(Pompano Beach, Fla.; Feb. 27, 2009) – During the early morning hours of Feb. 21, 2009, TITAN Salvage was notified by the Marine Response Alliance (MRA) of the grounding of the Yasa Golden Dardanelles, a tanker, off the coast of Galveston, Tex. The tanker was fully laden with approximately 620,000 barrels of fuel oil on board.
TITAN responded by mobilizing a response team consisting of TITAN Salvage Master, Guy Wood, an assistant salvage master and a naval architect, who all arrived on site later the same day. Additionally, Crowley’s Invader-class tugs Ranger and Mariner were dispatched by TITAN from their Lake Charles, La., location to provide support while logistics and contracting were managed from TITAN’s operational headquarters in Pompano Beach, Fla., as well as from the U.S. Coast Guard station in Galveston.
On Friday, Feb. 22, an attempt was made to free the tanker utilizing the evenings high tide and the two Crowley tugs, which boast a combined bollard pull of approximately 140 tons. The second attempt focused on ship-to-ship lightering operations to remove a pre-determined 12,000 metric tons of cargo to lighten the ship. On Sunday, just before midnight, a 789-foot purpose built lightering vessel was dispatched out of Houston and lightering operations commenced upon its arrival and securing on Monday afternoon.
“Ship-to-ship transfers need be managed with extreme diligence when a grounded vessel is involved,” explained TITAN’s Director, Americas, Gage Parrot. “As weight is being removed, ballast has to be taken on in equal proportion to maintain ground reaction throughout the process, keeping the vessel secure in place prior to re-floating. Managing the inert gas issues as cargo is transferred is vital to the safety of the ship and salvage team.”
On Sunday night, only 44 hours after the initial communication of the incident, the Yasa Golden Dardanelles was successfully re-floated and transited under her own power to an anchorage site to await class survey.
The successful and timely re-floating operation was made possible by the honed response cooperation between MRA partners being led by TITAN. All four member companies were involved in the response with Crowley providing tugs, MPC (Marine Pollution Control) providing pumping technicians and MHR (Marine Hazard Response) providing a naval architect.
TITAN, a wholly owned Crowley subsidiary, is a worldwide salvage company based in Pompano Beach, Fla. The company also has offices and equipment depots in Newhaven, UK and Singapore. Over the past 28 years, TITAN has performed more than 300 salvage and wreck removal projects worldwide. Titan responds to vessel emergencies around the world and is accessible 24 hours a day through the company’s main dispatch telephone number, +1-954-545-4143. Additional information about TITAN may be found at www.titansalvage.com.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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