The salvage of the wrecked general cargo ship Flinterstar took a long-awaited step forward when Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors recovered her bow section. Weeks of preparatory work – including a challenging effort to remove her cargo of steel beams and plate – preceded the raising. No cutting was required to separate the hull, as it had already broken in two.

“During operations an oil containment vessel was active to capture the small amount of gas oil that was released. After the removal of the water, the bow has been placed on a bespoke pontoon ready for transport. Following seafastening of the bow section the pontoon will be towed to Ghent to be recycled,” said Marc Voorhuis, Scaldis’ director.