On Aug 28, 2015, the CROSS Jobourg was informed by the "Yannick" that one of his crew membershad suffered an eye injury north of the Casquets traffic separation scheme. The
CROSS Jobourg immediately started conference calls between the Maritime Medical Consultation Centre (MMCC) in Toulouse, and the Maritime Medical Coordination (SCMM) of Le Havre, and a medical evacuation of the man, aged 19, was decided. An EC 225 helicopter of the Navy base in Maupertus hoisted the man and took him to the University Hospital of Caen.
An 80-year-old woman who suffered a head injury aboard athe "Carnival Imagination" 35 miles west of Point Loma was medically evacuated by a Coast Guard crew early on Aug 28, 2015, and taken to a hospital. The Coast Guard was alerted around midnight because the woman was experiencing severe headaches and was nauseous after hitting her head on somethin. A 45-foot response boat brought the woman to Shelter Island, where she was turned over to waiting paramedics. She was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center in an unknown condition.
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Whale meat cargo ship arrives in Japan via new Arctic route to avoid protesters
A cargo ship carrying 1,816 tons of whale meat from Iceland arrived in Japan’s Osaka port via the Arctic Ocean for the first time Sunday, after changing its conventional sea route via the Indian Ocean to avoid obstruction by anti-whaling groups.
The ship, under the flag of St. Kitts and Nevis, brought whale meat equivalent to around 40 percent of Japan’s annual consumption. It triggered opposition from Greenpeace Japan, which said the whale meat amounted to 137 fin whales caught in Iceland last year.
The fin whale is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, of which Japan is a member.
People involved in the shipment said they aimed to make the Arctic Ocean route the main seaway to transport whale meat to Japan.
Japan has traditionally used the sea route via South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope and the Indian Ocean to import whale meat from Iceland,but found it difficult to continue use of the route due to pressure from anti-whaling groups.
The cargo ship left Iceland on June 4 and stopped at Tromso before leaving the northern Norway city’s port on Aug. 1. It then traveled through the Arctic Ocean accompanied by a Russian icebreaker. www.japantimes.co...
New US research vessel completes acceptance trials
A new US Navy (USN) oceanographic research vessel has completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 27 August.
RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), lead ship of a new class of auxiliary general oceanographic research vessels, passed the series of in-port and underway tests conducted by the USN's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
Built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington, Neil Armstrong is expected to be delivered to the navy in September. The 72.5 m vessel will be operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under a 'charter party' agreement with the US Office of Naval Research. www.janes.com/art...
Four Cambodian crewmen were slated to be repatriated from the Philippines yesterday after escaping from a ship that reportedly forced them to work without compensation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Spokesman Chum Sonry said that on Thursday the men escaped from Blue Emperor 1, a ship belonging to New Unite HK Marine Shipping Ltd and flying a Tuvalu flag, while it was docked at the Port of Subic in the Philippines’ Luzon province.
Afterward, they managed to make contact with the Cambodian Embassy in Manila, which intervened on their behalf.
“They escaped from the ship because they were forced to work while ill and were not given their salaries as promised,” Sonry said in the statement. www.phnompenhpost...
Carnival Cruise Employee Yovany Suazo-Batiz Charged With Molesting Teen Ship
Batiz was booked at Brevard County Jail and is being held on a $95,000 bond, according to WFTV.
Sheriff’s deputies met the Carnival Valor as it docket in Port Canaveral, Florida after authorities were contacted Saturday morning by the ship’s security personnel regarding an incident that was reported by the teen’s father.
Yovany Suazo-Batiz, a Honduran citizen, was arrested on Saturday afternoon after the vessel docked in Port Canaveral in the U.S.
It was learned that the victim was using the sauna when the crew member made contact and initiated a conversation. The state tried to argue that the suspect was a flight risk. After the victim moved to a shower area to get away from Batiz, police say that Batiz engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct.
According to reports, the victim’s father and other passengers detained the steward until Carnival’s onboard security team arrived.
Carnival said that employees undergo background checks before they are hired.
Suazo-Batiz appeared before a judge on Sunday, and was set a bond of $135,000.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are also investigating the incident.
In a statement, Carnival said it provided “full support” to the victim and is cooperating with law enforcement. rapidnewsnetwork....
Norway’s Olympic Shipping has reached an agreement with Statoil for the extension to the charter of PSV Olympic Energy.
The deal, which Olympic said was at market terms, is until March 2017.
Olympic has a fleet of 22 vessels, four of which are PSVs.