Salvors Detail the Recovery of Team Vestas Wind

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 a Bimco Wreckhire to refloat and recover, … [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 South African-based Subtech Group and SMIT Amandla Marine said this week that the stern section was successfully refloated by the 181 ton bollard … [Read more...]

SPOTD: Subtech Continues Fuel Removal from MV Smart [8 Photos]

Durban-based salvage company Subtech released the following photos of the salvage operation they are currently conducting off Richards Bay, South Africa involving the bulk carrier, MV Smart. The salvors are currently removing the heavy fuel oil from the ship's tanks, a process which may likely be completed within a week according to reports. Full coverage of the MV Smart … [Read more...]