The Japan Coast Guard has reported the successful salvage operation for the reefer cargo ship Lady Rosemary. The vessel struck a harbor seawall while departing the port of Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan on November 28.
The salvage of the ship took place in several stages. Breaking through the wall, the vessel had damaged its bow, which caused oil to leak into the harbor. During the first part of the operation, teams focused on attempting to contain the oil spill with booms while oil was pumped from the Lady Rosemary to other vessels.
At high tide on December 7, the operation to extricate the vessel from the seawall began. During that time, the Japan Coast Guard closed the port to all traffic while a powerful tugboat secured two lines to the stern of the vessel, and a second tug was positioned off to one side. The tug began pulling and was able to refloat the cargo ship, while the oil boom remained in place along each side.