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Bulk Carrier "CHRIS GR" - 2020 Jan 28
On 3 December 2019, the Bulk Carrier "CHRIS GR" (GT 30,632 – DWT 55,715), laden with 51,400 tonnes of brazilian yellow maize in bulk, immobilised due to main engine problem about 20 miles east off Cape Bojeador, Philippines. During the incident the vessel was on passage from Santos, Brazil to Japan. The area had been heavily affected by the Tropical Cyclone "Kammuri", which was passing 400 miles south west of the casualty's position, causing storm force winds, heavy seas and swell. Tsavliris was contracted to provide salvage assistance and on 4 December, the T/B "SALVAGE CHAMPION" was mobilised from Kaoshiung, Taiwan arriving at the casualty's position on 5 December. The casualty had drifted about 250 n.m. westerly from the initial position.
On 6 December, tow connection was established and towage commenced to Hong Kong in adverse weather conditions.
Under the circumstances, it was decided to provide further support and the salvage tug "SALVAGE WORKER" was mobilised from her salvage station at Kaoshiung, joining the convoy on 9 December.
On 11 December and due to improved weather conditions, the towline was disconnected from the bow of the "SALVAGE CHAMPION" and was connected to the bow of the casualty. The "SALVAGE CHAMPION" proceeded to the casualty's stern to further assist, if and when required.
On 12 December 2019, the convoy arrived safely OPL Hong Kong and the tow was delivered to four port tugs arranged by Tsavliris. The tugs "SALVAGE CHAMPION" and "SALVAGE WORKER" were released and demobilised to Kaoshiung.
With the assistance of pilots and the four port tugs the convoy safely arrived and berthed at the nominated floating dock No. 3 at Yiu Lian Shipyard, Hong Kong, where the salvage services were successfully completed.