Services — Abandoned Ship Recoveries
Shipowners, bareboat charterers, and other operators sometimes abandon
vessels for a variety of reasons. Usually the vessels are abandoned
in harbor, but occasionally a vessel operator will abandon a vessel
outside of a port when it has gone aground, become stranded, or has
suffered a major mechanical breakdown.
Time Critical Situations
In such situations, the vessel’s owner or other interest-holder
must take some affirmative action to regain possession of the
vessel and remove her from danger. With every passing day,
an abandoned vessel further deteriorates, loses value, and
increases liability exposure. In most cases, the operator
will desire to return the vessel to normal operations as soon as
VessEx Recovery Option
Using the same teams of crewmembers who repossess vessels or
release them from improper seizure, VessEx has the requisite
expertise and experience to place a crew onboard a ship anywhere
in the world, usually within 72 hours, and deliver her to a safe
port. VessEx recovery efforts are lead by Captain Max
Hardberger, whose experience as salvage-master gives him the
ability to plan a successful freeing strategy if the subject
vessel is aground or damaged. His experience in supervising
engine-room repairs also allows him to coordinate emergency repair
operations to return a disabled vessel to navigable status.
Most importantly, his legal and overall marine expertise allows
him to provide the owner or interest-holder with a realistic
appraisal of the costs and risks of reclaiming an abandoned vessel
and the value of the vessel both before and after recovery—all
essential elements in the decision as to how and whether to go
forward with such a project.
Proven Ship Recovery Experience
to view an excerpt from Seized by VessEx Operations Director Capt.
Max Hardberger for an account of his efforts to recover a ship in Haiti.
Capt. Hardberger boarding a vessel
Book cover of Seized