Photos: Tanker, Tug Dodge Grounding after Towing Operation Goes Awry

An old tanker and a tug pulling the vessel toward Maputo went adrift in St. Francis Bay, South Africa, some 15 miles from the shore on Friday evening, May 4, after the towing line between the two vessels snapped.

The crew of AHT Carrier tried to detach from MT Order, which was apparently heading for scrapping, and re-attach the towline, but the efforts were futile, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Sarah Smith, NSRI’s St.Francis Bay station commander said that no lives were in any immediate danger while the two vessels remained tethered to each other. As informed, 14 crew members were on board the tug, while the tanker had no crew members on board.

The emergency response vessels were dispatched to the scene on the following day when it was determined that the stricken duo had drifted around five nautical miles off the shore.

NSRI St Francis Bay deployed sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and the NSRI Jeffreys Bay sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II to the spot.

“On arrival on the scene we found both vessels approximately 5 nautical miles off-shore and in the current drift they were approximately 2 hours from running aground,” Smith said.

“All crew onboard the tug were safe but they were helpless without a tender boat to recover their towline from the water and with rope fouled around one motor leaving the MT Order at risk of running aground.”

The NSRI sea rescue craft managed to haul back the broken tow line and rig another towing rope to the tug.

The tug boat, with one of its engines operational and tow-line rigged stern to stern, managed to gently head further out to sea.

Shortly afterward, SA Amandla salvage vessel arrived at the scene and took over the tow of the MT Order.

“At this stage, SA Amandla are towing the casualty ship further out to sea and no further NSRI assistance has been requested,” NSRI said on Saturday, May 5.

“NSRI St Francis Bay, NSRI Jeffreys Bay and all involved in this operation are commended for averting a disaster at sea today.”

Image Courtesy: NSRI

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< May 2018 >>
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3

The 27th World Gas Conference

The 27th World Gas Conference is the leading global industry event and is the definitive gathering of influential leaders, buyers and sellers, policy-makers and experts from around the world.

You will hear critical business insights and lively debates on the most topical issues facing the global gas industry today and in the future.

From 25-29 June 2018, Washington DC is expected to host 12,000 attendees, 500 speakers and 350 exhibitors representing, more than 600 companies from 100 countries.

Presented by the IGU, this is the largest and most high-profile gas event that is conducted by the industry for the industry.

Read More

read more >

Europort 2018

From 15-17 May 2018, the 12th edition of Europort Romania willl take place in the IDU Hall in Constanta…

read more >


The BlueWeek2018 will be held on 28-29-30 May in Rotterdam, under the auspices of the Blue Forum…

read more >

Posidonia 2018

Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition, has long been established as one of the major calendar events…

read more >