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Motor Chemical Tanker "ATLANTIC VOYAGER" - 2019 Jan 22

On 30 December 2018, the Motor Chemical Tanker "ATLANTIC VOYAGER" (GRT 8,513 – DWT 12,807), in ballast condition, immobilised about 85 miles west of Lamberts Bay, South Africa, due to engine problems.  The vessel was drifting towards the open sea due to the prevailing current.

Tsavliris Salvage was engaged to provide assistance and on 31 December the salvage tug "SA AMANDLA" (BHP 19,200 - TBP 185) was mobilised from Durban to provide salvage assistance. On 1 January, the current direction changed, resulting in the drifting of the vessel towards the adjacent coast. In order to avoid grounding and with the permission of Cape Town radio via Samsa, the port anchor was dropped 11.7 miles from Kleinsee (west coast of the Northern Cape province). During the period at anchor significant dragging subsequently occurred.

On 3 January, the "SA AMANDLA" arrived at the casualty's position, established tow connection and towage to Durban commenced. On 11 January, the convoy arrived safely at Durban and, with the assistance of a pilot and port tugs (arranged by salvors), the vessel was berthed at Dormac Shipyard for repairs. On the same day, the salvage operation was successfully completed.