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Tug to be raised months after collision with container ship

Tug to be raised months after collision with container ship

Tug to be raised months after collision with container ship
15 November 2017 - 14:00 - Update: 17 November 2017 - 01:04


A little more than three months after the sinking of the pusher tug "CXX" of Bertolini Transportes near Óbidos west of Pará, after the collision with the "Mercosul Santos" on Aug 2, the sheerleg "Taklift 7" and the "Smitbarge 8" to lift the wreck arrived on site on Nov 14. Of the 11 persons aboard, nine crew members of the tug and two passengers, only two had survived. They were able to jump off the ship before it went down and were rescued by the "César da Silva" which was passing by. Six of the missing were from Pará, two from Amazonas and one from São Paulo. Smit Salvage has been contracted for the salvage operation. The sheerleg arrived in Brazil on Nov 6. The recovery will be done in phases. The arrival of the equipment was part of the first phase. Inspections by sonar and installation of buoys were also part of this phase. In the second step, a net will be placed over the tug to ensure that parts, objects or other things inside the wreck do not come loose. After this is done, it will be lifted by a hydraulic claw and searched for the missing victims. If bodies are found, they will be sent aboard a specific vessel to the Renato Chaves Center of Expertise in Santarém. The crane will be disassembled as soon as the lifting operation has been completed in early December. 

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