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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Ehime Maru salvage feasibility study update

Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (March 12, 2001) -- The U.S. Navy has received the first portion of a feasibility study for salvage of the Japanese motor vessel Ehime Maru.

Salvage of a vessel of this size from a depth of 2,000 feet is a complex and precedent-setting operation. The engineering portion of the study has identified a potentially feasible salvage option. However, the option requires a two-phase lift that would bring the vessel into shallow water and therefore requires an environmental review with federal and state officials.

Detailed planning and resolution of environmental and other technical issues still remain. Initial analysis indicates the salvage would take approximately six months to complete, at an estimated cost of $40 million. It should be emphasized that the initial estimate could be revised as detailed planning and analysis continue.

The U.S. Navy will work with federal agencies, state of Hawaii officials, and the U.S. Coast Guard in order to complete a comprehensive environmental assessment.

The Government of Japan will be consulted and kept abreast of developments as the analysis and assessment progress.

For more information, contact the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office at (808) 471-3769.

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Revised: 3/12/01