The 16,529 dwt chemical tanker Corsica grounded in the area of La Rouchelle in France after she was thrown of her anchors due to the heavy storm. The vessel has been successfully re-floated by the salvage team of the Dutch Wijsmuller Salvage B.V. on 4th January 2000. The Corsica did not have chemical cargo on board when she grounded.
The salvage team used the powerful salvage tug Arctic Kalvik (BHP 23,000 with bollard pull 250 mtons) and harbour tugs of Les Abeilles International. Arctic Kalvik had to remain at a distance of more than 900 meters from Corsica due to the shallow waters around the vessel. With two local harbour tugboats the main towing wire was pulled through the shallows to the chemical tanker and connected with a chain bridle to its stern. In order to re-float the vessel around 75% of the Arctic Kalvik bollard pull was required. On the fourth day of the new Millennium the chemical tanker was re-floated at a high tide.
Arctic Kalvik is stationed by Wijsmuller Salvage at Lands End in the United Kingdom to be able to respond as quick as possible to shipping casualties in order to minimise the risk of pollution and she is specially equipped for salvage operations under extreme conditions.