of Ecology spokesperson. Recent photos show little remaining of the 431-foot vessel.“We’re down to about the last 100 feet of bow section,” Schmanke said.Owner investigatedThe saga began in January, when Davy Crockett owner Brett Simpson attempted to scrap the damaged vessel while it was afloat. Instead, the vessel buckled and partially sank, releasing oil and debris into the Columbia River.last_img read more