Vessel Assist San Diego Refloats Sunken Nordhavn 75 EYF

Vessel Assist San Diego Salvages a Sunken Nordhavn 75 EYF in Mexico - Photo Vessel Assist San Diego

Vessel Assist San Diego Salvages a Sunken Nordhavn 75 EYF in Mexico - Photo Vessel Assist San Diego

Vessel Assist San Diego routinely performs some pretty amazing salvage work, but refloating a 150-ton Nordhavn 75 EYF that sank in its slip in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, was an especially prodigious effort since it required driving all the proper salvage equipment 24 hours down the Mexican penninsula.

You can read the full story here on Vessel Assist San Diego’s blog, but the basics are that a failed bait tank pump sank the gorgeous Nordhavn right at the dock, which, believe it or not, is where most sinkings occur.  Various online discussion fora have debated the actual how-and-why of the sinking, but the real mystery is why the boat wasn’t alarmed properly, with local emergency contacts available to respond.  Perhaps a reader with that information will enlighten us in the comments.

In any event, the Vessel Assist salvage team, consisting of Captain Robert Butler and his brother Salvage specialist Tom Butler, Captain Shane Thompson, Captain Greg Rood and Salvage Diver Augustine Malfavon, essentially accomplished the job in 10 hours, using a combination of high-flow “trash” pumps moving about 90,000 gallons per hour, and another 60,000 pounds of float bags.  According to Vessel Assist, they also managed to prevent any significant leakage of the nearly 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

Vessel Assist San Diego Team in Front of Salvaged Nordhavn 75 EYF - Photo Vessel Assist San Diego

Vessel Assist San Diego Team in Front of Salvaged Nordhavn 75 EYF - Photo Vessel Assist San Diego

It’s nice to know what can be done when necessary, and who to call to get it done.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .