How Enretech helped carry out the southern hemisphere’s biggest ever oil & fuel clean up
When the HMAS Swan (a former destroyer escort approximately the size of a football field) was decommissioned, it was decided it would be scuttled to provide an artificial reef and recreational diving opportunity off the coast of Western Australia.
But sinking a 100+ metre long ship is not simple. The Geographe Bay Artificial Reef Society, who was responsible for the scuttling, had to meet stringent environmental conditions and pressure from government, media, and environmental groups.
These requirements meant that the Swan needed to be completely cleansed of all oil, fuel and diesel contaminants before it could go down. Due to the size of the ship and the extensiveness of contamination, the clean-up would become the largest project of its type ever undertaken in the southern hemisphere.