Casualties – CDRY BLUE salvage operation update – Jan 2020

With reference to the grounding of the vessel CDRY BLUE on a rocky shore in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia last 21st December 2019 lightering operations have begun . Smit Salvage has been appointed lead salvor and is overseeing the work in cooperation with the Guardia Costiera and the local port authority.

The pollution prevention plan calls for bunkers and other petroleum on board the CDRY BLUE to be pumped into special containers on deck. When filled, the containers will be flown off by helicopter. The process is expected to take several days once operation is complete, attention will turn to lightering off the ship’s cargo (coffee) and the salvage of the vessel herself. 

One spill response vessel and two patrol boats are standing by at the scene to monitor for signs of pollution. The Guardia Costiera has conducted multiple dive surveys of the seabed under the ship‘s hull to monitor her condition. 

On Christmas Day, the 2018 built French flag and owned multicat vessel JIF HELIOS was spotted heading to the site from Sete, France.

Meanwhile the 2010 built Italian tug FALISCA was spotted in the area too on Christmas Day in the afternoon.

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Published – Monday 6th January 2020