Ready to Refloat Boat in Chiloé. Companies Evaluated for Wreck Removal 

To avoid a new emergency on the coasts of Chonchi, Chiloé, X Region, the maritime authority will approve this week the plan to finally refloat the wellboat “Seikongen”, tanker that on October 18, 2017 sank with 214 tons of salmon and 67 thousand liters of oil.

Although on November 24, and after several days of work by specialized companies, it was possible to remove the fuel and a large part of the load with a method of aspiration of waste, there is still a pond with fish on the boat.

CPT Empresa Marítima SA, Chilean transport firm and owner of the “Seikongen”, said they are waiting for the Navy to approve the rescue plan and the company that will take over the operation, which would contemplate work on land and sea . “This week you should know what company will make the withdrawal of the boat (….), These days the companies make visits to the area to verify the conditions of the ship,” said the governor of Chiloé, René Garcés.

The Seikongen

Given the environmental risk of organic waste that involves the removal of the ship, the authority since last November monitors the conditions of the ship in order to detect possible leaks, while seven national and international companies are evaluated to remove the ship from the Pilpilehue beach. “We check the hull every day and dive around the ship,” Garcés said.