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Rescue on the High Seas

[ April 27, 2022   //   ]

While Hapag Lloyd’s “Barzan” was just transiting the Indian Ocean en route from Singapore to the Suez Canal, its Master received a satellite call from MRCC Mumbai requesting him to proceed to the position LAT 10° 57.1’N LON 061°33.4’E where the M/V Galini had reported a man overboard (MOB). Immediately the position of the distress was plotted on the ECDIS and the vessel proceeded at full speed towards the distress position.

After almost full day of search action with increasing wind and waves, just one and half hour before sun set, when search area had been extended and hope was fading away, the missing person has been successfully spotted in the water, without any life-saving equipment or clothes. The casualty was successfully recovered from the water after more than 18 hours drifting in the water, by using life buoy with line in open Indian Ocean almost on the edge of the search zone. His condition was checked, first assistance was provided including water for hydration, basic clothes and any other needs as required.

On 27 March the “Barzan” berthed in Le Havre, where on behalf of Ship Management Dubai, our port agent Mr. Sylvain Defresne welcomed Captain Michalski and his crew with a big surprise: In addition to the Certificate of Commendation the ship’s colleagues on board received a variety of French delicacies (cheese, chocolate, pastries, baguettes, fresh fruits) for an enjoyable celebration in the evening.

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