According to the reports, a container vessel APL Panama
, stranded since Christmas Day off an Ensenada beach
, now has its own jetty.
Salvors commissioned the 500-ft. rock-and-sand ramp and hired a giant crane (CR)
to carry containers ashore. The operation is the latest in a series of attempts to lighten the ship's load and get it floating again.
Weighed down by cargo and pinned in by sand, the 880-ft.
The ship was on a trans-Pacific route, and its cargo included electronic components for Baja California manufacturing plants
as well as parts for car factories
in central Mexico
. The delay in delivery prompted Nissan, the Japanese car manufacturer
, to stop producing vehicles for three days last week at its Aguascalientes facility
Led by Florida-based Titan Maritime LLC
, salvage efforts since the grounding reportedly have succeeded in moving the bow 35 degrees, about a third of the distance necessary to pull it away from shore. A major effort late last month involved six tugboats and a barge equipped with hydraulic pullers, with a combined capacity of more than 80,000 horsepower.
The Baja California construction company Amaya Curiel y Cia S.A. de C.V. built the jetty.
Leaders of the salvage effort had hoped they wouldn't have to resort to the land-based operation. They initially relied on a Sikorsky Sky Crane helicopter to remove some of the lighter containers from the ship. But many of the boxes weigh more than the helicopter's 20,000-pound carrying capacity.
Titan Maritime executives have told local officials that they are also hoping to bring in a more powerful helicopter, a Russian-made Mil-25 to lift the heavy containers.
Source: San Diego Tribune