SOCAR to continue operations to lift Ukrainian vessel from seabed
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.16 / Trend , E.Ismayilov /
SOCAR's (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) oil terminal Kulevi located on the Georgia's Black Sea coast will resume cutting of the part of the Ukrainian Skadovsk ship which has remained under water, sank in input channel of the terminal in 2008 from Jan. 20, the oil terminal's official website reported.
The oil terminal lifted a part of the ship in October 2009. According to the source, about 55 percent of total weight of the ship has been already lifted.
Process of cutting and transportation of the part of the ship which was placed in the territory of the terminal has been completed.
Oil terminal Kulevi launched operations to lift the vessel independently after owners of the ship refused from conducting operations.
Skadovsk of Chernomortehflot Company conducted operations to dredge the seabed in the port to create conditions for entry of large vessels into the port. The accident did not affect the activity of the oil terminal. There are no barriers for entry of ships into the port.
As a result of the storm (with force 6-7l) 'Skadovsk', ran aground and was holed on Sep. 30, 2008. Then specialists from Ukraine came. They decided to tug the ship. During these operations the vessel turned over on Oct. 3, the source said.
During crash a captain and two crew members died. Rescue team searched for their bodies several days. About 28 of 31 people were saved.