Salvage & Towage Services - Operations Reference List 2009
- Bulk Carrier "LIPARIT"
On Tuesday 15th December 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "MEGAS ALEXANDROS" from her Piraeus salvage station to the assistance of the Bulk Carrier "LIPARIT" (GT 4,109, DWT 6,036) experiencing main engine trouble South of Hydra Island, Myrtoo Pelagos.
The casualty was towed safely to Ambarli - arrived on 19th December 2009.
- Motor Vessel "SILVER STAR"
On the 8th December 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "TRABAJADOR-1" to the assistance of the M/V "SILVER STAR" (GT 12,539 – DWT 18,411), laden with approximately 8,500m3 of logs, disabled due to stern tube trouble, approximately 600 nautical miles South of Hong Kong.
Towage towards Shanghai commenced on the 11th December 2009, and the convoy safely arrived on the 21st December 2009, at Chang Jiang Kou anchorage no.2. (Shanghai outer anchorage).
Due to the complexities of the Yangtze River towage, approval and requirements were awaited from the authorities.
On the 10th January 2010, the M/V "SILVER STAR" was delivered to port tugs for the river towage up to discharging port Zhangjiagang. Adverse weather conditions interrupted the river towage as the convoy awaited for weather improvements. River towage was resumed on the 14th January 2010, and the convoy safely arrived at Zhangjiagang on the 15th January 2010. On the same day the vessel was redelivered to owners at discharging berth. Upon completion of discharge, the vessel was towed to Xinrong Shipyard.
- TCH "UNION POWER
On Saturday 7th November 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "MEGAS ALEXANDROS" from her Piraeus salvage station to the assistance of the TCH "UNION POWER" (GT 8,744, DWT 12,300) experiencing main engine trouble approximately 30 nautical miles South East of Kymi, Aegean Sea.
The casualty was towed safely to Piraeus roads - arrived on 9th November 2009.
- Bulk Carrier "MINOAN EURO"
On the 10th September 2009, bulk carrier "MINOAN EURO" (GT 35,699, DWT 64,155), fully laden with 62,730 MT of sub-bituminous coal, became immobilized, due to tail shaft leakage, in the Makassar Straits, approximately 90 nautical miles NE of Samarinda, Borneo. TSAVLIRIS promptly dispatched the AHTS "ITC CYCLONE" (10,800 BHP/136 TBP) to the assistance of the casualty, from a position about 400 nautical miles away.
"ITC CYCLONE" arrived on site on 13th September and on the same day, at 20.00 hrs, commenced towage towards Manila.
On the 17th September, while the convoy was passing between Pearl Bank and Laparan Island, the tow began to sheer very heavily due to the strong tide rips and lost control. Side thrusters were put into operation in order to manoeuvre and to stay ahead of the tow. The tow however made a heavy swing to port creating a fury of 270 degrees, thus losing control and at that moment causing her port bridle leg to part. The tow wire from the starboard side bridle leg was disconnected by the crew while the convoy drifted back through the channel between Pearl Bank and Laparan Island (at an approximate speed of 3 knots) due to the strong current. Under these circumstances the tow was connected to the stern of the casualty and the towage was recommenced towards the coast of Saban in order to reduce the influence of the current and to clear the coral shallows. On the 19th September the tow connection was re-established at the bow and the tow resumed to Manila.
TSAVLIRIS also dispatched the S/T "TRABAJADOR-1" (8,200 BHP, 85 TBP) from Manila to assist as steering tug arriving on the scene on the 20th September. During the towage, the convoy encountered adverse weather conditions due to nearby typhoons. The convoy arrived safely at Manila on the 24th September and anchored in Manila Bay.
Moreover, HYDREX had been contracted to carry out the replacement of tail shaft seals by specialist divers in situ, with vessel in laden condition. This innovative method of operating within a pressurized habitat saved the onward towage to her destination (South Korea) and enabled the casualty to undergo permanent repairs without dry-docking. On the 26th September, underwater repairs were interrupted due to the typhoon "KETSANA" and had to resume later.
The "ITC CYCLONE" was released on the 27th September at 05.30 hrs and the "TRABAJADOR-1" continued her services as a stand-by tug and as a diving support vessel. Repairs by HYDREX were completed on the 1st October. After successful sea trials on the 2nd October, the "MINOAN EURO" was redelivered to her owners and sailed to her destination Younghung South Korea, where she arrived on the 11th October 2009.
- Bulk Carrier "CAPTAIN GEORGE L"
On Wednesday 26th August 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS HELLAS", from her Las Palmas salvage station, to the assistance of the BC "CAPTAIN GEORGE L" (GRT 35,803, DWT 63,880) disabled about 220 n.miles South West of Lisbon.
Casualty was towed safely to Cadiz - arrived on Monday 31st August, 2009.
- Bulk Carrier "GOOD LUCK"
TSAVLIRIS SALVAGE GROUP was recently involved in one of the biggest salvage operations of the year, lasting two months and costing over USD $6 million. On Wednesday 22nd July, we dispatched salvage tug "LONDON" (13,500 BHP, 170 TBP) to the assistance of cape size bulk carrier "GOOD LUCK" (90,831 GRT, 173,028 DWT) fully laden with iron ore, disabled off Singapore. The casualty had lost both anchors and anchor chains and had drifted onto 6 - 7 anchored vessels. Second salvage tug "SIROCCO" was engaged to assist in the shifting of the casualty off port limits and thence to standby on location.
Three utility units were also engaged to assist during the course of the operations. Special pumps were deployed from Framo Singapore for dewatering purposes. "SIRI MARINE" was contracted to provide on board motion and hull integrity monitoring services during the salvage operations.
A salvage team consisting of salvage masters, naval architects and engineers flew from Greece and Holland to attend the casualty. A large team of about fifty persons including local fitters and welders were engaged to carry out all the required temporary repairs. Due to the large number of people being on board for these repairs the sanitary/working/living/sleeping conditions were upgraded. The casualty had sustained various contact damages - requiring temporary repairs. A team of naval architects was engaged to prepare all the relevant calculations and studies for the temporary repairs. Furthermore, she had sustained propeller damage. All damages were verified by a preliminary underwater video inspection.
New anchors and cables were fitted onto the vessel. Apart from hull and weather deck damages, the portside side shell by way of Cargo Hold No 1 was dented and punctured just above waterline. On the Starboard side, there were 3 large deep indentations, and over 12.5 metre cracks. Added to this the side and deck longitudinals were distorted and torn off. Finally the deck plating and the weather deck distortion required a "Guinness Book of Records" size temporary repair to restore the ship's hull integrity and the required longitudinal strength. Whilst the two salvage tugs provided controlled drifting with the M/V "GOOD LUCK" in the South China sea, approximately 55 tons of steel was shipped out to open sea to provide the basic material for the replacement of web frames, longitudinal side and deck stiffeners, crack arrestors, doublers, brackets and frames. On TST No.2 and in way of cargo hold no 3 the vertical crack was repaired by fitting an insert plate of 7.5 x 3.5 metres on the side shell. Similar job carried out also in way of Cargo Hold no 7 (but with additional reinforcement from the inside) for the horizontal crack in way of the meter line. A total length of 2250 meters was fitted, cut and welded.
In view of the nature of this job, the "GOOD LUCK" had to change various anchorages due to congestion to ensure all temporary repairs were completed. The first anchorage was East of Hosburg. Here, our salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" replaced "SIROCCO" on the 7th August 2009. The casualty was towed safely by "LONDON" and "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" to a sheltered anchorage for a detailed underwater inspection and to continue the exterior/interior repairs, as there was an original suspicion that the casualty may have touched the ground. This inspection was performed on Monday 24th August, 2009. The casualty's propeller blades were found damaged. Salvage tug "LONDON" was released on the 21st August, 2009, from her services.
The casualty was situated in-between Singapore and the Malaysian OPL (Off Port Limit) undergoing temporary repairs. Following these temporary repairs, and undergoing sea trials, M/V "GOOD LUCK", escorted by salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" and chartered AHTS vessel "PACIFIC RUNNER", proceeded to the Western Approaches of Singapore under her own power and dropped anchor 2.5 nautical miles west of Pulau Nipa, Singapore.
After "PACIFIC RUNNER" was released and "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" was ordered alongside M/V "GOOD LUCK", a small craft was sighted approaching from a northerly direction. Alerted by the type of boat and the military attire of persons on board, all alarms were raised and the crew was alerted. Five men attempted to board the salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" dressed in military attire, armed with 2 machine guns, personal handguns, grappling hooks, and VHF radio sets. The attempted pirate attack was foiled due to the alarms and the crew seen ready with fire-hoses.
The pirates thereafter attempted to board the M/V "GOOD LUCK". Due to the raised alarms, the salvage team and crew on deck, the pirates once again aborted the attempted attack, and sped away in Northerly direction. Their course was later altered towards Selat Pawai. This course later changed and the vessel was seen meeting with a bunker barge type vessel, which was waiting in Singapore waters. The incident was reported to the Singapore Port Operations Control Centre and the flag state. Salvage team and crew were on a sharp look out for any further attacks.
Temporary repairs to M/V "GOOD LUCK" were completed on Monday 31st August, 2009. The casualty was safely delivered to Kukkup anchorage on the 14th September whereupon salvage services terminated. After redelivery to the owners, Naval Architects from the owners, Hull & Machinery, P&I and NK Class all agreed that the vessel was fit for unrestricted voyage under her own power to her original destination Xingang, Northern China for cargo discharge. Casualty proceeded to destination, discharged and safely arrived at Xingang on Monday 28th September, 2009 for permanent repairs.
- Bulk Carrier "CELINE I"
On Saturday 18th July , TSAVLIRIS dispatched own salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" from her Colombo salvage station, to the assistance of "CELINE I" (GRT 45,025, DWT 75,471) disabled 250 n.miles east of Galle after suffering a blackout.
Casualty was towed safely to Colombo.
- Motor Tanker "BISKRA"
On Friday 10th July 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS HELLAS", from her Las Palmas salvage station, to the assistance of the M/T "BISKRA" (GRT 8,744, DWT 11,404) disabled about 250 miles south of Las Palmas.
Casualty towed safely to Las Palmas.
- Bulk Carrier "THOR WIND"
- Bulk Carrier "KARADENIZ PS RAUF BEY"
- Motor RoRo Vessel “MORNING SONATA”
On Monday 25th May 2009, we mobilized salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" from her Galle (Sri Lanka) salvage station, to the assistance of the M/V Ro-Ro vessel "MORNING SONATA" (GT 13,871, DWT 7,450) disabled about 300 n.miles east of Galle.
The vessel was safely towed to Colombo - arrived on 29th May 2009.
- Bulk Carrier "BET COMMANDER"
On Wednesday 24h June 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "RAGNHILD K" to the assistance of bulk carrier "BET COMMANDER" (GT 77,090, DWT 149,500), laden with iron ore, experiencing steering difficulties in extreme weather conditions approximately 60 n.miles East of Port Elizabeth.
The vessel was escorted safely to Port Elizabeth and then on to Durban, over a period of about 10 days.
- Motor Vessel "ANDRONIKI"
- Motor Tanker "GRANBA"
On Tuesday 7th April, at 19.00, we dispatched salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" from her Galle (Sri Lanka) salvage station, to the assistance of the M/T "GRANBA" (GRT 4658 – DWT 7650) laden with about 5,250 M/T of sulphuric acid in bulk, disabled off Trincomalee due to heavy list and leaking from cargo tanks to ballast tanks. Our salvage team, together with substantial salvage, STS operations etc equipment, including special protective suits / masks, was flown from Greece and Holland to Sri Lanka. Arrangements were made to fly special pumps, hoses, explosion proof-power packs etc (capable of pumping sulphuric acid) from FRAMO Singapore. Chemical tanker market was canvassed to locate suitable lightering tankers with stainless steel tanks.
On 8th April at 14.30 hours our salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" arrived on the scene of the casualty which, abandoned by crew, was listing and being handled by port tug arranged by Sri Lanka Navy, approximately 50 NM off the coast. Under direction of Sri Lanka Navy the "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" connected up to the casualty bow (replacing the port tug). On 9th April at 00.10 hours the casualty sank at approximate position 08 11,15N – 082 18,55 E in a water depth of about 3800 meters. On 10th April at 13.00 hours the Sri Lanka Navy released "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" whereupon she proceeded to Galle salvage station for inspection / examination of acid and related damages. On 11th April at 10.00 "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" arrived at Galle salvage station All other arrangements were stood down, demobilized or cancelled.
- Motor Vessel "OCEAN VICTORY" - Towage
M/V "OCEAN VICTORY" (GRT 4259, DWT 6000), after a period of standing by at Vila de Conde (Brazil), upon completion of discharging her cargo, was towed to Trinidad by the tug "MASSAI".
- Motor Tanker “NORDANVIND”
On Wednesday 18th February 2009, we mobilized salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS HELLAS" from her Ponta Delgada (Azores Island) salvage station, to the assistance of the M/T "NORDANVIND" (GRT 24,252, DWT 38,650) disabled about 650 n.miles South of the Azores.
The casualty was safely towed to Las Palmas - arrived on 27th February 2009.
- Motor Vessel “MARIA”
On Saturday 14th February 2009, we dispatched salvage tug ITC "MISTRAL" from Gibraltar, to the assistance of the M/V "MARIA" (GRT 3973, DWT 4330) laden with 3700 M/T steel rebars.
The casualty was safely towed to Cartagena, Spain - arrived on 18th February 2009.
- Motor Vessel “E.R HAMBURG”
On Saturday 7th February 2009, we deployed salvage tug "MEGAS ALEXANDROS" from her Piraeus salvage station, for the towage of the M/V "E.R HAMBURG" (GRT 26,125, DWT 30,705) from Skaramagas Shipyard, with serious bow damage following a collision.
The casualty was safely towed to Constanza Shipyard - arrived on 18th February 2009.
- Motor Vessel "OCEAN VICTORY"
On Tuesday 20th January 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "MASSAI" from her Martinique salvage station, to the assistance of the M/V "OCEAN VICTORY" (GRT 4259, DWT 5979) laden with 5600 M/T of pitch in bulk, disabled about 520 n.miles SW of Mindelo C.V. Islands.
The casualty was safely towed to Vila de Conde (Brazil) and delivered to her owners on 14th February 2009.
- Motor Vessel “ANNEMIEKE”
On Thursday 15th January 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "TSAVLIRIS UNITY" to the assistance of the M/V "ANNEMIEKE" (GRT 8388 MT, DWT 9544 MT) disabled about 200 miles West of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Casualty towed to COLOMBO.
- Bulk Carrier "MINOAN HOPE"
On Tuesday 6th January 2009, we dispatched salvage tug "AETOS Z", from her Red Sea Salvage station to the assistance of the BC "MINOAN HOPE" (GT 35,148, DWT 64,871) disabled about 50 n.miles NNE of Port Sudan.
The vessel was drifting towards the reefs and was in imminent danger of grounding. She was promptly towed stern first to clear the reefs. The vessel then connected up for towage to Ras Sadat anchorage (Egypt) where she arrived on the 17th January 2009.