“What’s New With CRA” Blog: Finding the Pot of Gold | 03/20/2015
On St. Patrick’s Day, we typically think of leprechauns, shamrocks, four leaf clovers, and luck. Here at CRA, you can call us “treasure hunters,” as we have a knack for finding things. As surveyors, our clients usually have one goal in mind whether it’s locating a pipeline, checking the depth of a dock, or finding an abstract object or a depression on the seafloor. We are used to unusual requests, and we have had our fair share of interesting projects such as surveying over 100 miles of the Yellowstone River in Montana as well as conducting sedimentation studies at the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.
There are times when salvage and investigations are crucial in ports and harbors, such as the recent ship collision that happened on the Houston Ship Channel last week (a chemical tanker colliding into a bulk carrier causing a gas leak) and after major storms. Depending on the location and size of the object, it is possible to rupture or puncture the hull of a vessel or barge. The most important things to consider on the waterway regarding a potentially dangerous object is structural integrity, environment, and safety. The real first responders in these types of situations in navigable waters are the U.S. Coast Guard. Last week wasn’t the luckiest for the maritime industry of Houston due to the vessel collision, but overall the safety record is very good, especially considering that the Port of Houston is the second busiest port in the nation!