Thursday, June 20, 2019

Amver Participating Oil Tanker Saves Four

The Amver participating oil tanker Torm Hilde rescued four people from a 45-foot sailboat with a broken rudder and low fuel approximately 400 miles southeast of Bermuda on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in Boston, working with their rescue colleagues at Rescue Coordination Center Bermuda, were alerted to the distress of the 45-foot sailboat Boingo Alive which was on a voyage from Antigua to the Azores when it suffered a rudder casualty. The crew of the Boingo Alive indicated they did not have enough fuel to reach their next port.

Coast Guard authorities, using the Amver system, were able to locate the Singapore flagged tanker and requested the captain divert to assist the sailboat. Captain Singh Mann agreed to divert and prepare for rescue operations. "We have altered course and increased to full speed to assist vessel in the distress position," captain Mann reported.

The 816-foot tanker made radio contact with the sailboat, determined they could not safely tow the sailboat and prepared to embark four of the six yachtsmen aboard the sailboat. The four were unhurt and remained aboard the tanker until it arrived in port in Gibraltar.

The Torm Hilde, managed by Torm Shipping of India, enrolled in Amver on March 26, 2019. This is the vessels first rescue.

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