Bourbon Dolphin Sinks

Monday, April 16, 2007
Following the accident of the Bourbon Dolphin Shetland Islands, claiming 8 lives, the ship sunk and is lying at 3,600 feet. SMIT Salvage started the salvage operations on April 15th after a complete survey of the situation. The Salvage Team was composed of 2 tugs with crew and material, 4 specialized divers and one Salvage Master in charge of the operations. The ship was first disconnected from the rig, and as the weather conditions became bad (25 knot south-westerly wind and 4 meter high waves), it became destabilized and then sunk before towage was possible. For the time being, most of the SMIT Salvage teams have left the zone, except for one tug that remains for the moment on the zone to monitor the current situation. Right from the start Bourbon’s teams have done all they could to help, support and Yesterday, to give support to the seamen’s families, religious services were held on the Shetland Islands and in Norway. In Norway the representative of the King of Norway, the mayor of the commune of Heroy and Jacques de Chateauvieux spoke at the service alongside church ministers.
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