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Tsavliris’ recent activities and the “Yusuf Cepnioglou” case

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The "YUSUF CEPNIOGLU's" grounding on the Myconian rocks

The “YUSUF CEPNIOGLU’s” grounding on the Mykonian rocks

Tsavliris Salvage Group has witnessed a continued spate of activity following on from the 14 LOF’s secured in 2013. 

The current year has seen Tsavliris appointed to undertake seven salvage cases, six under LOF and one under alternative terms.  The cases include:  bulk carrier “CASSEIOPIA STAR” (20, 200GRT, 32, 300DWT) laden with 27, 500MT of barite ore, an immobilization due to engine failure 1500 nautical miles west of the Canary Islands; containership “HANJIN ITALY” (114, 140GRT, 122, 9660DWT) involved in a collision off Kusu Island, Singapore Straits – Tsavliris was engaged to project manage the anti-pollution services; bulk carrier “LIGARI” (38, 800GRT, 75, 500 DWT), laden with 66, 000MT of corn, involved in a collision, in Korea Straight, South of Busan;  bulk carrier “CAPE ELISE” (88, 800GRT, 174, 000DWT) laden with 164, 000 m/t of coal, immobilized 200 miles west of the Irish coast; bulk carrier “RAPALLO” ” (25, 600GRT, 75, 000DWT) laden with 71, 000 m/t of coal, grounded east of Anholt Island, Denmark and most recently container vessel “YUSUF CEPNIOGLU” (5, 000GRT, 7000DWT), grounded on the north western coast of Mykonos Island, Greece and bulk carrier “LMZ ARIEL” (33, 000GRT, 57, 000DWT) laden with 50, 000MT of steel slabs, immobilized 400 miles north east of Ponta de Madeira, Brazil.

Tsavliris does not read too much into the marked increase in the number of salvage cases it has undertaken recently, although the company expresses gratitude to those who have and continue to treat them as their salvor of choice.

The “YUSUF CEPNIOGLU”

On the 11th March 2014, container vessel “YUSUF CEPNIOGLU” (5, 000GRT, 7000DWT), grounded on the north western coast of Mykonos Island, Greece.  Tsavliris dispatched S/T “MEGAS ALEXANDROS” (73BP) to the scene to find the vessel sitting hard aground on granite rock and rolling in swell from starboard side.  The vessel could not be boarded at the time and access from the shore is limited.  Many containers had fallen into the sea on impact with further containers going overboard as a result of the gale force weather. The salvage plan was subsequently devised and following the deployment of salvage personnel and equipment, barges, cranes, divers as well as anti-pollution “AEGIS” (1380GRT, 1920DWT) and T/B “HERMES” (20BP).  Salvage personnel together with volunteers from the island started collecting debris that had and continues to wash up on the beaches.  On the 14th March, the weather improved and removal of bunkers commenced as well as the off-loading of containers on barges.

Protection booms to avoid pollution

Protection booms to avoid pollution

...during the salvage operation

…during the salvage operation

Tsavliris does not read too much into the marked increase in the number of cases it has undertaken recently, although the company expresses gratitude to those who have and continue to treat them as their salvor of choice.

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