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.