Comarco's AHTS Talon
rescues Chemical Tanker

Potential environmental disaster averted as chemical tanker is saved on the high seas.

April 2015

AHTS Talon towed Chemical Tanker

On the 9th of April, Comarco Mauritius Ltd, a local salvage vessel operator, received a call to assist a vessel in distress about 500 nautical miles North East of Port Louis and 270 nautical miles from Rodrigues Island.

Comarco responded immediately sending the AHTS Talon to assist the drifting 3,500 DWT, 82 meter long Chemical Tanker. The tanker was then safely towed to the anchorage in Port Louis for assessment and main engine repairs.

Due to the rapid response, a potential environmental disaster was averted.

This is only one of a number of vessels that have already required assistance in Mauritian waters in 2015, some of which have been run aground surrounding reefs. Vessels in distress and drifting vessels are a major risk, not only for persons and cargo on board, but for the marine environment as well. Damage done to the reefs and pollution of sea and beaches can take years, even decades to recover, and have great negative impact on both the fishing and tourism industries as well as human health and well being.

With the expansion of the Port Louis harbour and planned increase of bunkering (storage of petroleum products) capabilities, the number of vessels operating in Mauritian waters will increase substantially, thereby increasing the potential risks to the environment. It is of great comfort to know that such prompt professional assistance is close at hand to ensure our pristine beaches and reefs are safe from pollution.

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