The refloating & scuttling of Ikan Tanda.
Final update: DAYS
42, 43, 53 & 54,
posted MONDAY 29.10.01 @ 13h00
Smit Pentow Marine Press Release Monday
October 29th 2001, 09h15
'Ikan Tanda' Update Number 45
the evening of Saturday 27th October, the 'Ikan Tanda' was
scuttled in a position approximately 200 miles west of Cape
Town, finally sinking at 20h30. This followed the declaration
of the casualty by Owners and their representatives on Friday
afternoon as a 'Constructive Total Loss' (CTL). Salvors Smit
Pentow Marine continued with preparations to scuttle the bulk
carrier during the day on Saturday, which included cutting
holes in strategic places aboard the vessel, removing all
floatable gear including liferafts and opening the necessary
'Wolraad Woltemade' remained at the location overnight on
Saturday to monitor oil and debris. Reports received indicate
that there continues to be no sign of oil from the sunken
casualty, although a floating hatch cover had been reported.
The 'Wolraad Woltemade' remained on site until this morning,
when the hatch cover was finally sunk. The salvage tug is
presently en route Cape Town.
Pentow Marine Press Release Friday October 26th 2001, 09h00
'Ikan Tanda' Update Number 44
the successful refloating of the 'Ikan Tanda' at 03h00 on
the morning of Wednesday 17th October, she remains under tow
in convoy with the 'Wolraad Woltemade'.
this week, salvors Smit Pentow Marine were advised that -
in light of the fact that the 'Ikan Tanda' has not been permitted
by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to
enter any South African port for repair - a period of 5 days
had been given in which to terminate the contract awarded
to salvors when the 'Ikan Tanda' ran aground. Preparations
for this phase of the operation began immediately and the
team began removing the numerous items of salvage equipment
aboard the vessel used in refloating and cargo removal operations.
However, a substantial amount of salvage equipment remains
afternoon, worsening conditions aboard the 'Ikan Tanda' necessitated
the evacuation of all personnel from the vessel by helicopter.
This was due to a number of factors including that of the
cranes on board having lost their hydraulic seals, causing
the crane booms to swing and their traveling blocks to become
'loose', making the main deck area hazardous to personnel.
Overnight, No. 5 crane collapsed and is now lying across the
present, the 'Wolraad Woltemade' continues to tow the 'Ikan
Tanda' offshore and members of the salvage team shall reboard
the casualty once she is 200 nautical miles form the coast
so as to reassess the situation.
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Final Chapter of "Ikan Tanda's" six week sojourn
on Scarborough beach.
to the salvors, Smit Pentow Marine, on achieving what at
times seemed like an impossible mission.
Smit Pentow Marine Press Release Tuesday
October 15th 2001, 11h00
'Ikan Tanda' Update Number 41
morning the Smit Pentow Marine salvage team aboard the 'Ikan
Tanda', the crews aboard the 'Pentow Skua' and 'Wolraad Woltemade'
and their office and shore-based colleagues were gearing up
for the final phase of the refloating operation with respect
to the grounded 'Ikan Tanda'. At 06h30 this morning, the de-ballasting
of the casualty began, involving the pumping off of thousands
of tonnes of seawater taken on to the vessel to stabilize
her during cargo discharge operations.
salvage tug 'Wolraad Woltemade' is connected to the bow wire
on the 'Ikan Tanda' - having connected at first light this
morning and the Anchor Handler 'Pentow Skua' remained connected
to the stern wire of the casualty overnight. Following the
transportation of additional spare generator capacity to the
'Ikan Tanda' last night, the launch 'Sea Carrier' is on stand-by
in Schuster Bay, along with the launch 'Ocean Pride' and the
Coastwatch oil pollution abatement and control vessel. All
will remain on stand-by during the refloating operation and
will be available to assist if necessary. The oil pollution
patrol aircraft 'Kuswag VII' overflew the scene this morning
and will be flying over the location during the refloating
operation this afternoon.
the course of the past few weeks, Salvors have been able to
gather an accurate picture of the state of the vessel by means
of survey, including her structural integrity, grounding forces
acting on her, as well as the exact nature of the seabed in
the area in which she is presently located. This information
has been factored in to the Smit Pentow refloating plan.
the refloating operation be successful, the priority of the
Salvors once the casualty has been stabilized in deep water
is the removal of the remaining pollutants, which would include
the approximately 20 tonnes of oil trapped in the wedges in
Number 5 and 6 starboard double bottom tanks. Specialised
hot-tapping equipment is onboard the 'Ikan Tanda' and could
be utilised in this operation. The Coastwatch oil pollution
control and abatement vessel will remain on site throughout
the entire operation
measures have already been put in place to maintain the structural
integrity of the 'Ikan Tanda' once refloated. A helicopter
will be on stand-by to evacuate the casualty of all personnel
should this become necessary.
Smit Pentow Marine Press Release
Wednesday October 17th 2001, 07h40
'Ikan Tanda' Update Number 42
was achieved by the Smit Pentow Marine salvage team with respect
to the refloating of the 'Ikan Tanda' in the early hours of
Wednesday morning. The bulk carrier, grounded 300 metres off
Scarborough beach since Wednesday September 5th, was successfully
refloated at 03h00 and was towed out to sea by the salvage
tug 'Wolraad Woltemade' and the 'Pentow Skua'. She is now
approximately 9 miles out and will continue to be towed away
from the coast. As previously stated, the priority of the
Salvors is to stabilise the casualty in deep water.
successful conclusion to the refloating phase of the operation
marks the end of 6 long weeks during which time the oil aboard
the 'Ikan Tanda' was removed and approximately 12 000 tonnes
of cargo discharged (including Potassium Nitrate, Potassium
Sulphate and Potassium Chloride). Yesterday, the deballasting
(removal of seawater taken on to the 'Ikan Tanda' to stabilize
her during the cargo discharge operation) phase of the refloating
operation was hampered by the 'Ikan Tanda' taking a 25 degree
list to starboard, which caused the generators and hydraulic
power packs to trip and interrupted deballasting. Despite
this, and with the aid of the salvage tug 'Wolraad Woltemade',
she was moved 30 degrees to starboard on yesterday afternoon's
high tide and also moved a distance of 40 metres further away
from Scarborough Beach. Once the situation had been stabilized,
deballasting continued throughout the night and she was refloated
successfully on the next high tide.
SMIT PENTOW MARINE
pleasure in inviting you to attend a celebratory function
with respect to the successful refloating of the 'Ikan Tanda'.
Date: Friday 19th October
Time: from 16h00 onwards
Venue: Scarborough Community Centre
A cash bar will be available for drinks and we look forward
to seeing you then!
Any queries in this regard can be directed to Clare du Plooy-Gomes
of Smit Pentow Marine on 507-5777.
Please note that residents of Scarborough and Misty Cliffs
only are invited to attend and this function will not be open
to the general public.
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