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Chevron Press Release - Chevron Tanker Helps Save 133 People from Achille Lauro Fire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1, 1994 -- The Chevron Perth, a giant oil tanker is enroute to Mombasa, Kenya, with 133 survivors from the Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro, which caught fire yesterday and is sinking off the coast of Somalia.

Another oil tanker, the Hawaiian King, currently under charter to Chevron, initially took on more than 930 survivors, most of whom have since been transferred to other ships, including the Chevron Perth. Among the survivors on board the Perth include members of the Achille Lauro's cabaret dancers, several of whom are from Texas.

"It's been quite an interesting experience to feed an extra 133 people," said Captain Toby Boerve, master of the Perth. He complimented the ship stewards' department as they served "a lovely dinner" to 170 persons on board. Members of the crew pointed out that while all guests ate well, Captain Boerve, loyal to the law of the sea, waited until the last person had been fed before he himself would eat. At that point, the only thing left was a crusty piece of bread.

Captain Boerve said the survivors are "in a good mood and have high spirits." The Chevron crew provided spare coveralls to survivors, who had been left with little clothing.

The Chevron Perth was enroute from Saudi Arabia to Pascagoula, Miss., with a cargo of crude oil. It was diverted 120 miles off its intended course to help with the rescue. The Hawaiian King is carrying fuel oil from Saudi Arabia for Chevron.

"We are proud of the actions taken by the crews on both of these ships," said Tom Moore, president of Chevron Shipping. Moore pointed out that the rescues from the Achille Lauro are the third of such rescues made by Chevron tankers within the past six months.

The Chevron Perth and the Hawaiian King will deliver the survivors to Mombasa, and are due to arrive at 1600 hours (local) on Dec. 4. Chevron is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER), which receives notification from and helps dispatch member vessels to ships in distress on the high seas.

Updated: December 1994