DECEMBER 2010 INTERNATIONAL SALVAGE UNION
UK to withdraw Emergency Towing Vessels
The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard
Agency (MCA) has said it will no ETV Anglian Monarch
longer provide Emergency Towing in the Dover Straits
Vessels (ETVs) from September 2011.
It comes as part of deep cuts across the
board in the public sector announced
by the UK government in its autumn
The UK provides four contracted ETVs
stationed at strategic points around its
coast. Standing down the ANGLIAN
PRINCE, ANGLIAN PRINCESS,
ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN and ANGLIAN
MONARCH will save the UK some
US$50 million. The vessels are operated
by ISU member JP Knight on behalf of
tackle the deficit then difficult decisions spilled 73,000 tonnes of crude oil on
The government said that state must be made. The reality is that since the Welsh coast in 1996. Or like the
provision of ETVs does not “represent their introduction in the 1990s, these BRAER incident off the Shetlands in
a correct use of taxpayers’ money” tugs have attended very few incidents. 1992. These incidents led to an enquiry
and that ship salvage should be “a Should a ship get into difficulty, we and report by Lord Donaldson which
commercial matter between a ship's are confident the commercial salvage recommend a system of 24/7 cover by
operator and the salvor”. In short, the sector is prepared to offer sufficient well positioned tugs.
government should not be the salvor of assistance."
last resort. Salvage industry experts said the
The decision has been criticised western approaches, English Channel
Shipping Minister Mike Penning said: by maritime trade unions and by and southern North Sea would probably
"I understand the concern felt by some environmentalists who fear the be adequately served by commercial
communities about our decision to possibility of another incident like salvage but that northern and Scottish
withdraw these ETVs, but if we are to the SEA EMPRESS, when a tanker coasts would be exposed to marine
casualties and pollution risks.
media was held in London. The popular and former ISU legal adviser, Archie
The revised Equipment Schedule and event saw 16 reporters hosted by ISU Bishop, explained how the existing
Tariff, which will include a link to the President, Todd Busch, supported by framework could be changed to allow
US Consumer Prices Index for future Executive Committee members and environmental salvage awards.
tariff reviews, has been finalised and Advisers. The President updated the
is expected to come into effect from 01 attendees on recent issues, in particular Representatives of the insurers and
January 2011 as SCOPIC 2011, and will environmental salvage awards (see shipowners spoke against the need for
apply until 31 December 2013. below). any change. The CMI’s International
Working Group agreed to continue
Lloyd’s Open Form Comité Maritime International (CMI) working on the issue.
Amendments to the LOF 2000 The international marine law body, CMl, Associate Members’ Day 2011
Agreement, in particular the proposal held its colloquium in Buenos Aires in
to provide for publication of future LOF October, the theme was, “Review of The ISU’s Associate Members’ Day will
Awards, have been finalised. The new Salvage Law - is it working?” be held in London on Wednesday 16
form, LOF 2011, will be published March with a programme of speakers
shortly. For the ISU, President,Todd Busch, and networking opportunities. It will be
made the case for introducing followed on 17 March by the biennial
Journalists’ lunch environmental salvage awards Special Casualty Representatives’
(see report page 3); Nick Sloane of (SCRs) seminar. Details of the events
The annual ISU lunch for the marine Svitzer described practical issues will be published on the ISU website in
the New Year.
ITC Tsavliris said it sub-contracted Multraship Salvage and Towage
who performed the required services in a very satisfactory
ITC has reported the death on November 26th of its co-founder manner.
and former Managing Director Frits Jonkman who was 83
years old. In October members of the Tsavliris family took part in the
2,500th Anniversary Athens Classic Marathon.
Frits Jonkman founded ITC in 1973 with Leon Burghouwt.
Jonkman was the initiator of the transportation of dredging Mr N A Tsavliris, running for Muscular Dystrophy Association
equipment and drilling rigs by tug and submersible barge Hellas, took part in the 5km race and his son-in-law, G
which resulted in an ITC fleet of 10 ocean tugs and nine Canonis, who was also running for MDA Hellas, and A G
large transport barges. Jonkman stepped down as Managing Tsavliris, completed the 10km Marathon, with impressive
Director and main shareholder of ITC in 1996. times. They are seen below with MDA Hellas President, Vanna
Before launching ITC, Frits Jonkman worked for Wijsmuller,
starting as an engineer on board its ocean-going tugs. He
designed and began the construction of the famous funnel-less
tugs which became a trade mark for Wijsmuller from the early
As Director he had ultimate responsibility for numerous salvage
operations and wreck removals performed by Wijsmuller from
1960 till 1972.
ITC has paid tribute to Frits Jonkeman’s innovative and
creative way of thinking and his valuable contributions to ITC,
Wijsmuller and to the wider salvage industry.
Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., has hired Stephen N. Konzel as
Vice President of Operations & Engineering. He joins from
NETSCo where he was Vice President and General Manager
of NETSCo Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering.
Donjon’s OPA 90 Alliance with Smit has named Paul TITAN
Hankins as President. He was formerly Donjon-SMIT’s Vice
Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of TITAN’s
President of Operations. Hankins has more than 30 years
parent, Crowley Maritime Corporation, was awarded the
of management and supervisory experience in the federal
Vincent T. Hirsch Maritime Award for outstanding leadership
government and private industry.
from the U.S. Navy League.
SEACOR Holdings Inc. subsidiaries SEACOR Marine (Houma,
Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN Commander, Military Sealift
Louisiana) and Seabulk Towing (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) have
Command, presented the award at the Sea Services Award
joined Donjon-SMIT, LLC as Alliance Partners giving access to luncheon during the League's 2010 National Convention, which
the entire SEACOR and Seabulk Fleet of more than 150 units was held in Florida.
of up to 14,400 horsepower.
The citation said: "He has provided exceptional service as an
GIGILINIS active participant of joint industry and Department of Defense
Gigilinis’ salvage Tug SPARTAN successfully assisted a groups working to provide strategic sealift for the United States
in times of national need.
boxship with engine trouble southeast of the Peloponnese in
Greece. After successfully connecting, the casualty was towed During the 2010 Haiti relief efforts, Crowley Maritime worked
to Izmir and then on to Istanbul where she was safely delivered closely with the U.S. Transportation Command to reopen
to her owners. cargo operations in the devastated port facilities, allowing
humanitarian relief into the earthquake-ravaged country.”
And the Gigilinis tugboat DIMITRIOS, based at Kavala,
Greece, successfully completed a re-floating operation of RESOLVE
a grounded tanker in Porto Lagos, Greece. The operation
required ship to ship transfer of bunkers. RESOLVE Marine Group has announced that its RESOLVE
PIONEER AHTS, a multi-service vessel with ice class hull and
TSAVLIRIS 80 tonne bollard pull, has been stationed in Key West for an
indefinite period for emergency response and salvage standby
TSAVLIRIS provided five rescue tows in the last quarter and
for tanker and other commercial vessel casualties in the Gulf of
was also engaged by the owners and managers of the MT
Mexico, the Caribbean and the US east coast.
MINDORO, 106,850 dwt, and laden with Kerosene in October
after she was in collision with the container vessel JORK
RANGER off Rotterdam anchorage.
Salvors renew call for fair reward for protecting the environment
The ISU has renewed its call for At the same meeting, ISU’s former Legal
changes to the regime governing Adviser, Archie Bishop, explained how
marine salvage to enable payment the necessary change could be brought
of environmental awards which about by amending Articles 1, 13 and
recognize the environmental benefit 14 of the 1989 Salvage Convention. ISU
delivered by salvors. has worked with others to produce drafts
of the amendments.
President of the ISU, Todd Busch,
set out the salvors’ case at the global ISU recognises that there are many
marine lawyers’ Comité Maritime different interests associated with this
International’s Colloquium at Buenos issue, including property insurers,
Aires in October. P&I Clubs, national governments and
international marine law bodies.
Mr Busch told the meeting that society
was increasingly concerned with the ISU believes that rewarding salvors
environment but that the current system for protecting the environment during
does not provide proper encouragement salvage operations will be, overall, less
been a satisfactory “encouragement” costly to insurers than the huge cost of
to salvors to assist vessels that threaten
then is no longer so today. And salvors an environmental catastrophe.
the environment but which do not
face tougher regimes which can
represent a potentially valuable salvage Concluding his speech Mr Busch said:
service. “We believe the “case for change” has
• Salvors have an obligation to prevent the merit of being both persuasive and
He said the current regime, including
or minimise environmental damage fair given the way concern about the
the Scopic clause, does not adequately
whilst carrying out salvage operations, environment has properly increased
reward salvors for the environmental
but they are not fully rewarded for the since the original work on the Salvage
protection they provide and does not
benefit they confer. Convention began some thirty years
encourage long term investment in
personnel and equipment which helps to • It is not fair that the traditional
protect the environment. salvage reward that currently takes "We also believe there is a sensible
into consideration the salvors’ efforts way to amend the existing framework to
Mr Busch said the case for change is enable the change.
threefold: in protecting the environment is wholly
paid by the ship and cargo owners and "We know that not all parties agree with
• Much has changed since the Salvage their insurers without any contribution our position and we stand ready to work
Convention was published in 1989. from the liability insurers, who cover cooperatively with the Comité and other
Environmental issues now dominate the shipowners’ exposure to claims for stakeholders to continue to discuss and
every salvage case and what may have pollution and environmental damage. to work on this important matter.”
Tall ship dismasted in severe gale off the Scilly Isles
Dozens of teenagers and the crew
of a damaged tall ship were rescued Picture: RNLI
after three days on stormy seas off
the UK’s south west coast.
The FRYDERYK CHOPIN, a 180 foot
Polish training schooner, lost both top
masts in high winds of Gale Force nine
some 90 miles off the Scilly Isles.
She was carrying 36 teenaged cadets
and 11 crew. The sailing ship was
attended within an hour of being
dismasted and was taken under tow by
a fishing vessel and then assisted by the
UK’s voluntary lifeboat service, RNLI,
into Falmouth, Cornwall.
The cadets were said to have stood up
well to the incident and were determined
to stay with the vessel and assist with
Dockwise the World: Hidden Risks of the Deep expanding regulatory regime affecting
(WOW) II” on Monday, May 2 and the bunkering industry.
Heavy transport specialist Dockwise Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Maritime
announced revenues of US$109 Institute of Technology and Graduate BIMCO and IBIA said they recognise
million for the third quarter – and Studies (MITAGS), Linthicum Heights, that detailed guidelines, instructions
earnings before tax, depreciation and Maryland, USA. The conference and procedures are readily available
amortisation of US$ 46 million. Vessel programme is being finalized, and in ships’ Safety Management Systems
utilisation was up 9% on the previous further details are available on the (SMS), the Shipboard Oil Pollution
quarter at 84%. ASA and NAMEPA websites at www. Emergency Plan (SOPEP) and/or the
americansalvage.org and www.namepa. Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency
The firm also announced a decision Plan (SMPEP). But they are confident
to invest in a new, large-scale, semi- that this new guide will enhance and
submersible vessel to supplement its BIMCO/International Bunker Industries support the general knowledge of ship
fleet with major shareholder support Association personnel.
to raise US$100m of capital. The chief
executive noted the increasing health BIMCO, in partnership with the The BIMCO and IBIA Bunkering Guide
of the oil and gas sector and the trend International Bunker Industry will be available on the BIMCO and IBIA
towards larger, more complex projects. Association (IBIA), has launched a new websites to download and print. IBIA
bunkering guide designed primarily members will also receive a hard copy
American Salvage Association for use by ships’ crew. The guide of the guide. For more information,
will provide general information and please visit www.bimco.org or
The American Salvage Association
guidance on, among other things, the www.ibia.net
(ASA) awarded its Rapid Response
Award 2010 to Congressman Elijah Touw B&B/Koffeman Consult deliver crisis training course
E Cummings, Chairman of the
House Coast Guard and Maritime
Transportation Subcommittee; James
T. Shirley, ASA’s Legal Counsel and
Ed Welch, Legislative Director of the
Passenger Vessel Association and
former Capitol Hill staff member on the
former House Merchant Marine and
Fisheries Committee, who worked to
create initial Oil Pollution Act of 1990
(OPA 90) legislation after the Exxon
33 participants completed the 10 day Waterways), nautical training schools
The award recognises the recipients’ Course on Crisis Management in and the legal profession received on the
efforts to include salvor immunity in the Shipping (CCMS) that was organized last day of the course their certificates
regulatory changes to OPA 90 being between September and December from guest lecturer, Hugh Shaw, the
addressed as a result of the Deepwater for the second consecutive year by UK Secretary of State’s Representative
Horizon spill on the Gulf Coast. the surveying company Touw B&B and (SOSREP). The practically oriented
consultancy Koffeman Consult. CCMS course gives in-depth training
The ASA also announced, with the about how to prevent or minimize
North American Marine Environmental The participants from the insurance damage to property and to the
Protection Association (NAMEPA), it will and shipping industry, the government environment during a maritime crisis. A
co-sponsor a conference, “Wrecks of (Directorate of Shipping and third course is planned for 2011.
BISSO's Gulf of Mexico heavy lift
BISSO MARINE performed a technically challenging tandem block lift of an
offshore production topsides module.
BISSO MARINE used the derrick barge LILI BISSO to position a 315 ton topside
deck during the installation of a new offshore structure in the Gulf of Mexico.
BISSO MARINE’S derrick barge BOAZ provided support on the operation, which
also involved the installation of a lean-to well protector on the existing caisson.
Commenting on the operation, Ron McInnis, vice president of construction and
heavy lift operations for BISSO MARINE, said: “Performing a tandem block lift
offshore always presents challenges, but our expert offshore team and multipurpose
derrick barges performed the job safely and on budget for the customer.”
Rescue & Salvage
The 6th China International Rescue
and Salvage Conference (CIRSC),
hosted by China Rescue & Salvage,
was held in Xi’an in September with
the theme: “Improving Professional
Maritime Rescue & Salvage”.
Some 400 domestic and international
delegates, including ISU members,
attended the conference.
ISU Executive Committee member,
Captain Song Jiahui, the Director
General of China Rescue & Salvage and
Deputy Director General of the Search
& Rescue Coordination Center gave a
speech (right). Mr. Shan Chunchang,
Consultant of China’s State Council
and the Chairman of the China National
Emergency Management Expert Group,
delivered the keynote speech.
An exhibition of rescue and salvage
equipment and technologies was also
held alongside the conference. issued by ADCI and China Diving
& Salvage Contractors' Association
Separately, a delegation headed by (CDSA).
Captain Song Jiahui visited the United Captain Song also paid a special visit to
States in November and met Mr Phil Captain Song also visited the Gulf Strike Fort Lauderdale to attend the memorial
Newsum, the Secretary General of Team of the US Coast Guard and was service for David Parrot the founder of
the Association of Diving Contractors received by Lieutenant Zauner, the Titan Salvage. Captain Song expressed
International (ADCI) in Houston. Both Operations Officer, (above right) who his profound condolences and made a
sides explored the possibility of the described pollution cases handled by donation to the charity nominated by Mr
mutual recognition of diving certificates the Team, including the Gulf oil spill. Parrot’s family.
ARAS refloats Russian cargo ship
The Russian flagged dry cargo ship trnafer of the steel billets was completed a stand by salvage cerw aboard during
MV SAILQUEEN, laden with 3,000 using the floating crane Hasmetli with a the passage from the Dardanelles
tons of steel billets, grounded at 70 ton lifting capacity. Straits. She was successfully re-
Sivrice Bay, North Aegean Sea in delivered to her owners.
October. MV SAILQUEEN was then escorted to
Tuzla Shipyard at Istanbul by a tug with
Contact with the rocky formation north
of Mytilene Island resulted in serious
cracks in the ship’s hull leading to
immediate flooding of the engine room
and one of the holds.
The vessel was grounded inside Sivrice
Bay by the master and within a few
hours the ARAS salvage team arrived
The ship was successfully refloated after
patching of the cracks by a diving team
and de-watering the engine machine
room, hold and double bottom tanks.
The casualty was towed to a safer bay
sheltered from southerly winds where
Swire operation Swire mobilised the 2008 built AHTS,
PACIFIC VALKYRIE, together with
Hecsalv damaged stability software to
model the vessel.
Swire Salvage was appointed to a salvage team, under the Salvage
undertake the salvage and towage of Master, Captain Ken Ellam. This data was used to establish a
a 10,000 dwt chemical tanker, which ballasting sequence as part of the
They worked with the Rapid Response salvage plan to bring the casualty
was being used as a storage tanker
Damage Assessment team from back on an even keel. The plan led to
American Bureau of Shipping who used the vessel regaining positive stability
The vessel had suffered an explosion and achieving a
in her number 4 and 5 cargo oil tanks satisfactory trim,
during cargo transfer operations. There enabling towage
was significant structural damage with to port for repair.
the main deck over the number 5 cargo
oil tank being blown open. PACIFIC
The centreline bulkhead, as well as the performed a
longitudinal bulkheads between the smooth seven day
cargo oil tanks and the water ballast tow to Bataumpar,
tanks, were breached. Indonesia.
The sudden collapse of these bulkheads
resulted in an unprecedented shift in PACIFIC VALKYRIE
ballast water and in the vessel assuming attending the
an angle of loll of more than 15 degrees casualty
United Kingdom Australia and Indonesia. pirate prosecutions are taking place
in Mombassa as Somalia has no
The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation The incident was captured on video functioning judicial system.
Board (MAIB) has issued a safety flyer showing the victims in heavy seas.
detailing a number of serious incidents Islanders did their best to help with It was seen as a setback in the fight
with non-cargo handling lifting devices. ropes and life jackets thrown into the against piracy as dozens of other
water but the conditions meant rescue suspected pirates were likely to be
In one incident an electric stores crane for many was not possible. released.
was lifting a work boat but the wire
parted and the boat and its occupants United States Britons Paul and Rachel Chandler
fell 8 metres into the water causing have been freed by Somali pirates after
serious injuries. The wire was found More than 3000 passengers and 1000 nearly a year’s captivity. Details were
to be in extremely poor condition; the crew on the CARNIVAL SPLENDOR not forthcoming but a significant ransom
crane had not been maintained for some were stranded offshore California after was said to have been paid to release
time and was supposed to have been an engine room fire led to loss of power. the middle aged couple who had been
de-commissioned but not everyone had The US Navy airlifted crates of supplies sailing their yacht round the world.
been told it had been put out of use. onto the stricken vessel from the carrier
USS Ronald Reagan. The ship was Paris MoU
MAIB reported 29 similar incidents in sailing from Long Beach to Mexico on
recent years. a seven day cruise. The vessel was The Paris Memorandum of
towed to San Diego by tugs. Evacuating Understanding on Port State Control
Polar Regions passengers from a mega cruise ship in (PSC)’s New Inspection Regime (NIR)
a serious incident is a major concern for for Low Risk Ships will replace the
Classification society Bureau Veritas existing PSC regime on 01 January
has published new rules for Polar Class 2011.
vessels and specific guidance on ice Kenya
and structure interaction. The rules aim Under the NIR, vessels will be classified
to expedite Arctic and Caspian Sea oil Nine suspected pirates arrested by as Low Risk Ships or High Risk Ships. If
and gas development by facilitating international navies off Somalia have a ship is neither Low Risk nor High Risk,
the building of tank, cargo and offshore been freed following a landmark it will be classified as a Standard Risk
service vessels which can operate judgement by one of Kenya’s most Ship.
unsupported by icebreakers. senior judges, Mohamed Ibrahim. He
ruled that magistrates’ courts had no The criteria for calculating the Ship
Australia power to try alleged Somali pirates Risk Profile will take into consideration
arrested in international waters. deficiencies and detentions in a
Dozens of asylum seekers, including company’s fleet in the previous 36
many children, were drowned after their The pirates had been captured by months, and compare it to the average
boat crashed into rocks off Christmas the German navy with help from US of all vessels inspected in the Paris
Island in the Timor Sea between helicopters in the Gulf of Aden. Most MoU.
UK nuclear submarine in highly visible grounding
The UK’s Royal Navy was to pass safely through the narrows. challenges to the UK government as
embarrassed when its newest nuclear it came in the same week that it was
attack submarine, HMS ASTUTE The incident presented a gift to media announced that the ETVs were to be
grounded off the Isle of Skye. with the stricken, 7,200 tonnes, $US withdrawn in a cost cutting drive (see
2 billion vessel in full view. Local roads story, page 1).
It happened barely a mile offshore, close became busy with curious onlookers.
to the Skye Bridge in the sound between The Ministry of Defence admitted in
the island and the Scottish mainland HMS ASTUTE was refloated with response to Parliamentary questions
near Kyle of Lochalsh. assistance from one of the UK’s four that there have been 16 separate
Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs), the incidents of Royal Navy nuclear subs
The area is a known challenge to ANGLIAN PRINCE. being involved in groundings and
navigation but local opinion was that the collisions in the past two decades.
boat was some way off the usual track That gave further presentational
ISU photograph competition Lloyd’s salvage arbitrators’ dispute
Readers are reminded
that the ISU is to recognise
the excellence of the
photographs taken by
its members’ staff with
an annual competition to
choose the best shot taken
during a salvage operation.
All photographs submitted
for publication in Salvage
World will be eligible. A panel
of Executive Committee The dispute between Lloyd’s and
members, and other Belinda Bucknall QC and John Reeder
independent judges, will QC has been resolved amicably. The
choose the best shot. The parties said that the terms will remain
winner will receive a prize confidential.
of US $300. Lloyd’s said it had never intended to call
Deadline for entries: 25 into question the professional integrity of
February 2011. The winner Ms Bucknall or Mr Reeder, and “wishes
will be announced at the 2011 to acknowledge publicly the service and
Associate Members’ Day. commitment they have shown to the
LOF scheme over many years.”
finds missing vessel
In October the FAIRMOUNT FUJI was
contracted to assist in the search
for the MT ATTALYA, which was lost
due to a broken towline. FAIRMOUNT
FUJI, a multi purpose 47tbp AHT/DSV
4 point mooring salvage vessel, left
Cape Town and set sail to the last
known position despite bad weather.
FAIRMOUNT FUJI arrived at the
last reported position and from there
estimated the vessel’s new location
but there was no sign of the missing MT
The Master, working with the Fairmount
office team and its meteorological
partner, followed the most likely drift
pattern, based on all known information.
And four days after being contracted the
FAIRMOUNT FUJI’s master reported they The drifting MT
had found MT ATTALYA, some 100 miles ATTALYA was found by
off the South African coast and stood by FAIRMOUNT FUJI.
until the arrival of the owner’s tug.
From its salvage station in Falmouth,
ITC tug TYPHOON assisted a
number of vessels in distress.
ITC's TYPHOON and SIMOON
connected up with MBC CHINA
STEEL DEVELOPER which was adrift
with main engine problems near the
Azores. The fully laden 150,000 dwt
vessel was towed to Lisbon.
The chemical tanker PYXIS BETA
(below), laden with 4000 tons of urea,
was taken in tow in the Bay of Biscay
and safely redelivered by TYPHOON at
the river Garonne near Bordeaux.
breakdown approx 200 miles off Ushant In the North Sea, ITC TEMPEST went
The 36,000 dwt product tanker CIELO and was taken in tow to Brest and the to assist MBC WESTERN (above).
DI SALERNO sustained a main engine GCV NAJADEN was assisted from the The 12,630 dwt bulker/container vessel
Channel into Falmouth after a main sustained main engine damage and
engine breakdown. The 4400 dwt vessel drifted towards a number of offshore
was laden with sawn timber. platforms in severe weather conditions.
The personnel on the platforms were
In October, TYPHOON assisted the evacuated as a precaution.
fish factory vessel ATHENA in the
North Atlantic which had a fire in its The TEMPEST succeeded in
processing facility. TYPHOON escorted establishing a towage connection shortly
the vessel into Falmouth. Working before darkness and towed the casualty
under ISU sub-contract with Smit away from the platforms and the next
Salvage and JP Knight, fire fighting and day she was handed over to Svitzer
contingency services were rendered by harbor tugs in Ijmuiden. The service
a Smit salvage team which was flown was provided to salvors Svitzer Salvage
in together with equipment and ITC under an ISU Sub-Contract.
CHINOOK, which replaced TYPHOON.
SMIT SALVAGE busy with fighting fires worlwide
SMIT Salvage has been active this
quarter in emergency response, The LISCO GLORIA
with a number of high profile cases
involving fires on ships.
In October, SMIT Salvage responded
to the RoRo vessel LISCO GLORIA
which experienced a severe fire thirteen
nautical miles south west of Langeland,
Denmark. SMIT Salvage was contracted
under a Lloyds Open Form contract
to tackle the fire. Immediately a
salvage team was mobilized from the
Netherlands including two salvage nautical miles southwest of the Scilly Another case involving fire was
masters - one based ashore for Isles. A Lloyds Open Form contract was the salvage of the container vessel
coordination with the authorities - and agreed with joint salvors SMIT Salvage BOUNDARY off South Africa. SMIT
a fire expert. Two tugs were also and JP Knight. Salvage mobilised specialised
dispatched to perform boundary cooling equipment and personnel to assist the
activities. After more than 10 days of working casualty. A salvage team backed up
under difficult conditions inside the by a fire expert boarded the vessel by
Having extinguished the fire and ship's holds, the smouldering boxes helicopter to extinguish the fire.
stabilised the vessel she was safely were finally extinguished and the holds
redelivered to her owners at Odense. could be ventilated. The same day the casualty was towed
by the powerful salvage tug SMIT
Soon afterwards SMIT salvage was Before the next storm the ATHENA was AMANDLA to Cape Town, where she
mobilized again for another salvage moored on the Carrick Roads buoy in was subsequently redelivered to her
case involving a fire which broke out in the shelter of Falmouth Bay where she owners.
the 750,000 cardboard boxes onboard was handed back to her owners.
the fish factory ship ATHENA, some 230
Intercargo warning on a spate of accidents and fatalities in the
last three months.
moisture content is too great, causing
stability problems, listing and eventual
bulkers carrying iron capsize.
Intercargo has also called on
and nickel ores shipowners to consider the risks “Our association has had an opportunity
associated with these cargoes - known to forewarn its members about
Intercargo – representing dry bulk
officially as “cargoes which may liquefy” these cargoes and has been very
carrier owners – has warned about
- and for governments and relevant surprised to learn from owners that the
what it calls the “unacceptable
authorities to re-check the safety rudimentary loading conditions in some
hazards” associated with iron ore
processes at the ports of loading. of the exporting countries may have
fines and nickel ore loaded in wet
contributed to accidents,” says Lomas.
weather conditions. The ores, used in the steel industry, are
exported from a number of countries “We know that many companies refuse
It has called on shippers and cargo
including India, Indonesia and the to accept these cargoes because they
interests to conduct an urgent review
Philippines. are either not loaded in accordance with
into the testing and safety processes
the international standards contained in
involved in shipping the cargo following “We know that all shipowners of quality the IMO’s International Maritime Solid
care about the safety of their seafarers Bulk Cargoes Code or when Masters
and what has occurred is completely sense that the testing and certification
unacceptable”, said Secretary General processes aimed at determining the
of Intercargo, Rob Lomas. moisture content of the cargo being
offered for shipment lacks credibility.
All three sinkings - the JIAN FU STA
with 13 fatalities; the NASCO DIAMOND “Sadly, some shipowners may not have
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properly tested and certificated may
are not put in peril.”
move as a slurry or a liquid if their