Titan Refloats Grounded Vessel

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Titan Salvage refloated the 262-foot containership M/V Danio from its stricken position on England’s Northumberland after the ship, which was carrying a load of timber and en route to Belgium from Scotland, ran aground at Farne Islands, an environmentally sensitive area, in early March. The onset of severe weather conditions prevented an immediate attempt to tow the Danio from the coastline.
Because the Farne Islands – home to thousands of puffins and grey seals, as well as more than 20 bird species – is classified as a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI), Titan took extra precautions to safeguard the environment. The company’s Jason Bennett, commercial director, and his team of salvors took quick action to establish safety of the vessel, immediately deploy a tugboat and prepare for a controlled and safe re-floating operation. Danio was ballasted down to the rocky sea bottom while the Titan team repaired damage to the vessel’s skeg and other areas, which required cement boxing, shoring and patching before the vessel could be refloated and towed away. Portable pumps were also installed and used during re-float and transit to safety.
Salvage Master Mark Loughlin, of C Waves, a London-based independent maritime and engineering consultancy contracted by the Titan alliance, transferred to Danio after initial assessment and remained on board alongside the crew throughout the operation. He was joined by Titan’s salvage team, which worked in difficult conditions to ensure that the ship remained secure in the deteriorating weather conditions, which were marked by high seas and swells (up to seven meters), freezing rain and gale-force winds.
When it was determined that conditions were too extreme for supplies to be brought in via helicopter, the salvage crew partnered with local fishermen who ferried in equipment and provisions. The Titan team also worked closely with Briggs Marine Environmental, which provided spill-prevention equipment, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Environment Group (EG) and the National Trust, alongside the ship’s owner and insurers, to ensure vessel security and environmental protection.
During a brief window of suitable tides, Danio was refloated without incident with the assistance of the Titan-chartered tugboat Lomax. No spills or damage to the region were reported as a result of the incident or salvage work.

www.titansalvage.com

(As published in the May 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - www.marinelink.com)

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