UPDATE: March 01, 2012.
Well done FV Trevignon you 'cured' the tow nicely and MS Costa Allegra is safely in Port. Now for that big money Award.
As NAUTICAL LOG stated in our Post SALVAGE RIGHTS about Lloyds Open Form (LOF) what we suspected when the tugs arrived has now happened. Costa Line is not using the tugs because of the LOF agreement with the French fishing vessel Trevignon. The Seychelles government is not happy because they think that by using the tugs the MS Costa Allegra would arrive at Mahé faster. Clearly the Home Affairs Minister Joel Morgan is not familiar with LOF or is interested in getting tugs from Seychelles into action. However this is not a matter for the Seychelles Government to get involved in as it is a case of salvage between Costa Cruises and the FV Trevignon which is a 300 ft French tuna seiner using her powerful engines capable of towing huge seine nets, she is moving the MS Costa Allegra at 6 knots.
As we stated in the original Post the Captain of the FV Trevignon does not have to hand over the towline and knows his LOF, good for him and one hopes he gets the Award for a "Cure" - bonne chance mon capitaine. Under the present rate of the tow the vessels should arrive at Port Victoria, Seychelles on Thursday and the passengers can then be landed ashore. Already the planes to take them home are lined up ready to take off straight for Italy where things may be further sorted out.
There are some 300 of our fellow seafarers held hostage by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia. They are under threat of mutilation or death at any time. It would be great if something was being done to rescue them - regretfully it is not.