Resolve Salvage & Fire completes removal of ten wrecks

by Hans | March 29th, 2012

Resolve Salvage & Fire (Asia), Pte Ltd. completes removal of ten vessel wrecks at Kankesanthuraiharbor, Sri Lanka

Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA, March 29, 2012 — RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. and its  RESOLVE Salvage & Fire (Asia) Pte Ltd. (RESOLVE) subsidiary have announced that wreck removal operations at Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour in northern Sri Lanka have been completed. Retained by the Government of India/Shipping Corporation of India, and working on site in cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Navy since June 2011, RESOLVE crews undertook the mapping, removal and disposition of ten vessels which were sunk during the LTTE conflict between 1994 and 2000. The wrecks, lying outside and within the port, had obstructed safe navigation in the area and effectively prevented commercial shipping activity since that time.

RMG 500, Resolve’s 500-ton A-frame crane lifting wreckage of Sea Dancer vessel outside Harbour

As a first effort on site, RESOLVE sonar surveys located and identified individual targets before clearance operations began. Initially contracted to remove the known wreckage of six vessels, RESOLVE encountered four additional vessels inside the Harbour during the survey phase. This additional work — combined with the approach of the northeast monsoon season — drove an accelerated project schedule which RESOLVE accomplished by expanding logistics efforts and conducting simultaneous operations inside and outside the breakwater. Given the limited industrial base in the remote location, RESOLVE ultimately supplied all heavy lift equipment, diving resources and experienced technicians while employing a local work force to support on-water operations and facilities construction on shore.

Deteriorating weather and sea conditions brought on by the advancing weather fronts, the severely wasted steel in the sunken vessels and the heavy silt that had accumulated over the years presented significant challenges to raising the wreckage.  Concern for worker safety and risks to floating equipment dictated extreme caution in rigging and lifting each target. Further complicating operations was the discovery of live ammunition at two of the vessel wreck sites.  With completion of the wreck removal phase, dredging and rehabilitation of the breakwater/pier and construction of new pier and port facilities will proceed. It is anticipated that the port rehabilitation project will result in increased trade in the Jaffna peninsula and restoration of economic activity in the Northern Province.

RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. is a global, multi-faceted marine services group providing Marine Salvage, Firefighting, Wreck Removal, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Maritime Safety Training worldwide. RESOLVE is a leading provider of  OPA90 Vessel Emergency  Response with 18 fully equipped Salvage and Marine Firefighting response depots  around the U.S. and its territories. RESOLVE comprises four subsidiaries:  RESOLVE Salvage & Fire (USA, UK and ASIA), RESOLVE Marine Services, RESOLVE Maritime Academy and Simulation Training Center, and RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC, the naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary. RESOLVE’s China joint venture, Shanghai RESOLVE- Shengmin OSRO Company (SRSOC) provides Level 1 Spill Response, Hazardous Materials Response Management and Cleanup services in China.  Dedicated to the protection of life, property and the marine environment, RESOLVE has performed numerous, complex salvage and wreck removal assignments and delivered emergency response and a variety of marine services to the global maritime and offshore industries for more than 30 years.

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