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Salvage of RV Pax


RV Pax a 45m 330 tonne timber hulled converted US mine sweeper which had progressively taken on water and subsequently sunk in Jervoise Bay, Henderson WA. The location of the wreck posed as a significant hazard to navigation and inhibited the operation of multiple commercial berths.

Technical Solution

Franmarine rapidly developed a comprehensive and detailed salvage plan for the Department of Transport and was provided with immediate approval and instruction to proceed. Franmarine instantly mobilised our unique and specialised salvage equipment, support and towage vessels and following that a 24/7 salvage operation was commenced. 


The fragile ship was secured and floated whole within three (3) days of her sinking and was monitored 24/7 for a further 5 days whilst a hull plate sealing exercise was undertaken. Franmarine were highly praised by the Department of Transport for preventing a potential local environmental catastrophe and saving significant costs associated with a potential debris recovery or break up operation given the condition of the hull and environmental factors. Franmarine would like to extend special thanks to Mackenzie Marine and Towage, AME Marine Base and Strategic Marine for their valuable assistance during the salvage operation. 


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