In June 2004, the Dutch towage and salvage company Multraship called the assistance of Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam for the salvage of the 38391 ton deadweight Egyptian flag ’Domiat’, which ran aground on June 7 on a seabed of stones and sand between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden. The vessel was en route from St. Petersburg to India with a cargo of about 33 000 ton of potash.
To reduce draft of the vessel, a part of the cargo had to be discharged into the seagoing lighter ’Sven Age’. The Vessel’s cranes were used to unload with a grab. With Multraship’s ’Barracuda’ (42 ton bollard pull) on the scene and the tugs ’Asterix’ (70 ton bp) and ’Katrine’ (24,5 ton bp), chartered from Dansk Bjærning & Bugsering A/S, the salvors were successful in refloating the bulk carrier on June 13.Afterwards, the vessel was towed to a sheltered anchorage where the discharged cargo could be reloaded. This operation had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions. Looking to the long-term weather forecasts, it was decided to set course to the port of Kalundborg, about 180 miles of the grounding site. After arrival at Kalundborg the reloading could be commenced. In the evening of June 16, 2004 the salvage operations could be finished and the vessel was permitted by the Classification Society to resume her voyage to India under her own power in spite of extensive bottom damages. The ship should be drydocked not later than September 4, 2004.
At the request of Multraship, 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||Egyptian Navigation Co.|
|Built by||Alexandria Shipyard, Egypt|
|Gross tonnage||23 978 GT|
|Deadweight||38 391 ton|
|Length overall||130.90 m|
|Draft loaded||11.09 m|
|Number of holds||5|
|Classed by||Lloyd’s Register of Shipping|