Emergency salvage in Comoros

17 September 2019

Comarco was contracted to remove sunken top loader blocking the quay in Mutsamudu Port, Comoros.

Comarco mobilised a salvage and diving team as well as its Landing craft Kestrel with a 70t crane on board to Anjouan to remove a container handling top loader that was driven off the quayside blocking the berth.

The situation for the port of Mutsamudu was such that no vessels could come alongside resulting in all cargo movement into and out of the port being disrupted and halted and as such required a swift solution.

The Comarco vessel and team arrived on site with the divers immediately carrying out a survey and conducting an assessment of the rigging and securing requirements.

On 16 October 2019, the salvage vessel was positioned over the casualty and ballasted down whilst the divers set up the lifting rigging from the top loader to the deck of the vessel. At low tide the rigging was tensioned and secured on deck. The salvage vessel was de-ballasted on the rising tide and the casualty lifted off the seabed.

The vessel sailed to the authorised designated disposal position and safely released the rigging.

The operation was completed during one tide cycle with the port operations able to resume on the same day.

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