VOS Prudence

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VOS Prudence p1
Ship data
flag ItalyItaly (trade flag) Italy
Ship type Offshore supplier
Callsign IBCH
home port Ancona
Owner PSV Express VIII
Shipping company Vroon Offshore Services
Shipyard Fujian South East Shipyard, Fuzhou
takeover May 2013
Ship dimensions and crew
75.00 m ( Lüa )
67.85 m ( Lpp )
width 17.25 m
Draft Max. 6.60 m
measurement 2948 GT / 939 NRZ
crew 14th
Machine system
machine 2 × Niigata diesel engine (type: 8L 28 HX)
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
4,412 kW (5,999 hp)
12 kn (22 km / h)
propeller 2 × propeller pods
Transport capacities
Load capacity 3323 dw
Permitted number of passengers 36 people
Classifications RINA
IMO 9664213

The VOS Prudence is an offshore supply the shipping company Vroon Offshore Services.


The ship was the first of two identical ships to be built for the shipping company at the Fujian South East Shipyard in China. It was delivered in May 2013. The ship sailing under the Italian flag is operated by Vroon Offshore Services in Genoa .

The ship of two Niigata is driven diesel engines (: 28 8L HX type) each having 2,206  kW power , on two azimuth thruster act. The ship is also equipped with two bow thrusters , each with an output of 650 kW. The ship has a dynamic positioning system .

Three generator sets are available for power generation, each driven by a Caterpillar diesel engine (type: C18) with an output of 450 kW. The emergency generator is driven by a Caterpillar diesel engine (type: C4.4) with an output of 80 kW.

The deck superstructures are located in the front area of ​​the ship. The ship is set up for 50 people: 14 crew members and 36 other people. There are six single cabins and 22 double cabins available on board.

Behind the superstructure is an open, 700 m² deck. The deck can be loaded with 5.5 t / m². A total of 1,200 t can be transported on deck. A deck crane that can lift 10 t is available directly behind the deckhouse for moving loads.

Use as a rescue ship

The ship was temporarily used by Médecins sans frontières Belgique (Doctors Without Borders Belgium) for the rescue of shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean. The ship, which was designed as a lifeboat for 600 people after being fitted out, rescued over 1,400 refugees off the Libyan coast on May 24, 2017 . Since the ports in Sicily were closed to the reception of refugees because of the G-7 summit taking place there , the ship had to bring the rescued people to Naples .

In August 2017, MSF suspended rescue operations in the Mediterranean following the announcement by the Libyan coast guard that it would set up its own rescue zone that would be closed to aid organizations. After the number of refugees had dropped significantly, the organization ended the operation of its own ship in October 2017, but continued to participate in the operation of the Aquarius together with the SOS Méditerranée organization .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. VOS Takes Delivery of PSV 'VOS Prudence' , World Maritime News, May 13, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Frank Behling: Auxiliary ship arrived in Naples , Kieler Nachrichten , May 29, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  3. Doctors Without Borders stops rescue operations , tagesschau.de , August 12, 2017. Accessed July 8, 2018.
  4. MSF ends mission of search and rescue boat Prudence , Médecins sans frontières (MSF) International, October 5, 2017. Accessed July 7, 2018.