Rockwater 2 lifts Ehime Maru


U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
Oct. 12, 2001

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Rockwater 2 began lifting Ehime Maru at 1:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Its weight will be distributed by a specially designed lifting and spreader assembly as the vessel is lifted and slowly transported to the shallow-water recovery site about 1 mile south of Honolulu International Airport’s Reef Runway.

Rockwater 2 is expected to transit the roughly 14 nautical miles to the shallow-water site -- contingent on favorable weather conditions -- at a speed of 0.2 to 0.5 knots. Ehime Maru will then be placed on the ocean floor in 115 feet of water. No divers will enter the water for 24 hours to ensure Ehime Maru is stable. Divers will then remove debris from the outside of the ship and plug any leaking diesel fuel to protect Hawaii’s environment. They will also clear a path for divers to enter the ship.

The Navy will brief media on background at 3 p.m. at the Best Western The Plaza Hotel, 3253 N. Nimitz Hwy., beginning Friday, Oct. 12.

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