Dutch salvage teams successfully wrapped up a tricky, months-long salvage operation off in the North Sea earlier this year. In early December 2012, in snowy, storm-wracked seas roughly 30 miles off the Dutch coast, the massive car carrying ship MV Baltic Ace collided with the container ship Corvus J. Baltic Ace. The Baltic Ace immediately began taking on water, capsized, and sank in 115 feet of water. The entire ordeal took 15 minutes. When she went to the bottom, Baltic Ace took 11 of her 24 man crew, 1,400 assorted Mitsubishis bound for the Russian market, and 540,000 liters of fuel. She lay there on her side for two years, impeding traffic to the busy Port of Rotterdam and threatening an environmental disaster, until the Dutch government was able to deal with the situation.

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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