Complex exercises of vessels of the SE "Marine Search and Rescue Service" of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine on search and rescue were held in the period of 30th November – 5th December 2017 in the North-Western part of the Black Sea.
During the exercises actions of the specialized fleet during search and rescue operations were practiced, as well as fleet interaction and cooperation with the State Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre, passing of the deep-water navigation channel Dunai-Black Sea and practical skills of vessel handling in different weather conditions.
SE "MSRS" regularly conducts such trainings in order to improve "combat efficiency" of vessels, examination of crews, possibility of effective and harmonized conducting of search and rescue operations in different weather conditions and at different distances. For reference: maritime search and rescue region of Ukraine is about 137 km2, that is about a quarter of the land area of our State.
Despite the stormy weather, through Danube River, maritime rescue tugs "Sapfir" and "Vityaz" anchored near the river port "Ukrainska Venetsiia" where rescuers met pupils and representatives of city authority chaired by Mykola Dziadzin, the city mayor.
Rescuers demonstrated how vessels could extinguish fire with fire turntable monitors in case of emergency. After that all children and representatives of city authority had an excursion at the maritime tug "Sapfir".
"This ice-classed vessel can move at a speed up to 10 knots. It length is more than 50 meters, draught – 4,6 meters, 22 crew members on board", - the master of "Sapfir" Volodymyr Zakharchuk has told.
"Sapfir" is the maritime diesel-electric rescue tug with an unrestricted navigation area. It can be absolutely autonomous at approximately 20 days, this is very important when rescue operations are conducting at a long distance from a coast", - the director of the SE "MSRS" Viktor Sudarev mentioned.
Rescuers presented memorable gifts to pupils and after that all the guests had a lunch that was specially cooked for real maritime rescuers.