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M/V Selendang Ayu Grounding

Lightering and Salvage

Updated June 15, 2012

SMIT America has been contracted to remove the remaining fuel from the stern of the vessel. Salvors began this "lightering" of fuel on January 4, and operations are expected to continue through January, weather permitting. Portions of the vessel superstructure were removed to prepare a landing pad for small helicopters. The deck of the stern section is being used for the lightering tanks and heavy oil pumping system. Fuel is removed by pumping it into 2,000 gallon fuel storage isotanks. Once full, the tanks are transported from the scene to Dutch Harbor using a Chinook heavy lift helicopter. The bow section salvage plan is pending.

Lightering Operations

Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO 380)

  Fuel Tank Original Estimated Volume Lightered Volume Total (Fuel and Water) Lightered Volume Fuel Lightered Volume Water Estimated Volume Released to the Environment
Main IFO Tanks 1-Center (1C) 176,473 0 0 0 176,473
Main IFO Tanks 2-Center (2C) 40,131 0 0 0 40,131
Main IFO Tanks 3-Center (3C) 104,448 0 0 0 104,448
Sub-Total   321,052 0 0 0 321,052
Aft Section Tanks 4-Port (4P) Unknown * * *  
Aft Section Tanks 4-Starboard (4S) Unknown * * *  
Aft Section Tanks Starboard Settling Unknown * * *  
Aft Section Tanks Starboard Service Unknown * * *  
Sub-total   125,228 127,784 125,228 2,556  
Total   446,280   125,228   321,052

* Volume lightered from individual aft section tanks not known

Marine Diesel Oil (MDO)/ Miscellaneous Lube Oil

  Fuel Tank Original Estimated Volume Lightered Volume Total (Fuel and Water) Lightered Volume Fuel Lightered Volume Water Estimated Volume Released to the Environment
  MDO Tanks 21,058 11,523 11293 230 9,765
  Miscellaneous Oil 10,515 7,467 5,600 1,867 4,915
Sub-Total   31,573 18,990 16,893 2,097  
Total   31,573   16,893   14,680

Summary

  Original Estimated Volume Lightered Volume Total (Fuel and Water) Lightered Volume Fuel Lightered Volume Water Estimated Volume Released to the Environment
Volume (all oils) 477,853 146,774 142,121 4,653 335,732