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FEDRA

May 6, 2009

Donjon to remove wreck off Gibraltar

Hillside, N.J., based Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., will this month start site operations in Gibraltar on the wreck removal and disposal of the remnants of the M/V Fedra.

On October 10, 2008, during a significant storm, the M/V Fedra grounded and subsequently sank off the eastern side of Europa Point in Gibraltar in approximately 20 feet of water.

As a result of the grounding and pounding due to sea conditions, the vessel, which had seven cargo holds in total, separated in two pieces at the forward end of Hold No. 6 Cargo Hold.

The separated forward section of the M/V Fedra was subsequently removed from the casualty site, leaving the remaining stern section.

Owners of the vessel, in consultation with underwriters, called for competitive bids from the worldwide salvage community and Donjon was awarded the contract on March 24, 2009.

Major wreck removal assets are set to arrive from the United States in early June 2009. As the wreck removal operation is being performed in open ocean conditions, weather will be a significant concern as the project moves forward.

Donjon's effort in this contract call for the use of the 400-ton capacity derrick barge Columbia, New York, 7,000-HP salvage tug Atlantic Salvor and 1400-series Donjon material barge.


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