Bulker Benita salvage operation in Mauritius – update 24/6/2016

by Hans | June 25th, 2016

Leading international salvors Five Oceans Salvage continue with the salvage and environmental protection operation following the grounding of MV Benita on 17th June off Mahebourg, Mauritius. The operation to remove the remaining fuel oil from the vessel’s fuel tanks has made considerable progress. Of the 145 tonnes on board, 80 tonnes have now been pumped into specialised one tonne containers and 53 of these have been transported to a secure location on shore via helicopter. The operation is being conducted with environmental protection as the upmost priority.
The vessel was in ballast at the time of the grounding which means that there are no considerations needed for cargo removal.
No further oil sheens have been observed. Booms and other antipollution measures remain in place as a precaution.
 
Salvage divers have carried out a number of dive inspections in order to further assess the extent of the damage. As previously reported, a number of tanks have taken in water but the MV Benita appears to be stable and remains firmly aground.

Planning for the eventual re-floating and removal of the vessel continue, in conjunction with the vessel’s owners and the authorities.

The tug Ionian Sea FOS, based in Mauritius, remains on site in order provide specialist salvage and antipollution equipment, and a further tug, Coral Sea FOS, is en route and is scheduled to arrive end of this month.

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