Update: Refloated bulker heading to Wilhelmshaven

Glory Amsterdam. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch

The 77,171 dwt Panamax bulker Glory Amsterdam, which had been grounded close to the German island of Langeoog in the North Sea since October 29, is afloat again.

According to Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (Havariekommando) in Cuxhaven, the 2006-built vessel could be dragged into deeper waters this morning by two tugs – Fairmount Summit and Union Manta – that were deployed by Dutch salvor Smit. The firm had been appointed for the salvage by the owner of Glory Amsterdam, Athens-headquartered Erasmus Shipinvest, under a Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF).

The bulker was refloated after discharging 16,000 tonnes of ballast water while under towage connection to the two tugs, the Central Command said. The ship’s structure was found to be undamaged and there had been no discharge of bunkers or other pollutants, it said. However Glory Amsterdam’s steering gear is reported to have a defect that may have played in a role in the grounding after it broke free from its anchor position in the German Bay in very heavy seas.

The vessel is now going to be towed into the nearby port of Wilhelmshaven by three other tugs (Jade, Bugsier 11, and Multratug 4).

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