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Bulk Carrier "LILA TOKYO'' - 2020 Apr 23

On 27 February 2020, the Bulk Carrier "LILA TOKYO'' (GT 43,537 - DWT 79,387), immobilised due to tail shafting system failure (intermediate shaft sheered / tail shaft bent) at North Pacific Ocean, approximately 800 nautical miles SW of Los Angeles. During the incident,  the vessel was on passage from Huanghua, China to Balboa, Panama, in ballast condition

Tsavliris were contracted to provide salvage assistance and on 1 March mobilised the Arctic class ocean salvage tug "NICOLE FOSS" (BHP 7,268 – BP 100) from Seattle, via Long Beach to arrange and deliver provisions/stores to the casualty.

The ship's master reported that the propeller shaft had sheered and water ingress at about 0.1 cbm/hour was visible in the engine room.  The ship's crew's securing/fastening method was reviewed by Tsavliris' salvage engineers and naval architects who provided instructions and sketches for additional securing/reinforcement if/when required. On 5 March, the tug arrived at Long Beach for provisions/stores and on 10 March, arrived at casualty's position. On 11 March, tow connection was established and towage commenced to Balboa, Panama.

On 30 March, the convoy arrived at the rendezvous position where a pilot boarded and the steering escort tug "CAPO VATICANO" (BHP 2,243 -  BP 53) connected at the stern of the casualty. With the assistance of pilot and both tugs, the vessel anchored off Isla Taboga.  On the same day, the 50-day salvage operation was completed successfully.