Kuok taps own salvage firm to refloat one of his bulkers

Kuok taps own salvage firm to refloat one of his bulkers

Semco Salvage & Towage has refloated the grounded Alam Manis, a handymax belonging to Malaysian Bulk Carriers (MBC). Both Semco and MBC are owned by the same man, Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok.

Alam Manis had made various attempts to refloat since it grounded 10 days but was unsuccessful.

Now refloated, it will head to Pipavav for a damage inspection.

Total salvage costs are expected to be around $800,000, MBC said in a release today.

The Alam Maris has not been the luckiest of ships. In July 2015 it ran aground off the Philippines.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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