Salvage & Towage Services - Operation Reference

Bulk Carrier "CARMEN SILVA" 2013

On Thursday 8th August we dispatched salvage tug "UNICORN" to the assistance of bulk carrier "CARMEN SILVA" (16,145 GRT, 25,739 DWT), laden with about 23,300 tons of steel/general products, disabled due to main engine problems about 150 miles South East of Sur, Oman.


Salvage tug "UNICORN" arrived at the casualty's position on Sunday 11th August. Despite adverse weather conditions, towline connected and towage commenced towards Fujairah. However, our appointed agents advised that the casualty would not be allowed entry into Fujairah port due to ships congestion and also to Dubai roads due to port regulations. The alternative port for repairs was Muscat, Oman.


Once weather conditions improved, salvage tug "UNICORN" went alongside the casualty and provided fuel, fresh water, stores and provisions.


Our agent managed to obtain approval from Muscat harbour master enabling the vessel to carry out all the necessary repairs at the anchorage. Towage therefore continued towards Muscat anchorage.


On the 17th August, convoy arrived at position, about 100 miles off Muscat port, awaiting written approval from the harbour master to proceed into Oman territorial waters.


On the morning of the 18th August the second mobilized tug, "AL TOWFAN", arrived at convoy's position to assist in steering the convoy for the approach to Muscat traffic zone.


Written approval from the harbour master was received on Monday 19th August whereupon the convoy proceeded to Muscat anchorage on Tuesday 20th August.


Casualty dropped anchor at Sultan Qabous inner anchorage and tug "AL TOWFAN" went alongside for standby services during casualty's repairs. Salvage tug "UNICORN" was demobilized.


After successful repairs/sea trials, the two month service terminated on Sunday 6th October.