Gepost maandag 28 juli 2003 @ 17:36
Rotterdam, 28 July 2003
Salvage & Maritime contracting N.V. (subsidiary of international
maritime service provider SMIT) and Multraship Salvage B.V. have
successfully refloated the ‘Pelican I' on Monday the 28th of July at
3:00 AM local time. The casualty collided with the outgoing container
carrier ‘Maersk Bahrain' in the river ‘Westerscheldt' on Sunday the
20th of July at 2:14 AM.
view of stability, refloating was previously postponed and all deck
cargo was removed. The floating sheerleg ‘Commorant' was utilised to
install messenger wires and lifting slings. The floating sheerleg
‘Matador 3' was then connected to the stern to stabilise and hold the
‘Pelican I' in position. Currently the remainder of the cargo below
decks is being removed after which the vessel will be redelivered to
its owners in Flushing.
exact location of accident is the ‘Nauw van Bath' on the Antwerp side
of the river. The ‘Pelican I' reportedly experienced steering gear
problems which lead to a direct collision. Immediately after the
accident the ‘Pelican I' reported a black out and damage in the engine
room. The ‘Maersk Bahrain' reported that she was making water in her
fore peak tank but had managed to anchor off Flushing for inspection.
Sunday the 20th of July at 2:50 AM in view of the situation the
authorities closed the river to all vessels. Multraship's ‘Multrajet'
crew tender shuttled 24 crewmembers safely off the casualty. The master
and a pilot remained onboard. Reports claimed that the ‘Pelican I' had
a heavy list and was being held against a sandbank by a dozen tugs to
prevent her from sinking.
experts worked closely together with the Dutch authorities to formulate
a salvage plan in order to minimise the risk of pollution and prevent
further damage to the vessel. Minor oil pollution occurred just after
the collision. Due to the detailed salvage plan which was communicated
to the relevant authorities there were no threats to the environment
although bunkers and chemical cargo were still onboard.
Pelican I' sails under the flag of Malta and can carry up to 1,939 TEU
(20 ft containers). She has a length of 202.5 meters, is 31 meters wide
and was built in 1988. The ‘Maersk Bahrain' was built in 1975, can
carry 2,328 TEU and sails under the flag of the Bahamas. Her length is
239.2 meters and has a width of 30.5 meters.