Tuesday 20th Nov, 2018

Tugs help refloat grounded box ship

Photo: David Sexton
Photo: David Sexton

TUGS were called in to help re-float the container ship Patraikos which grounded on the approaches to the Port of Melbourne.

The vessel Patraikos (IMO 9442172), a 262 metre vessel with a 51,532DWT, flagged in Liberia, got into difficulty on Wednesday evening.

Some three Svitzer tugs – Svitzer Eureka, Svitzer Otway and the Daintree – helped get Patraikos back in order.


Svitzer notes the case follows other recent responses by its tugs in the Victorian region including the Bow Singapore, Spirit of Tasmania II and Norwegian Star (the cruise ship that got into difficulty in Bass Strait earlier in the year).

“This is another example of Svitzer being ready to help and support the maritime community when the time calls,” said James Mather, general manager Harbour Towage East Coast, Svitzer Australia.

“The high level of capability and dedication that the crews have has once again been displayed in a time of need; which is the critical difference in situations like this.”


After some “tense moments”, the tugs were able to help free the stranded vessel, which then resumed its transit up the channel under its own power.

“This action and result aligns with Svitzer’s drive to make Australian ports safer and more efficient,” Mr Mather said.

Comment has been sought from AMSA.

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