Oil tanker rescued after 8 months at bottom of ocean
After spending eight months at the bottom of the sea off Umm Al Qaiwain, oil tanker The White Whale has finally been raised, the Gulf News reported.
The operation to lift the ship, which was carrying 450 tonnes of diesel, is estimated to have cost around Dh3 million.
“Finally, we have finished the project successfully. There were no leaks,’’ said Batar Al Shamasi, owner of Dubai Ship Building and Engineering. “We have worked day and night to finish the job as quickly as possible.”
The raising effort – conducted by 10 divers and operators of heavy crane equipment aboard the barge Al Emlaq - met with success on the 11th day of the latest effort by maneuvering a crane barge over the position of the 60-metre-long tanker and lifting the vessel out of the water.
The ship sank 11 nautical miles off the Umm Al Qaiwain coast on October 22 and lay in 35 meters of water.