Name: M/V Salvage Chief
Owner: Salvage Chief, LLC Leased by the Salvage Chief (LSM380) Foundation
Homeport: Astoria, Oregon
Year: Dec. 23, 1944
Length: 202.6 feet
Beam: 34.6 feet
Draft: 6.5 feet
Engine: Twin screws, two 38D8 1/8 10 cylinder opposed piston Fairbanks Morse engines total 3600 horsepower
Cruising speed: 13.3 knots (24.6 kilometers per hour; 15.3 miles per hour)
Fuel capacity: 80,000 gallons
Use: The Salvage Chief is used for training and standby for emergency operations. In 1944, it was originally commissioned as the USS LSM 380 and then was retrofitted to rescue wrecked vessels.
According to the Salvage Chief Foundation, the ship has conducted more than 300 salvage operations and has saved approximately 95% of the ships run aground and shipwrecks on the West Coast since its start. The foundation is currently advocating to secure funding to update the Salvage Chief so it’s ready for more training and emergency response.