The Final Days of the Kiani Satu Bulk Carrier [16 PHOTOS]

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 … [Read more...]

The Kiani Satu Has Sunk [UPDATE]

Update (21 August) - As of 0400 local time, the Kiani Satu has sunk according to a statement by the Kynsna Municipality in South Africa. She went down in waters approximately 1000 meters deep, 100 nautical miles from shore. Update (20 August) - The above image via Windward Maritime Analytics Services Company shows the southerly track of the SMIT AMANDLA, which holds … [Read more...]

Kiani Satu Refloated, Salvors Face Imminent Gale [UPDATE]

Update: The Kiani Satu has been successfully refloated this morning according to a statement by Captain Nigel Campbell from the SA Maritime Safety Authority. "At 11:20 today [Saturday] she came off. I am so excited I cannot think straight," Captain Nigel Campbell told reporters in South Africa. Campbell notes that their next course of action is to take the vessel … [Read more...]

Salvors Wait for High Tide and Bigger Seas to Help Free the Kiani Satu

Amateur photographer Penny Foyn from South Africa sent us this image yesterday of the grounded bulk carrier Kiani Satu taken with her Olympus OM-D E-M5. Settings: f/11, 1/800 sec, ISO 320, 300mm. Image taken 9 August. Update 14 August: The salvors have been putting a strain on the tow line twice a day during high tide, however the weather and seas have not been in the … [Read more...]