Resolve Marine: Black Rose fuel recovery to take 4 to 6 weeks

The following is the text of a press release issued by Resolve Marine Group Inc.:
(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Salvage crews from international salvage company Resolve Marine Group, Inc. have begun
recovery work this week on the iron ore carrying vessel ‘Black Rose’ which sank last month in
the Bay of Bengal, India.
Resolve’s team was awarded the tender by the Paradip Port Trust and will be pumping some
925 tonnes of fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel oil, as reported by officials, from the stricken ship
which sank with the loss of one life 5km off the Paradip coastline on September 9th. The
accident spot is close to the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, one of the world’s few
remaining nesting sites for the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.
The Mongolian flagged vessel was carrying about 25,000 tonnes of iron ore fines as well as 975
tonnes of fuel oil & diesel oil, which is believed to be secure within a double bottom tank.
Resolve has dispatched a team of seven personnel to complete the task and will utilize local
dive resources when possible. The team arrived last week and is already well underway as of
this week. This team consists of a select group of salvage masters, engineers, and commercial
divers who were chosen for their familiarity with this environmentally delicate project.
Furthermore, due to the environmentally sensitive nature of this project, the proximity to the
nature preserve, and the highly flammable contents being removed, Resolve is doing everything
in its power to ensure that proper precautions are taken. The most environmentally friendly and
proven techniques are being utilized and the pollutants will be removed in the most
expeditious timeframe possible.
Resolve anticipates that the project will last approximately four to six weeks, barring any
unforeseen setbacks. Currently, the only variable Resolve can foresee as an issue is the weather
in the area. There is a small window of relatively calm weather in which Resolve plans to
complete this project. If there are any variations from the current forecasts or projections,
Resolve will work diligently to assure its completion date is minimally altered.
Resolve’s project scope entails the removal of the fuel oil and diesel oil from the vessels tanks
only. The capsized condition of the vessel and the remaining 25,000 tonnes of iron ore prevent
the vessel from being refloated and will be treated as a wreck removal. The wreck removal will
be a separate project that Resolve hopes to be tasked with given their familiarity with
this project thus far.
Paradip Port Trust authorities chose Resolve to carry out this work because of the company’s
“vast experience in salvaging fuel from sunken ships,†according to PPT chairman Mr K
Captain Farhat Imam, Chief Operations Officer for Resolve Marine Group, said: “Given the
sensitive nature of this undertaking, we want to make it noted that the Paradip Port Trust has
been absolutely crucial in facilitating and expediting our efforts on this project and the
cooperation, thus far, from local authorities has been excellent.â€
By Professional Mariner Staff