MV APL VANCOUVER | GSC appointed by H&M Underwriters

The casualty, a 9,200 TEU capacity container vessel built in 2013, encountered a cargo fire whilst in transit from Shekou to Singapore on the 31st of January. Salvors Ardent were contracted and signed a LOF salvage contract with the Owners. A Senior Salvage Consultant from The Netherlands office was immediately mobilised to Vung Tau, Vietnam and boarded the casualty. Once the fire was under control the casualty could proceed to Singapore where all containers were discharged in the Brani Terminal.


The vessel, a 1990 built bulk carrier, made contact with the quayside and another vessel while anchored off Noro, New Georgia Island, Solomon Islands on the 15th of February. A GSC Salvage Surveyor was appointed by the H&M Underwriters to conduct the on site damage inspections.


The casualty, a general cargo vessel built in 1977, dragged anchor and beached on a breakwater of Bari beach, Italy, on the 23rd of February. Owners contracted Greek Salvors Mega Tugs and signed a LOF salvage agreement. Salvors immediately invoked the SCOPIC Clause and subsequently a SCR from The GSC Netherlands office was mobilised. Salvors managed to refloat the casualty and deliver her safely alongside.

Kevin Tate | New GSC Salvage Consultant joins the team

Kevin has joined GSC as an Associate Member and is based in Cape Town. He started his seagoing career with Safmarine in 1974, serving on all vessel types. In 1980 he transferred to salvage tugs and was promoted to Master in 1998, serving aboard various AHTS vessels and the ocean-going salvage tugs JOHN ROSS and WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE. Kevin also served 4 years as Master aboard an Antarctic Research Vessel and subsequently did 3 Antarctic trips as Ice Pilot.

In 2008, after 19 years in command, Kevin transferred ashore as a Salvage Master. Over the years Kevin was also deployed in the offshore industry as a Tow Master, Marine Operations Manager and Project Manager. After 38 years in the salvage and offshore industry Kevin has been involved more than a 100 towage, salvage and wreck removal cases. More recent involvements are RENA, CIUDAD DE CADIZ and MAERSK HONAM

Latest Involvement

MV Stoli

Casualty Name: MV STOLI
Brief description of events:
Whilst on the way from Sardinia to Saint-Tropez, the yacht went aground and started to take water. The Skipper decided to beach her and requested for salvage assistance. The yacht was refloated and towed to Propriano port, where she was....

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