Case Studies


USS Bonhomme Richard Fire: Keeping San Diego Harbor Safe From Contamination


In July 2020, fire raged aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard for nearly five days at the Naval Base in San Diego. In addition to clouding San Diego with a haze of smoke, the waters of the harbor itself were in jeopardy of contamination — especially during the remediation and cleanup process. To ensure a safe, thorough cleanup process in accordance with strict state and federal regulations, a major environmental company was commissioned to lead the project.

Providing industrial and emergency-spill cleanup services nationwide since 1992, the environmental company was ready to bring its considerable expertise to the cleanup efforts. In addition to remediation of environmental waste produced by the fire, efforts included pressure washing and cleaning the interior and exterior of the ship and ensuring that zero contaminated wastewater spilled into the harbor waters.

Partnering with Ironclad Environmental Solutions

As soon as Ironclad Environmental Solutions was contacted for additional support, it was all hands on deck, with Ironclad drivers and maintenance technicians across Southern California jumping into action. After green-tagging tanks and containment berms, dispatchers quickly scheduled delivery. With the goal of collecting all wastewater into floating barges, teams transferred the wastewater to Ironclad frac tanks on the pier to be subsequently transported, treated, and properly disposed of.

Challenges and Solutions

As with any major emergency, it’s nearly impossible to do things fast enough; time is always of the essence. Responding to the Bonhomme Richard fire was no exception. For Ironclad, the main challenge was delivering and setting up the tanks — 20 in all! — within a small window of time, while adhering to state and federal labor regulations limiting hours for drivers.

But Ironclad Environmental Solutions delivered, on time and without a hitch. After coordinating with third-party haulers for equipment delivery and setup, IRONCLAD successfully met all customer parameters and put in place:

In An Emergency, We’ve Got Your Back

At Ironclad Environmental Solutions, we’re ready for any emergency liquid and solids containment needs, with our fleet of rent-ready, safe, cost-effective solutions for a wide range of industries.


Contact us today and speak to our experts to determine which size and features are right for your immediate needs or call 800.421.7471.

Project Requirements:

  • Project Requirements: A major environmental company
  • Products Needed: Tanks and berms used to contain and store wastewater generated by fire remediation and cleanup process

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