Lysblink Seaways Floats Off Scottish Shore

lysblink seaways

-+*At just before 9PM last night, the grounded cargo ship Lysblink Seaways unexpectedly self-floated from the shore at Kilchoan, Scotland. The ship had run aground on the shore two days ago for reasons yet unknown. The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says the ship is now anchored in close proximity to where she ran […]

Svitzer Salvage Team Inspects Grounded DFDS Cargo Ship

Lysblink Seaways

-+*The U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reports the grounded DFDS cargo ship Lysblink Seaway has spilled an undefined quantity of diesel oil from it’s starboard side.  The MCA says an absorbent oil boom has been put into contain the spill and weather operations are cooperating. Briggs Marine vessels Forth Jouster and Kingdom of Fife are […]

Car Carrier Hoegh Osaka Heads for Falmouth After Cargo Discharge

Undated photo of the Hoegh Osaka car carrier courtesy Hoegh Autoliners

-+*Höegh Autoliners says all units have now been discharged from its Hoegh Osaka car carrier in Southampton and the vessel is now completely empty of cargo. Cleaning of the decks and accommodation areas has also been completed, according to the company, and the vessel was expected to be head to Falmouth for final repair on Tuesday. […]

USNS Sgt Metaj Kocak Refloated from Okinawan Shoals

The Military Sealift Command prepositioning vessel USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005). File Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

-+*After careful deballasting, USNS Sgt Metaj Kocak was successfully refloated today at approximately 1730 local time, according to an emailed statement from the U.S. Military Sealift Command. The vessel was lightered yesterday by a fuel tanker and took on ballast in order to remain secure until conditions were determined safe to refloat the vessel. Incredibly, […]

SMIT and Nippon Contracted to Salvage Grounded MSC Ship

USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005)

-+*After running aground 8 days ago off the east coast of Okinawa, Japan, plans to salvage Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005) are under way today. In a phone call with MSC spokesperson Nathan Potter, he says the ship is currently being dewatered and that a tanker is on its way to defuel […]

Hoegh Osaka Salvage: List Cut in Half as Good Progress Continues to be Made

Østensjø Rederi thorax tug

-+*The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reports “good progress continues to be made” today as salvors aboard the Hoegh Osaka have reduced the vessel’s list to starboard to 25 degrees, or roughly half of what it was 19 days ago. The agency says all water has been removed from the car decks and as ballast operations […]

MOL Express Refloated

MOL Express file photo (c) MarineTraffic.com/

-+*On Sunday 11 January, the containership MOL Express ran aground in Tateyama Harbor, Chiba Prefecture of Japan as it was maneuvering in the harbor.  The vessel was on charter to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines from an affiliate of Vancouver-based shipowner Seaspan Corp. Seaspan announced today that the vessel has been successfully re-floated as of 10:55 a.m, 14 January 2015. “There were […]

Höegh Autoliners CEO: Car Carrier Intentionally Grounded

hoegh osaka

-+*Ingar Skiaker, Chief Executive Officer of Höegh Autoliners says his company’s ship was purposely run aground last night after it developed a severe list after leaving port and the captain and pilot made the decision to save the vessel and crew by ground her on Bramble Bank. “In total 25 people were evacuated from the […]

Quadcopter Footage of Grounded Car Carrier Höegh Osaka

hoegh osaka aground

-+*The 51,770 gross ton pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Hoegh Osaka sits on Bramble Bank heavily listing on her starboard side today in the Solent.  The vessel was deliberately run aground on the sandbar Friday night after the ship developed a list following departure from Southampton.  The Master/Pilot feared the ship might capsize in the […]

Salvors Detail the Recovery of Team Vestas Wind

team vestas wind salvage

-+*Seldom does a salvage operation run as smoothly as that of the Volvo Ocean Racing yacht, “Vestas Wind”. In a joint venture between Subtech and Svitzer, a team consisting of Neil Scott-Williams, Morgan Castle and Morne Uys of Subtech and Mike Smith and Rob Hare, veteran salvors from Svitzer was mobilized from South Africa under […]

Svitzer, Titan Talking Salvage Tie-Up?

Titan Salvage was part of the consortium that removed the Costa Concordia, considered the largest maritime salvage in history. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

-+*Titan Salvage and Svitzer are reported to be in preliminary discussions over a potential tie-up of their respective salvage businesses, according to a new report by Dow Jones News.