Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has brought a Russian crew member of the "Lauga" ashore for medical attention after he fell ill. The "Lauga, bound for Spain, was at anchor in Margate Roads anchorage when on Jan 7, 2014, just before 10 a.m., the master contacted the Coastguard at Dover. After a medical link call with doctors ashore it was decided that he should be brought ashore for medical attention and Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist. Once the lifeboat arrived alongside the ship, the crewman was taken aboard and brought back to the lifeboat station at Margate where he was handed into the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service and transferred to QEQM hospital in Margate.
Danish shipper plans more commercial travel in Northwest Passage
The company that made the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage plans to increase its shipments through the legendary waterway next year, suggesting such traffic is coming sooner than anyone anticipated. “We hope and expect to do it,” said Christian Bonfils of Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish shipper which owns the Nordic Orion. The vessel made history last September when it hauled 15,000 tonnes of coal to Finland from Vancouver through waters that were once impenetrable ice. It took four days less than it would have taken to traverse the Panama Canal, and its greater depths allowed the Orion to carry about 25 per cent more coal. Sailing through the passage saved the company about $200,000 and resulted in a nicely profitable voyage. “We had a very smooth voyage and not any major delays,” said Bonfils. “We’re very pleased about it.”
In the afternoon of Jan 6, 2014, a crew member of the "Mor Breiz" was airlifted to hospital off the coast of Fowey during stormy conditions. At 4 p.m. a Navy helicopter from RNAS Culdrose near Helston was scrambled to the fishing vessel which was a few miles off the coast. A 35-year-old male was suffering from severe abdominal pain, so the helicopter was tasked through the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre and worked with Falmouth Coastguard to locate the vessel just south of Fowey. Once the ship was located a paramedic was winched down to the vessel to assess the casualty first. Then the helicopter crew recovered both him and the winch man. The French casualty, who did not speak any English, was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for treatment.
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Senegalese authorities have skipped a pre-arranged meeting with Russian officials over the fate of a Russian trawler detained by the African country last week.
Spokesmen from Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency reiterated allegations that the detention was instigated by Greenpeace.
Greenpeace, which has ties to Senegal's fisheries minister, earlier denied the accusation.
In 2012, the environmental organization busted the Oleg Naydyonov trawler poaching fish off the West African coast.
The Russian-flagged Oleg Naydyonov was detained by Senegalese border guards on Saturday with 62 Russians and 23 Guinea-Bissau crew onboard.
Official Dakar threatened ship owners with a fine of $800,000 for illegal fishing.
As well as passing on Tuesday's meeting, the Senegalese authorities denied the ship's captain the right to come ashore to receieve medical treatment, Prime news agency reported.
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India's Principal Sessions Court has cancelled the conditional bail granted by a lower court to 35 crew members of the "Seaman Guard Ohio" which was arrested on charges of carrying weapons illegally and straying into Indian waters. Principal Sessions Judge Krishnamoorthy was allowing a criminal revision petition by Tamil Nadu Q Branch police, challenging the grant of bail by a magistrate court to the crew of the ship arrested on Oct 18, 2013 and presently in judicial custody. 22 foreign nationals among the crew were being lodged in the Chennai Puzhal Central prison, while another from UK and 12 Indians were in the Palayamkottai Central Prison in neighbouring Tirunelveli.