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Sunken container vessel Angeln refloated by Resolve Salvage
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.
Titan Salvage have successfully removed 230 tons of fuel from the submerged "Angeln" off the southern coast of Saint Lucia. The vessel which was en route to Guyana in late February, capsized and sank in 105 feet of water about two miles from the port Vieux-Fort. No lives were lost in the incident. Titan was contracted by the vessel owners to remove the hydrocarbons and other hazardous materials onboard. The removal of fuel and other contaminants onboard the vessel was performed by a team of seven TITAN divers working from a supply vessel moored over the casualty. The vessel functioned as dive platform as well as place to receive and store the contaminated bunker fuel. While divers worked in near perfect visibility in turquoise Caribbean waters, they regularly encountered rough seas and strong currents.Upload News