Salvage company Smit Salvage, part of Boskalis group has reported a busy second half of 2017 and start to 2018.
The first incident involved Smit refloating tanker Hordavor V together with a floating dock which sank and capsized at Gdynia, Poland. This was achieved in collaboration with Multraship Towage and Salvage.
In Greece, Smit assisted the 2,000-passenger ferry Blue Star Patmos (IMO 9565041) at Ios island after it grounded at high speed while entering port. The ferry was successfully refloated and towed to drydock in Piraeus for repairs.
At the back-end of 2017 Smit helped salvage 43,506 gt bulk carrier Dora Schulte (IMO 9537630) in collaboration with Samudera Salvage and 92,155 gt Centaurus Dream (IMO 9551715) with co-contractor Nippon Salvage, both LOF cases.
Off Freetown, Sierra Leone assistance was provided for 6,221 gt general cargo vessel Koza (IMO 9310343) after it experienced water ingress, achieved in cooperation with Smit Lamnalco.
A prominent LOF case was the refloating of 40,017 gt bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam (IMO 9287182) at Langeoog, Germany. A salvage team boarded by helicopter and the vessel refloated by Boskalis group tugs Fairmount Summit and Union Manta along with other tugs from Bugsier and URAG.
Emergency towage assistance was provided for 31,333 gt Maersk Pembroke (IMO 9168180) south of Cork, Ireland, Ocean Crescent in the Pacific and Yangtze Harmony, Adam 1 and Nan Lian 606 in the South China Sea.
Towing connections to two drill ships parted during a hurricane in Puerto Rico. As a result an OPA-90 alliance of Donjon-Smit was contracted with Smit group tugs Union Topaz and SST San Lorenzo to deliver the ships to Brownsville.
Wreck removals included the cutting into five pieces and lifting of a wrecked dredger in the Singapore Strait. There was also a recovery of a sunken tug and the bodies of its missing crew in the Amazon river from a depth of more than 50 metres, in strong currents.