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BC "Cape Elise" - 2015 Oct 31

On 4 September 2015, capesize bulk carrier "Cape Elise" (88,853 GT – 174,124 DWT), fully laden with 168,330 tons of iron ore, made bottom contact in  the Singapore Straits (deep-water channel) resulting in bottom damage and water ingress in port double bottom tanks No 2, 3 and port wing tank No 4.

During the incident the vessel was on passage from Yuzhny/Odessa, Ukraine to Zhoushan/Jiangyin, China.

On 4 September, Tsavliris Salvage was contracted to provide salvage assistance.

On the same day, the AHTS "Uos Navigator" (16,320 BHP – 200 TBP) was mobilized from Singapore to assist the casualty. The managers and agents of the casualty requested permission from the Singapore Port Authorities (MPA) to proceed and anchor inside the port limits for damage assessment. Their request was denied, and the casualty, escorted by the "Uos Navigator", anchored on 5 September outside the entrance to Singapore Straits, in the open China Sea.

On 6 September, the salvage master arrived at Singapore and a meeting was arranged with the MPA on 7 October. At the meeting, port entry was agreed upon submission of the required documentation, including the "Fit to Port Entry'' declaration by ship's classification society (LR). All documentation was submitted on the same day and on 8 September permission was granted.

On 9 September the "Cape Elise", escorted by the AHTS "Uos Navigator", anchored at Raffles reserved anchorage (section R2).

In compliance with Port Authorities' requirements, oil booms were deployed around the casualty.

On 10 September, an underwater inspection commenced by Singapore Salvage Engineering (SSE) divers and was completed on 13 September.   Underwater repairs (temporary patching) commenced by the SSE team on 14 September and were completed on 30 October. These included the internal double bottom tanks repairs.

The salvage services lasted about two months and were successfully terminated on 30 October.