Case: Towage Approval survey on a General Cargo vessel, laid-up for 10 years

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Towage of General Cargo vessel of GT 660, from Greece to Turkey.

We were requested to carry out a towage approval survey on a laid-up vessel, destined to be towed from Greece to Turkey for demolition, unmanned and with no power or propulsion capabilities. 

Vessel was initially inspected while afloat, however due to the very deteriorated condition of her steel hull, vessel was hauled ashore on keel blocks for further inspection and assessment of her bottom and underwater hull.  

Our surveyor focused mainly on P&I risks – most notable on pollution and wreck removal elements. The subject vessel was laid-up for a significant amount of time (more than 10 years) with evident absence of maintenance or repair works. Excessive corrosion was noticeable on her inner bottom and side shell plating.  

Our inspection lead to extensive rectification actions on the vessel to render it fit for the towage. Further suggestions were provided, as due to the vessel’s age, she still remained a high risk for the intended towage. We continued with a thorough analysis of the adverse and favorable factors, for the interested parties to be aware of all elements increasing/decreasing the risks of the operation. 

A subsequent inspection of the tugboat appointed for the operation was carried out, prior the voyage. All equipment and systems were inspected and recorded by our attending surveyor, while we also examined the provided voyage plan from Greece to Turkey, a total of approximately 200nm.  

Prior the commencement of the towage, we also proceeded with a static analysis to investigate the minimum bollard pull force, along with the consideration of wind, wave and current loads, and concluded that all was in order and adequate for the intended towage. 

General view of the cargo hold
General view of the cargo hold
General view of the cargo hold
General view of the cargo hold
General view of the vessel's bow.
General view of the vessel’s bow.

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