Salvage postponed for the Bassmaster Elite Series competition
Salvage operations for the "Lac Manitoba" and "LCM 131" in the St. Lawrence Seaway have been postponed so the Bassmaster Elite Series competition in the village of Waddington can go on as scheduled. The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control decided to temporarily postpone the salvage of the tugs downstream of the Robert Moses Dam. The Bassmaster competition was poised to attract more than 30,000 visitors to the region and generate up to $3.8 million for the local economy so it was essential that the competition go on as planned.
In the foremidday of July 23, 2015 a fire broke out on the "Lady of the Lake" in Clear Lake. The cruise and entertainment boat had just docked around 11 a.m. Residents and employees from the Oakwood Care Center were on board and had to be evacuated to safety. About 100 people, including 27 from a care center, were evacuated safety to shore. Exhaust from a generator in the engine room had ignited a wood column. Smoke and flames coming from the back of the paddle wheeler. The fire was put out quickly by co-owner Jon Berhow. He was the first one to notice smoke building up and used a fire extinguisher while the rest of the crew evacuated passengers. Damages were estimated around $7,500. The "Lady of the Lake" was expected to be opened back up in the next few days.
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Short time after the "Han Zhi" also the "SCL Bern" reached the port of Aden on July coming from Djibouti with relief supplies. It berthed on July 21, 2015, around noon.
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On July 22, 2015, about a dozen migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea after their rubber boat sank. 88 more were rescued from the boat and taken to Augusta. On the whole three rubber boats had sailed from Libya. 283 refugees were saved by the "Schleswig-Holstein" and taken to shore.
The "Han Zhi" arrived in Aden wtih 3000 tons supplies on July 21, 2015. The ship was chartered by the World Food Program, the United Nations’ antihunger agency. It was the first vessel chartered by the agency to reach Aden since the Yemen conflict escalated nearly four months ago, when a Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign began against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The cargo was enough to feed 180,000 people for one month. Muhannad Hadi, the agency’s regional director, called the ship’s safe arrival a major breakthrough for our humanitarian response in Yemen, which has been frustrated by extremely limited access to the poorest in the Arab world. The World Food Program has made repeated attempts to send ships to Aden but all had been blocked because of fighting.
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The "Goodfaith" could be removed from its grounding site in Andros after the accomodation block and parts of the stern were cut off to make the ship easier. On July 11, she was towed from Andros to Salamisby the "Christos XXII" and berthed at the Spanopoulos Group Salamis premises. It was thought she will be towed to Turkey in the near future in order to be demolished. The bulker had made the first voyage after having been drydocked when it went aground at Andros.
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