On March 30th, Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), vessel Overseas Long Beach spotted a vessel in distress south of Southwest Pass in the Gulf of Mexico.
s informed, the ship diverted from its course to stay within hailing distance of the distressed vessel while awaiting U.S. Coast Guard guidance.
The vessel in distress contained 12 people who appeared to be out of food, water, and fuel and in need of medical assistance. In coordination with the US Coast Guard, the master, and crew of the Overseas Long Beach took the necessary steps and precautions to complete the rescue mission over the course of the next 36 hours.
OSG wants to recognize these exemplary efforts of the OSG crew on the Overseas Long Beach in protecting the lives of persons in distress at sea. Universal human rights are protected in international law, but their effective enforcement is not universal.
As commented OSG, the crew of the Overseas Long Beach chose to act with honest concern and empathy for those in need in a manner that affirms, in the most visible way possible, the standards of ethics and transparency that lie at the core of OSG’s culture.
Thanks to the individuals involved for a job well done, for the care and attention that were offered to those in distress, and for the level of professionalism exhibited by all in handling this matter effectively.