Busy times for Smit Salvage

'Union Manta' and 'Taklift 4' two of Smit's vessels in action of late (Peter Barker) 'Union Manta' and 'Taklift 4' two of Smit's vessels in action of late (Peter Barker)

Smit Salvage, part of Boskalis group is one of the best known global salvage companies and has reported a busy second half of 2017 and start to 2018.

Salvage operations are often conducted in collaboration with other similar companies, evident in a number of the cases below. The first incident involved Smit refloating the tanker Hordafor V together with the floating dock Dok Nr.1 which sank and capsized at Gdynia, Poland an operation performed in collaboration with Multraship Towage and Salvage.

In Greece, Smit assisted the 2,000-passenger ferry Blue Star Patmos 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.

The end of 2017 saw Smit involved in a number of operations assisted by local partners in Indonesia including salving the Dora Schulte in collaboration with Samudera Salvage and Centaurus Dream with co-contractor Nippon Salvage, both LOF cases.

When Pacific Huron ran aground in freezing conditions in Lake Ontario, Smit were on hand to refloat the vessel, an operation conducted under the Donjon-Smit alliance with assistance from Groupe Ocean and McKeil Marine tugs. In warmer climes off Freetown, Sierra Leone, and together with Smit Lamnalco assistance was provided for the general cargo vessel Koza after it experienced water ingress.

A notable LOF case was refloating the bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam 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 has been provided for Maersk Pembroke south of Cork, Ireland; Ocean Crescent in the Pacific and Yangtze Harmony, Adam 1 and Nan Lian 606 in the South China Sea. When towing connections to two drill ships parted during a hurricane in Puerto Rico an OPA-90 alliance of Donjon-Smit was contracted with Smit group tugs Union Topaz and SST San Lorenzo delivering the ships to Brownsville.

Wreck removals included the cutting into five pieces and lifting of a wrecked dredger in the Singapore Strait and on a sadder note the recovery of a sunken tug and its missing crew in the Amazon river in strong currents at a depth of over 50m.

By Peter Barker

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