Kotug Tugboats Rescue Drifting Box Ship

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 22, 2020

Image: Kotug International.

Image: Kotug International.

Dutch salvage and towage company Kotug said that its two tugs have helped to rescue a containership hit by fire while sailing off the coast of East Africa.

The 2,503-teu Oinousses (built 2000) was sailing sailing from Maputo to Mombasa, off the coast of Mozambique after the vessel sustained an engine room fire.

On the night of January 20, two Rotortugs of KOTUG International picked up the Mayday signal of the container vessel EM-Oinousses having a devastating fire in the engine room.

Although the vessel’s crew adequately extinguished the fire, at approximately 50 miles off the coast of Nacala, Mozambique, the ship appeared to be uncontrollable.

The salvage was carried out by KOTUG’S Rotortugs RT Spirit and RT Magic. Both Rotortugs made quick connections to the vessel, and our dedicated crew gave top priority to the safety of the 25 crew-members, who all arrived safely and without injuries at the Port of Nacala.

“We are glad that we were able to bring the MV EM-Oinousses and its crew to a safe haven and prevented a possible disaster for the vessel, its crews, and the environment. I am proud of our well-trained crew who adequately responded to the Mayday signal,” said Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of Kotug International.

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