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Several of the salvage techniques used today remain fundamentally the same as in 1833. Solutions are often crafted on site – equipment is purpose fi tted for the specifi c situation and subcontractors hired for special tasks. The M.V. KIPEROUSA was on a voyage from West Africa to China in 2005 when she ran aground off the East Coast of South Africa. An initial salvage operator failed to remove her from the reef. SVIZTER Salvage was then awarded the contract to recover and redeliver the cargo of logs ashore. The operation required a joint South African/Dutch response team, with the use of barges and tugs to transport the recovered logs. Bad winter storms slowly destroyed the structural integrity of the ship and the salvors eventually had to abandon her – just a few hours before this photo was taken. Later, a demolition was carried out to further weaken the wreck. The rescue services of ESVAGT have increased substantially since the operations started in 1981. Most of the work is done more than 50 nautical miles from the coast on long-term contracts. The modern vessels are equipped for other off shore assignments as well, such as anchor handling, towing, running supplies and anti-pollution response. Demand for these services continues to increase. The below is a computer generated image of the new generation of Area Rescue Vessels that ESVAGT have on order. RESPONSE SVITZER


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