The fishermen awaiting rescue. Image by NYK Line


During the rescue operation. Image by NYK Line

NYK Product Tanker Rescues 28 Fishermen off the Coast of Colombia

September 20, 2018

Challenge Pollux, a product tanker operated by the NYK Group, rescued 28 fishermen from life rafts on September 14 (local time) off the coast of Colombia.

While Challenge Pollux was sailing from the Panama Canal to the U.S. port of Houston, the vessel received a call from a U.S.-based Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) requesting assistance with the rescue of 28 crew members who had evacuated from a sinking fishing boat. The rescued seafarers were given water, food, clothing, and first aid on board Challenge Pollux and then transferred to a Colombian Coast Guard vessel.

About Challenge Pollux
Captain: Birender Singh
Flag: Singapore
Gross Tonnage: 29,000 tons
Type of Vessel: Product Tanker

NYK Line, press release