Significant delays were being experienced to Wightlink services between Fishbourne and Portsmouth in the morningof Feb 28, 2015, following the breakdown of the "St Faith" in the mid-Solent en-route to the Isle of Wight. The tug "SD Bountiful" was called to take the ferry into port. The ship had suffered an engine problem 20 minutes into the crossing from Portsmouth and the master made the decision to return to the mainland. All the vehicles on board have been safety discharged at Portsmouth Gunwharf and were to be carried to the Isle of Wight on a later sailing. The crew was transferred onto the "St Helen", which was in service for the rest of the day. Engineers were now working on the engine of the "St Faith".
An FDNY marine unit was called to the "Norwegian Gem" in New York Harbor to respond to an injured passenger on Feb 27, 2015. The "Norwegian Gem" had just left the West Side Marine Terminal to embark on a nine-day trip to the eastern Caribbean when it stopped in the middle of New York Harbor at around 4:30 p.m. due to the injured passenger. An elderly man had fallen down the stairs on the ship and lost consciousness. FDNY Marine 6 responded, pulling up alongside the large ship and going to retrieve the passenger. He was put out on a stretcher and onto the rescue boat. Two other people traveling with the passenger also came out, along with their belongings. The FDNY boat traveled to Staten Island, where it docked along Front Street, and the passenger was taken off and shuttled onto an ambulance. He was taken to Richmond University Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. After a delay of about an hour, the cruise ship continued on its scheduled trip.
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Tne tug "Tiger" sank in the enight from Feb 20 to 21, 2015, in Sölvesborg and caused an oil spill. The spread of oil could be contained with a boom of 300 meters length and oil absorbants. The JRCC was alerted on Feb 21 at 6 a.m. after only the mast of the tug was sticking out of the water which was five meters deep. The Rescue Sölvesborg dispatched the "Edna Bengtsson" and the "Lovisa Åstrand" of the station in Hörvik. The Swedish Coast Guard has assisted with supplies and the environmental rescue vessel "KBV 048" which started to soak up the oil inside the boom. Divers were sent down to plug the vents. In the morning of Feb 22 three mobile cranes lifted the wreck.
The Coast Guard launched a preliminary investigation on crimes against water pollution law, was monitoring the salvage and continuing to investigate the cause of the spill.
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US West Coast ports begin tackling backlog after labor deal
US West Coast ports resumed full operations from Saturday evening, February 21, after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. The agreement involving 29 ports was announced late on Friday, February 20, in a joint statement by the two sides. It was reached 3 days after US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a deal with the help of a federal mediator who had joined the talks 6 weeks earlier. The White House called the deal, reached after 9 months of negotiations, "a huge relief" for the economy, businesses and workers. US President Barack Obama urged the dockworkers and the shipping companies to work together to clear the port backlogs. The 20,000 dockworkers covered by the tentative five-year labor accord have been without a contract since July. Tensions arising from the talks have played out since last fall in chronic cargo backups that increasingly slowed freight traffic at the ports. www.rappler.com/w...