A 4,380 DWT vessel was outbound on the Kiel Canal on Monday, October 28 when it collided with a Dutch-flagged vessel carrying [urea], which had just maneuvered into the channel from a docking area a few miles from the canal locks at Brunsbütte. The collision tore two large holes into the port side of the first vessel, causing the ingress of water and a release of diesel fuel into the canal. The second vessel did not sustain any damage in the collision and was brought to the port of Brunsbütte for inspection.
A statement by US-based T&T Salvage, which headed the salvaged operation, said that the vessel was safely towed Wednesday to the South Quay at Brunsbütte for inspection and temporary repairs. T&T Salvage added that following the incident, the company quickly mobilized personnel from Germany and Holland to the site and teamed up with local contractors, Bugsier Reederei and Schramm Group.
The statement also revealed that the vessel was carrying approximately 3,700 metric tons of urea, an animal by-product used in some kinds of fertilizer, when it collided with the LPG carrier October 28, causing a breach to the port sideshell plating resulting in water ingress and a 22 degree list to port.
Vessel Removed from Chilean Beach and Scuttled
By Rob Almedia - In August of 2012, a bulk carrier vessel found itself being absolutely pummeled by huge surf on a Chilean beach approximately 1.5 miles south of the Port of San Antonio, after one or both of its anchors apparently broke free. Nearly 300 meters from the high-water mark, while carrying more than 34,000 tons of grain cargo, TITAN and T&T Salvage were contracted after the failed attempts of previous salvors led to a constructive total loss of the vessel. The only access to the casualty was from a narrow beach 300 meters away, across a constantly shifting seabed. As the project progressed over the course of five months, the mouth of a nearby river shifted so much that the salvors’ equipment staging point became completely inundated with water and had to be relocated. The job, which involved the removal and scuttling (the process of strategically sinking a shipwreck) of a grounded bulk carrier on Llolleo Beach, required the use of unique, ship-to-shore equipment – such as an aerial cable car and a pneumatic pontoon system, TITAN’s linear hydraulic chain pullers and T&T’s high capacity pumping units – as well as ingenuity and teamwork to achieve success.
T&T Salvage Strengthens Singapore Team
T&T Salvage recruited three salvage professionals, Lee Hiok Liang, Alex Ang Yew Boon, and Hussain Shah, for its Singapore base.
Lee Hiok Liang joins as a naval architect from a diverse background of twenty years of experience in the marine industry. Lee joins from Royal Boskalis, where he was a Senior Project Engineer. In this role he was actively involved in the construction of new dredging vessels, modification and upgrade supervision to ensure compliance with technical and quality standards. Lee began his career in 1993 as a diver before earning a Naval Architecture degree from University Of Strathclyde (Scotland, U.K.) in 2001.
Alex Ang Yew Boon is another trained diver, beginning his career as a Singaporean Navy diver before entering the industry via Smit in 2004 as a salvage diver. During the past eight years, Alex advanced through the ranks of Smit and Svitzer where he quickly rose from Assistant Salvage Officer to Assistant Salvage Master. During this period, he participated in scores of emergency response and wreck removal cases. Alex is a young and dynamic team player who will contribute greatly to the company's continued success as he matures into the next generation of Salvage Masters.
Hussain Shah has joins T&T as a Salvage Supervisor and will also perform a dual role as a Warehouse/Technical Superintendent. He comes from an extensive career with Smit Singapore as Senior Salvage Logistics and Maintenance Executive from 1998 to early 2013 where he was placed in charge of planned maintenance, inventory control, allocation and distribution locally and global assets worldwide, procurement, maintenance and consumables for salvage projects, coordination of mobilization and demobilization of salvage projects.
The blaze began at about 6 p.m. Tuesday when a tugboat collided with a pipeline while pushing a 154-foot barge. The Coast Guard is conducting a full investigation of the incident, though it has not made any immediate conclusions. The fire was stabilized as of Thursday afternoon. Personnel from T&T Salvage and another barge were at the scene for cooling operations of the tank barge.
Responders said they are monitoring the integrity of the barge in order to allow a safe salvage operation of the approximately 2,200 barrels of non-compromised oil on board as soon as the fire is extinguished. They have deployed 10,400 feet of boom around the tank barge to contain any possible pollution risks, and the Coast Guard has placed temporary flight restrictions over the airspace near the barge at and below 5,000 feet within about a one-mile radius.
Hydro Industries 'could create 100 jobs' after T&T Salvage deal
Hydro Industries has announced a joint venture with US firm T&T Salvage - one of the worlds' largest salvage companies. Based in Llangennech, near Llanelli, Hydro Industries makes products for water purification.The company will be supplying some of its products to T&T Salvage and undertake research and development of new bespoke products for the US company. Wayne Preece, chief executive of Hydro Industries, said: "The joint-venture is a genuinely exciting and innovative collaboration. "We've established ourselves in a short time as leaders and innovators in environmental marine technology and it is a great privilege to work side by side with a market giant such as T&T.