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  • 2015 June 23 16:34

    TORM's tanker assists Italian authorities in a rescue operation to save refugees from two boats off the Libyan coast

    TORM Arawa, an MR product tanker managed by TORM A/S, assisted Italian authorities in a rescue operation to save refugees from two boats off the Libyan coast, the company said in its press release. On 21 June 2015,  TORM Arawa , sailing under Singapore flag, was drifting off Zawiya, Libya. At 1017hrs local time, the vessel  received an urgent  distress message from the Italian coast guard  requesting  assistance  for two boats carrying refugees. 

    After receiving the message, TORM Arawa proceeded  to the rescue operation, and  TORM authorized the vessel to go ahead and render the necessary assistance  for  protection of human life in line with international maritime agreements and conventions. TORM Arawa arrived at the scene at 1130 hrs local time  and was asked by the  Italian  coast guard to pick up the refugee s from both boats. At 1400 hrs local time, a  total of  222 refugee s had been rescued. The crew on board TORM Arawa provided food, water  and blankets for the refugees.

    As per instructions by the coast guard, TORM Arawa proceeded to  Port Reggio  Calabria, Italy where the refugees were disembarked at 2000 hrs local time on 22 June. The refugees from the two boats were received by the Italian authorities.

    About TORM

    TORM is one of the world’s leading carriers of refined oil products as well as a player in the dry  bulk market. The Company operates a fleet of approx. 80 modern vessels.




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