26 January 2018
Today, Human Rights at Sea releases a detailed Family Impact Statement on the case of a missing Ukranian seafarer, Mr. Koval Oleg Igorevich.
The Oleg Koval Family Impact Statement is provided by Mrs. Maryna Koval Victorovna, wife of the 35 year old Ukranian seafarer Mr. Oleg Koval, who went missing on from the M/V Maria G (IMO: 9358369, MMSI: 248203000, Malta Flagged) on the 18th of December 2017. The M/V Maria G bulk carrier belongs to Parakou Shipping Limited based in Hong Kong.
FAMILY IMPACT STATEMENT
“My husband Oleg Koval, an oiler working for M/V “Maria G” flying the Maltese Flag disappeared on-board the vessel on the 18th of December 2017. Oleg was recruited by the “Epsilon Maritime Services” a recruiting company based in Odessa, Ukraine, as an oiler for the «Maria G».
I was informed on his disappearance by the recruiting agency, a day after, on the 19th of December 2017 at 11:23. The agency called me and reported the loss of my husband on board “Maria G”. She was sailing in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean at the estimated time of the incident about 100 miles from the Azores Islands, roughly 200 km away from Corvo island (Portugal).
According to the information I have in my disposal, the vessel informed about the missing crew one day later, after having returned back to the estimated locus of the incident for SAR operations. In more detail, my husband did not show up on the morning watch. They looked for him on board the vessel for about 6 hours and a distress signal was sent out. The vessel returned to the original position of the alleged disappearance and following a short search and rescue operation, – in which 5-6 ships and a plane were involved-, the ship continued its journey along the route to the Mediterranean Sea.”
The Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme is a flagship programme delivered to the international and maritime communities by the independent maritime Human Rights charity Human Rights at Sea. It has evolved from the original concept of only reporting on missing seafarers, to now explicitly including reports of missing fishers. It is a privately funded programme delivered through the generosity of international donors having been conceived in September 2013. It relies upon voluntary support to run and deliver on behalf of families who have lost loved ones at sea.