Sunken wellboat Seikongen salvage operation to recommence

Stian Olsen

The much delayed Chilean project will start on Wednesday.

It’s been eight months since the “Seikongen” went down at the village of Chonchi, just south of Castro on Isla Chiloé in southern Chile after being in operation for only a month.

The brand new wellboat had 37,000 salmon and 70,000 litres of fuel on board when it went down.

The operation has a price tag of EUR 4,3 million. So far there have been three unsuccessful attempts to salvage it. The 23rd June, the 26th June and more recently on the 1st July.

The Maritime Authority of Chiloé announced on Twitter just before the weekend that there have been delays yet again – this time due to bad weather.

Before the weekend, there was also a “significant” Marine Harvest escape after a big storm.

According to the authority, the ship salvage will start on Wednesday and last for four days. The wellboat will be towed to the port city of Talcahuano.

The wreck removal specialists Ardent has been tasked with raising the vessel. The Dutch company raised the sunken Italian cruise ship “Costa Concordia” in 2012.


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