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Ardent takes oil recovery to new depths

The salvage industry has up until now normally recovered oil from wrecks located no more than 100 meters below the surface. Now partially Maersk-owned Ardent will recover oil from a Russian wreck located three kilometers below the surface.

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One of the first operations by newly established salvage company Ardent will be the recovery of oil from a leaking Russian Factory Fishing Trawler south of the Spanish Canary Islands. In itself, capturing the remaining fuel from a sunken vessel is nothing unusual in an industry that deals with cleaning up after accidents at sea all over the world. However, what is extraordinary when it comes to the oil recovery from Oleg Naydenov, is that the operation takes place 2,700 meters below sea level.

Not that many years ago, the wreck of the fishing boat would meet its fate in the darkness of the Atlantic Ocean with no regard for the cracked oil tanks. Not until the oil would surface or appear on the beaches could action be taken to clean it up.

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