On February 2, 2002 in the English Channel, General Cargo Vessel KODIMA suffers and engine breakdown in a force 8 storm. She starts drifting towards the Devon Coast.
SVITZER Salvage tug SYGIN on station at Land’s End approaches the injured vessel and seeks to make a towage connection. The heavy swell makes it impossible and the vessel runs aground near Plymouth.
A Salvage Team with specialised equipment is mobilised from the Netherlands. The storm makes boarding only possible by helicopter. With assistance from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency all equipment and specialists are transferred to the vessel.
Preparation is made and on 16 February the re-float is successfully accomplished. The KODIMA is safely returned to her owners in Falmouth.