Canada not ready to have "The World" in the Arctic
The World is the largest apartment ship on the planet. Flagged in the Bahamas, the 196-metre vessel is essentially a luxury condo complex, with 165 units valued at up to $13-million each. Later this month, the ship will transit the Northwest Passage, at no small risk to its residents – and to Canada’s reputation as a competent coastal state. The voyage will not undermine Canada’s legal position that the Northwest Passage constitutes internal waters, since the World will request and receive permission before it sails through. Rather, the risk is of an accident involving more than 400 people in a remote and inhospitable region where Canada’s search-and-rescue capabilities are inadequate to the task. Source and more at www.theglobeandma...
Cattle Carrier 'Pearl of Para' centre of complaints from animal welfare activists
‘Pearl of Para’, a cattle-carrying ship that wafted into the Bay of Gibraltar on July 28 for bunkering and brought with it a very unpleasant smell, is at the centre of complaints from animal welfare activists. It is now being claimed that 400 pregnant cattle may have died on board during the journey from the USA to Russia, but this had not been confirmed.
In a report published in The Voice of Russia, it is alleged the cattle died and the report questions not only why, but who is responsible also, accusing US as this was the port of departure or Italy as this was the flag of state she sailed under . However, registry records show her flag to be the Marshall Islands. More at www.chronicle.gi/...
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The Armed Forces of Malta medevaced a Lithuanian national in the night of Aug 14, 2012, after the AFM was alerted that a crew member on board the "Veerseborg" which was enroute Menzel Bourguiba - Mariupol was suffering from severe chest pain and required medical attention.
The vessel was about 20 nautical miles from the Grand Harbour. The 53-year-old Lithuanian was transferred to the Hay Wharf base on board the AFM vessel and was taken to Mater Dei hospital by ambulance for further medical treatment.
The "Seabed Worker" has recovered 48 tons of siver bars from the wreck of the SS "Gairsoppa" in a water depth of 4700 meters. The steamship was sunk in February 1941 by a German submarine 300 miles southwest of Galway in Ireland. The ship was carrying about 200 tons of silver. The salvage company Odyssey Marine Exploration started to retrieve the treasure and has chartered the "Seabed Worker" from Swire Seabed in Bergen for this purpose. Odyssey will continue to recover silver from the "Gairsoppa" and another war wreck, the SS "Mantola", which was torpedoed during the First World War, in February 1917. The "Mantola" is located at 2,500 meters deep about 100 miles from the "Gairsoppa" position and has approximately 17 tons of silver on board. This will be the first time such treasures are salvaged from shipwrecks in such a deep. According to the salvage contract of Odyssey Marine Exploration with British authorities, the company retains 80 percent of the recovered silver. The "Seabed Worker" is using two ROVS, a Schilling HD 5000m and a Perry Slingsby XLX 4000m ROV system. Large hydraulic shears and buckets, saws and hydraulic dredging equipment is operated from the vessel's 30-ton crane with 5000 meters of fiber rope winch and from the ship's 100-tonne ship AHC crane.
The Voith Schneider Propellers with active roll compensation will give the vessel a wider weather window, increased efficiency and accuracy in the ultra-deep salvage operation. The ship is loaded with Norwegian equipment, including Rolls-Royce (Odim), Kongsberg and National Oilwell Varco.
Norwegian report with photo:
The "Chamarel“ is to be towed off the sandbar of the Nambian coast as soon as possible. On Aug 12 rescue boats of the wreck drifted onto the beach and were plundered. The fire was still smouldering inside the wreck, the fire brigade of Swapokmund reported. It was not yet possible to board the wreck which was pounded by the surf. According to unconfirmed reports some amounts of diesel fuel polluted the beach. There were 440 tons diesel fuel and 7350 litres oil sludge aboard when the fire broke out. The French captain and some of his officers remained in Namibia to assist the salvage work.
German report with photo:
Research ship assisted in rescue operation for sinking yacht
The "Oscar Elton Sette" diverted to a sinking yacht on Aug 13, 2012. A Coast Guard helicopter and small boat crews rescued the seven mariners, whose sailing vessel sank 29 miles off the coast of Kaena Point on Oahu at approximately 3:43 a.m. Coast Guard Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center and Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu had received a mayday call and a distress signal from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon aboard the 30-foot sailing vessel "Cowabunga". During the mayday call, the vessel operator reported the boat started taking on water during their transit to Oahu after a weekend sailing race to Kauai, at approximately 12:40 a.m. The operator reported that all seven persons aboard were experienced mariners, wearing lifejackets and had abandoned ship at approximately 1:33 a.m. Coast Guardsmen aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Honolulu, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Kauai, and the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter "Galveston Island" responded to assist. Coast Guard aircrews piloting an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Barbers Point also responded as well as the "Oscar Elton Sette" to assist. The Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene, lowered a rescue swimmer with life raft and hoisted four of the mariners into the aircraft, at 1:50 a.m. The four mariners were flown to Lihue Airport while the rescue swimmer and the three remaining crewmembers waited in the life raft for the MLB crew, who arrived on scene at approximately 3:43 a.m. The three crewmembers and the rescue swimmer were taken aboard and transported safely ashore to Nawiliwili Harbor. The Coast Guard also put out an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, informing any other vessels in the area of the situation.