On August 8th, 2013, the geared bulk carrier Kiani Satu was pushed aground in Buffels Bay, South Africa after suffering a power failure in heavy seas. She was carrying a cargo of rice and was heading for Ghana.
Rescuers from the NSRI, as well as salvors from SMIT and authorities from the South Africa Maritime Safety Administration quickly responded.
The ship would eventually be pulled from the beach, but the ingress of water resulted in her sinking far from shore on August 21, 2013, just as another bulk carrier, the MV Smart, found herself grounded and breaking up along a different beach in South Africa.
The wave action eventually cracked the hull, spilling upwards of 10 tons of heavy fuel oil on to the beach.
While salvors did their best to shift fuel internally to stop the oil spill, the ocean-going tug SMIT Amandla used her 200,000 pounds of pull to turn the ship into the waves.
It wasn’t until a strong gale moved through the area that the surf became large enough to help lift the vessel from the seafloor.
During high tide on August 17th, the SMIT Amandla broke the Kiani Satu free and pulled her clear of the beach.
With flooding unable to be controlled within the ship, the SMIT Amandla was towed south as fast as possible with hopes that she would sink in deep, cold water which would minimize any future environmental consequences.
On the morning of 21 August, she sank 110 miles south of South Africa in 1000 meters of water.
For more about this story, click HERE