CICT salvages storm-ravaged ‘MV Theseus’

A container carrier that sustained damage in tropical storm ‘Sagar’ in  the   Gulf of Aden, nearly 2,000 nautical miles from Sri Lanka, has been  turned around   in just 36 hours by Colombo International Container  Terminals (CICT) when it   arrived in the Port of Colombo.


The 369-metre, 14,424 TEU MV Theseus,   operated under Ocean  Alliance’s Asia-Mediterranean service by Evergreen Line,   was en-route  to Colombo on its weekly scheduled call after Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,    when the storm hit. Some of its containers were washed away while others  were   crushed, scattered around or left hanging along the stacks.


On receipt of   a distress call, the operations team from CICT  boarded the vessel for a   pre-inspection and developed a comprehensive  action plan with a dedicated team   of ship-to-shore gantry operators  and experienced stevedores, after which vessel   was brought alongside  the CICT berth, by the pilots of the Sri Lanka Ports   Authority (SLPA).


The salvage operation commenced with an inspection of   all  damaged containers by a professional surveyor. Thereafter, the CICT team    launched the simultaneous lashing and unlashing operation, which  involved   unlashing the damaged units, lashing adjacent containers to  secure them and   discharging the damaged units.


After CICT’s efficient operation which was   completed in less  than a day and a half despite the harsh weather conditions,   the MV  Theseus was swiftly despatched to its next stop in Singapore.


This   was the third such salvage operation carried out by CICT in  the past three   years. In 2015 CICT completed a complex salvage  operation for the   weather-damaged MOL-Cosmos and in 2017 aided in the  salvage of the   Panama-flagged MSC Daniela which caught fire 120  nautical miles west of the Colombo Port.


Commending and thanking CICT for its role in the salvage   of MV  Theseus, Preethilal Fernando, Executive Director of Hemas Maritime Ltd.,    the agent in Sri Lanka for Evergreen Line said: “The positivity  showed by your   team from the inception is truly commendable and we  admire the team work,   planning and operational flexibility  demonstrated by the team. With such   operations, we are confident that  CICT will be a catalyst in fulfilling the   country’s vision of being a  maritime hub in the region.”


CICT is proud   to have been able to provide its expertise to MV  Theseus at a time of need, and   is also thankful to the Sri Lanka Ports  Authority for providing the safe   navigation and berthing and  un-berthing of the vessel,” said CICT General   Manager Marketing and  Commercial Catriona Jayasundera. “We are also happy to   contribute to  the Port of Colombo’s growing reputation for operational   excellence.”


Recently adjudged the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the    Under 4 million TEUs at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain  (AFLAS)   Awards, CICT, which commenced operations in July 2013, manages  the Colombo South   Terminal of the Port of Colombo, the first and  currently the only deep water   terminal in South Asia equipped with  facilities to handle the largest vessels   afloat. In four years of  operation, CICT has brought some of the largest vessels   plying the  Asia-Europe routes to Colombo. Of these, Milan Maersk (20,568 TEU),    MSC Maya (19,224 TEU), Mogens Maersk (18,300 TEU), MSC New York (16,652  TEU),   CMA CGM Marco Polo (16,020 TEU), Edith Maersk and EMC Thalassa  Hellas (each   14,000 plus TEUs) and their sister vessels are now  regular callers at   CICT.

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