Swedish Waterway Cleared: Ardent Salvage Crews Refloated Capsized Cargo Ship Sterno

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Ardent salvage crews successfully used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö.

The vessel was loaded with 1,400 tons of grain when it suffered a collision and rested on a jetty structure with a 54-degree list.

Ardent crews were mobilized in late Feb. 2017, completed the operation and delivered the vessel on Mar 22.

LILLA EDET, Sweden (24 Feb 2017) – Ardent salvage crews successfully used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö. The vessel was resting with a 54-degree list with water ingress.

“We mobilized salvage craft and equipment, connected three strand jacks to bollards on the opposite side of the river to parbuckle the vessel,” said Johan Foks, Ardent Salvage Master.

“There were a lot of elements that we had to battle. The icy weather and the traffic on an active ship channel were big considerations,” said Foks.

“The parbuckle operation corrected the list to 11 degrees, and then we lightered the cargo for the refloating operation,” said Rob Rutten Ardent’s Naval Architect for the M/V Sternö.

LILLA EDET, Sweden (27 Feb 2017) – Ardent salvage crews prepare to parbuckle the M/V Sternö. By Mar 22, Ardent salvage crews successfully completed the operation and delivered the cargo vessel.

“Once we pumped the water out of the engine room and holds, the vessel refloated and was stabilized at a four-degree list. We maneuvered the vessel through the locks and moored it quayside for remaining cargo discharge. The vessel was at a two-degree list once we were finished,” said Rutten.

By Mar 22, the vessel was towed by the Svitzer Bob and Svitzer Bonden from Lilla Edet to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ardent simultaneously refloated the M/V Skagern with a separate team, 7.5km upstream from the M/V Sternö on the river Göta älv on Mar 9.

Above: LILLA EDET, Sweden (11 Mar 2017) – Ardent salvage crews parbuckled the M/V Sterno to an 11-degree list, and commenced lightering operations.

Above: LILLA EDET, Sweden (20 Mar 2017) – Ardent salvage crews successfully parbuckled and refloated the M/V Sterno.

LILLA EDET, Sweden (22 Mar 2017) – The Sterno delivered by the Svitzer Bob and Svitzer Bonden from Lilla Edet to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Related news: Self-discharging bulk carrier Sterno sinking after running aground at Lilla Edet, Gota river, north of Gothenburg, Sweden

Source: Ardent