MV Smart Salvage Wraps Up in South Africa

  The salvage of the capesize coal carrier MV Smart in Richards Bay, South Arica has been completed more than two years after the ship ran aground, the North P&I Club and the South African Maritime Safety Authority said in a joint statement Tuesday. The complex salvage was carried out by Titan Salvage, now part of Ardent following a merger between Titan and … [Read more...]

SMART Bow Scuttled Off South Africa [PHOTOS]

The bow section of the bulk carrier MV Smart has been refloated and scuttled off the coast of South Africa about 17 months after the ship wrecked. Houston-based Titan Salvage, part of Crowley Corp., said it successfully refloated the largest and most challenging section of the wrecked bulk carrier. The section was than towed out to sea and scuttled as planned. The 151,279 … [Read more...]

MV Smart Salvage Enters Phase Three

Crews in South Africa have kicked off the third phase of salvage operations to remove what's left of the MV Smart shipwreck in Richards Bay. As gCaptain has reported previously, the 151,279 DWT bulk carrier MV Smart ran aground August 19, 2013 after departing the port of Richards Bay during a heavy swell. The ship, laden with 147,650 tons of coal at the time, broke up … [Read more...]

MV Smart Stern Refloated and Sunk Off South Africa [PHOTOS]

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┬áSouth African-based Subtech Group and┬áSMIT Amandla Marine said this week that the stern section was successfully refloated by the 181 ton bollard … [Read more...]

MV Smart Grounding: Owners Rule Out Mechanical Failure… Before Ship Hit Bottom

Owners of the stricken MV Smart say that there is no evidence to suggest that mechanical or structural failure contributed to the ship breaking up outside Richards Bay, South Africa... at least not prior to when the fully laden vessel's stern slammed into the seabed as she left port in heavy swells. As gCaptain has reported, the 151,279 DWT bulk carrier ran aground and … [Read more...]