Salvage Operations 2016
In 2016, FIVE OCEANS SALVAGE has undertaken 11 salvage operations.
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LOF dd 26/12/2016
M/V “AGIOS NIKOLAS”
Motor vessel AGIOS NIKOLAS (76,390 dwt, built 2006), laden with 65,990 mt of soyabeans from Brazil to Thailand was immobilized about 450 nm west of Cape Town due to propulsion problems on 26th December 2016. Five Oceans Salvage signed a LOF same day and dispatched tug SMIT AMANDLA from Cape Town to assist. The convoy reached Cape Town on the 02nd of January 2017 where she was redelivered to her owners.
LOF dd 20/12/2016
M/V “FLAG METTE”
Motor vessel “FLAG METTE” (81,200 dwt, built 2016), laden with approx. 65,600 mt of bauxite bound from Kasmar, Guiney to Stade, Germany, experienced propulsion problems off Brest, France on 20th December 2016. Owners signed a LOF with Five Oceans Salvage. Tug ABEILLES BOURBON FROM Brest was engaged to pick up the casualty and tow her to Douarnenez Bay. Subsequently tug BREMEN FIGHTER was mobilized from Rotterdam to assist and escort the casualty from Douarnenez to Stade, Germany. The vessel was redelivered on the 26th December 2016.
LOF dd 10/12/2016
On 10th December 2016, Five Oceans Salvage was awarded the LOF of MV “ROOK” (37,852 dwt, built 2010) that was immobilized east of Japan while en route from China to Vancouver. Five Oceans Salvage chartered tug SHIN CHOU MARU from Yokosuka, Japan to assist. The tug reached and connected to the casualty on the 13th December redelivering the vessel back to her owners on the 24th December in Yura, Japan.
LOF dd 21/09/2016
M/V “SAM WOLF”
Motor vessel “SAM WOLF” (57,200 dwt, built 2012), laden with 43,200 mt of grain, run aground off Puerto Cortez, Honduras on 21st September 2016. Owners signed a LOF with Five Oceans Salvage who dispatched tugs SIMONE and RACHEL from Louisiana and a salvage team from Greece to assist. Five Oceans Salvage, also chartered vessel DOGAN BEY for the lightering operation. After removing about 2,900 mt of cargo, the casualty was eventually refloated on 29th September and redelivered to her Owners on 01st October 2016 in Puerto Cortez.
Refloating operations in Port Louis port
After the successful operation of motor vessel “BENITA” off Le Bouchon, Mauritius, Five Oceans Salvage undertook the removal of wrecks “KT SEROJA”, “RUANG LAP” and “HOI SIONG” from the port of Port Louis. The refloating operations lasted three weeks.
LOF dd 17/06/2016
On 17th June 2016, bulk carrier MV BENITA (44,100DWT, built 1998), while en route from Paradip, India to Durban, South Africa, run hard aground off the coast of Le Bouchon, Mauritius. FIVE OCEANS SALVAGE signed a LOF with Owners same day and immediately mobilized IONIAN SEA FOS from her salvage station in Port Louis and a salvage team of 15 people from Greece as a first response. Salvors also mobilized owned tug CORAL SEA FOS from Dubai to assist as well and in the course of the following days, 30 additional people including welders, riggers and divers were called to assist.
The vessel had sustained serious damages due to the grounding and most of the double bottom tanks of the vessel, three out of the five cargo holds, as well as the casualty’s engine room were breached and flooded. The primary aim of the operation was to maintain the vessel in her grounding position and prevent her from running further aground as a result of the weather and seas, while removing the bunkers from onboard to minimize the environmental threat. As the vessel was sitting on a reef where surf waves were formed, ranging from 4 to 8metres high, thus approaching the vessel by sea was impossible, any transfer of personnel, equipment or whatever else to/from the coast could only be done by air. FIVE OCEANS SALVAGE used the local Police helicopters and as their max lifting capacity was about 1.000kgs, FIVE OCEANS SALVAGE had to break down the required heavy equipment (generators and compressors) to components of less than 1-ton weight and then fly them to the casualty and reassemble them. Furthermore, all bunkers and pollutants had to be removed and transferred ashore on part filled cubitanks. As the BENITA was a dead vessel with no power at all and shallow waters in the surrounding area, it was impossible for the salvage tugs to approach her closer than 200 metres, making the connection challenging. Eventually, FOS’s both salvage tugs connected with the casualty using the Dyneema lines that were equipped with. Finally, as the casualty was in ballast condition, salvors decided to seal the cargo holds and void spaces of the BENITA in order to pressurize them in an effort to restore sufficient buoyancy to refloat the vessel. It is estimated that about 5,2 kilometers of welding were required to weld airtight these spaces!
Given the above mentioned difficulties, and given the fact that the BENITA case was a very labor-intensive operation, FOS gathered the biggest salvage team dispatched and concurrently working onboard one of FOS casualties ever, 45 persons in total on a daily basis. Before refloating efforts could take place, strict antipollution measures were enforced in cooperation with the Mauritian authorities and ship’s underwriters. FOS removed the vessel’s bunker fuel, lubricant oil and other pollutants – including 145 tons of fuel oil from on board the MV Benita. A total of 235 cubitanks filled with fuel, lubs and contaminated water were removed from the vessel and landed ashore by the Mauritian Police helicopters.
Five Oceans Salvage also engaged their joint venture partners Swire Emergency Response Services (SERS) that mobilized a large array of antipollution equipment and specialized personnel to Mauritius within a day to deal with any oil spill and cleanup requirements. The initial SERS mobilisation included salvage support and OSR specialists from Singapore and Dubai, supported by experienced responders from around the world. OSR equipment including pumps, skimmers and boom was mobilised by air from Dubai along with specialist ROV and Drone technology to assist in shoreline and underwater observation of the vessel, the ROV was also used in the flooded tanks and holds of the Benita to assess structural damage. The grounding resulted in a relatively small spillage of Heavy Fuel Oil, although the nature of the shoreline and logistical complexities called for innovative solutions, the most significant of which was the construction of a 10m x 10m platform and access way on the island Ilot Brocus, which operated as a work platform and local command centre. The construction of this platform involved 13mt of scaffolding and some 34 helicopter lifts. The oil spill response operation was greatly assisted by the use of the Drone which enabled shoreline monitoring and assessment to be performed quickly and with photographic and video evidence. Obtaining authority to operate the drone involved approvals from communication and aviation authorities and as such SERS were the first and remain the only company to be commercially licensed drone operators in Mauritius.
The vessel was successfully refloated on the 23rd July 2016 following a challenging five week operation. The casualty was planned to be towed to India but eventually due to extensive bottom damages she sunk in bad weather on 30th July approx. 93,5 Nautical miles north west of Mauritius at a charted depth of 4400 meters.
The clean-up of the HFO spillage was a lengthy process that continued for many weeks after the successful refloat of the Benita. This was in part due to the complicated and rocky nature of the shoreline which made access difficult and the sensitive nature of the area cleaning had to be achieved using non-invasive techniques with no hot water, high pressure or chemicals. The rocky nature of the area and working on a high energy shoreline presented many hazards to the SERS team and the 30+ local fishermen and workers who worked on the clean-up. Health and Safety was critical and despite the hazards some 25,000 hrs were completed without any injuries.
You can watch the video presentation of the operation by clicking here
LOF dd 29/03/2016
Motor vessel “TIVOLI” (28,600 dwt, built 1997), laden with approx. 5,700 round logs bound from Papua, New Guinea to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam run aground off Balabac Island, Philippines. Owners signed a LOF with Five Oceans Salvage, who mobilized a salvage team from Greece and tug TRABAJADOR I from Subic Bay to assist with the refloating operation. Following the refloating of the vessel on 02nd April, the vessel was towed to Vietnam where salvors made the necessary arrangements for the cargo to be discharged. The vessel was ultimately towed to Batam, Indonesia on 21st May 2016, where she was safely redelivered to her Owners.