Former tug Smit New York grounded

by Hans | December 7th, 2016

The “Salvage Titan” (Imo 7522136) which was en route to Malaysia from Oieka, ran aground at Barangay Marzan in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, in the morning of Nov 28, 2016, with 16 Filipino crew members on board.


The ship as towing a barge loaded with a crane. Due to strong waves and inclement weather, it drifted in the sea off Sanchez Mira and eventually ran aground off the coast of Sitio Calingkingan in Brgy. Barzan, Sanchez Mira. The tug was manned by Capt. Christopher Guebalangen; six of his crew members received medical assistance after they were rescued by the Philippine Coastguard. 

Note: The Salvage Titan is the former 1977 built Smit New York. Built by Verolme Shipyard – Heusen; Netherlands under number 934 for Smit International Rotterdam. In In 1998 she was brought in the new joint venture between Smit and Wijsmuller and renamed SmitWijs New York. In 2000 she was sold to China Ocean Engineering Services – Shanghai (COESS) and managed by Shanghai Salvage Co. and renamed Hua An. In 2015 sold to Taiwan.

She has a length of 67.54 mtrs a beam of 14.53 mtrs and a draft of 6.89 mtrs. The two Werkspoor TM410 diesel engines develops a total output of 16,000 hp. She has a grt of 2,057 tons and a dwt of 1,568 tons. Compiler of this newsletter had sailed on her as Chief Engineer in 1989 together with Captain Piet de Boer. She was a good and fine strong ship to sail on. It is a pitty to see her on the groundings. Hopefully she will de pulled off and contine her towing live.

(Source: Vesseltracker; Photo: ABS-CBN)

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