After capsizing close to a coral reef close to Enubuj Island, a part of the Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands, the vessel was formally offloaded to the Marshall Islands. However the saga nonetheless is not over. As one may anticipate, the residents of the island chain weren’t eager on having to cope with an almost eight decade previous battleship filled with environmentally hazardous substances simply sitting off their coast.
In 2010, the Republic of the Marshall Islands requested the U.S. Navy for assist and it was completely satisfied to oblige. By 2018, a plan was enacted to siphon out remaining gas from the 173 tanks onboard the Prinz Eugen. U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Tim Emge was tapped to guide the method of eradicating the trapped oil by a process often known as sizzling tapping, basically drilling a number of holes everywhere in the capsized vessel.
Lt. Commander Emge stated of the operation: “Scorching tapping permits us to soundly tie into the numerous tanks with out leakage by making a safe opening to position the valve, sizzling faucet instrument. and pipe for pumping from the very best level on the tank. We have been in a position to efficiently, and most significantly safely, conduct over 100 sizzling faucets all through the operation.” General, round 250,000 gallons of gas was faraway from the wreck.
In the present day, almost 77 years after the Prinz Eugen rolled over within the shallow waters of the Pacific, it is nonetheless there. It’s a in style web site for leisure divers.