On July 12, 2007, Resolve Towing & Salvage, Inc., (a subsidiary of Resolve Marine, Inc.) responded to a 243 meter motor tanker which ran aground near Ambrose Light, off of Coney Island, New York. The tanker was outbound fully loaded with 548,000 barrels of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (LSFO) when she reportedly had a steering malfunction and ran aground at approximately 0640hrs on July 12th.Immediately upon notification, Resolve mobilized a team of salvage experts which arrived on site within hours of the casualty. Resolve salvage engineers, along with the SERT team from USCG worked through the day to develop a Salvage and Lightering plan and once approval was obtained from the USCG, the salvage team worked through the night to remove 120,000 barrels of product from the grounded tanker. Although there was no penetration to the cargo tanks, the vessel did suffer two breaches to the ballast tanks – damage that could have been caused by running over her own anchor.
Upon completion of the lightering and deballasting operations, the vessel was safely refloated during the high tide on Friday, July 13th, utilizing four local tugs. Resolve immediately commenced an underwater inspection of the ships hull in conjunction with local authorities and the vessel’s classification society, ABS. Further planning was undertaken to prepare and obtain approval from USCG for the full discharge of cargo from the casualty.
Under the direct supervision of Resolve personnel, all 548,000 barrels of cargo was transferred on to another vessel to enable the WHITE SEA to safely transit light ship to a repair facility. Cargo transfer operations were completed and the vessel sailed from New York Harbor on the 28th of July bound for an undisclosed facility. In the words of COTP Sector NY, Capt Robert R. O’Brien, Jr, ” This is what teamwork and partnership is all about”.