12/11/17 4:00 PM

Finnpilot grieves - a moment of silence held today at pilot stations

The raising of the pilot boat, which sunk last Friday, will be carried out in co-operation with the Safety Investigation Authority (OTKES) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). The progression of the accident will be reviewed today together with the vessel manufacturer and relevant inspector. Additionally, a preliminary report of the events has been drafted at Emäsalo pilot station.

“We warmly thank all those who have sympathised with us during this devastating time. We have received an enormous outpouring of condolences, which have been a great source of support for the entire personnel. Thank you for that. We will also be passing those messages on to the relatives of those who died in the accident,” Kari Kosonen, CEO of Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd, states reassuringly.

Today, at 12 noon, all of Finnpilot’s pilot stations endeavoured to hold a moment of silence in honour of those who lost their lives in the accident. “Maritime traffic does not stop, however, so we are continuing to take care of our primary tasks today as usual,” assures Kosonen. The employees have been given further instructions concerning the safe operation of Finnpilot’s vessels and the occupational safety committee has gathered for a meeting.

Together, Finnpilot and the Safety Investigation Authority (OTKES) are making plans to salvage the sunken pilot vessel. The actual salvage operation will take place under the authority and guidance of OTKES. Environmental safety during the salvage will be overseen by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

“The raising of the vessel under the current weather conditions and from such a depth is challenging and we will take no risks,” says Aki Marjasvaara, Transport Director at Finnpilot. The preliminary salvage plan will be drawn up on Monday and then it will be further discussed with the Safety Investigation Authority. The raising of the vessel will take place during the next two weeks, weather permitting.

Today, Finnpilot, in co-operation with occupational health care, has provided its employees with the opportunity to participate in crisis support at the individual pilot stations. Crisis meetings were held in the Helsinki region at the Emäsalo and Harmaja stations already during the weekend. Crisis support will continue to be provided as long as there is a need.

The pilot vessel L242 sank on Friday, 8 December, causing the death of two Finnpilot employees aboard. Finnpilot will not be releasing any information about the victims to the public.

The fast pilot vessel L242 was a Kewatec Pilot 1500 that had been in the service of Finnpilot since autumn 2015. The vessel had a length of 15.4 metres and width of 5.1 metres. The vessel was inspected by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

The Safety Investigation Authority will handle any inquiries regarding the accident investigation and related matters.

Further information:

Kari Kosonen, CEO, Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd, tel. +358 407414625 (after 5 p.m.)

Risto Haimila, Chief Marine Safety Investigator, Safety Investigation Authority, tel. +358 (0)295 150 730 

 
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