Grounded General Cargo Carrier – Iceland

On September 6th, a 4,500 GRT general cargo ship ran hard aground off Vattarnes, on the east coast of Iceland, and seawater entered the engine room. Due to quick decision-making by the owners and a prior relationship with Svitzer, we were immediately contracted under the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form.

A salvage team was onsite on the same day and an initial salvage plan was submitted. The next morning a salvage team boarded the vessel, and local authorities accepted the salvage plan. All the reefer containers were subsequently offloaded and connected to shore power to preserve their contents. The vessel was redelivered in safe condition to the owners on September 14th.

Seismic Equipment Recovery – Scandinavian North Sea

Svitzer was contracted for recovery of seismic equipment that was abandoned by a survey vessel due to a propulsion failure on September 8th. Because of local currents and wind, the equipment had coiled around the anchor chain after the starboard anchor was dropped. A total of 85 km of seismic streamers plus the attached peripherals was abandoned. After a side scan survey to determine the position of the anchor and anchor chain, a WROV was launched to the seafloor. Its camera system provided a good view, enabling a grapnel to catch the chain and slip it and the anchor through the bundle of streamers so that the equipment could be recovered.

Grounded Container Vessel - Colombia

A 65,000 GRT partially laden containership ran aground on September 24th in port Buenaventura, Colombia, causing no damage or pollution. After unsuccessful refloat attempts by local harbour tugs, the owners/underwriters contracted Svitzer to refloat the vessel. Within two days, a vessel to be used for lightering was found and mobilized from Panama. The next day, additional crew arrived on site, sourced equipment and services of a mooring master and prepared the preliminary salvage plan, which was finalized on September 30th. It called for lightering of 6,000 tonnes of cargo; bunker removal would not be necessary. After clarification meetings and presentations to all concerned parties, offloading was completed on October 10th and the vessel was safely refloated.

Drifting Transport Barge – Dutch North Sea

During a gale-force storm on October 21st,, a Dutch-flagged tug reported to the Dutch Coast Guard that she had lost her tow, a 145-meter-long transport barge loaded with 24,000 tons of rocks. The Dutch Coast Guard directed the Emergency Tow Vessel (ETV) Ievoli Amaranth, managed by Svitzer Salvage, to the location on standby. As the barge drifted past two gas production platforms and headed for the shoals of the Island Texel in the Dutch North Sea, Svitzer Salvage took over control and simultaneously brought in a salvage crew by helicopter. The salvage crew prepared an emergency towing wire and the tug reconnected to the barge. The tug towed the barge to Ijmuiden, where it was delivered to the owners on October 23rd.  

Grounded Cargo Carrier – Bulgaria

In the early morning of December 4th, a 6,277 DWT general cargo carrier developed problems with her stern tube assembly, which developed a leak. The engine room flooded, and the crew abandoned ship, leaving the vessel in a dragging anchored position with a total blackout. Svitzer contracted with fellow ISU member Multraship and deployed a tug to monitor the situation. Our salvage team was directed to the Port of Burgas, Bulgaria, sailed for the casualty location on the Multratug 25, boarded the vessel and made a towing connection. At the port of Varna the next morning, the situation deteriorated and the vessel was not granted port entry. After stabilisation work and installing additional pumps, the vessel was allowed to enter port and was safely berthed at a local shipyard on December 6th.

Grounded Cargo Carrier – Denmark

While entering Kolding Fjord on the 14th of December, a 4160 DWT general cargo carrier ran aground off the coast of Denmark. The owners of the vessel contracted Svitzer Salvage and, with the highly experienced Master Jens Fredborg at the helm, the tug Svitzer Njal was mobilized to perform the refloating. After obtaining the necessary permissions to start the operation, the vessel was safely refloated and was able to proceed under her own power to the destination port of Kolding, Denmark.

For Capt. Jens Fredborg this was the last of many successful salvage cases, as he has retired after a long career with Svitzer. We wish him a happy retirement.


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