Autumn 2019

Late night rescue mission

A James Fisher tanker recently played a part in the rescue of stranded migrants in the Mediterranean.

At 4am on 2 September 2019, one of James Fisher's oil tankers was making its way along the coast of Menorca on its way to the island of Crete to deliver jet fuel and diesel oil to the NATO facility on the island, when Florin Jitea, the seaman on watch spotted a distress flare in the distance.

Sound the alarm

The alarm was sounded and the ship diverted its course to head towards the flare. A nearby passenger ship (the Mediterranee) joined the hunt, with both vessels using their searchlights to scan the water. The Spanish naval coastguard launched a collaborative search and rescue plan, and a small plastic craft was spotted with 18 migrants on board. They were swiftly rescued to the Mediterranee.

Because the Mediterranee and the Spanish coastguard were having radio difficulties, the James Fisher tanker stayed in the area on standby to assist in communications between the two parties.

‘The quick and decisive action of the master and crew and their work in assisting in the coastguard-led rescue effort highlights the professionalism, skill and dedication of our crews working at sea,’

Says Mark Armistead, fleet manager of James Fisher Shipping Services.

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