Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel based in the Falkland Islands conducted a long-range rescue of a British man from the "Akademik Sergei Vavilov" on Nov 26, 2015. The ship was visiting South Georgia, 800 nautical miles to the east of the Falklands, when the man was bitten by what was thought to have been a fur seal at Salisbury Plain Beach. The man was in a serious condition with a major injury to his arm and urgent specialist medical attention was needed.
AN SAR helicopter from the Falkland Islands was dispatched an accompanied by a Royal Air Force Hercules tactical transport aircraft. As part of the rescue operation, the Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel HMS "Clyde" sailed at high speed to a position 200 nautical miles east of Stanley in the Falkland Islands to serve as a refueling station for the helicopter.
After arriving at the "Akademik Sergey Vavilov", the Royal Air Force helicopter hovered overhead while the crew winched the injured passenger aboard to an awaiting British military doctor.
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In the morning of Nov 30 the maritime prefecture of the English Channel and the North Sea has deployed a Dauphin SP helicopter of the Navy base in Le Touquet to conduct an observation flight and relocate the lost containers of the "Star First" off Nord Pas de Calais. The crew traced three containers stranded close to the Walde Lighthouse near Calais, and four mere were adrift in Belgian territorial waters. Other containers have not been located. The CROSS Gris-Nez informed ships transiting the area of the presence of these containers and collected information and any observations made at sea. Ships were required to carry out a proper lookout. The sea conditions remained being difficult.
Hamburg creates more space for big ships at Tollerort
Already well advanced in the heart of Europe’s second biggest port – Hamburg - are extensive works to improve accessibility and manoeuverability for big container and cruise ships.
Three phase construction on the €98 million redesign and restructuring project at Tollerort in the German North Sea port began in 2014 and Maritime Journal has been told that work is still on schedule late year for completion in 2017.
The project, described by some as “open-heart surgery” because of the activity around it, involves the removal of the Tollerortspitze, a four hectare area of land which juts into the Norderelbe, the busy northern arm of the River Elbe. The excavated soil is being used to backfill the Kohlenschiffhafen harbour basin which lies alongside and that area will become replacement land for the adjacent big Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
Martin Boness, spokesman for the Hamburg Port Authority, told Maritime Journal in November “work is progressing according to schedule. We plan to complete the project in early 2017”. More to read at www.maritimejourn...
Strikes Planned At Rotterdam Port In December And January
Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts, threatening to freeze the movement of goods through Europe’s largest port.
Niek Stam, leader of the FNV Havens union, said in a statement members of the union had voted in favour of the strikes to back their demand for guarantees of no layoffs for the coming nine years.
Major container employers ECT, APMT and RWG have rejected that demand in contract talks which have been running since April. www.marineinsight...