Marlow Navigation crew on board MV Wadi Bani Khalid, owned by Oman-based Asyad Shipping, assisted in the search and rescue of a sinking tanker off the coast of India on September 16. All crew were saved.
The tanker was carrying a cargo of Bitumen when it got into difficulties off the Indian coast and sent a distress message.
The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) swung into action and two Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessels in the vicinity were diverted to the distressed tanker, together with a helicopter. MV Wadi Bani Khalid was directed to proceed for assistance.
Wadi Bani Khalid reached the distress at around 12.30 pm with the ICG ship ‘Sujeet’ and the helicopter. In a swift and coordinated rescue operation, 19 crew were rescued.
“All our actions were directed towards saving lives at sea, in accordance with SOLAS. I think that all 19 crew members from the sunken tanker will remember us for a very long time for saving their lives. Semper Paratus! – Always Ready!” said Wadi Bani Khalid’s Captain, Eduard Palamarchuk.
Mumbai’s MRCC also thanked the Captain and crew of Wadi Bani Khalid saying: “MRCC Mumbai appreciates your prompt response to rescue the crew of the sunken vessel.”
“Under your able command, your crew has displayed prompt response and utmost sense of responsibility in rescuing precious lives at sea. The swift actions and well-coordinated rescue by your crew demonstrated high level of professional acumen and noble intent towards saving lives of fellow mariners, which is in keeping with the customary maritime traditions.”
“MRCC Mumbai conveys sincere appreciation and gratitude for this kind act. The initiative taken by you as Master of the vessel (and all your crew) is indeed laudable and worthy of emulation by other seafarers.”
The rescued crew were handed over to local shore authorities for completion of formalities and for medical treatment.