Five tons of lubricants, oily residues and bilge water have been removed from tug Galesus (IMO 9056105) subsequent to her grounding while trying to assist Turkish cargo m/v Efe Murat (IMO 7431131). To permit the salvage of Galesus, lightering of the diesel fuel has begun. After the arrival of a pontoon from Taranto, some equipment on board the tug will also be removed so that she can be towed. Salvage operations were expected to begin around March 12th or 13th, weather permitting. Galesus had apparently suffered heavy damage to the bottom of her hull which might complicate the recovery of the tug.
Galesus ran aground off Bari, Italy on February 23rd, while trying to recover Efe Murat in stormy seas. The accident happened while trying to establish a towing connection.
Access to the beach of Pane e Pomodoro was forbidden.
After three days of work, the tanks of the Efe Murat were almost completely emptied off the beach of Pane e pomodoro in the morning of March 5th.
The Dutch salvors appointed by the owners planned to start digging a channel from Efe Murat towards deeper waters. Some 300 cubic metres of sediment will have to be removed. Depending on the weather this was expected to take four days. Then the stern draft will be increased by pumping of ballast water in order to get the ship moving.
1992-built, Italy-flagged 320 gt Galesus is owned and managed by Rimorchiatori Napoletani Srl of Naples, Italy.
1977-built, Turkey-flagged, 2,920 gt Efe Murat is owned and managed by Efemay Denizcilik Ve Ticaret of Istanbul, Turkey.