MV Smart Stern Refloated and Sunk Off South Africa

Salvors working to remove the MV Smart shipwreck in  Richards Bay, South Africa successfully refloated the stern section of the broken capesize bulk carrier before towing it out to sea where it was sunk.

Photo: SMIT Amandla Marine

Photo: SMIT Amandla Marine

 salvage team made up of South African-based Subtech Group and SMIT Amandla Marine said this week that the stern section was successfully refloated by the 181 ton bollard pull tugSmit Amandla. The section was then towed out to sea where it was intentionally sunk.

Photos  Courtesy Subtech Group

Photos Courtesy Subtech Group

Photos  Courtesy Subtech Group

Photos Courtesy Subtech Group

 

As gCaptain reported previously, the 151,279 dwt bulk carrier MV SMART ran aground August 19th as she departed  the port of Richards Bay with 147,650 tons of coal, eventually breaking up and  coming to rest along a  sandbar just outside the port.  Prior to the s tern’s refloating, crews f rom Subtech and SMIT Salvage worked to remove all fuel oil and coal on board.  Source : gCaptain

DAILY COLLECTION OF MARITIME PRESS CLIPPINGS 2013 – 284  11-10-2013

 

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