On 20 June 2019, Ocean Network Express (ONE) operated vessel, NYK EAGLE, was involved in a combined rescue operation involving Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres. 

ONE’s Operating Vessel Rescued Crew Members from Sinking Coastal Vessel in the Eastern Gulf of Aden
Caption: Container ship NYK Eagle - Image courtesy of Steve Greenwood

NYK EAGLE safely rescued 6 crew members from a sinking coastal vessel in the Eastern Gulf of Aden. 

NYK EAGLE was navigating the ocean when it received a request from CMF to assist a small sinking coastal vessel, as NYK EAGLE was closest to the affected vessel. 

A thorough and cautious rescue approach was carried out by NYK EAGLE on the small sinking coastal vessel, rescuing 6 crew members. Two other crew members were airlifted by the Japan Navy helicopter and taken to the Japan Naval. 

NYK EAGLE then sailed to Djibouti to disembark the 6 crew members on 22 June 2019 and resumed her sea passage to Rotterdam. 

Outline of NYK EAGLE:

  • Captain: Mr. Noel Fernandes 
  • Flag: Panama 
  • Type of Vessel: Container vessel 
  • Gross Tonnage: 144,285.00 tons 
  • Ship Management: NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd

Source: ONE