The "Albatros" had to interrupt its transit through the Kiel Canal interrupt in the morning of Aug 30, 2015, at the ferry pt. Hohenhörn after a passenger fell ill. The fire rescue medevaced the man onto the ferry with the help of a ladder so that he could be disembarked on a stretcher through a hatch in four meters height above the ferry deck and was subsequently taken to hospital by ambulance.
Ecological damage expected to be minimal after Seaspan barge lost cargo
British Columbia’s environment ministry expected the ecological damage to be minor after the barge "Seaspan 183" tipped and dumped scrap cars into Victoria’s inner harbour on Aug 28. Emergency program director Graham Knox said regulations require fuel to be removed from vehicles before loading but it’s impossible to clean them completely.
A sheen of hydrocarbons can be seen in the water but a large boom has been wrapped around the accident site to contain the fuel. The U.S. company that recycles the cars, Schnitzer Steel, was responsible for cleanup and has hired the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation. While the assessment could take days but all the debris will need to be removed from the water because it can pose an entangling risk to wildlife and displace habitat.
It was not yet known what caused the barge to tilt and spill more than 100 scrap vehicles into the water.
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P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways services resumed on Aug 31 after protesters used lifeboats to stop ships at port, leaving British Bank Holiday passengers stranded. Some services operated by P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways were still subject to delays. Up to 2,000 British holidaymakers and other travellers were stranded in Calais after French ferry workers blockaded the port on one of the busiest nights of the year. Families were trapped in their cars for hours as protesters used two lifeboats to circle the port exit to prevent vessels entering or leaving the terminal.
The action had been deliberately timed to cause maximum impact and came ahead of a planned visit to the port on Aug 31 by the French Prime Minister.
Services through the Channel Tunnel were not affected by the action, but that those trains were already full and only accepting passengers with pre-booked tickets.
The French workers were protesting over the potential 600 job losses caused by the sale of MyFerryLink, a ferry service between Dover and Calais.
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