Ten Wrecked Ships have been removed from Sri Lanka

By Vessels

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Resolve Marine Group Inc. and its Resolve Salvage & Fire (Asia) Pte Ltd. subsidiary stated that the removing of wrecked vessels operations at Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbor in northern Sri Lanka have been accomplished.
Retained by the Government of India/Vessel Corporation of India, and working on site in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Navy since the of June, 2011, Resolve crew members perform the mapping, removing and disposition of ten ships which were sunk during the LTTE conflict between 1994 and 2000. The wrecks, lying outside and within the port, had obstructed safe navigation in the region and effectively prevented commercial shipping activities since that time.
As a 1-st effort on site, Resolve sonar surveyors located and identified individual goals before clearance operations started. Primary contracted to remove the known wreckage of 6 ships. Resolve encountered 4 additional ships inside the Harbor during the surveying. This additional work - combined with the approach of the north-east monsoon season - drove an accelerated project schedule, which Resolve accomplished by expanding logistics efforts and conducting simultaneous operations inside and outside the breakwater. Given the limited industrial base in the remote location, Resolve ultimately supplied all heavy lift equipment, diving resources and experienced technicians, while employing a local work force to support on-water operations and facilities construction on shore.
Deteriorating weather and sea conditions, brought on by the advancing weather fronts; the severely lost steel in the sunken ships, and the heavy silt, which had accumulated over the years presented considerable challenges to raising the wreckage. According to worker safety and risks to floating equipment dictated extreme caution in rigging and lifting each target. Further complicating operations was the discovery of live ammunition at 2 of the ship wreck sites.
With finishing of the vessels removing, dredging and rehabilitation of the breakwater/pier and construction of new pier and port facilities will proceed. It is anticipated that the port rehabilitation project will result in reached trade in the Jaffna peninsula and restoration of economic activity in the Northern Province.