BALTIC ACE car carrier to be raised
Salvage companies Boskalis and Mammoet have started the salvage operation of the Bahamas-flagged car carrier BALTIC ACE, which sunk in 2012 in the North Sea after collision with a cargo vessel.
The operation consists of the removal of the entire wreck and 540,000 liters of fuel oil as well as the raising of vessel’s cargo from a depth of 11 meters.
As reported by the Dutch Department of Public Works, after the fuel oil is removed, the BALTIC ACE will be cut into six parts and with the help of giant cranes will be lifted to the surface.
The collision of the BALTIC ACE and the Corvus J container vessel took place off the Dutch coast on December the 5th, 2012 in one of the busiest shipping route in the North Sea. Due to the accident 1,400 cars went to the bottom of the North Sea, 11 people dead. Since the car carrier sunk, it is considered to be a danger to the shipping and environment as its wreck is located on the busy route towards the Port of Rotterdam.