On April 19, 2017 the VF Tanker-18 crew rescued one of the crewmen from the sunken motor ship Geroi Arsenala. It happened during the activities aimed to search and rescue the crew members of the bulk carrier in distress, performed with the participation of three vessels operated by V.F. Tanker (part of UCL Holding).
As reported by Andrey Aleksandrovich Samovik, master of VF Tanker-18, at 03.30 a.m. on April 19, 2017 their VHF radio station received a distress call send out from the Geroi Arsenala motor ship. The crew of VF Tanker-18, that was sailing two miles away from the site of that dramatic event, immediately contacted the Novorossiysk Rescue Coordination Center. After having confirmed its participation in the salvage operation, the tanker moved to the area of distress. The navigation was complicated due to unfavorable weather conditions: westerly wind 20-23 m/sec; wave height 3-3.5 meters.
Being the first to arrive at the accident site at 04.30 a.m., the tanker crew started searching the water in the shipwreck area and inspecting the sunken ship’s life rafts and lifeboats.
At 06.00 a.m. one person in a survival suit was found overboard. The VF Tanker-18 crew pulled the survivor out of the water and administered first aid. The victim, Konstantin Chernenko, a Geroi Arsenala motorman, was later moved to the Spasatel Demidov salvage craft.
Two more company tankers – VF Tanker-15 and VF Tanker-20 – took part in the search and rescue operations in the area of sinking of the Geroi Arsenala bulk carrier.
The shipping company V.F. Tanker specializes in liquid bulk cargo transportation by inland and international waterways. The company operates 80 vessels of the total deadweight of 400,000 ton, including 30 river-sea class ships performing all-year-round voyages.
V.F. Tanker Ltd. forms part of the VBTH shipping division of UCL Holding international transportation group consolidating a variety of Russian shipping, railway, stevedore and logistic companies.