On 02 October 2014 at 22:30 local time whilst MT ARION of Liberia Flag, DWT 39.378 was en route to Augusta, Italy, in ballast condition, Master, Capt Ronnie A. Awa, received instructions from IMRCC Rome to deviate to a position of about 90 miles north off Libya
Benghazi, to pick up immigrants from a boat reported to be in distress.
The vessel arrived at the above position at about 00:36 local time on 03 October 2014 and picked up safely 167 immigrants, including women and children. They are all reported in apparent good health.
The Master and the 22 crew members extended their fullest assistance and care to the immigrants and provided food and water and other necessities.
No emergency medical assistance was necessary.
The vessel arrived at her destination (Augusta) on 04 October 2014 and on the same day at 17:00 local time all immigrants were safely disembarked.
We extend our warmest congratulations to the Master, to his officers and crew for their personal dedication and professionalism in rendering assistance to people in distress.
The vessel is under the Technical Management of Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A., Athens.
Source: Tsakos Shipping Group