Summary : On the 19 august 2013, The 151,000 dwt bulk carrier MV Smart ran aground on a sandbar Monday in 10 meter swells after departing Port Richards Bay. The vessel had finished loading coal at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) earlier Monday. Photos of the grounded ship show the hull has suffered structural failure at around amidships and is severely sagging. The National Sea Rescue Institute was alerted of the grounding at about 1:30 p.m. local time. At approximately 4 p.m., the structural integrity of the ship was compromised and the captain gave the order to abandon ship, NSRI said in a statement. All 23 crew members have been rescued by NSRI helicopter crews. Some hours later, the ship broke in two and has to be considered as a total loss. Efforts are now made to avoid a pollution and to remove the wreck, the bunkers, and the cargo. There are no information about the cause of this failure
Vessel & Interveners
|1 - IMO NUMBER||9137959||2- NAME OF SHIP||SMART|
|3 - Call Sign||3FKG6||4 - MMSI||356659000|
|5 - Tonnage Brut||77 240||7 - DWT||151 279|
|8 - Type de navire||Bulk Carrier||9 - Status of Ship||Total loss|
|9 - Flag||Panama||9- Year of build||1996|
|10 - Propriétaire déclaré||ALPHA MARINE CORPORATIONS||10-1 Address||
Care of UNIMAR SUCCESS SA
47-79, Boumpoulinas Street
185 35 Pireaus
11 - Ship Manager
|UNIMAR SUCCESS SA||
47-79, Boumpoulinas Street
12 - ISM Manager
|FML SHIP MANAGEMENT LTD||
12 -1 Address
Office 601, Ghinis Building
58-60 Digeni Akrita Avenue
13 - Classification Society
14 - P&I
15- Hull Insurers
16 - Salvors
Location of the casualty
25 August 2013 : Department of Environmental Affairs' Coastal Oil Spill Contingency Plan in Place At Richards Bay
The Department of Environmental Affairs' (DEA) coastal oil spill contingency plan in the Richards Bay area, where a bulk carrier vessel, MV Smart, ran aground last Monday, is firmly in place as efforts to transfer oil from the vessel are set to commence. The contingency plan is to ensure that the environment and health of marine species in the area are protected.
At the moment, no oil spill from the vessel has been reported. As part of the contingency plan, containment booms have been deployed around the vessel to protect the coastline against any possible pollution during the salvage operations. A team comprised of the relevant environmental, disaster management agencies and salvage experts is on standby to boom off the uMlathuze Sanctuary, Richards Bay harbour and near-by estuaries from any possible oil spills.
The department's oil spill aerial surveillance aircraft, Kuswag 9 (K9), will continue to fly over the area to gather information that will be used during the salvage operations. The aircraft will also assist with monitoring and assessment of any possible environmental threat in the area. In addition, the Department has also requested samples of the coal on board to determine the impact it may have on the marine environment.
The uMlathuze Sanctuary is considered important, from both conservation and social perspectives, as it is a breeding and nursery area for important fish species. It also provides a home to over 20 000 birds of various types and is an area that provides life-supporting and recreational benefits. It is for these reasons that the department will do all it takes to ensure that this sanctuary and nearby estuaries are not compromised, particularly during salvage operations.
Plans to pump the oil out of the vessel are at an advanced stage. It is anticipated that the removal of oil from the vessel may take anything between five and seven days, while it may take several months to remove the coal. Furthermore, it is unclear at this stage as to how long it would take for the stricken vessel to be removed.
DEA, along with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and other responding environmental agencies and local authorities are on high alert to provide rapid response in the event of any oil pollution from the vessel.
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Issued by: Department of Environmental Affairs
25 Aug 2013
21 August 2013 - Gcaptain
It's been just two days since the bulk carrier MV Smart ran aground on a South African beach, but the incident is already being coined as the biggest salvage event in the history of the country.
As gCaptain reported, the 273-meter long bulk carrier ran aground on a sand bar on August 19, 2013 while departing the Port of Richards Bay laden with 147,650 tons of coal. In an emailed statement on 22 August from ship owner spokesperson Pat Adamson, "the Master believed that MV Smart had suffered extensive damages to her hull and steering gear" which led to a loss of steering control immediately outside the breakwater. The result was catastrophic as she ended up snapping in half at around amidships while being battered by waves up to 10 meters.
Adamson notes that "in consultation with Richards Bay harbour authorities, the crew was ordered by the port authorities to abandon the ship" approximately 90 minutes after running aground.
Although severe weather kept salvage crews at bay for most of Tuesday, it seems that effort have began to pick up.
The South African-based maritime services company, Subtech Group, has been hired to head the pollution response and fuel removal along with SMIT, and efforts to mobilize crews and equipment have been ongoing.
In an update from Subtech, the company said that Salvage Master, Neil Scott-Williams is on site with Morgan Castle and a dive team and RHIB which were mobilized Tuesday night. The update said that a Subtech crane truck/barge and the tugs Reier and Teras Hydra are mobilizing today. Meanwhile, the Fairmount Glacier will mobilize out of Cape Town and additional resources are being flown in from Holland by SMIT.
Initial efforts will focus on the fuel and lube oil removal. Reports in the media have indicated that there is estimated 1,769 tons of fuel oil and 129 tons of diesel on board the vessel.
A marine conservation officer from Richards Bay, Kevin Green, told local iOL news earlier Wednesday that although there was no fuel leaking from the ship, some of the ship's payload had begun to shift out.
"There is coal dust coming out of the ship, which our scientists are currently evaluating to assess the threat," Green told the paper. He added the coal did not pose an immediate threat and the main focus will be on keeping the fuel contained.
With any luck the weather will hold out and salvage crews will make quick work of the remaining fuel, cargo and remaining hull from the area. We'll be sure to update as new information comes in.
21 August 2013 - Gcaptain
The MV Smart has fully split in two overnight and authorities are scrambling to put together a plan to offload the fuel oil and cargo from the wreck perched on a sandbar just off a popular surfing beach at Richards Bay, South Africa.
A spokesperson for the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has said there is an estimated 1,769 tons of fuel oil and 129 tons of diesel on board, but there is no immediate threat of a spill. The salvage will focus on the removal of the fuel first, the spokesperson said.
The ship had just finished loading 147,650 tonnes of coal at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) when she ran aground in 10 meter swells.
The Panamanian-flagged ship is registered to Alpha Marine Corp., Reuters reports. After loading at Richards Bay it was intended to deliver its cargo to a port in China, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Experts from the SA Maritime Safety Authority and salvage company Subtech are currently on board the Smart assessing the situation according to reports.
20 August 2013 - Sea News
The 151,000 dwt bulk carrier MV Smart ran aground on a sandbar Monday in 10 meter swells after departing Port Richards Bay. The vessel had finished loading coal at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) earlier Monday.
Photos of the grounded ship show the hull has suffered structural failure at around amidships and is severely sagging.
The National Sea Rescue Institute was alerted of the grounding at about 1:30 p.m. local time. At approximately 4 p.m., the structural integrity of the ship was compromised and the captain gave the order to abandon ship, NSRI said in a statement.
All 23 crew members have been rescued by NSRI helicopter crews.
A source has told us that the vessel started to break in half and at this point may be in two pieces.
SAMSA (South African Maritime safety Authority) are en route to investigate and begin evaluations for salvage, the NSRI statement said.
A local news report said that the vessel was no longer under pilotage and may have experienced engine failure.
The incident comes just as the bulk carrier Kiani Satu was pulled free from a South African beach this weekend, but is believed to be in danger of sinking in deep water
The ship belongs to Unimar, an Athens based shipping company.
20 August 2013 - News 24
Durban - A coal carrying vessel run aground at the Port of Richards Bay on Monday, Port management said.
"Whilst leaving the Port of Richard's Bay at 14.10 on Monday the vessel MV "Smart", carrying 147 650 tons of coal, ran aground off the Port's entrance channel," Chief Harbour Master Transnet National Ports Authority, Captain Rufus Lekala, said in a statement.
He said the vessel finished loading at Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) at approximately 10.10 on Monday and sailed from the terminal just before 13.30.
At the time of the incident, the vessel was no longer under TNPA pilotage.
It is said the vessel experienced engine failure on leaving the Port.
"Three TNPA tugs tried to assist the vessel but to no avail. The vessel has buckled and broken in two and is partly submerged," he said.
Twenty three crew members, including the Master of the vessel, were airlifted from the vessel by the TNPA helicopter.
TNPA said it was closely monitoring any impact on the environment and there is no anticipated economic impact on the Port of Richards Bay.
"The entrance channel is safe for shipping, however, due to current adverse weather conditions ingress and egress to the port has been suspended until further notice," he said.
|1 - Hull & Machinery||
USD 66 Millions
(with USD 17 Millions of Increase Value)
|2 - Cargo||USD|
|3 - Salvage||USD||4 - Costs||USD|
|1- LLMC 1976||DTS XX||2 -LLMC 1996||DTS XX|
|3 -CLC PROT 1992||DTS XXX||4 - CLC PROT 2000||DTS XXXX|
|5 - PAL 1974||DTS XXX||6 - PAL PROT 2000||DTS XXX|
|7 - BUNKER 2001||SANS OBJET|
Cause of the casualty
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