The offshore patrol vessel ‘Alborán’ is returning to its home port in Cartagena (Murcia) after completing a new international fishing surveillance and support campaign for the fishing fleet in North Atlantic waters, according to a statement from Navy sources.
Throughout the 62-day deployment, the ‘Alborán’ patrolled the area of the large banks of Newfoundland (Canada) in the regulatory waters of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), together with an international team of fisheries inspectors from the General Fisheries Secretariat (SGP) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), carrying out a total of 20 fishing inspections,
In addition to fisheries control and surveillance, the Navy patrol vessel also provides support to the national fishing fleet in the area. Unlike other inspection vessels in NAFO, it offers exclusive capabilities, such as health support with the presence of an advanced life support team with a doctor and nurse at sea.
On this occasion, a Spanish-flagged fishing vessel requested medical support, which required the embarkation of a crew member on board the patrol vessel ‘Alborán’ for medical consultation and treatment, in addition to a telephone follow-up of the case. The affected person finally had to be evacuated to Spain for definitive treatment, on the recommendation of the on-board medical lieutenant.
The offshore patrol boat ‘Alborán’ is part of the Maritime Action Force (FAM), which within the Fleet, is made up of the set of units whose main task is to prepare to protect national maritime interests and control maritime areas of sovereignty and national interest, taking charge, with a comprehensive approach, of ensuring permanent cooperation with the various government agencies with powers in the maritime field, which is the Navy’s contribution to the State’s Action at Sea.