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SHIP NAME: Chang Le Men KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
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On 7 September 2007 just after leaving the port of Mangalore, India the 16,100 mt fine iron ore onboard general cargo ’Chang Le Men’ (17,000 dwt, built 1982) suddenly starting shifting. The vessel started listing severely and eventually the master decided to beach the vessel.

SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd was contracted by the Chinese owners and underwriters basis LOF SCOPIC overnight to render immediate salvage assistance. The salvage team and equipment arrived on site in Mangalore only 12 hours upon contract confirmation. After the salvage team boarded the ’Chang Le Men’ the list to starboard was 22 degrees.

First priority was to close the ventilation pipes and further improve the stability of the casualty. This was achieved by a combination of shifting ballast water and bringing excavators onboard to shift the cargo in the holds.

The ’Chang Le Men’ was successfully refloated during high water on the 13th of September utilising two local harbour tugs. Upon refloating the casualty was shifted to a deep water anchorage where a diving inspection was conducted and she was redelivered to her owners.


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Another in a series of cargo shifts associated with iron ore fines loaded Mangalore. Some think moisture content too high.