Dockwise Contracts SMIT to Recover Mighty Servant 3
Dockwise has contracted SMIT Salvage to salvage the Mighty Servant 3. Dockwise has chosen Smit out of four competitors for their experience and the fact that they have equipment ready near the North Angolan coast where the vessel is resting at the sea bottom in approximately 53 meters of water after it sank on December 6, 2006.
Over the last weeks SMIT Salvage conducted a complete diving survey to investigate the situation and remove the vessel's bunker oil and pollutants that were on board. Now that all the bunker oil is removed, the salvage operation can start. The Mighty Servant 3 will be recovered with the aid of the sheerlegs cranebarge 'Taklift 7' and by pressurizing the various compartments with compressed air. The salvage operation itself will likely take 6 to 7 weeks. The cause of the incident will be further investigated once the vessel is lifted. As soon as the vessel is fully recovered Dockwise intents to award a repair contract to a yard still to be nominated. The company expects to have the vessel back in operation in the first quarter of 2008.
All of the 21 crew of the vessel that were taken of the vessel December 6th returned home before Christmas.
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