VIDEO: Here’s How SMIT Salvage Removed the Grounded TS Taipei in Taiwan

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The TS Taipei aground near New Taipei City, Taiwan. 

In March 2016, Taiwan was faced with a major environmental disaster after the containership TS Taipei ran aground and split in two near New Taipei City in the northern part of the country, spilling oil that impacted a vast strech of coastline. 

To prevent further damage to the environment, SMIT Salvage was hired to remove the vessel in a complex operation that involved unloading the ship’s cargo, removing the superstructure and refloating the bow and stern. Here’s a look at how it was done: