A salvage company has been hired by the owners of grounded bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam to pull the ship off its recent shallow grounding near Germany. However, it could be the weekend before any refloat attempt is made, Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME) said on Tuesday October 31st.
The 225-metre, Panama-flagged MV Glory Amsterdam ran aground about 2km from Germany’s Langeoog Island on Sunday after dragging anchor in severe weather. CCME said a technical defect in the ship’s steering gear was currently being investigated.
Hans-Werner Monsees, head of CCME’s accident management unit, said that “together with the salvage company, we are preparing the salvage step by step. Safety is essential in all measures – we agree with the shipowner and the salvage experts.” The salvage team is bringing in tug Fairmount Summit from Wilhelmshaven, and tug Union Manta, from the UK. Up to 1000 metres of tow line is also being prepared.
All ballast water will be pumped out of the ship, but there is currently no plan to remove the 1,800 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 140 tonnes of marine diesel on board, CCME said. The ship is reported to be structurally sound and so far there have been no signs of pollution. CCME said that ship tank inspections were being carried out hourly.
2006-built, Panama-flagged, 40,017 gt Glory Amsterdam is owned by Glory Amsterdam Ltd care of manager Glory Ships S Pte of Singapore. It is entered with London P&I Club on behalf of Glory Amsterdam Ltd.