Relevant shipboard safety and environmental elements have been assessed and it is ascertained that Ocean Viking has the capacity to recover all of these persons without creating serious danger to the ship and the persons there on – in line with the provisions of Art. 98 of the UNCLOS Convention – nor to the environment.
This is a case of force majeure (ref.SOLAS Art. IV) imposing to retrieve persons in danger of being lost at sea, as stipulated by the relevant International Maritime Conventions, therefore Ocean Viking will proceed to the assistance of these persons in distress, while keeping competent RCCs duly informed.