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Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, October 11, 2011 — Following an agreement between St.Lucia Air & Seaports Authority and RESOLVE Salvage & Fire (Americas), Inc., RESOLVE refloated the sunken container vessel ANGELN on September 14 and then scuttled the vessel at a deep water reefing site. The 435 ft loaded container ship sank in January 2010 at a depth of 110 feet in the shipping lane three miles outside Vieux Fort, St. Lucia. The wreck sank on its starboard side and spilled its topside load of containers adjacent the wreck. RESOLVE mobilized a team of salvage professionals and owned equipment including the salvage vessel RESOLVE PIONEER, the tugs RESOLVE SUHAILI and LANA ROSE, and the crane barge RMG 400.
The complex operation required clearing the debris field surrounding the wreck including lifting clear the deck house to enable the vessel to be parbuckled upside down. Air fittings and air lines were established to all intact compartments and a refined engineering plan was followed to press air to the ship to complete the initial roll upside down. The hull was then systematically raised to the surface by further blowing of air into tanks and other compartments.
Following refloating, the vessel was stabilized and then towed and scuttled in deeper water. Throughout the operation, RESOLVE monitored the wreck site for oil leakage and also removed and recovered containers containing oil. The environmental conditions at the wreck site posed significant challenges for the salvage team. Very strong ocean currents over three knots were common, as were ocean swells, tropical weather and multiple tropical storms that impacted the project site.
RESOLVE Salvage Master Todd Schauer said, “Raising a 4000-ton ship from 110 feet of water in difficult offshore conditions was an extraordinary challenge. It was a privilege to work with a world class salvage team that delivered success on this project.”
Angeln Refloat from Pioneer deck: Rising from a depth of 110 feet, the bow of the Angeln container vessel is shown here breaking the surface during the refloating operation.
Aerial 1: Wreck of the Angeln under tow to deep water scuttling site, by RESOLVE Tugs Suhaili and Lana RoseAerial 2: Wreck of the Angeln being prepared for scuttling at deep water site with Tug Lana Rose standing by.
RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. is a multi-faceted, global marine services group providing Marine Salvage, Firefighting, Wreck Removal, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and a variety of other marine services including state-of-the-art Maritime Safety Training. RESOLVE is also a leading provider of OPA90 Vessel Emergency Response in the United States with 20 fully equipped salvage and marine firefighting response depots around the U.S. and its territories. RESOLVE comprises four subsidiaries: RESOLVE Salvage & Fire, RESOLVE Marine Services, Resolve Maritime Academy and RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC, the naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary. RESOLVE maintains operations bases in Singapore, China, India and the U.K. as well as its headquarters, operations base and training facility in Fort Lauderdale, FL and nine-acre Gulf of Mexico port facility/operations base in Mobile, AL. RESOLVE China joint venture, Shanghai RESOLVE- Shengmin OSRO Company (SRSOC) will soon deliver Class 1 Oil Spill Response, Hazardous Materials Response Management and Cleanup services in Shanghai. Dedicated to the protection of life, property and the marine environment, RESOLVE has performed numerous, complex salvage and wreck removal assignments and delivered emergency response and a variety of marine services to the global maritime and offshore industries for more than 30 years. More information about RESOLVE, an ISO9001:2008 Certified company, can be found at www.resolvemarine.com