The "Vormann Steffens" of the DGzRS-station Hooksiel medevaced an 38-year old crew member of the "Marselisborg" on May 26, 2016, in the Northsea off Wangerooge. The Philippino had suffered severe injuries at the legs and hip when falling during maintenance work on board the ship. The MRCC was alerted at 4.30 p.m., and the lifeboat headed to the freighter which anchored six miles north of Wangerooge on Neue Weser Nord roads. A doctor was transferred on board once the boat went alongside who stabilized the patient so that he could be transported aboard the "Vormann Steffens" on a stretcher. Once on shore, he was taken to hospital.
The search for a crewman who was feared to have gone overboard off the "Isle of Inishmore" off Pembrokeshire coast has been suspended on May 26, 2016. The alarm was raised several hours after the Irish Ferries service from Rosslare arrived in Pembroke Dock, once it was realised he was missing. The Coastguard would not restart until new information was available. The man was last seen as the ship was entering the port and then it was on the return leg he failed to take up his position. The man, who has worked for the company for more than a year and was part of the catering staff on the ferry, was last seen about 45 minutes before the ferry docked at 12:45 BST. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and RNLI lifeboats were involved in the search, which included an area several miles off St Anne's Head. A top to bottom, thorough search was carried out aboard the ship before the Coastguard was alerted when the man could not be found.
The vessel was given authority to continue to Rosslare, where a further search was carried out without success.
New Panama Canal set to open - handover of the completed project on May 31
The Spanish-led consortium working on the expansion of the Panama Canal is planning to hand over the completed project on May 31, after suffering major delays and cost overruns.
But the Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) consortium, which is headed by Spanish company Sacyr, still does not now how much money it will receive for what it terms “the biggest engineering project in the world.”
That is because a legal battle is still underway to decide the price of the construction work. Depending on what a Miami arbitration court decides, the project could mean losses for the builders.
Consortium leaders told a group of Spanish journalists in Panama that “it is going to be very difficult for this project to make money.”
The expansion of the century-old waterway was awarded to GUPC in 2009. The project had an initial budget of $3.2 billion (around €2.85 billion), but Sacyr says that the costs have spiked to €5.58 billion, triggering company demands for more money from Panama Canal authorities.
Lisbon dockers’ strike costing industry €100,000 a day
That is despite the fact that shipping companies have been able to divert some cargoes through other of the country’s ports, she explained.
“So far as the reduction in the turnover of [shipping] operators at the port of Lisbon goes, the estimate that has been put forward is of 300,000 euros a day,” Vitorino said in a break from a conference in Lisbon. “However, we have done the sums at the national level, with the transfer of cargo and increase in costs of other ports and, considering some of the direct losses for companies that use the ports, we have reached the conclusion that the loss at the national level is at least 100,000 euros.”
Arguing that the strike – which, she noted, forms part of a conflict that has been going on for four years – brings into question the “sustainability of the port of Lisbon” and “affects the national economy”, the minister said that “all right is never on one side but there are limits that cannot be overstepped.”
The new board of the state-owned company that runs the port, she said, has been tasked with restoring its viability by all legal means.
The striking dockers gathered in the port on Tuesday as police officers moved in to facilitate the withdrawal by shipping operators of containers trapped in the facility for about a month, since the current strike started.
The president of the Dockworkers’ Union described the announcement by the port company of mass redundancies and the presence of police officers as “psychological terrorism” and an “attack on the rule of law”.
The redundancy announcement came after the union on Friday rejected a fresh proposal for a new collective employment contract for the dockers.
Source: Portugal News