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Geared Container Vessel “ALION” - 2021 Nov 08

In September 2021, the Geared Container Vessel "ALION" (DWT 16,800 – GT 13,764), laden with 548 containers, experienced main engine breakdown off Duqm, Oman. During the incident the vessel was on a voyage from Mumbai, India, then Jebel Ali, UAE, to Mombasa, Kenya. Four armed guards were onboard due to passage through a high-risk piracy area.

On 21 September, Tsavliris despatched the AHT "TEJA" from her salvage station at Duqm to the assistance of the casualty, which at the time was adrift in the Arabian Sea, about 320 miles East of Socotra Island.

The tug arrived at the casualty's position, on 24 September but due to adverse weather conditions (wind/waves/swell), tow connection was aborted following damage to towire and fender. Tow connection was made the next day and towage to Sharjah, UAE, commenced.

On 25 September, professional agents were appointed by Tsavliris to provide assistance to both tug and tow at port of Sharjah. On 2 October, the four armed guards disembarked the vessel by launch to their designated armoury vessel OPL Fujairah.
On 3 October, Tsavliris arranged for an assisting tail tug prior to approaching the congested anchorage area.

On 5 October, the convoy arrived safely at Mina Khalid port, Sharjah and with the assistance of pilots (sea pilot) and port tugs (all arranged by salvors) the vessel berthed alongside at North Wharf. On 6 October, the tow line was disconnected and the operation was successfully completed.