Gepost dinsdag 6 januari 2004 @ 13:16
Last of 3 crewmen found in ship's hold
Albany-- Removal of body of Victor Alexeev is planned for today
By TRINA MEAD, Special to the Times Union
First published: Monday, January 5, 2004
body of the last missing crewman from the Stellamare was located Sunday
by salvage crews as they pumped water from the cargo hold and engine
areas of the ship. However, recovery of the body was suspended until
this morning because of darkness.
Salvage crews spent most of the
day righting the ship, which capsized at the Port of Albany on Dec. 9
while loading generators from General Electric.
Alexeev, a 46-year-old ship welder from St. Petersburg, Russia, was one
of three crewmen killed in the accident. The body of Yuri Akofin was
found Dec. 19, and Sulieman Khasenevich was located Dec. 20. About 15
other crew members, who were aboard the ship at the time, survived and
have since returned to Russia.
began pumping water out of the engine room and cargo holds of the
Stellamare at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the rate of 2,000 tons per hour.
before pumping could begin, divers had to carefully place cargo hatches
-- weighing 15 tons each -- on top of each hold to stop river water
from being drawn back into the ship by the huge pumps.
After almost one month, with tons of water still in her hold, the Stellamare finally came afloat at 9:30.
officials remained cautiously optimistic Sunday morning that the body
would be found once most of the water had been pumped from the cargo
hold area. They also expressed concern that the amount of debris
remaining in the ship would hamper the search.
an employee for Jumbo Shipping -- the Dutch firm that owns the
Stellamare -- reported that Alexeev's body was found in the forward
part of the ship, under debris and decking with only his arms and legs
visible. The employee, who did not want to give his name, indicated
that part of the decking will have to be removed in order to recover
Sunday afternoon, Mayor Jerry Jennings confirmed that the missing crew
member was found at the front of the ship but that there are "debris
and things in the way."
"We are proceeding safely to remove the body," Jennings said. "It will take time to determine the best way to proceed."
Jennings said the Albany Police and Fire departments will work to recover the body, when it is deemed safe.
final step in getting the ship to float on its own occurred at about 5
p.m. Sunday as crews released the Stellamare from the last of the two
cranes that were used to hold the ship safely in place as water was
pumped from its engine room and cargo holds, said Jesse Lewis, a
spokesman for Jumbo Shipping.
As the day progressed, the ship gradually became visible over the pier as water was pumped from its cargo hold.
Hillin, chief of Port Safety with the U.S. Coast Guard, said fewer than
a dozen salvage crew members were allowed on the ship Sunday, because
the operation was still hazardous.
Fire Department Capt. Dan Doherty said firefighters were on the scene
to help decontaminate police and fire department divers as they emerged
from the ship and the river covered with oily sludge.
"Our No. 1 priority has always been to find the missing (crewman)," Hillin said.
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