92 passengers and five crew members have fallen ill with symptoms of vomiting on the "Disney Wonder". The ship had on board more than 2600 passengers. The cause of the outbreak is unknown to date. Disney Cruise Line and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions: Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan, Collecting stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing, and Making multiple daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program
A CDC VSP environmental health officer was making plans to board the ship upon arrival in the port of Miami on May 1, 2016, to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.
An EH-101 helicopter of the Portuguese Air Force (FAP) medevaced a German passenger, aged 44, from the "Mein Schiff 3" on Apr 30, 2016, about 37 miles south of Faro. He showed symptoms of acute abdominal pain. The MRCC Lisbon decided to tranfer him to shore. The helicopter hoisted the patient at 1:45 p.,m. and took him to the airport of Lisbon, and from there the passenger was transported to the Santa Maria Hospital in stable condition. The ship had sailed from Agadir on Apr 29 bound to Lisbon where it arrived on May 1.
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A project manager from the Maersk Group's port and terminal unit APM Terminals in Angola was kidnapped a few days ago. He was held captive for four days before he was released.
ShippingWatch was informed about the case Monday night. Today, the Maersk Group confirms the following:
"Maersk Group can confirm an employee was abducted in Angola and held captive for four days and that he has been released unharmed. The Maersk Group is supporting him and his family with the necessary support in this difficult time. Due to the ongoing investigation by local authorities and the security of our employees, the Maersk Group will not be providing any further details. We kindly ask that this and the privacy of our colleague are respected and protected," Maersk says in a statement.
According to ShippingWatch's sources, the case concerns a French employee in joint venture Sogester, Sociedade Gestora de Terminais, S.A, a terminal company owned by Maersk and an Angolan partner. The employee was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday when he was en route from his home to Sogester's inland terminal in Viana.
Sources say the employee was released on Saturday, possible following payment of a ransom, though it has not been able to confirm this.
This marks the second time in just a short period of time that Maersk has been the target of criminal activities in West Africa.
The first ship has sailed through the New Panama Canal after a test operation was carried out on the Pacific side via the use of simulation.
It was the first operation of this kind to check the effective functioning of the locks that will allow the new giant Post-Panamax ships to pass through the American continent.
The new canal is being completed by the international consortium led by Salini Impregilo, with Sacyr (Spain) and Jan de Nul (Belgium). The new canal will officially be opened on June 26, 2016. This manoeuvre, when everything will be in function, will be made in about two hours, and it will only take 8-10 hours to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.