The safety of Human Life at sea is the fundamental principle of the International SOLAS Convention, one of the most important IMO treaties on safety in maritime transport.
Consequently, the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, through the coordination of the Port Authorities and Community, responded to the call of one of the main container shipping lines worldwide, who through a distress call requested support to the container ship Archimidis, of 318 meters in length and a load capacity of 8,266 TEUs, which was left without a main machine on its journey to Panama.
Through the Operation Committee of the Lázaro Cárdenas National Port System Administration and with a coordinated planning of the port actors and the shipping line based in Geneva Switzerland, it was determined to provide assistance to said vessel, which was 35 miles away. nautical activities of the coast, with a high risk of capsizing, from this perspective. The Lázaro Cárdenas port towing service was asked to immediately assist in the rescue of M / V Archimidis, which had already been adrift for twelve days.
The MEXTUG DUERO Towing Vessel, of the port towing company MEXTUG, was designated, which left the port of Lázaro Cárdenas on November 13 at 07:00 hours, arriving at the Archimidis ship’s assistance point on 14 at 00: 45 hours. In this way, a security guard was provided, towing the Vessel to a safe area more than 90 miles out to sea. Said assistance was safely provided with success due to the knowledge of the aforementioned tugboat’s crew, and Mextug’s experience in the development of this type of assistance.
Faced with situations like this, the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas demonstrates its response capacity, equipment and teamwork to guarantee the safety of navigation.