The MV Smart seen broken in two in Richards Bay, South Africa. Image courtesy Subtech Group

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.

A 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 tug, Smit Amandla. The section was then towed out to sea where it was intentionally sunk.

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 stern’s refloating, crews from Subtech and SMIT Salvage worked to remove all fuel oil and coal on board.

Here is a collection of photos from the job: 


The ‘SMIT Amandla’ pictured near the stern of MV Smart. Image courtesy SMIT Amandla Marine

SEE ALSO: MV SMART Grounding – Full Coverage


The ‘SMIT Amandla’ connecting up to the stern section of the MV SMART. Image courtesy SMIT Amandla Marine


SMART stern under tow by SMIT Amandla. Image courtesy SMIT Amandla Marine


And down she goes. Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group


Image courtesy Subtech Group

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    • Gesimar Célio Dos Santos

      Não diz que é do Ciaga não, pelo menos escreve certo.

    • Mike Hunt

      Hey Dave..Nice comment…Douche Bag !!!

  • Wesley

    I don’t know much about salvaging, so would someone mind explaining to me why they sunk it instead of towing it somewhere to scrap and maybe re-use or recycle what’s left?

    • Kraps

      It might be more expensive to tow the stern section safely to a suitable breaking location and scrap it than what anything that can be salvaged from it is worth…

  • http://desertsea.blogspot.com Pat Byrnes

    I think Rachid wanted to know the age of the ship.

    The ship was built in the year 1996, in Japan.

    Until this past year, it was named Rubin Ace.

  • Tolgha Watson

    What about the environmental impact this is gonna have on an already tanted eco. Seems we only focused on short term economics than the bigger picture.

    • Kraps

      Oil and cargo has been removed. Surely there’s /some/ oil left /somewhere/ in the engine room, but the amount is likely negligible. Steel is not an issue to the environment, but of course there are some materials that at least I would have preferred to see removed before scuttling. Of course, cost-benefit analysis rules out such operations…

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