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SMIT appointed as salvors for tankers Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous

SMIT Salvage has been awarded the contract to salvage both the Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

Shortly after the incidents insurers for both vessels appoint the Royal Boskalis Westminster subsidiary as salvors for the ships and their cargoes.

The two vessels were hit by explosions and fire resulting the evacuation of the crews.

In the case of aframax Front Altair, Boskalis described the situation with its cargo of naphtha as “still worrisome”.

“The crew was able to safely leave the ship and the fire was extinguished yesterday afternoon. A salvage team was flown in to execute the salvage operation on site with accompanying specialist equipment,” Boskalis said.

Read all the Seatrade Maritime News coverage of the tanker attacks here

As previously reported by managers Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement the Kokuka Courageous is stable and under tow.

“Here too the crew was able to safely leave the vessel after which the ship was stabilized. A towing connection was successfully established yesterday afternoon and the crew was able to return to the vessel. The vessel is currently being towed to a port in the Gulf region,” Boskalis said.