Dutch salvage company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been appointed as the salvor for the Frontline and BSM tankers that were hit on June 13 in the Gulf of Oman in a suspected attack.
Shortly after the incidents the insurers of both vessels appointed Boskalis subsidiary SMIT Salvage to salvage the vessels and their cargo.
“The situation of the Front Altair with a cargo of naphtha is still worrisome. The crew was able to safely leave the ship and the fire was extinguished yesterday afternoon. A salvage team was flown in to execute the salvage operation on site with accompanying specialist equipment,” Boskalis said.
The company further said that the Kokuka Courageous, with a methanol cargo on board, is now in a stable condition. A towing connection was established yesterday afternoon and the crew was able to return to the vessel. The tanker is currently being towed to a port in the Gulf region.
Boskalis said that the salvage operations are being carried out in close consultation with the relevant local authorities, including the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Center (MEMAC).