Client: Boats Ltd
Principle Contractor: Boats Ltd
Contractor: MMC Diving Services
Duration: 2 days
Date posted: 31-08-2021
MMC were appointed by Boats Ltd to supply a 5 man dive team to recover the burnt out remains of SY Cardigrae XIV on behalf of the insurance company. Using the dive support vessel multi-cat "MV Lift More" MMC Divers installed lift bags to strong points on the vessel including, the chain plates that hold the rig in place, prop shaft and forestay.
Due to the depth of water the vessel was laying in, approximately 22 meters, the lift bags were only installed to lighten the vessel and utilise the Lift More's 20 tonne winch to retrieve the vessel to the surface with a controlled lift.
Once the Cardigrae was just below the surface and alongside the DSV Lift More the divers attached long link chains fore and aft which were tensioned around the hull of the vessel using stainless steel underwater William Hacket chain pulls.
This method enabled our team to secure more lift bags to indisputable hold points around the hull and low down so the vessel could be supported without the aid of the DSV winch.
The SY Cardigrae XIV was then moored up and towed to Mayflower Marines Hoist the following day to be lifted out and inspected by forensics and to determine the cause of the fire.