Commander of MSCPAC presents U.S. Coast Guard award to Maersk Peary

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The crew of the Maersk Peary recently received a United States Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation for their assistance provided in the rescue of a survivor from a sunken vessel in December 2021.

While at anchor in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 8, USCG Commodore Ken Bridgewater attended the vessel to present a Certificate of Appreciation to the Maersk Peary. American Maritime Officers Government Liaison Robert Silva and Seafarers International Union Port Agent Hazel Galbiso were in attendance for the presentation to offer their congratulations and show the vessel their union support.

The Maersk Peary was part of a multi-national, multi-agency effort spearheaded by Greek authorities conducting a nighttime search-and-rescue mission for mariners from a vessel that capsized in the Aegean Sea in December of 2021.

The crew of the 590-foot tanker located one of the survivors and maneuvered close to the person. Maersk Peary then launched a rescue boat and was able to successfully pull them from the water and return with the victim to the ship. After providing the victim with emergency medical care for hypothermia, they were able to transfer them to the Greek maritime authorities.

Maersk Peary had recently departed a fuel pier in Greece with a year's supply of diesel and jet fuel for McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of Military Sealift Command's support of the annual Operation Deep Freeze mission.

"It is a pleasure to present this award on behalf of the Coast Guard," said Bridgewater. "The efforts of the merchant mariners often go unnoticed, but Maersk Peary's participation in this multi-agency rescue mission is an example of this community's professionalism, dedication to duty and ability to answer the call to a fellow mariner in distress. This particular mission highlights their ability to support a wide variety of missions that come their way. Bravo Zulu to the entire crew for an outstanding effort!"

The Maersk Peary in July was supporting the bi-annual Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise in Hawaii. The ship is delivering JP 5 aviation fuel and diesel ship fuel to MSC fleet replenishment oilers underway at sea for delivery to the surface ships of the 26 nations participating in the exercise.

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