Posted on March 12, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
The Finnish Border Guard has been credited with saving a ship that had begun taking on water on Thursday.
Freighter Glory Hongkong was underway off Hogland Island in the Gulf of Finland, when her crew sent out a distress call reporting water of up to five meters deep in the engine room.
The border guard then launched a rescue mission, seeking the assistance of icebreaker MSV Nordica in the operation. Capt. Matti Westerlund, the Nordica’s master, said:
“We concentrated on maintaining a clear operational picture and conveying that to the responsible authorities. This was made harder by the limited English skills of the distressed vessel’s crew.”
By 1930 LT the Finnish patrol vessel, Tursas had arrived, releasing Nordica from the mission control. Rescue coordinator Tommi Karppi of the Finnish Border Guard said:
“MSV Nordica’s role on the site was significant. It prepared to evacuate the crew and assist the distressed vessel in limiting the damage. Necessary pumping equipment was moved by helicopters to the Nordica, from where it was easier to move to the vessel in distress.”
“Without the expert and prompt action by the Nordica, the situation would have been considerably more challenging.”
The shipowner contracted towing services, and the Glory Hongkong was taken to Tallinn, Estonia.