On Nov 21, 2015, the Indian Coast Guard medevaced an Algerian national who suffered a severe cardiac attack onboard the "Mubaraz" which was enroute from the UAE to Tokyo. The maritime rescue co-ordination centre Mumbai received a telephonic message at around 10.30 a.m from the UK Coast Guard that the LNG carrier requires an immediate medical evacuation of the 51-year-old Algerian crew member Ali Chemoune who had suffered a stroke. The patient was in a critical state and had no movement and feelings on his right side of body. The Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (West) directed the Indian Coast Guard district headquarters Kochi to undertake the medical evacuation. After coordination with the master of the vessel and agent, the vessel was directed to head towards Kochi. As the ship did not have any landing space and winching area, the medical evacuation of the immobile patient was extremely challenging. The patient was provided first aid by the medical officer. Considering the patient’s condition, the mission was undertaken in shortest possible time through the helicopter hovering low over the deck for evacuation and safely brought to the "Garuda" at 4.30 p.m. The patient was subsequently shifted to the medical trust hospital at Kochi for further medical management.
Shanghai Salvage opposed further inspections of ferry wreck
Divers hired by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries sfinished a five-day underwater inspection of the "Sewol" on Nov 22. Six private divers entered the ferry’s wheelhouse but were unable to take any photos due to poor visibility. They also determined the state of the propeller at the stern and the anchor at the bow. The committee would hold discussions on whether or not there was a need for further inspections. A Chinese consortium, led by Shanghai Salvage, has strongly opposed further inspections, saying the move would hamper salvage operations.
Owners of cruise ship filed for bankruptcy after accident in summer
The operators of the "Saint Laurent", theHaimark Line Ltd., Lakewood, Colorado, has filed for Chapter 11 protection on Oct. 30, 2015, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, Denver. Sailings of the company’s only ship have been canceled through Dec. 11. The ship was scheduled to make a total of 11 stops at Clayton in 2015, but was out of service for about a month after striking a concrete knee wall on the west gate of the Eisenhower Lock in Massena on June 18. The ship was carrying 274 people, including passengers and crew, when it hit the lock.
More than a dozen ambulances took 19 passengers and three crew members to Massena Memorial Hospital after the cruise ship struck the wall, which acted as a fender to protect the gate. Two passengers subsequently were taken by Seaway Valley Ambulance to the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington.
The company was blaming the accident in Massena for the bankruptcy filing, citing unresolved insurance issues. According to bankruptcy court filings, among the company’s creditors were Massena Memorial Hospital, Seaway Valley Ambulance and St. Lawrence Radiology Associates PC.
The company was hoping to quickly resolve its bankruptcy issues and have the "Saint Laurent" back in service soon.