Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Glacier has successfully assisted in the refloating of Greek owned bulk carrier Akiba which was grounded offshore Maputo, Mozambique. The salvage operation was conducted by Greek salvage company Five Oceans Salvage under a Lloyd’s Open Form.
When contracted the Fairmount Glacier was mobilized from Cape Town, South Africa. Upon arrival offshore Maputo the salvage plan was discussed between the masters of Fairmount Glacier and Akiba, together with the salvage master.
At a second attempt the Fairmount Glacier refloated the 190 meter long Akiba where after the bulk carrier was towed to an assigned safe anchor position where the damage to the Akiba was determined. Later the Fairmount Glacier was asked to tow the Akiba toward Richards Bay, South Africa.
Upon arrival in Richards Bay, Akiba’s cargo was discharged and during this operation Fairmount Glacier remained stand-by. After discharge operations had been completed Fairmount Glacier towed Akiba onward to Durban, where she went into dry-dock.
Fairmount Glacier remained on stand-by in Durban during the dry-dock operation of the Akiba, after which Fairmount Glacier was relieved from her duties and commenced mobilisation towards her next assignment.
Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fairmount’s fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tons bollard pull each, especially designed for long distance towing, and a multipurpose support vessel. Fairmount Marine is part of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group.
Source: Fairmount Marine, April 25, 2012