Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte and officials from the country’s coastguard have held a ceremony to honour the master and crew of the Mitsui OSK Lines vessel LNG Maleo for rescuing three people who had run adrift in the country’s waters.
The 1989-built, 127,544m³ LNG Maleo was sailing 280km east of Mindanao, heading from Luwuk in Indonesia to Oita in Japan, when crew spotted that a fishing vessel had run adrift. The master changed course and rescued three people from the boat. LNG Maleo’s crew transferred the fishermen to a Philippine Coast Guard rescue boat the following day.
President Duterte presented a trophy to Nobuyuki Mochizuki, master of LNG Maleo at the time, at an event in Manila to mark the Philippine Coast Guard’s 115th anniversary. The Philippines president this week made his first state visit to Tokyo, where he pitched for closer ties between the two countries, notably in infrastructure investment and in regional diplomacy.
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Source: Lng World Shipping