Submersible barge operation for wreck removal
Uglands fully submersible barge "UR93" assisting Scaldis for their wreck removal of "Flinterstar"
The Dutch freighter “Flinterstar” collided nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier “Al-Oraiq” in the North Sea off Belgium in October 2015.
All 12 crew members from the freighter, were rescued.
The “Flinterstar” partially sunk, resting on a sandbank in calm seas and clear visibility.
The 122,000 DWT “Al-Oraiq” was also damaged, but was able to continue to its destination of Zeebrugge, Belgium with the help of a tug.
The 129 meter “Flinterstar” was built in 2002 and is flagged in the Netherlands. The vessel had just departed Antwerp bound for Bilbao, Spain when it collided with the “Al Oraiq” about 6 miles (10 km) from the coast.
During 2016 the ship broke in two pieces.
Scaldis was awarded to perform the rescue operation.
The forepart was lifted by their crane vessel Rambiz, and positioned onto the Ugland barge “UR3”, and the barge was thereafter towed to Gent for scrapping.
Due to uncertainty about the weight of the aft part, it was decided to use a submersible barge to bring the wreck out of the water. The Ugland barge “UR93” was chartered for this operation.
The submersible operation took place in the port of Zeebrugge 3rd September. 2016.