On 22 January 2004, whilst awaiting for a discharge berth at the port of Lattakia, Syria, the laden container ship ’CMA CGM Maghareb’ grounded. The Dutch salvage company Wijsmuller Salvage B.V. (now part of Ardent) was contracted on the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form 2000 to re-float the vessel and to deliver her to a place of safety.
A Wijsmuller salvage master was on site within half a day, followed by the 94-ton bollard pull tug ’Eas’ and a team of salvage divers, salvage engineers and a salvage officer from the Netherlands. After discharging 62 containers, mainly 40- foot units at Lattakia in order to reduce the ground reaction and aid buoyancy, the ’CMA CGM Maghareb’ was successfully re-floated on the 6 February 2004 with the assistance of the salvage tug ’Eas’ of EDT in Cyprus. After re-floating, the vessel was re-delivered to her owners in the port of Iskenderun, Turkey

At the request of Wijsmuller Salvage, Vuyk send an experienced salvage engineer to the casualty’s site to assist the salvage crew and to make the necessary calculations to refloat the vessel as soon as possible.


Principal characteristics of the casualty  
Owner  Squad Shipping Ltd.
Flag state  Malta
Built by  Torgem Shipyard, Istanbul, Turkey
Built  1997
Gross tonnage 6 459 GT
Deadweight 8 558 ton
Length overall  130.90 m
Breadth moulded
17.70 m
Depth moulded 10.20 m
Draft loaded 8.094 m
Container capacity 580 TEU


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