Operations

Ocean Viking’s operations logbook

July 18, 2024

Latitude: 35.0472222
Longitude: 12.469444444444443

The assessment:
the fiberglass boat is unseaworthy, inapt for navigation in high seas, overcrowded with about 20 people on board, all exposed to the elements, no Life Saving Appliances available. These people are requesting to be rescued.
This is a case of force majeure (ref. SOLAS Art. IV (b)) imposing to retrieve persons in danger of being lost at sea,
as stipulated by the relevant International Maritime Conventions, therefore MV Ocean Viking will proceed to the
assistance of these persons in distress.

01:19 Ocean Viking calls MRCC Malta. No answer
01:19 Ocean Viking emails MRCC Malta to inform about the situation.

Ocean Viking informs ITMRCC about the distress alert and requests authorization to divert the course. ITMRCC acknowledges the PoS postponement.

00:35 Ocean Viking receives an email by Alarm Phone informing about a boat in distress.

July 17, 2024

21:32 ITMRCC designates Napoli as the Place of Safety.
20:33 Ocean Viking emails MRCC Malta (ITMRCC in CC) about the recovery of the people in distress.
Latitude: 34.8986111
Longitude: 12.9275

The email states:
Please be informed that at 1745 Z Ocean Viking RHIBs assessed the situation: the fiberglass boat is unseaworthy, inapt for navigation in high seas, overcrowded with about 40 people on board, including 3 children, one guy with a broken leg, all exposed to the elements, no Life Saving Appliances available.
These people are requesting to be rescued.

19:32 Ocean Viking informs MRCC Malta about the assessment and that the RHIBs will be launched for a closer assessment.

The assessment:
the fiberglass boat is unseaworthy, inapt for navigation in high seas, overcrowded with about 40 people on board all exposed to the elements, no Life Saving Appliances available.

18:18 Ocean Viking emails MRCC Malta to inform about the distress alert and that she is proceeding towards the distress case.
18:16 Ocean Viking calls MRCC Malta. MRCC Malta requests an email.
17:36 Ocean Viking receives an email from Alarm Phone about a boat in distress.

July 14, 2024

18:05 Ocean Viking is departing from Marina di Carrara.