AQUACULTURE AND FISHING
Rosebloom – repair and salvage
To repair and salvage the 28-metre-long Rosebloom fishing vessel after colliding with the Soldian rock.
The Inverness-registered vessel had sustained hull damage and was destined for significant destruction. Ocean Kinetics were urgently required to make robust, temporary repairs to stabilise the vessel.
Once the Ocean Kinetics salvage team were on site, they were able to assess the damage and establish which parts of the vessel required repairs. The hull was found to be damaged and was swiftly repaired by divers. Pumps were also deployed in her fish hold and engine room to keep any further ingress of water at bay.
The vessel was now secure, and it was time for the manoeuvre. To ensure the safest approach, Ocean Kinetics operatives carried out a sonar survey in the shallow waters surrounding the reef to ensure that the correct track was chosen. After Lerwick Port Authority harbour tugs were connected by towline to the Rosebloom, the vessel was released and towed to safety.
Ocean Kinetics continued to repair the vessel’s hull and rudder once stationary. A steel cofferdam was welded around the affected hull area and was MPI tested to ensure optimum protection. The divers also recreated the gudgeon box in which the rudder sits, after the grounding had sheared it off.
After these parts were operable again, it was possible to sail the Rosebloom back to Denmark for final repairs before it continued to operate as a fishing vessel.