BULK CARRIER “ADASTRA”
On 13 January 2023, the Bulk Carrier “MV ADASTRA (GT 25,554 – DWT 46,493), laden with Agribulk, experienced main engine problems and was drifting off Yemen. The vessel was en route from Riga, Latvia, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
On 14 January, Tsavliris despatched the AHTS “HERCULES” (BHP 5,150 – BP 67) from her salvage station at Berbera, Somalia, arriving at the casualty’s position on 16 January when towage to Oman commenced.
On 25 January the convoy arrived safely at Duqm anchorage, Oman, and the vesselwas berthed safely with the assistance of port tugs. On the same day the operation was successfully completed.
BULK CARRIER “ABILITY”
On 25 January 2023, the Bulk Carrier “MV ABILITY” (GT 36,757 – DWT 64,253), laden with 55,000 tonnes of wheat, was immobilised due to fuel (sub-zero temp) solidification, 350 nautical miles NE of Kuril Islands, Japan in the North Pacific Ocean.
The vessel was performing a voyage from Vancouver, Canada to East Afica (three intended discharge ports: Nacala, Mozambique, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Mombasa, Kenya).
The Japanese Tug “AKATSUKI” (BHP 10,400 – BP 150) was hired by Owners but was unable to reach the immobilised vessel due to technical problems and heavy weather conditions. Tug “AKATSUKI” took shelter to rectify technical issues and wait for improved weather.
On 30 January, Tsavliris were contracted to provide salvage assistance and despatched the tug “LIAN HE QI RUI” (BHP 23,500 – BP 250) from Shanghai, China.
On 11 February, under severe/adverse sea conditions (8m waves) tug “LIAN HE QI RUI” established tow connection and towage commenced towards Tokyo, Japan.
On 22 February, the convoy arrived safely at YOKOHAMA anchorage, Japan, and was handed over to five port tugs to anchor at Yokohama anchorage. Tug “LIAN HE QI RUI” provided stand-by services until 25 February when the operation was successfully completed.
MOTOR YACHT “007”
On 3 September 2022, the Motor Yacht “007” struck rocks off Kythnos Island, Greece, and was beached at nearby picturesque Kolones Bay. The yacht was aground, laying semi-sunk on her port side with a list of approximately 80 degrees. The starboard side shell plating had several cracks and the bulbous bow was severely deformed/fractured. All the yacht’s internal spaces were flooded.
On the same day of the accident, Tsavliris Salvage and Environmental Pollution Engineering (EPE) proceeded to the assistance of the casualty. The OSV “AEGIS I” (BHP 2,000 – BP 25), operated by EPE, was mobilised for antipollution services. Bunkers on board the yacht were removed and all necessary precautions were taken to prevent marine pollution.
Tsavliris mobilised immediately a Salvage and a Diving Team for inspections. The Owner’s Master was assisted in the removal of valuable items from cabins including expensive jewelry.
Wreck removal tender was arranged by the Owner’s/P&I club and in February 2023 the task was awarded to Tsavliris / EPE.
On 1 March 2023, Tsavliris Salvage Team, Antipollution Team and Divers from “Thalassa Diving” company arrived at the casualty’s position and on 2 March, EPE’s antipollution tug “AEGIS I” arrived, carrying various salvage equipment. Two floating cranes were arranged for the operation with the assistance of two tugs: floating crane “KOMNINOS” (110T lifting capacity) was towed from Heraklion, Crete, by the T/B “MICHALIS S” (BHP 1,000 – BP 20) and floating crane “BT1” (120T lifting capacity) was towed from Skala, Katerini, by Tsavliris’ S/T “HERMES” (BHP 2,725 – BP 43), arriving at Kolones Bay, Kythnos, on 6 March and 12 March respectively.
On 15 March, the yacht was successfully refloated, following all safety protocolsand necessary repairs. The divers removed all debris from the seabed and cleaned the coast line to the satisfaction of Port Authorities.
The floating cranes and the OSV “AEGIS I” demobilised back to their base.
On 24 March, Syros/Kythnos Port Authority granted sailing permission to M/Y “007” and T/B “MICHALIS S” commenced towage to Bodrum, Turkey, arriving safely at destination on 27 March. The entire operation was completed successfully on the same day.
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