Marine Salvage

Vessel ungroundings, sunken vessel recovery and abandoned boat recovery in full compliance with Canadian Coast Guard Environmental standards.

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Marine Salvage for Coastal British Columbia

FDS has the expertise and knowledge to provide project management and logistical execution of salvage projects from start to finish.

Vessel ungroundings, sunken vessel recovery & abandoned boat recovery
Derelict and abandoned vessels
Recently sunk or sinking vessels
Commercial sized tugs and barges
Hazards to navigation and environment
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150 tons of lift-bag capacity

Salvage services include the follow-up of vessel removal from the marine environment, deconstruction, recycling, and/or disposal. Freedom Diving Systems boasts over 150 tons of lift-bag capacity: one of the largest capacities of lift offered by a company on the BC Coast. And all salvage projects are managed to Canadian Coast Guard Environmental standards.

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Vessel Ungroundings & Sunken Vessel Recovery

Includes removing vessels aground on shallow sand banks or shoals (soft ungrounding). And, vessels left high and dry that may have sustained damage (hard ungrounding), taking on water or abandoned from the grounding.

If a vessel sinks completely it will most likely require the use of lift bags to be recovered and the expertise of our qualified dive team.

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Abandoned Boats Program

A federal Transport Canada Program requiring initial assessments and salvage strategies to remove derelict and abandoned vessels in the BC Coast. Generally, these are industrial grade salvage operations which may require advanced equipment, cranes, large barges, excavators and surface supplied dive crews to conduct the project safely and efficiently. FDS can provide consultation from the beginning of the project through its completion.

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Full compliance with Canadian Coast Guard Environmental standards

Successful Salvage Projects

  • The Reliant, an 18.2m wooden tug which sank in Gibsons
  • The RB Green, a 16.7m wooden tug salvaged in Sechelt Inlet
  • A beached 13.7m deck barge salvage in Barkley Sound
  • The Kwatna and Lulu Island, two 16m wooden tugs salvaged in Pender Harbour
  • Ongoing salvage projects for the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada and private clients.
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What they’re saying about Freedom Diving Systems

Freedom Diving Systems were keenly aware of the sensitive habitat near the install location. Numerous preparation dives were performed to install rock‐climbing gear to install a temporary mooring line for the work vessel, as well as bottom floats which kept lines and hoses clear of the reef.

Board of Directors, Underwater Council of BC
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