On 18th November 2018, bulk carrier “EFI THEO” (45,400 dwt, built 1997), partly laden with 16,000mt of wheat, collided with another vessel whilst inbound Escravos River in Warri, Nigeria. As a result of the collision, MV EFI THEO sustained severe hull damage in way of cargo hold 3 that was flooded and subsequently she run aground.
Five Oceans Salvage signed a LOF with Owners same day and mobilized tug SEINA II from Port Harcourt to connect and stand by the casualty. During the course of the following days, Five Oceans Salvage mobilized a salvage team of 26 persons from Greece to Lagos who boarded chartered PSV TOPAZ RESOLVE that was used for their safe transportation and accommodation while at the casualty’s site. During the course of the following weeks salvors made cargo hold no 3 watertight by constructing on site and fitting a steel patch on the side of the casualty and subsequently pumping out all water. On the 19th December, with the assistance of second chartered tug GEDANDE, the casualty was successfully refloated. The services were terminated on 22nd December 2018 upon the vessel’s redelivery alongside berth in Warri port, Nigeria.