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Bulk Carrier "AEOLOS" - 2020 Jan 28

On 6 January 2020, the Bulk Carrier "AEOLOS" (GT 19,882 - DWT 31,640), laden with about 19,274 tonnes of steel products, immobilised due to loss of steering capability 23 miles north- east of Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece. During the incident the vessel was on passage from Nemrut Bay and Diliskelesi, Turkey, to San Nikolas and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On the same day Tsavliris was contracted to provide salvage assistance and mobilised salvage tugs from their stations in Piraeus. The S/T "Vernicos Sifnos" arrived at the casualty's position and tow connection was established in severe weather conditions (up to 9 beaufort gusting to 10). On 7 January, towage commenced towards Neapolis Bay  for shelter. Later on the day, the salvage tug S/T "Ch. Gemitzoglou", established tow connection and both tugs towed the vessel towards Neapolis Bay. A diving team arrived at Neapolis for inspections. On 9 January, the S/T "Alexander 5" replaced the tug "Ch. Gemitzoglou" (immobilised  due to gas oil contamination with seawater),  was connected to the casualty and towage continued towards Piraeus roads.

On 10 January, the convoy was instructed to drift off Hydra. On 11 January, an underwater inspection was carried out on the high seas by divers deployed by fast offshore diving boat. It was reported that the ship's rudder was missing.

On 12 January, the convoy resumed towage arriving safely at Piraeus on 13 January.  On 14 January with the assistance of "Alexander 5", "Christos 42", "Karapiperis New Generation" and "Ifestos 2", the casualty was towed for mooring at Kynossoura, Piraeus under pilotage and escorted by "Vernicos Sifnos". On the same day the salvage services were completed successfully.