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SHIP NAME: Golden Sky KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source Tsavliris
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M/V GOLDEN SKY - Maritime Salvage L.O.F. 15/1/2007 Tsavliris was engaged to salvage (under LOF - January 2007) the craned bulk carrier GOLDEN SKY (27,000 dwt laden with 25,000 tons of Muriate Potash (mop) in bulk which had grounded on glacial boulders off Ventspils, Latvia in hurricane force winds. Tsavliris deployed local tugs, a large number anti-pollution equipment (oil booms, skimmers etc.) and a salvage team (Salvage Masters, Salvage Engineers, riggers and divers). The extreme cold weather conditions and all the related contingencies related to sub-zero temperatures made operations extremely difficult. Equipment such as pumps and compressors failed to operate in the extreme cold (below 30C degrees) and icy surface water. Tsavliris priority was to act in preventing the serious possibility of pollution in a sensitive area and in combating the pollution which occured . Salvaging the casualty was considered highly unlikely, with all rival proposals focusing on a wreck removal in the spring. Many other salvage experts submitted that the sub-zero weather conditions would make it impossible to free the ship. Tsavliris Salvage successfully removed all fuels and lubricants and refloated the bulk carrier Golden Sky after restoration of sufficient buoyancy by discharge of about 9,000 tonnes of cargo. Helicopters were deployed for transportation of both personnel and equipment. Cargo was transhipped into barges which were towed to Hull, UK to buyers. The vessel refloated just in the nick of time before the area was slammed by 60-knot winds that might have caused it to break up. The vessel was towed to port of Ventspils (as port of refuge) due to bad weather conditions and berthed alongside.


source INTERCARGO
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Fertiliser cargo. Ship had been stopped with engine problems on 11 January. Low sulphur fuels mentioned in the Latvian accident report. Atrocious weather conditions meant the ship dragged anchor and grounded on a sandbank. Limited pollution. Perceived to be a CTL.


source CEDRE
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On 11 January 2007, the Cypriot bulk carrier Golden Sky was sailing in the Baltic Sea when it had to stop due to engine problems. Atrocious weather conditions caused the vessel to ground on 15 January 900 m off Ventspils (Latvia) with a cargo of 24,983 tonnes of potash. Sixteen crew men were rescued by helicopter and 8 stayed. The priority was to prevent the serious possibility of pollution by deploying response equipment (booms, skimmers …) using tug boats. Sub-zero temperatures made operations extremely difficult. Nevertheless, salvage teams successfully removed all fuels and lubricants from the Golden Sky. 9,000 tonnes of potash were recovered, transhipped into barges which were towed to Hull (England). The ship was then refloated and towed to the port of Ventspils, as a port of refuge. All in all, operations lasted four months. The Golden Sky was delivered to its owner but thereafter no longer operated.


source CTX
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CTX has not seen the Latvian report, but there is no reason low sulphur fuel would bother an engine. Whatever the problem, it must have been pretty serious for the ship to be anchored for four days.

As of 2009-12-10, Gisis has nothing on this casualty.