Genoa - Save the Children, the shipping company Vroon and the certification company Rina Services wanted Vroon’s “Vos Hestia” to be ‘classified’ as able to rescue anyone who runs into trouble crossing the Mediterranean. Rina Services made the announcement.
International rules require that a ship be classified, and Rina, in the context of its own classification regulations, introduced the designation ‘Rescue’ to indicate cargo ships that are dedicated to rescuing shipwrecked persons, and established a whole set of requirements that make it possible to maximise the number of shipwrecked persons that can be transported while complying with the safety standards of international regulations. Compliance with these standards has meant that the Vos Hestia has been classified for rescuing the shipwrecked.
The new designation specifies the maximum number of shipwrecked persons that can be carried, and indicates the geographical area and the maximum distance within which the ship can carry out rescue operations. The “Vos Hestia” ’s first mission helped to save about 300 refugees from Nigeria, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, Gambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Sudan. The Vos Hestia is stationed in Sicily.(Credit: Shipspotting.com)