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Navy Bronze Medal of Merit for the Commander Sinisi by Costa Cruises

Recognition for the work done to save the 2018 of the 11 crewmen of a Turkish motor ship

Today, in Rome, at the General Command of the Corps of Port Authorities - Coast Guard, in the presence of the Commander General, Admiral Chief Inspector Nicola Carlone, the commander of Costa Cruises Pietro Sinisi was awarded of the bronze medal of merit of Marina, recognition that is was conferred, as stated in the explanatory statement, because "in occasion of the sinking of the motor ship Kilic, on which it is a fire of such magnitude had developed that it could not be tamable by on-board systems, Master Sinisi, at Costa Luminosa command, supported the operations of rescue demonstrating high skill and uncommon seafaring skills, actively contributing to the rescue of the 11 men crew of the Turkish motor ship. Despite the conditions particularly adverse weather, was able to maintain the safety of its passengers, and put in place a timely intervention, providential result for the excellent success of rescue operations. With his behavior he has contributed to give prestige to the image of the Italian navy in the institutional panorama".

The rescue took place on November 21, 2018. Around at midnight Costa Luminosa, sailing south of the Peloponnese headed for the port of Katakolon, received a request for intervention by the Rescue Coordination Center of the Greek Coast Guard. Commander Sinisi was asked to to provide assistance to the motor ship Kilic, a cargo ship used for the transport of fresh fish, in serious difficulty due to a fire broke out on board. The crew of eleven men was drawn rescued from a Costa Luminosa tender, guided by safety officer Marco Genovese, and then transhipped to another ship merchant company previously involved in operations by the Greek Coast Guard.

The delivery of the medal by the general commander, on delegation of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral team Enrico Credendino, took place during the ceremony military carried out on the occasion of the 157th anniversary of the establishment of the Corps of Port Authorities on the 20th July 1865.


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