Navy Divers Recover Oil from German Shipwreck
U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 1 on board the USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) completed on 15 October the removal of fuel oil from the capsized World War II German cruiser Prinz Eugen at Enubuj Island in the Marshall Islands’ Kwajalein Atoll.
In collaboration with the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll, the Navy completed the safe extraction of an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel oil from the cruiser. Begun on 1 September, the effort involved nearly two dozen divers along with support from the commercial tanker Humber for transport of the removed fuel oil.
“There are no longer active leaks, with 95 percent of the potential oil volume having been removed,” said Lieutenant Commander Tim Emge, officer-in-charge of salvage operations.