Loss of Spray Pontoon Barge GTO 187 at Mogadishu

TugAdvise act for the owners of two tugs obliged to put into Mogadishu as a port of refuge late July 2013 with the Boskalis operated 63 metre long Spray Pontoon Barge GTO 187 in tow.  Tugs mobilised by the port authority took the tow in hand but with the tail end of the monsoon weather still severely affecting the coastline, the tow was lost and the barge ended up aground and a total loss.  The port authority held the barge owners and tugowners jointly liable for wreck removal and pollution.  The tugs were eventually permitted to sail mid-August.