Pump out 6000 tons of contaminated water from hold of container ship and then remove all containers that had been damaged in a chemical explosion and subsequent fire.

Project completed: 2017

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The challenge

  • Working in HAZMAT gear due to residual poisonous gases in the hold
  • All surfaces covered with a mixture of palm oil and nails released in the explosion and scattered across the hold
  • Containers flattened and warped in the explosion and required individual rigging for removal

The solution

  • Pumping out contaminated water with hydraulic submersible pumps into waiting HAZMAT tankers
  • Removal of damaged containers by accessing the hold with rope ladders, climbing gear and creative rigging to lift out by crane and gantry
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The results and benefits

  • All contaminated water and cargo removed with no damage to the environment
  • No injury to salvage team while working in extremely hazardous environment
  • Ship discharged expediently by JF Subtech salvage crew under difficult circumstances and handed to owners for return to service
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