Salvors have been able to refloat a general cargo ship that had crashed into an atoll in the southwest Pacific. But then a tow line broke and the ship was drifting on 29 June.
French naval vessel Bougainville was able to remove 2014-built, 13,110 gt Thorco Lineage from the Raroia Atoll, French Polynesia. This Philippines-flagged ship grounded on the atoll on 24 June while travelling from Baltimore, US to Hobart Australia.
Once Thorco Lineage was off the reef it was being towed out to a safe location when the line snapped and it was drifting in a southwest direction parallel to Raroia Atoll. Port tug Aito Nui was deployed from Papeete with the salvage team and could be used to tow the ship, which has a disabled propeller and damage to the hull, to a safe port for inspection and repair.
Thorco Lineage had a cargo of 20,000 tonnes of powdered zinc, and 500 tonnes of fuel oil for the propulsion. It suffered engine failure on 21 June but did not send any distress signal until the grounding.
There were worries that this accident could become as serious a salvage task as has become the Kea Trader removal project. Kea Trader remains stuck in two halves on the Durand Reef, New Caledonia, 11 months after it crashed on to the reef
Also last week, towage and salvage tug Pacific Salvor was able to tow distressed liquefied natural gas carrier CESI Gladstone to a safe harbour in Papua New Guinea. China Energy Ship Management Co said there was a main engine outage on board the 2016-built and 113,397 gt ship which resulted in a loss of propulsion, whilst on passage from Australia to China on 22 June. CESI Gladstone was towed Rabaul, on the northern tip of New Britain by 28 June, according to Fleetmon.
There were also shipping accidents in Western Europe last week. Two container ships collided in off the Netherlands causing hull damage to each. It is not yet known why boxships Aldebaran J and Marry-S crashed into each other in Western Scheldt, off Vlissingen, on 28 June.
After the accident both ships were brought to anchor at Vlissingen Scheldt Anchorage. Inspections indicated that there was portside bow and foremast damage to 1997-built 2,375 gt Marry-S. It also identified that 2006-built, 8,273 gt Aldebaran J had sustained bow damage above the waterline and some of its container cargo were damaged.
Aldebaran J was travelling towards Antwerp and Marry-S was heading out to sea when they collided. They have been docked nearby and will need repairs before sailing again.
In Norway, a roro cargo ship ran aground in Surnadal harbour while manoeuvring to its berth. Strong wind gusts caused Sea-Cargo Express to ground on the muddy seabed. Tugs from Kristiansund were able to refloat the ship on 29 June.