Friday, July 26, 2019

Tsakos Amver Tanker Rescues Canadian Sailor

Multiple Amver participating ships were called upon in the rescue of a solo Canadian sailor from his disabled sailboat approximately 750 miles east of North Carolina on July 5, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities at the Fifth District Command Center received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert and coordinated with their French rescue colleagues at Gris Nez along with launching a Coast Guard search aircraft and alerting the Amver network. The Amver ship Stavanger TS agreed to divert and assist in search and rescue operations.

The Coast Guard rescue aircraft was able to locate the sailor who reported, "I've lost my rudder and need assistance," via radio to the aircraft crew. The sailor was on a voyage from Saint Martin to Halifax, Canada with a stop over in Bermuda when he encountered the rudder failure.

The 816-foot crude oil tanker Stavanger TS was able to locate the sailor and safely embark him. "The 72-year old male was rescued from the sailboat and the boat was left adrift. The survivor is uninjured. We will disembark him at our next port call," reported Stavanger TS captain Savvas Maris.

The Stavanger TS, managed by Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd, enrolled in Amver on August 8, 2017 and has earned two Amver participation awards. This is its first reported rescue.

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