On March 16 at 2:30 a.m. the "Betanzos" was finally refloated. The "Faairmount Alpine" started to increase the pull at midnight and managed to move the vessel to a deeper zone. In the morning hours the tugs "Monte Da Luz", "Montemuro" and "Montevil" gathered around the ship in order to pull it to the Beato Dock in Lisbon. The "Fairmount Alpine" with its 2.000-meter-towing wire was not suitable for this task. The "Betanzos" should arrive around 10:00 a.m. at the wharf where it will be inspected with particular care for the propeller and the rudder. In the keel zone, the bottom of the ship probably would not have any damage, but the fact that the propeller has been in contact with the sand may have caused some damage and this has to be evaluated. Also it was to be decided if the anchor which was cut off would have to be recovered before the ship can sail. Only after the technical inspections the shipowner can assess what the next tasks will be and develop a plan for the ship's further proceedings. The ship left Lisboa again on March 27 at 6 p.m. She docked at the Estalairos Navals de Viana do Castelo in Viana do Castelo Port for repairs on March 30, 2 p.m. Spanish reports and photos: https://www.publico.pt/2018/03/16/sociedade/noticia/navio-que-estava-encalhado-em-lisboa-ja-flutua-1806854/amp https://www.dn.pt/portugal/interior/navio-que-estava-encalhado-em-lisboa-ja-flutua---autoridade-maritima-9191262.html#media-1 https://www.sabado.pt/portugal/detalhe/armador-espera-aguas-vivas-para-desencalhar-navio-betanzos http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2826288 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2826290 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2826289
Grounded ship moved 80 meters
By March 14 at 7 p.m. the "Fairmount Alpine" had managed to pull the "Betanzos" 80 meters from its initial position, but the ship did not advance as expected from its grounding site near the Bugio Lighthouse at the Fort of São Lourenço do Bugio in the Oeiras municipality. Salvage efforts began on March 13, continued at lunchtime on March 14 and were resumed tat 11:30 p.m., taking advantage of the rising tide, which was on March 15 at 2:20 a.m. It was hoped to slowly move the vessel to a deeper position, which allowed it to float and thus salvors could start the tow for Lisbon. Reports with photos and video: https://www.sabado.pt/portugal/detalhe/armador-espera-aguas-vivas-para-desencalhar-navio-betanzos https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/salvors-work-to-refloat-freighter-at-port-of-lisbon#gs.i1=YYis
Next salvage attempt to start at 11 a.m.
The "Betanzos" stranded at the mouth of the Tagus river, just outside the Lisbon bar, has moved a little at the peak of the tide, and the salvors were waiting for the next high tide on March 13 to remove it from the sandbar. The hull was stuck at the top of the shallow. The the anchor, with which the ship was secured has already been cut, and the only connecting point of the vessel is now with the large tug "Fairmount Alpine" which continued to give tension on the cable until the work is reinfored at 11 a.m. to take advantage of the high tide two hours later. At this moment, the ship was still far from floating. The vessel has on board 8.000 tons of sand with silica, used in the porcelain and ceramic industry, 130 tonnes of fuel and 20 tonnes of oily waste. The risk of spillage was estimated to be low due to the stability of the ice strenghened hull. Spanish report with photos: http://www.cmjornal.pt/portugal/detalhe/autoridades-esperam-nova-preia-mar-apos-navio-encalhado-em-lisboa-ja-ter-deslocado-um-pocoUpload News