On 5th November, Five Oceans Salvage was contracted under a LOF to assist 8,300TEU capacity containership “ARCHIMIDIS” (103,000DWT, built 2006) that was immobilized about 150nm off Acapulco, while on a laden voyage from China and Korea to Panama and various US ports, its final destination being New York. Following an extensive search, it turned out that the nearest available tug to assist was the 200 ton bollard pull GH CHALLENGER that was mobilized from Chaguaramas, Trinidad (some 2,500nm away) and giving ETA to the casualty’s location on 16th November. In the meantime ARCHIMIDIS was constantly drifting towards the coast and by the 13th December had reached 30 miles off Acapulco. The local Mexican authorities then agreed to release port tug MEXTUG DUERO from Lazaro Cardenas Port to meet ARCHIMIDIS, connect her towline and keep the casualty away from the coast until the arrival of the ocean going tug GH CHALLENGER. The GH CHALLENGER met with ARCHIMIDIS on the 16th November, took over the tow from MEXDTUG DUERO and towed the casualty to Cristobal, Panama where the convoy arrived in the morning of the 29th November. GH CHALLENGER remained standing by for safety in Balboa until the completion of repairs and sea trials of ARCHIMIDIS that was redelivered to her owners on completion of the services on 10th December.