On June 7, part of the of the remains of the car carrier Baltic Ace arrived in Rotterdam, Netherlands. On December 5, 2012, the car carrier collided with the 135 meter long, 8372 dwt container ship Corvus J in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands during a snow storm with rough seas. The Baltic Ace quickly sank with only 13 of the 24 crew on board able to climb into the life rafts . The vessel with its cargo of 1400 Mitsubishi vehicles on board sat on the bottom in 35 meters of water.
Dutch authorities contracted with Boskalis and Mammoet Salvage to remove the Baltic Ace in February 2014. The wreck was a threat to shipping as it was a hazard in the busy route to Rotterdam. Within the wreck, there was 540,000 litres of fuel oil posed a threat to the environment. Reports state the salvage teams will break up the vessel into six sections and lifted to the surface over the summer.
The salvaged remains of the cruise ship Costa Concordia arrived in Genoa on July 27, 2014. The vessel was able to make the four-day journey from Giglio to Genoa without issue even when storms passed over the vessel during the voyage.
The Costa Concordia will be scrapped in a Genoa dry dock. Salvagers have stated the vessel will take up to 2 years to dismantle.
Some remaining facts about the Costa Concordia Incident:
It’s the largest salvage operation ever attempted so far. The Costa Concordia is nearly twice the size of the Titanic
It’s the most expensive salvage at a cost of 1.5 billion (USD).
80% of the dismantled vessel will be recycled including copper wiring, pipes and materials
Over 50,000 tons of steel will be melted down and resold on the market
24 tons of debris was removed from the seabed including furniture, dishes, parts of the vessel along with personal effects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a two month long project to remove 40 abandoned vessels in the Oakland Estuary. The bottom of the estuary if full of marine debris, sunken vessels and toxic materials. Contractors has raised the 105 foot long tugboat Captain Al near Alameda, California. The Captain Al had been sunk in the estuary for over 15 years when the tugboat was abandoned in the 1990s. Divers pumped out sediment from the Captain Al then cranes hoisted the vessel to the surface. Reports state the project will cost around 3.5 million dollars, but some of the funds were paid by from owners of the Cosco Busan. The Cosco Busan had struck the Bay Bridge in 2007 and released over 53,000 gallons of bunker oil into the bay.