Salvage container vessel

CGM Maghareb

On 22 January 2004, whilst awaiting for a discharge berth at the port of Lattakia, Syria, the laden container ship ’CMA CGM Maghareb’ grounded. The Dutch salvage company Wijsmuller Salvage B.V. (now part of Ardent) was contracted on the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form 2000 to re-float the vessel and to deliver her to a place of safety.
A Wijsmuller salvage master was on site within half a day, followed by the 94-ton bollard pull tug ’Eas’ and a team of salvage divers, salvage engineers and a salvage officer from the Netherlands. 


Principal characteristics of the casualty





Squad Shipping Ltd.

Flag state


Built by

Torgem Shipyard, Istanbul, Turkey



Gross tonnage

6 459 GT


8 558 ton

Length overall

130.90 m

Breadth moulded

17.70 m

Depth moulded

10.20 m

Draft loaded

8.094 m

Container capacity

580 TEU


After discharging 62 containers, mainly 40- foot units at Lattakia in order to reduce the ground reaction and aid buoyancy, the ’CMA CGM Maghareb’ was successfully re-floated on the 6 February 2004 with the assistance of the salvage tug ’Eas’ of EDT in Cyprus. After re-floating, the vessel was re-delivered to her owners in the port of Iskenderun, Turkey

At the request of Wijsmuller Salvage, Vuyk send an experienced salvage engineer to the casualty’s site to assist the salvage crew and to make the necessary calculations to refloat the vessel as soon as possible.


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