Sovereign Global Solutions Group owned and operated vessel MV ALADIN rescues 8 lives from sinking ship.
On the evening of Saturday 13th May 2017, SGS Group vessel MV ALADIN carried out a successful search and rescue operation in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing all 8 crew members after their ship sank.
AL MUBARK, a 340-gross ton, 40 meter Yemeni owned livestock carrier, was on her way from Djibouti to Aden when she suddenly started to take on water 20 nautical miles east of the Djiboutian coast in international waters. The Djiboutian Navy contacted ALADIN, who was only 9 miles from the reported sinking dhow enroute to Aden, and requested she provide urgent assistance to help rescue the crew.
Making best speed, ALADIN immediately altered her course to rendezvous with the stricken vessel, and arrived on scene in less than 1.5 hours with searchlights blazing. Upon arrival, ALADIN found the vessel had already sunk, and the 8-man crew had abandoned ship and were drifting in one small skiff, holding 5 anxious crew, and one upside down life raft containing the other 3 crew. The ALADIN crew wasted no time in rescuing all 8 persons aboard, where they were well looked after, fed and reassured.
After contacting the owner in Yemen, it was agreed to take the 8-man crew (6 Yemeni and 2 Indian nationals) safely on to Aden in Yemen, where they were safely disembarked and handed over to the owner’s agents.
ALADIN was then free to continue with her vital mission to transport war-torn migrants from Aden to the safety of Berbera in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), where so far she has helped evacuate 127 vulnerable Somalis fleeing the present conflict in Yemen.