Bulk carrier FREE NEPTUNE (31,000DWT, built 1996) was at anchor in ballast off Nouakchott, when on the 6th June 2013 she was hit by bulker DA ZI YUN as the latter was coming out of the port. FREE NEPTUNE sustained a large rupture on her hull in way of cargo hold number 2 which flooded. Owners signed a LOF with Five Oceans Salvage on the same day and salvors dispatched salvage tug ARABIAN SEA FOS from her salvage station in Dakar to assist. A large salvage team was also mobilized from Europe, consisting of a Salvage Master, diving team, technicians, engineers and fitters. In the course of the following weeks the vessel was patched, made watertight and tow-worthy. However, prior to completion of the temporary repairs she was arrested by various interests and prohibited from sailing. Eventually, salvors facilitated the necessary payments for the vessel’s release and towed her to Turkey for repairs, where the casualty was redelivered in Yalova anchorage on 02nd September 2013.