Marine Salvage Operation, Galapagos

MV Galapaface I

MV Galapaface I aground in Punta Carola, Wreck Bay

MV Galapaface I on the rocks ready to be unloaded and refloated.

Sea Turtle, Galapagos

Responsibility : Tow Master

MV Galapaface I was refrigerated cargo ship weighing 1,183 gross tons, built in 1979, Ecuadorian flagged. At the time the ship was carrying cargo from Guayaquil, Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands.
On May 9, 2014, the vessel  grounded on Punta Carola, Wreck Bay, near the entrance of the port of Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos Islands.  Given the area's diverse ecology, it was imperative that the salvage operation be handled with  the upmost precision to avoid further damage to environment.  Intervention was swift to avoid a repeat of  the 2001  disaster when the freighter, Jessica ran aground spilling 175,000 gallons of diesel and fuel oil.
 The salvage operation included cleaning the vessel in preparation for scuttling, refloating the vessel from lava-rock reef, towing the vessel  to a deep-water site outside the park boundaries, and finally allowing the vessel to sink 2,500 meters of water. After two months of working day and night nonstop, the operation was completed without incidents or accidents and without any damage to the environment.
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