The 82,000-ton VLCC Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker that sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in January 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, has been refloated by a salvage team of Mammoet Salvage in two sections, and moved away from the area. VLCC Amuriyah wreck, at an average depth of 33m, had to be moved because it was within the tanker turning circle of a future Single Mooring Point (SMP-5) at Iraq’s Al Basrah Oil Terminal, through which 97% of Iraq’s crude oil is shipped. The sunken vessel blocked construction of a vital mooring point for the export of crude oil from SMP-5. Sterling Global Operations provided the surface-supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal. After the VLCC Amuriyah and surrounding area was cleared, the wreck was refloated by a salvage team of Mammoet Salvage in two sections, and moved away from the area. The operation began in March 2014.
Iraqi Supertanker Amuriyah was sunken in 1991 by the US Navy during the first Gulf War. In December 2016 and January 2017 a team from Mammoet Salvage succeeded in refloating the tanker’s engine room and stern section, completing the removal of the wreck from the Al Basra Oil Terminal, in Iraqi waters of the northern Gulf of Arabia (Persian Gulf).