It has been a busy period for salvage companies as they tackled challenging projects in Europe and South America
These projects demonstrate the complexity of salvage operations and the commitment needed by service providers to maintain their fleets, assets and people.
In Greece, Tsavliris responded to stranded 1996-built cruise ship Aegean Majesty after it broke from its berth at Corinth Port in the Peloponnese. Tsavliris dispatched its Patras-based salvage tug Proteus, with 45 tonnes of bollard pull, to the casualty. Two further tugs – Pantanassa and Vernicos – were disployed from Piraeus.
“In a co-ordinated effort, Aegean Majesty was refloated after two days and safely anchored in Corinth Roads,” said Tsavliris.
Also in November, Tsavliris refloated a grounded bulk carrier in the Parana River, Argentina. It mobilised tugs Ranquel, with 77 tonnes of bollard pull, and 75-tonne bollard pull Brutus to assist 2004-built bulker Asia Graeca.
“After a bathymetric survey and scouring by Brutus, both tugs connected to the vessel’s bow and the refloating was successfully completed,” said Tsavliris. Brutus then provided standby services up to San Lorenzo, where all services were successfully completed.
In northern Europe, Multraship Salvage responded to a capsized trawler in early December. A tug and heavy lift crane vessel were mobilised to salvage fishing vessel Spes Salutis, 32 km off the northern Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. After this vessel capsized, its three crew climbed on the upturned keel and were rescued by a fellow fisherman nearby. Multraship deployed its floating sheerlegs vessel Cormorant and tug Multratug 4 with a diving team to refloat the capsized vessel.
“After a few days of preparation, salvors managed to lift Spes Salutis and take it to safety. It was redelivered to its owners on 17 December.
In Ireland, Atlantic Towage and Marine recovered the wreckage of a yacht stuck on the rocky coast after the yacht broke its mooring and drifted on to the coastline. Atlantic Towage cut up the yacht, removed all debris from the area and cleanly disposed of the remains.
Project reports were taken from International Salvage Union’s quarterly report Salvage World, December 2020