US Coast Guard rescues ro-ro cargo ship after mayday call

Ro-ro cargo ship Island Express (IMO 8716954) was aided by the US Coast Guard at Sector San Juan after the master reported a broken pipe and that about 75% of the bilges were full of water. The incident occurred during the afternoon of July 29th, shortly after the vessel left San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to avoid a Tropical Cyclone.

The USCG sent SAR boats to assist the vessel if needed. Island Express returned to San Juan where she was met by tugs at the port’s entrance and safely berthed in port. The water ingress sealed was and excess bilge water was pumped out.

Island Express, a Cyprus flagged 412-foot ro-ro cargo ship, had 18 crew on board.

“Despite the impending tropical storm and all Station San Juan small boats securely out of the water for an incoming storm, our boat crews responded immediately to launch two 33-foot small boats from their trailers and the 45-foot Response Boat Medium utilizing the mobile boat hoist” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Lance Wiser, Station San Juan officer in charge. He said that the sea conditions on scene were “pushing the parameters” of the small boats.

1989-built, Cyprus-flagged, 7,067 gt Island Express is owned by Riaz Shipping SA care of manager Octo Maritime SA of Piraeus, Greece.

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