Multraship Salvage has completed the lifting of the 79m trailer suction dredger Thor R, which sank in the mouth of the Danish port of Esjberg on September 26. The Thor R sank after collision with a RoRo vessel, and subsequently capsized under water, partially impeding traffic
into the port. The wreck removal operation
was complicated by strong tides, which allowed only 4 hours of diving time per day, and soft sand bottom, into which the wreck continually sank.
Multraship managing director Leendert
Muller says, "We were awarded this job
in Denmark because we had both the expertise and the right heavy lift
equipment available. It has been a tough job, using our salvage crew and
diving teams, plus the 1,500 tonne lift floating crane Matador III and two
The vessel was lifted late Sunday 24 October and subsequently transported
into the port of Esjberg by the sheerlegs and tugs yesterday. The sheerlegs
will now re-rig the slings in order to place the vessel in Esjberg's small
dry dock where full repairs will be made.
Multraship is a leading independent Dutch towage and salvage company. Run by
the Muller family, it draws on more than 85 years of experience.
Multraship's core operations include salvage, wreck removal, harbour towage,
sea and river towage services
to the dredging and offshore industries and
support for inland navigation. It operates and manages a fleet of 26 tugs,
salvage vessels, floating sheer legs and other craft equipped with modern
towage, salvage and fire-fighting equipment and manned by experienced and
highly-trained masters and crew.