The "Algoma Progress" arrived in Port Colborne for the final time on Dec. 30, 2014. The once largest deadweight capacity ship on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, is since being dismantled by International Marine Salvage in the outer harbour at the south end of the Welland Canal.
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The crew of the "Seaman Guard Ohio" is remaining stranded in India without their passports, despite no longer having legal charges to answer. With no support from Advanfort for over a year, the crew was relying on the help of charities and international agencies such as the Mission to Seafarers, Human Rights at Sea, and union Nautilus.
The 35 men, 25 privately contract armed security personnel (PCASP) and 10 seafarers, from the UK, Ukraine, Estonia and India, have been held in India since their vessel was intercepted in October 2013 for allegedly importing weapons without proper paperwork. The situation was affecting the health of the crew and their families back home, and the men's health was deteriorating lots due to stress, and a large number of the men's families have suffered health problems due to the stress. Only the master was still facing charges, relating to allegations of illegal bunkering. The 34 other crew members, however, were unable to leave India, despite being exonerated of all charges by the High Court of Madras in July 2014. They still have no access to their passports, seaman's discharge books and other belongings from the ship. Advanfort has failed to pay the men's salaries since November 2013. An accommodation bill for the crew's hotel which reached $20,000 in value was unpaid, and the crew was facing legal threats relating to the unpaid amount. The crew has not heard anything from them since July 10, 2014 when the charges were quashed. The crew was not permitted to leave India until the prosecution, the anti-terror police agency in the state of Tamil Nadu, Q Branch, submitted a letter of no objection. While the prosecution lodged an appeal against the July quash order and a stay on that quash, the court only allowed an appeal to be heard, and so the crew should be free men.
Four-Alarm Chemical Fire Shuts Down Port Metro Vancouver, Causes Evacuations
A four-alarm chemical fire broke out at Port Metro Vancouver Wednesday afternoon (March 4), sending hazardous smoke into the air and causing evacuations and warnings to people in the area to stay indoors.
The fire broke out at approximately 1:40 p.m. inside a container at the Port’s Centerm Container Terminal on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed the material inside is a hazardous organic compound, trichloroisocyanuric acid, which can cause eye and skin irritation.
The fire is reported to have spread to at least two other containers at the terminal, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.
Vancouver Coastal Health warned that people experiencing wheezing or difficulty breathing, especially people lung problems, should seek medical attention.
The fire forced the shut down of all operations on the Port’s south shore, Port Metro Vancouver tweeted.
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