Salvage works

Each day, thousands of vessels and floating objects can be found on the world's oceans. Maritime disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. In emergency situations, professional support and experience are required and there is no room for failure, hesitation or error. Environmental care and protection, as well as pollution prevention, are top priorities in every one of the company's salvage operations and wreck removals.

Salvage works include the following activities : 

  • Heavy lift support during salvage operations;
  • Wreck removals.

Projects

Flinterstar's aft section successfully removed
Flinterstar's aft section successfully removed

The recent removal of Flinterstar’s aft section marks the successful completion of the offshore salvage works of the M/V Flinterstar. This project was undertaken in a difficult environment due to the proximity of one of the world’s busiest traffic lanes and strong currents that impeded underwater works. Even so, this salvage project was realised well ahead of deadline, namely the upcoming winter storm season.

The approach for lifting the aft wreck section, which weighed more than 3000 tonnes, was similar to the raising of the forward section: chains were pulled underneath the wreck section, connected to the upper rigging in the Rambiz’ hooks before the combination was raised and placed on a submersible barge for the final lifting stage. The Port of Zeebrugge was an ideal sheltered location for the final phase of the salvage operation.

Given the collision is still subject to a court investigation, this project was executed in close cooperation with, and witnessed by, several federal and local authorities, all of which required tight project management and communication. Furthermore, care was taken to prevent and control the outflow of oil during the salvage operations, with two standby oil skim vessels and additional oil spill barriers available and in use during operations in port.

Scaldis SMC appreciates the full commitment of all involved stakeholders, and believes their dedication was a key factor in the success of this project.

Scaldis SMC is proud to have carried out this salvage operation within the agreed timeframe and budget, again proving itself to be a reliable salvage contractor.

 

Flinterstar's bow successfully lifted from sea
Flinterstar's bow successfully lifted from sea

After being awarded the contract in April 2016, Scaldis immediately started the preparations and the mobilisation of the equipment to ensure a rapid response. Removing the cargo from the hold was the first step, whilst in parallel lifting chains were attached to the bow section of the Flinterstar. On 27th June 2016 all preparatory operations were finished and the lifting commenced. The lifting activities are progressing slowly as planned, due to the fact the water in the hold needs to be pumped out. Health, safety and environmental considerations are of paramount importance. During operations an oil containment vessel was active to capture the small amount of gas oil that was released. After the removal of the water, the bow has been placed on a bespoke pontoon ready for transport. Following seafastening of the bow section the pontoon will be towed to Ghent to be recycled. The stern of the ship is planned to be lifted and removed in August 2016

Wreckremoval of the New Flame
Wreckremoval of the New Flame

In 2009 Scaldis designed, engineered and fabricated a lifting arrangement for the removal of the stern section including the main engine of the New Flame bulkcarrier which sunk near the rock of Gibraltar.

The section was first rigged with messenger wires assisted by ROV and divers.  The rigging, including heavy chain and slings, was installed after the arrival of HLV Rambiz. The chains and the messenger wires pulled the section into the correct position.  The 2850 ton stern section was lifted, stabilised and moved, suspended from Rambiz cranes to the port of Gibraltar before being lifted onto a pontoon for further transport to the scrapyard.

Salvage of the vessel Rokia Delmas
Salvage of the vessel Rokia Delmas

In 2007 Scaldis received the contract to remove the wreck of the Ro-Ro vessel Rokia Delmas.  This project was executed in a joint venture where Scaldis provide the HLV equipment.  The Rokia Delmas was stranded on the coast of Ile de Ré following a black out of its main engine.  The most important task was to avoid any pollution from the wreck reaching local beaches.

The HLV Rambiz together with auxilary equipment cut the Rokia Delmas in several sections, using hydraulic scissors.  The sections were then removed using slings and shackles connected to pre-installed bollards.  The heaviest section was the engine room.  To lift this section the main engine was removed first and the remaining 2800 ton section was lifted with belly chain rigging.  For the smaller sections a large grab was used.

Salvage of autocarrier Tricolor
Salvage of autocarrier Tricolor

The 190m Tricolor sank in 30 metres of water, along with its cargo of approximately 3000 cars as a result of a collision.  It was eventually declared a total loss.  In December 2002, the French authorities ordered the removal of the wreck and this task fell to the consortium "CBT" consisting of Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors and three other companies.

Because the vessel was too large and heavy to be lifted or returned to an upright position in one piece CBT engineered a special salvage plan.  CBT used a specially designed wire cutting system to divide the wreck into nine sections.  The weight of the sections varied between 900 and 3000 tons.

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