Two Afghan migrants were evacuated from the "Epsilon" by helicopter on Sep 24, 2017 after being found in hypothermic state in a refrigerated trailer on the ferry from Cherbourg to Dublin. They were discovered hidden in a refrigerated trailer, 20 miles off the coast of Devon, after 13 hours. The stowaways had managed to evade numerous checks at the French port and had hidden themselves in a refrigerated trailer on the freight deck. One of the crew was alerted by one of the men trying to attract attention by banging the inside of the trailer. He thankfully managed to get the trailer open. A Coast Guard helicopter took them to the Plymouth hospital where they were admitted to the emergency room at around 7:30 p.m. They were then transferred to the Boarder Police.
The CROSS Jobourg intervened on Sep 25, 2017, off Antifer to assist a crew member of the "Sagittaire" who had suffered a hand injury. At 4.20 p.m., the CROSS was alerted by the fishing vessel which was 18 nautical miles north of Antifer, near Le Havre. The Cross immediately started a conference call with the Maritime Medical Advisory Center (MCCC) in Toulouse and the Maritime Medical Coordination (SCMM) in Le Havre. A medical evacuation was decided.
At 4.45 p.m. a Dragon 76 of the Civil Protection took off and arrived in the area around 5.30 p.m. The fisherman was hoisted on board the helicopter and taken to the Jacques-Monod hospital in Le Havre.
Irish Ferries lays keel for new cruise ferry in Germany
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft has laid the keel for Irish Ferries’ €144 million cruise ferry at its yard in Germany. In a nod to maritime tradition, a commemorative coined commissioned by Irish Ferries was welded in the keel section where it will remain until the end of construction to bring good luck to the vessel. Scheduled for delivery in July 2018, the 50,000gt ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, as well as up to 300 cars and 165 freight vehicles. Passenger facilities will be spread over four decks with 435 cabins, which will include deluxe and standard class accommodation, and suites with private external balconies. Other venues will include bars, à la carte and self-service restaurants, an exclusive lounge for premium Club Class passengers, cinemas, retail outlets and pet facilities. Freight drivers will have their own dedicated facilities. Powered by four main engines, the newbuild will operate at a speed of 22.5 knots.
Italian shipyard Fincantieri has signed a memorandum of agreement to build a new cruise ship for Carnival Corporation’s luxury Cunard Line brand. To be built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard, the 113,000gt newbuild will accommodate 3,000 guests and be the 249th vessel to fly Cunard’s flag when she debuts in 2022. The ship’s launch will mark the first time Cunard will have four vessels in simultaneous service since 1998. “We are very pleased to announce a fourth ship for our immensely popular Cunard brand, which is also one of the most legendary brands in the entire vacation industry,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “While today’s news helps drive Cunard’s overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travellers to explore the Cunard experience.