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Turkish-owned ship rescued 12 seafarers from their ship on fire, M/V Bellatrix, in Mediterranean

The 12 crew membersof Bellatrix  were rescued by the Turkish owned Panama flag 4090 GRT general cargo ship  M/V Arife in transit in the area, while the ship will be reached in the next 36 hours by a tugboat hired by the shipping company for the subsequent recovery to the port of Aliaga in Turkey.

09 April 2020 - 16:49 - Update: 09 April 2020 - 17:41

On the morning of 8 April, 2020,  port authority of Reggio Calabria received the mayday of a merchant ship with fire on board via Palermo radio.

The M / N Bellatrix was more than 180 miles S / E from Catania within the Italian waters of responsibility SAR (Search and Rescue), with 12 people on board, launched around 7.00 am a mayday for a fire on board no longer controllable in the engine room, aft of the ship.

The Coast Guard of Reggio Calabria assumed the coordination of the rescue ordered the sending of a m / v class 300 from Roccella Jonica while from the Operations Center of the Coast Guard of Rome (Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center) all the ships in transit in the area, through an Immarsat circular message. A Coastal Air Force P180 was taken off from the 2nd Air Force of Catania of the Coast Guard together with an ATR 42 from the 1st Air Force of the Coast Guard of Pescara and finally Eighteen Ship of the Coast Guard and Alpine Ship and an ATR72 of the Coast were diverted to the area. 

The 12 crew membersof Bellatrix  were rescued by the Turkish owned Panama flag 4090 GRT general cargo ship  M/V Arife in transit in the area, while the ship will be reached in the next 36 hours by a tugboat hired by the shipping company for the subsequent recovery to the port of Aliaga in Turkey. From the information assumed the ship has no cargo onboard and at the moment there are no visible forms of pollution in the affected area constantly monitored with the on-board systems of the Coast Guard planes and ships.


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