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Resolve removes wreck from environmentally sensitive beach

Thu 23 May 2019 by Martyn Wingrove

Resolve removes wreck from environmentally sensitive beach
Resolve tug and crane barge salvaged bulk cement carrier Raysut II off Al-Fazayah Beach, Oman

Resolve Marine Group has removed a wreck from a wildlife-rich beach in Oman and towed it to a safe port for cargo unloading and demolition.

Bulk cement carrier Raysut II lost headway and steerage soon after leaving the port of Salalah on 26 May 2018, when the port was evacuated due to adverse weather conditions.

This partially loaded ship subsequently grounded on Al-Fazayah Beach, which is a known nesting spot for endangered sea turtles.

This grounding was devastating to the tourist community and disruptive to local wildlife as the beach is home to five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles.

An initial salvage responder failed to refloat the vessel during the monsoon season. Raysut II was defuelled and declared a constructive total loss.

Resolve Marine was contracted in November 2018 to refloat the wreck, which was laden with around 6,750 tonnes of dry powdered cement. Salvors were required to return the vessel safely to port while protecting the environment and avoiding disturbing the beaches during turtle nesting season.

After securing the contract, Resolve Marine mobilised salvage and wreck removal tug Resolve Monarch and crane barge RMG 1000 from Singapore.

These vessels reached Oman in January 2019. In February, Resolve Marine patched up the wreck and refloated it with the cargo on board.

Resolve Monarch towed the wreck to the port of Salalah, where most of the cargo was discharged. The vessel cement pumping system was reactivated and modified so the cement cargo could be directly discharged into closed road tankers to avoid dust pollution.

Airlifts were organised to discharge the holds where the cargo was partially solidified and could not be pumped directly. The vessel was delivered on 11 April and subsequently recycled.

A wireless monitoring system was produced during the voyage from Al-Fazayah Beach to the port of Salalah. This fed sensor data from submersible pumps in the engineroom and cargo void on the Raysut II wreck to the Resolve Marine team on towing vessel Resolve Monarch. This wifi system enabled salvor specialists to monitor the status of the vessel remotely. This system was conceptualised and fabricated inhouse and on site.

Resolve Marine has offices and warehouses in Singapore, China, India, UK, Gibraltar, Rotterdam, and South Africa. Its US offices are in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and in Anchorage and Dutch Harbor in Alaska.

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