Dutch start operation to
raise Baltic Ace car carrier
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[June 03, 2014]
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch
companies have started a weeks-long operation to raise
the Baltic Ace car carrier, which collided with a cargo
ship in 2012, killing 11 crew and sending 1,400 cars to
the bottom of the North Sea, the government said on
Boskalis and Mammoet Salvage were contracted to remove 540,000
litres of fuel, extract the automobiles and raise the wreck from a
depth of 11 metres for roughly 67 million euros ($91 million).
The Baltic Ace went down in stormy weather 65 kilometres (off the
Dutch coast. It collided with the Corvus J container ship on Dec. 5,
2012, in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the North Sea.
The Dutch, a dominant maritime power during the Golden Age, have
developed expertise in salvaging wrecks. They recovered the Russian
nuclear submarine, the Kursk, and the Costa Concordia cruise liner.
After the fuel is pumped out of the Baltic Ace, the ship will be cut
into six pieces and lifted to the surface with giant cranes, the
Dutch Department of Public Works said in a statement.
The Baltic Ace was managed by Stamco Ship Management Co. Ltd., based
in Piraeus, Greece, and owned by Isle of Man-based Ray Car Carriers.
It was insured for between $50 million and $60 million. ($1 = 0.7349
(Reporting By Anthony Deutsch)
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