The Salvage-Retriever from Marine Flotation Products reduces the need for costly, awkward cranes, chains and other heavy equipment, while providing a convenient and cost-effective product for salvage work, the manufacturer says.
The product is useful when salvagers must retrieve many pieces of debris in a single area, says president and CEO Kim Oshinski. “Salvagers can avoid having to make multiple retrievals,” she says. “They can go down and load everything onto the Salvage-Retriever.”
The patent-pending Salvage-Retriever is composed of two inflatable pontoons attached to a collapsible frame carrying a submersible barge. With the pontoons deflated, Salvage-Retriever sinks to the bottom. Divers load the barge with the salvaged articles, then the pontoons are inflated, raising the barge for retrieval. It can then be attached to its own mini-tugboat (sold separately) to transport the salvaged goods or marine hazards. Salvage-Retriever is available with a standard 15-foot x 30-foot barge and 40-inch diameter pontoons, or it can be custom-made. The standard Salvage-Retriever weighs 2,000 pounds and lifts 40,000 pounds. With a working air pressure of 3-10 psi, the pontoons inflate in five to seven minutes, depending on the size.
The fiberglass composite frame and container are simple to assemble and disassemble for ease of transportation and use. Constructed of rip-stop polyester laminated on both sides with polyurethane, the bags are durable and resistant to saltwater. The system utilizes a low-pressure, high-volume air inflator/deflator. Another option is to use a standard air compressor. The permanent, waterproof hoses and connections from the pump to the pontoons are individually designed for each custom order. The retail price of the standard Salvage-Retriever is $21,000. Contact: Marine Flotation Products, Arvada, Colo., (866) 424-8012, marineflotationproducts.com.