Stromness RNLI boat spent the night towing the Aquarius
The Stromness lifeboat was paged at just before 10 p.m. on Feb 27, 2015, to help the "Aquarius", whose gearbox had failed to the northwest of Noup Head, Westray. There was a crew of six onboard the fishing vessel, and conditions were breezy with a high swell from the west. Getting regular updates on the position of the "Aquarius" from the Coastguard, the lifeboat arrived on the scene at 12.30 a.m. A long towrope was attached and the lifeboat began to tow the boat towards Orkney at 2 knots, the fastest safe speed given the 5-6 metre waves. The chafe on the towline was a problem and the tow had to be shortened several times. The crew requested the emergency tug "Herakles" to be sent by the Coastguard to tow the "Aquarius". She arrived at 4 a.m. on Feb 28 and attempted to pass a tow to the fishing boat, but it was decided to continue with the tow from the lifeboat until another fishing boat could take over. The fishing boat "Discovery" arrived at 7.45am and put a wire tow on-board the "Aquarius" and began the tow south to Scrabster, leaving the lifeboat and the Coastguard tug to return to port.
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A tug ran aground at Lerøyosen in the Kors Fjord in the night from Feb 28 to Mar 1, 2015. The Norwegian Coastguard was notified about the incident shortly after midnight. The ambulance boat "Rygervakt" arrived first at the site. The "Njord" was asked to assist the 25-meter tug and was on Scene 15 minutes after later. With a pump the "Njord" made attempts to dewater the tug and undertook several attempts topull the vessel off jointly with the "Rygerbuen". But due to the combination of shallow waters around the tug, strong winds and heavy seas it capsized before it could be salvaged. At 02.30 the Crew of two was evacuated and taken aboard the "Njord" and taken to the Flesland quay.
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...