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S A L V A G E  


Today the protection of the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is the first priority

wreck removal

Salvage operations consists of recovering a ship and 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

vessels are exposed to waves, currents and weather and are the most vulnerable and difficult to work on. They also tend to deteriorate more rapidly than such vessels in protected harbours.

Salvage interventions may provide only a short window of opportunity for the salvage team due to unusually high tide or inclement weather for instance.  

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.

Vessels are not normally subject to deterioration caused by marine and weather conditions In addition, unless the vessel to be salvaged is obstructing navigation.

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's removal

CLIENT  CosmarRoma Italy


LOCATION  Durres Albania




WEIGHT  1000 tonn


CARGO solt 700 tonn


MAX DEPTH  - 25 mt

The vessel was sunken inside Durres Port while trying to bring immigrants from Albania to Italy during the last Albanian civil war.

During the reconstruction of the Port, Lucatelli Diving was appointed for the removal of the wreck.

The operation took place by means of passing 2 big wire below the keel of the vessel, attached to Camel lifting cylinders 300 tonn capacity each one.

All the opening where closed by divers and the vessel was succesfully 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 was sunken after collision with the ferry boat Ankara in the middle of the Adriatic sea.

Lucatelli Diving made a multibeam sonar survey in order to ascertain the position of the cargo on the sea bed.

Lucatelli was appointed by Chartis for the salvage of the cargo.

The job was executed with the Crane Barge Alfredo armed with a 250 tonn 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, in order to verify in real time the execution of the cargo recovery on each predetermined sector.

The job was executed in 7 days with a total aluminum cargo recovery of 2.400 tonn.


Evdokia II partial wreck's removal, oil removal

CLIENT :Harbour Master Chioggia Italy


LOCATION  Offshore Chioggia Italy




CARGO  steel coils 4.000 tonn


DEPTH  - 27 mt


The Vessel was sunken after collision with the Cargo Ship Philippos 2 miles offshore the Port of Chioggia.

Lucatelli Diving was appointed by the Harbour Master of Chioggia for the partial wreck's removal of all the structures below the depth of - 16 mt.

At completion of the operation executed by divers in 20 days with uw cutting torch, in order to avoid pollution, Lucatelli Diving was appointed for the removal of oil and lube oil present inside the vessel; the opertions 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 for the salvage of 4.000 tonns of steel coils present in the cargo hold.

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

The operation was completed in 10 days succesfully and the full cargo was recovered.

evdokia cargo

Floating Dock Vlora

CLIENT : Italian Navy


LOCATION : Vlora Albania




WEIGHT : 1500 tonn


DEPTH   - 18 mt


The floating dock while in operation was 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 was sunken.

Lucatelli was appointed by the Italian Navy for the removal operation.

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 arpoon 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 his new location.

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, was discovered the wreck of a second world war ship.

Lucatelli was appointed for the removal of the wreck.

As the double botto 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 escavator on board one of the 2 work barges utilized in the operation.

Once the concrete was broken, the divers, with a vacuum system removed the debries, and then they cutted in section of approx 250 tonn each the hull of the vessel; the intervention was executed with ultratermic cutting rods  of various sizes.

At completion of the underwater cutting operation the sections were removed and deployed on the pier by divers with the assistance of the A Frame Barge Hercule.

The job was succesfully completed.

floating dock
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

Lucatelli was appointed for the removal operation.

Due to the particular kind of construction made by concrete, the refloating was impossible because the pumped air

was passing through the small cracks on the structure denying to empty the sections of the platform.

In order to make free the a rea for the commercial operation on the Pier, Lucatelli prepared an hydraulic device capable

to destroy the concrete structure; the divers cutted underwater all the iron bars not cutted by the device.

At completion all the debries were removed by clamp shell.

The job was succesfully completed.


Concrete platform removal
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