A titanic effort to lift the sunken ferry Baltic Ace

When the huge transport ferry Baltic Ace collided with a container ship in December 2012 and sank almost instantly, it carried 1, 400 vehicles and over 100, 000 gallons of lubricating oil. But for four years, all this cargo continued to lie at the bottom of the North Sea inside the wreckage of the ship.

The threat of thousands of gallons of oil leaking in the middle of the shipping lane prompted the Dutch authorities to take action. As a result, a special emergency team was created, which began to extract the sunken Baltic Ace piece by piece.

The process was far from easy. First things first, the team had to cut a hole in the ship through which the solidified oil was heated and drained. Only after that it became possible to cut the steam into eight parts and raise each of them separately. The entire operation took four years. The process can be seen in the final video:

The operation ended at the end of 2015. As a result, practically no debris remained on the seabed, and thousands of tons of metal were sent for recycling. All thanks to the achievements of modern technology. It is a pity that not every sunken ship can do this.