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S A L V A G E  


wreck removal

Salvage the vessel, Safeguard the cargo, protect the environment

Salvage operations entails recovering a ship, its cargo, or other property after a shipwreck.
Salvage encompasses towing, refloating a sunken or grounded vessel, or patching or repairing a ship. 
Over 25 years of Salvages and Towing Lucatelli has the capabilities for every salvage intervention.

Salvage operations

A ship can be exposed to waves, currents and weather or sheltered inside a harbor. No matter where the wreck is displaced, Lucatelli has the capability to perform the salvage in any condition.

Wreck  Removal

Wreck removal focuses on the removal of hazardous or unsightly wrecks that have little or no salvage value. Because the objectives here are not to save the vessel, the wrecks are usually refloated or removed by the cheapest and most practical method possible. In many cases, hazardous materials must be removed prior to disposing of the wreck.

Cargo  Salvage

Saving the cargo and equipment aboard a vessel may be of higher priority than saving the vessel itself. The cargo may pose an environmental hazard or may include expensive materials such as machinery or precious metals. In this form of salvage, the main focus is on the rapid removal of goods and may include deliberate dissection, disassembly or destruction of the hull.


Lezha wreck removal

CLIENT  CosmarRoma Italy
LOCATION  Durres Albania
WEIGHT  1000 tonn
CARGO solt 700 tonn
MAX DEPTH  - 25 mt

The vessel had sunken inside the port of Durres, while trying to bring immigrants from Albania to Italy during the last Albanian civil war. During the renovation of the Port, Lucatelli Diving was appointed for the removal of the wreck.
The operation was accomplished by passing 2 large wires below the vessel's keel. Each wre was then attached to a Camel lifting cylinder, with 300 tonn of capacity.
All the opening where closed by the divers and the vessel was successfully refloated and delivered to the local dry dock.


Reina 1 cargo salvage

CLIENT  Chartis Insurance, The Netherlands


LOCATION  Offshore Albania


SHIP DIMENSIONS   mt 85 x 14


CARGO  aluminum 3.000 tonn


DEPTH   - 08 mt


The vessel had sunken after collision with the ferry boat Ankara in the middle of the Adriatic sea.

Lucatelli Diving performed a multibeam sonar survey to identify the cargo position on the sea bed.

Lucatelli was later appointed by Chartis in charge of the cargo salvage.

The job was executed with the Crane Barge Alfredo armed with a 250 ton crane and an hydraulic crab shell.

The sea bed in the area of intervention was georeferenced.  A beacon and a uw camera were positioned on the crab shell, to verify in real time the cargo recovery operations.

The job was completed in 7 days with a total aluminum cargo recovery of 2.400 tons.


Evdokia II partial wreck removal, oil removal

CLIENT :Harbour Master Chioggia Italy
LOCATION  Offshore Chioggia Italy
CARGO  steel coils 4.000 tonn
DEPTH  - 27 mt
The Vessel had sunken after collision with the Cargo Ship Philippos 2 miles offshore the Port of Chioggia, Italy.
Lucatelli Diving was appointed by the Harbour Master of Chioggia in charge of the removal of all the structures below the depth of - 16 mt.
At completion of the operation, accomplished by  the divers wthin 20 days, in order to avoid pollution, Lucatelli Diving was appointed in charge of the removal of oil and lube-oil present inside the vessel; the operations where completed succesfully.


Evdokia II cargo recovery

CLIENT  RCS Roma Italy


LOCATION  Offshore Chioggia Italy




CARGO  steel coils 4.000 tonn


DEPTH  - 27 mt


At completion of the partial wreck's and oil removal, Lucatelli Diving was appointed by RCS in charge of the salvage of 4.000 tons of steel coils present in the cargo hold.

The job was executed by divers with assistance of the Crane Barge Fioravante, using a special frame for the recovery of the coils.

The operation was completed within 10 days, with the successful recovery of the whole cargo.

evdokia cargo

Floating Dock Vlora

CLIENT : Italian Navy


LOCATION : Vlora Albania




WEIGHT : 1500 tonn


DEPTH   - 18 mt


The floating dock while in operation had sunken in the Albanian Navy Base of Pasha Liman near Orikum.

The Italian Navy gave as a gift a new floating dock but the only possible location was the one where the old floating dock had sunken.

Lucatelli was appointed by the Italian Navy, in charge of the removal operations.

The operation was not simple, due to the very poor conditions of the steel plates. 600 local repairs were made by means of small plates with gaskets and harpoons fastened on the plates.

Air valves were positioned on the air inlet and water discharge were prepared.

Once the preparation job was completed, the dock was succesfully refloated and towed to its new location.

floating dock

Navy Keel

CLIENT Ravenna Port Authority 
LOCATION  Piallassa del Piombone Italy
KEEL DIMENSIONS  mt 130 x 18
WEIGHT  2500 tonn
DEPTH  - 14 mt
During the dredging of the Piallassa del Piombone Port Area, a WWII shipwreck was found.
Lucatelli was appointed in charge of the wrecks removal.
As the double bottom was full of cement probably for ballast conditions, in order to reach the steel hull of the vessel, the concrete was broken with an hydraulic underwater heavy hammer connected to an excavator on board one of the 2 work barges employed during the operations.
Once the concrete was broken, the divers, with a vacuum system removed the debris, and then cut in sections of approx. 250 ton the vessels hull; the intervention was executed with ultra-thermic cutting rods  of various sizes.
At completion of the underwater cutting operation the sections were removed and deployed on the pier by the divers with the assistance of the A Frame Barge Hercule.
The job was successfully completed.

navy keel

Barge P 3  and M/v PU 2 removal


CLIENT  Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia


LOCATION  Canale Valentinis                                   Monfalcone Italy


DIMENSIONS  mt 50 x 20 x 3


WEIGHT  700 tonn


DEPTH  - 10 mt


A preliminary inspection reported that the wreck was full of oil.

An operation of oil removal took place first, pumping the oil from the wreck to the assistance barge Isola di Lussino.

Inlet and outlet valves were welded on the double bottom sections by the divers.

The refloating was completed succesfully.

The wreck was towed to Trieste Port and dismantled in the Scalo Legnami slipway


barge p 3

Concrete platform removal

CLIENT  Trieste Port Authority

LOCATION  Trieste Italy

DIMENSIONS  mt 40 x 20 x 5

WEIGHT  2500 tonn

DEPTH  - 20 mt


A container crane crashed on the platform moored to the Pier VII in the harbor of Trieste, Italy.

Lucatelli was appointed for the removal operations.

Due to the particular kind of concrete structure, the refloating was impossible due to the pumped air leaking out of small cracks, preventing the emptying of the platform.

To free the area and render it available for commercial operations, Lucatelli prepared an hydraulic device to dismantle the platform; the divers cut underwater all the iron bars leftover by the device.

At completion all the debris was removed by clamp shell.

The job was successfully completed.


Concrete platform removal
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