Bow Mariner Salvage Operation Ends

Monday, March 29, 2004
The operation to locate and recover the missing crew from the Bow Mariner and remove fuel oil ended Friday, March 26, with the approval of the Coast Guard. The salvage effort was called off after a comprehensive search using a sophisticated ROV (remotely operated vehicle), an analysis of high-resolution video images and evaluating extensive soundings of the sunken vessel's fuel tanks.

"We are saddened because we did not locate any of the 18 missing seamen," said a joint statement by Ceres and Odfjell, respectively the managers and owners of the Bow Mariner. "The Mystic Viking and its crew spent more than 60 hours directing the ROV to areas in and around the ship."

Salvage experts retained by Ceres and Odfjell presented the results of their findings to Coast Guard officers at Norfolk's Marine Safety Office Friday. "We have monitored recovery and clean up efforts closely through out this whole ordeal," said Captain Robert R. O'Brien, Jr., head of the Hampton Roads Coast Guard Marine Safety Office. "We had hoped to come away from this operation with some closure for the families, but they should be assured we did everything in our power to find their loved ones."

"Due to extensive damage to the ships storage tanks, we believe that no recoverable product is left onboard the Bow Mariner," Captain O'Brien said. The Bow Mariner sank in the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles off the Virginia coast in 264 feet of water on February 28. Six crew members were rescued by the Coast Guard. Three seamen died and 18 are missing.

"We would like to thank the Coast Guard for their rapid response to the accident and the rescue of six seamen," the joint statement of Ceres and Odfjell said. "The human cost of the casualty would have been much greater had it not been for the prompt response and courage of the Coast Guard."


Salvage

El Faro Captain Ordered Crew to Abandon Ship before Sinking

The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.

26 Hours of Information Recovered from El Faro's VDR

A group led by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has gathered information from the recovered voyage data recorder (VDR) of sunken cargo ship

The Economics of Ship Breaking & Scrapping

Sometimes being an industry supplier offers interesting insights – your business is touched by the ups and downs of the charter market, but you are never so involved

Maritime Security

Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

 India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth

Iran Vessels Make 'High Speed Intercept' of US Ship

Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid

Shots Fired: US Navy Ship Warns Iranian Vessel

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, a U.S. Defense official said.

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0924 sec (11 req/sec)