Sunken cargo vessel Scheldt-Rhine Canal above water

by Hans | October 8th, 2014

This morning, 8th October 2014, at 06.00 the Salvage Company Hebo Maritiem Service with Multraship Towage & Salvage, in commission of Rijkswaterstaat, started the lifting operation of the sunken Polish cargo vessel Isala on the Scheldt-Rhine Canal near Nieuw Vossemeer.

Around 07.00 the vessel raised from the bottom and levelled with the water of the waterway. The vessel hanging in the steel cables was emptied by salvage pumps of both salvage companies. Slowly the vessel raised till the damaged SB part, with a hole of around a half meter, was above the water. During the lifting operation salvors closed the hole with matrasses to stop water leakage into the cargo hold. Around noon the vessel was afloat again en the hoisting cables were released.

The planning is to transport the Isala to a yard in Schiedam; Netherlands.

Last week, Thursday evening 2nd October the Isala collided, after a steering engine failure, with the Swiss passenger vessel Amelia. The two crew members of the Isala were picked out of the water by the Amelia. The Amelia was reported no major damage. The cargo of 1,000 ton salt was discharged before the Isala was raised from the Scheld-Rhine Canal bottom. Also during the salvage operation an oil protection screen was around the wreck.

(Reported by Towingline-Hans van der Ster)

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