Dutch salvage operation raises over 1,400 sunken Mistubishis
According to Reuters, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment contracted maritime salvage companies Boskalis and Mammot Salvage in 2014 to clear the wreckage from the sea floor. First, they carefully pumped out all the toxic fuel and disposed of it. Then, using a very clever wire-cutting system, they cut Baltic Ace's hull into 8 pieces on the seabed. Once the hull was cut up, the team used heavy, seagoing cranes, to lift each piece onto a barge and ship it to a port in Rotterdam to be scrapped. Despite being impeded by heavy seas, bitter cold, and bad storms in their short March to October work window, Boskalis and Mammot Salvage completed the job two months ahead of schedule. By October, 2015, all traces of the doomed ship and her cargo of Mitsubishis were gone. The final bill for the salvage operation was around $91 million dollars.
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