Salvaging industry getting ready for mega ships

An increasing number of ultra large ships will be delivered in the coming years, resulting in higher requirements for the salvaging industry's equipment, knowledge and costs. ShippingWatch takes stock.

Photo: Maersk Line

The container industry will deploy an increasingly large number of mega ships in the years to come, Maersk Line's Triple-E series being among the first ones to enter the market. This development creates challenges for the salvaging companies, as they are currently preparing to be able to handle the enormous ships. According to Dennis Brand (photo), head of global commercial operations at one of the world's largest salvaging companies, American Titan Salvage, the most important thing is to have a perfect understanding of the ships:

"With the increasing size of the ships we are confronted with much bigger forces and moments. Furthermore, ships of that size are much more sensitive when it comes to bending moments etc. Therefore, a perfect understanding of these ships and a continuous monitoring  during a salvage operation is an absolute must," he tells ShippingWatch.

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