” … Please be advised that Ocean Viking is proceeding to this location, N 33-0141 E 13-49 21. We are currently about 5hrs away. Ocean Viking has been patrolling to the west of Tripoli and to the south of the oil fields. Due to the presence of other vessels in this area that would be able to assist with rescues if needed Ocean Viking is proceeding east. Ocean Viking will remain outside of Libyan territorial waters at all times.
“The Master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance, on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance, if possible informing them or the search and rescue service that the ship is doing so. This obligation to provide assistance applies regardless of the nationality or status of such persons or the circumstances in which they are found …” (Source: SOLAS Ch V Reg 33.1)