This Blog serves as two things: a photo-diary of our lives between 2007 and mid 2011, when we saw some incredible things and met some amazing people; and a reflection of our more normal lives since then.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

M/V Torm Alexandra finally righted


On 25th July 2001, the container ship M/V Torm Alexander, capsized in the Freeport of Monrovia whilst unloading containers. After 6 years, the wreck was righted on Sunday by an underwater salvage team, who had pumped air into the port side ballast tanks and water into the starboard side tanks. Their next job is to pump air into the engine room to float the ship sufficiently to allow the cargo holds to be pumped. We have been following the wreck’s progress with excitement and interest, and I will post another photo when it is fully floating. Olly

2 comments:

Eric Williams said...

Hey Olly.

It's good the Torm Alexandria is afloat. I wonder if they can actually get the vessel out of the harbor...

For those unfamiliar with the story of this most unfortunate vessel, you can read up at http://www.cargolaw.com/2001nightmare.heavymetal.html

Alas, it sounds as though for every wreck the NPA removes, two more come in its place...

Sondra and I are moving to Eastern Sudan in November. Lots of Arabic lessons in my future...

Best,
Eric Williams

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that thing is righted, never thought I would see the day. Hey I might actually see it to. We are in process to adopt from Acres of Hope, so I hope to come pick up our child myself. When does the ship leave, and I need to get there before. Amy Finley