May 18, 2010
Titan Salvage removes fuel from submerged containership
Crowley subsidiary Titan Salvage has successfully removed 230 tons of fuel from a submerged vessel off the southern coast of Saint Lucia.
The 6,704-gross-ton fully cellular containership (657-TEU capacity), which was en route to Guyana in late February, capsized and sank in 105 feet of water about two miles from the port of Vieux-Fort. No lives were lost in the incident. Titan was contracted by vessel owners to remove the hydrocarbons and other hazardous materials onboard.
Titan worked closely with Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), and local contractors to safely complete the fuel removal operation mitigating the risk of an environmental incident.
The removal of fuel and other contaminants onboard the vessel was performed by a team of seven Titan divers working from a supply vessel moored over the casualty. The vessel functioned as dive platform as well as place to receive and store the contaminated bunker fuel. While divers worked in near perfect visibility in turquoise Caribbean waters, they regularly encountered rough seas and strong currents.
All recovered fuel and hydrocarbons were transported to Puerto Rico for proper disposal.