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T&T Salvage Responds to Kiel Canal Disaster

After a cargo ship and an LPG carrier collided in a canal in Germany, T&T Salvage, a division of US-based Techman Group, assisted in the vessel recovery.

A general cargo ship laden with approximately 3,700 metric tons of urea collided with an LPG carrier during adverse weather in the Kiel Canal near Brunsbu╠łttel, Germany, on October, 28, 2013. The vessel was pushed into the embankment resulting in the closure of the busy Kiel Canal.

T&T Salvage mobilized personnel out of Germany and Holland to team with local contractors, Bugsier Reederae and Schramm Group. With tugs and emergency pumping equipment on-site, the vessel was held along the embankment, and stabilized and secured, utilizing a hold back system to the shore, before the Kiel Canal was reopened to traffic allowing cargo removal and dewatering operations to commence.

The vessel was successfully righted on November 6 without the assistance of any external floating cranes and was safely towed to the South Quay at Brunsbu╠łttel for inspection and temporary repairs.

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