Lieutenant Jason Franz with the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Paducah said the cleanup process should take about a month to complete, depending on the weather, but that it could take longer should there be inclement weather.
“If there’s snow or heavy rains, they would probably be out there beyond the 30 days,” Franz said.
Crews with Global Diving and Salvage, a contractor hired by Foss Maritime, will clear most but not all of the debris, Franz said. Suzanne Lagoni, media contact for Foss Maritime, confirmed that they hired the crews and that the salvage work started on Thursday.
Lagoni also confirmed the 30-day estimate and said many regional companies, including Southern Marine Construction Company, Crop Production Services and Bailey Port, Inc., are also participating.
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