June 18, 2010
Mighty Servant 3 joins Gulf clean-up
Breda, Netherlands, headquartered Dockwise says that, in a coordinated effort with T&T International Fire & Salvage and BP, Dockwise it has delivered the semi submersible heavy lift vessel, Mighty Servant 3, to the Deepwater Horizon clean-up operation.
One of the largest vessels of its type in the world, the Mighty Servant 3 has been outfitted in Galveston, Texas, with an assortment of equipment focused on the collection of oil saturated solid material and oily water.
Dockwise says that, with its large size (180.00 m x 40.00 m), and a deadweight of 27,270 metric tons, the sheer mass of this unique vessel means it is perfectly suited to handle this type of large clean up.
Outfitted with long reach excavating equipment and a stern mounted skimming system, the Mighty Servant 3 will serve a two fold purpose as part of the coordinated clean up effort. The long reach excavators will be able to collect solid debris that is saturated with oil. This debris will be collected and stored in a large containment area on the vessel's vast deck.
The skimming system will collect oil and then transfer it to a tank barge working alongside the Mighty Servant 3. The vessel will work in coordination with other smaller vessels assisting in the clean up.
Robb Erickson, Dockwise VP Heavy Marine Transport, said: "Looking for innovative solutions is our business. And we're bringing in a big vessel to handle a big job. The opportunity to deploy this unique piece of equipment in support of this unprecedented clean up effort instills positive emotions about making an impact, but at the same time this is a very humbling experience when one considers the magnitude of the spill."