On December 5th, 2012, a freight carrier called the Baltic Ace sank off the southern Dutch coast of Rotterdam with more than 1,400 automobiles in its containers and holds. The massive cargo also contained 540,000 liters of oil in its hull. Environmentalists and marine life researchers were worried that the oil spillage could pose a serious threat to the ecosystem of one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and so Rijkswaterstaat, the company that owned the Baltic Ace contracted a salvage company called Boskalis and its partner Mammoet Salvage to assist in the clean up operation. They first drained the oil from the wreck, then used a massive cable-cutting system stretched between two ships to cut the freighter into many smaller pieces and extract it from its final resting place.
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