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Giant refinery tank recovered from Puget Sound
140-foot, 475-ton cylinder recovered from northern Puget Sound near BP refinery in Washington
By The Associated Press

FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) ' Workers have recovered a 475-ton steel tank that fell into the northern Puget Sound two weeks ago on the way to a BP refinery near Ferndale, Wash.

BP spokesman Bill Kidd told KGMI-AM ( that two of the largest crane barges on the West Coast were brought in Wednesday to lift the cylinder out of the water.

The cylinder is 140 feet long and 12 feet in diameter, and it's worth millions of dollars. It's part of a $400 million project to equip the refinery to produce cleaner diesel fuel.

Kidd says the cylinder wasn't damaged.

It was dropped in the water Dec. 9 near Cherry Point, which is close to the Canadian border, as it was being moved off a barge. The Coast Guard says the accident was caused by a crane failure that also injured a worker.


Information from: KGMI-AM,

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