The sunken ship at the bottom of the Hylebos Waterway won't be leaving right away.
A crane brought to Tacoma on Thursday was supposed to lift the Helena Star to the surface so it could be towed away. But authorities scrapped that plan Friday.
The freighter has deteriorated so much that it might break apart while being lifted, the Department of Ecology said.
An Ecology spokeswoman said it will take several days to evaluate options for removal, which could be months away depending on the option chosen. The ship sank in January.