5 November 2013

LNG vessel “Yenisei River” saved four survivors in the Med

The LNG carrier “Yenisei River” chartered by Gazprom Marketing and Trading rescued four sailors after their yacht “Caprea” began taking on water off the French coast in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Yenisei River” received distress calls from both the “Caprea” and the local coast guard soon after leaving Fos Cavaou LNG terminal with a cargo. Captain Arvind Saran took the decision to alter the course and ordered “full steam ahead” to reach the area from where the SOS signal was sent.

“It was clear that the sailing yacht and her crew were in imminent danger,” GM&T and Greek company Dynagaz, owner of the liquefied gas carrier, said.

The seas on that day were rough to moderate. “Yenisei River” contacted the crew and passengers of the yacht two hours later. All of them were taken on board and provided with essential care. The four persons, of German, Swiss and Italian nationality, were later airlifted off the vessel by helicopter and flown to mainland.

“We commend the captain and the crew for responding so quickly to the distress class and performing so professionally in the rescue operation. We also thank Dynagas for ensuring that their mariners are fully trained to deal with emergency situations. We are also very proud that Gazprom and its fleet continue to contribute to maintaining safety of operations at sea”, –
Mr. Nikolai Grigoriev, Managing Director, Shipping & Logistics in GM&T, said.


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