In the evening of Mar 2, 2015, the "Batouwe", 801 ts (EU-No.: 03290231), sank ath the quay of the Graniet Import Benelux in the America Port of Amsterdam. The master and his wife were saved. The ship sank fast, at 9.05 p.m. it was remarked that it was down by the stern, and the ship master noticed that there was water ingress in the engine room. At 9.40 p.m. the ship had sunk. Probably something went wrong when the "Batouwe" was loading stones.
The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter was dispatched after a fisherman suffered head injuries 60 miles off the Butt of Lewis aboad the "Alillamendi Berria" on Mar 1, 2015. But the crew had to abort the rescue when they were unable to land a winchman on the deck of the vessel at 10 p.m. There was a strong swell and they couldn’t lower a winchman onto the deck. There was quite a lot of fishing gear on the deck at the time and that was also hampering the ability to land. The helicopter returned on Mar 2 at 10.15 a.m. and transported the fisherman to Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway after the vessel had come a bit further south and they had the benefit of daylight. The fisherman was taken to Western Isles Hospital with injuries to his head and the back of his neck.
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...