TSAVLIRIS SALVAGE GROUP - News & Announcements

PCT "FAIR AFRODITI" - 2015 Sep 25

On 14 August 2015, the Product Chemical Tanker "FAIR AFRODITI" (12,756 GT - 8,513 DWT) suffered significant damage following an explosion during tank cleaning while she was off Lome, Tongo.  Severe structural damage was sustained, flooding of the engine room and cargo tanks occurred and the casualty listed about 18 degrees to port. The entire crew abandoned the casualty. Prior the incident the vessel was proceeding to Lome anchorage for STS loading.

On 15 August 2015, Tsavliris Salvage deployed the T/B "RATCEL J'' and the AHTS "THE GUARDIAN" to provide assistance. On 16 August a Tsavliris Salvage team (comprising of a salvage master, salvage engineers and riggers) was mobilised from Greece to Lome as well as suitable salvage equipment.

Messrs. OMA GROUP were appointed as agents for Tsavliris, whilst the SRN GROUP were appointed to provide diving services.

The Tsavliris Salvage team boarded the vessel on 17 August and remained until 8 September.  During this time the team managed to stabilise the vessel by undertaking the following:

-Correcting the vessel's list and trim by transferring ballast and removing oily water and bunkers.

-Making the hull, pump room and engine room watertight by sealing the sea chests and overboards, closing sea valves internally and sealing the cargo pumps.

-Removing all bunkers, oily water, lubricating oil (about 215 m3) and paints from the vessel.

-Stripping the engine room tanks, pump room bilges and slop tanks.

-Removing provisions and sealing the fridges.

The salvage services were completed on 8 September. The Tsavliris Salvage team continues providing services under a Care Taking arrangement signed on 9 September.  A skeleton salvage team remains on board the standby tug "THE GUARDIAN" providing basic essential services until the vessel's final disposal.