NYK PCTC Rescues Sailors in the Red Sea

Oct. 13, 2022

Orion Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) owned by NYK, rescued eight sailors at approximately 0:30 a.m. (local time) on October 6, 2022 from a container ship that had caught fire.

Orion Leader was sailing in the Red Sea from Laem Chabang, Thailand, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when she received a distress call concerning a container ship on fire.

The NYK vessel immediately headed to the area and rescued the eight crew members by launching own lifeboat. Following instructions from the Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah, Orion Leader then transferred the rescued sailors to the bulk carrier St. Dimitrios, which was also engaged in the rescue operation.

Orion Leader
Captain: Harish Mohan
Flag: Japan
Crew: 24 seafarers
Gross Tonnage: 57,542 tons
Type of Vessel: Pure Car and Truck Carrier
Ship Management: NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd.


Container ship on fire. Image by NYK.


Rescue operation. Image by NYK.

NYK Group, press release