Marine Salvage is an important job that can include recovering a wrecked ship or its cargo, as well as protecting the coast from spillage of contaminants. The services that we offer for marine salvage may include towing, re-floating of vessels, or effecting repairs to the wreck. At Commercial Divers Miami we have professional divers waiting for your call, whether it is for recovering a ship or wreck, re-floating of ships that have been stranded or sunk, or to save the cargo or equipment on a vessel quickly before damage occurs. No matter what you require, we are ready and available to assist.
When a ship has sunk or been stranded, re-floating the ship is called offshore salvage. The vessels tend to deteriorate rapidly due to being exposed to waves, currents, and strong weather so working quickly is imperative. The weather and current can play an important role, as this may make it extremely difficult to work on and there may only be a small window of opportunity to work on this before further damage is incurred. This is usually conducted from salvage tugs with diving; occasionally the divers will be transported via helicopter to the work area. Salvage plays an important role in marine life, as it removes marine pollution and can lead to the salvage of important machinery or equipment from the wreck to prevent damage to this and the ecosystem it is in.
This refers to the salvage of vessels that have been stranded or sunk in sheltered waters. Due to the waters being calmer, the vessel is not under the same time constraints as those in unsheltered waters, as the deterioration of the vessel will be much slower. With the vessel being in sheltered waters, it is easier to gain access to it, as well as recourses such as heavy equipment, like floating cranes and barges. Commercial divers Miami FL provides commercial vessel salvage, boat disposal, and boat transportation for anyone in Miami Florida!
Cargo and Equipment Salvage
Sometimes the vessel itself is of less importance than the equipment or cargo on board and in cases like these, we will perform a cargo and equipment salvage. This is usually conducted if the equipment or cargo on a vessel is of high priority, poses an environmental hazard, or includes expensive materials that would incur a loss greater than that of the cost of salvage. With this form of salvage, the main focus is to remove the material or equipment as fast as possible and may include deliberate dissection or destruction of the vessel, in order to gain access to the cargo.
Unlike the other forms of salvage, wreck removal focuses directly on the removal of hazardous or unsightly wrecks with nothing of value to salvage. The objective is then not to save the vessel, but to clean the wreck up and stop hazardous material from being left in the water. The wrecks are re-floated or removed in the quickest way possible, where the materials from the vessel will be disposed of or recycled thereafter. All hazardous material must be removed before disposal of the wreck. We use a combination of techniques to remove wrecks from the water, such as cutting the hull or relocating it to be scuttled it in deeper waters.