Salvage & Towage Services - Operation Reference

General Cargo Ship “FGM COMMANDER” 2011

On the 18th November we dispatched our tug "HERMES", from her station in Patras, to the assistance of general cargo ship "FGM COMMANDER" (GRT 6,819, DWT 8,978), laden with about 7,500 MT of steel products, following her grounding on a reef South-West of Hydra.


Salvage tug "ALEXANDER 3", anti-pollution vessel "AEGIS 1"and lightening vessel M/V "JOANNA VI" were also mobilized for the operation. About 650 MT of cargo was transferred to lightening vessel "JOANNA VI". Both tugs successfully refloated her on Wednesday 23rd November.


The casualty proceeded to a nearby anchorage for an underwater inspection. Bunkers were transferred back to the "FGM COMMANDER" from the "AEGIS 1". "HERMES" returned to Patras on the 23rd November.


Tsavliris salvage tug "MEGAS ALEXANDROS" was dispatched to the "FGM COMMANDER" to relieve "ALEXANDER 3". "IFAISTOS 2" was engaged to act as steering tug for the towage to Eleusis, while "MEGAS ALEXANDROS" was the leading tug.


The convoy arrived safely on the 3rd December and the "MEGAS ALEXANDROS" remained on stand by near the casualty. The vessel was shifted to a safe berth at Elefsis port and redelivered to her owners on Friday 9th December.