1 september 2011 year
Medal “For Valor" to a graduate of Maritime State University

A graduate of MSU, captain Alexander Suponin has been awarded the medal "For Courage".

Captain Suponin was awarded the rare in our time award for bravery during the pirate attack on a chemical tanker «Handytankers Magic» in the Gulf of Aden in April 2009. The tanker owned by Greek company «Roxana Shipping», just got off the stocks in China and hoising the flag of the Marshall Islands made her first trip to Europe. The crew consisting of 22 Primorsky sailors led by AJ Suponin firmly repulsed the attack of pirates, did not allow the seizure of the vessel and safely reached the destination port of Rotterdam.

We offer our readers an extract from an article by Sergei Kozhin published in the newspaper "Vladivostok".

Danger to pirates

The captain from Vladivostok by presidential decree awarded the medal "For Courage"

... After the return of the crew of the ship "Handitankers Magic" home, Vladivostok Sea Assembly requested the Governor of Primorye Territory Sergey Darkin about rewarding the ship master and some other officers with state awards.

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1 september 2011 year