LISTED INTEGRATED maritime service provider Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it was awarded a contract together with the United States’ T&T Salvage to salvage the Panamanian-registered bulk carrier Ambition Journey in Eastern Samar. 

In a disclosure to the stock exchange, Harbor Star Shipping Services said the 189-meter vessel ran aground on Aug. 2 in Sulangan Island in Guiuan town.

“The contract to salvage Ambition Journey includes refloating the vessel, unloading its cargo of 49,550 metric tons of nickel ore, rendering oil spill control and cleanup operations, and towing the vessel for repairs to the designated shipyard,” the company said. 

The Philippine firm and T&T are coordinating with the Philippine Coast Guard and the appropriate local government units to ensure the orderly salvage of the vessel and the protection of the marine environment, it added. 

Salvage operations comprised 8% of Harbor Star Shipping Services’ revenues last year. — Arjay L. Balinbin