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BC "New Hunter" - 2015 Oct 28

On 2 October 2015, the geared bulk carrier "New Hunter" (25,531 GT - 46,212 DWT) partly laden with 20,195 tons of fine alumina powder grounded in the Suriname River fairway – South America, whilst on passage from Paranam to Baltimore.

On 6 October, Tsavliris Salvage was contracted to provide salvage assistance.

A salvage team, consisting of the Salvage Master, a Salvage Engineer, a Naval Architect and divers arrived on board the casualty on 7 October.

On 15 October, after lightering about 2,000 tons of cargo to two vessels ("Orion Trader" and Galaxy Trader"), during high water, the vessel was refloated with the assistance of four tugs.

Underwater and internal inspections were carried out which revealed minor damages in No 1 double bottom tank portside and No 2 double bottom. All damages were temporarily repaired.

Due to heavy swell, the 2,000 tons of lightening cargo could not be reloaded at anchor off Suriname. Furthermore, for safety reasons, the Paramaribo Pilots rejected the request to proceed to Paramaribo inner anchorage.

The casualty and the two lightering vessels "Orion Trader" and Galaxy Trader", proceeded to Georgetown, Guyana, where the trans-shipment was completed.

The successful salvage operation/lightering lasted three weeks and was terminated on 28 October at Georgetown.