In the past, project management for some wreck removal has been done very successfully. Here the scope consisted of estimation, work preparation, project management and final administrative actions.
An example is the restaurant ship Ella which sank during a tow from Middlesborough to London off the coast of Lowestoft. The ship was a danger to shipping and needed to be removed.
The ship turned out to be in such a bad and weak condition that it was salvaged using a very big salvage grab and a sheerleg. The wreck was placed on a pontoon and an extensive inventory was made of asbestos and other environmental contaminants on board.
The pontoon with the wreck was then towed to Middlesborough, where it was lifted onto the shore and finally scrapped.