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On 25 January 2023, the Bulk Carrier "MV ABILITY" (GT 36,757 - DWT 64,253), laden with 55,000 tonnes of wheat, was immobilised due to fuel (sub-zero temp) solidification, 350  miles NE of Kuril Islands, Japan in the North Pacific Ocean.

The vessel was performing a voyage from Vancouver, Canada to East Africa (three intended discharge ports: Nacala, Mozambique, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Mombasa, Kenya).
The Japanese Tug "AKATSUKI" (BP 150 – BHP 10,400) was hired by Owners but was unable to reach the immobilised vessel due to technical problems and heavy weather conditions. Tug "AKATSUKI" took shelter to rectify technical issues and wait for improved weather.
On 30 January, Tsavliris were contracted to provide salvage assistance and despatched the tug "LIAN HE QI RUI" (BP 250 – BHP 23,500) from Shanghai, China.
On 11 February, under severe/adverse sea conditions (8m waves) tug "LIAN HE QI RUI" established tow connection and towage commenced towards Tokyo, Japan.
On 22 February, the convoy arrived safely at YOKOHAMA anchorage, Japan, and was handed over to five port tugs to anchor at Yokohama anchorage. Tsavliris provided stand-by services with five port tugs until 25 February when the operation was successfully completed.