A 21-year old sick crew member on the "Pascoal Atlantico" has been airlifted to hospital in St. John's, following a doctor's recommendation on June 30, 2015. The trawler, located about 540 kilometres east of St. John's, was just inside the maximum range for a Cormorant helicopter. A Gander-based Cormorant was sent to the Grand Banks, and a crew was able to hoist the man aboard. The helicopter was accompanied by a Hercules plane based in Nova Scotia.
The man arrived at St. John's International Airport around 8 p.m. and was taken to the Health Sciences Centre. The CCGS "Cape Roger" also assisted in the rescue.
German police intercepted tanker with stolen crude oil
The International Police in Germany has intercepted the "Cielo Di Milano" which was carrying stolen crude oil from Saltpond Offshore oil field. According to a correspondence between Addo Atuah & Company, Solicitors of SOPCL, and the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department of Ghana, General Shipping & Trading Services Ltd, acting per its Chief Executive, the justice Asare took out 24,332 barrels from the Saltpond Producing Company Limited (SOPCL) valued at $1,237,647 through Imperial Energy Ventures Limited of Accra. According to the arrangements, the vessel was to set sail only after full payment had been made through letters of credit. Asare managed to sail out of the territorial waters of Ghana with the crude having used spurious documentation to enable the vessel to leave Ghana unlawfully. There has been an issue of forgery of documentation or uttering forged documents as well as the issue of stolen crude from Ghana. The Ghana National Petroleum Company is also a shareholder of Saltpond Offshore Producing Company and the crude as taken out thus involved the swindling of the Government as well. The correspondent therefore appealed to the Director- General to appeal to his counterpart in Germany to intervene in order to arrest the vessel and to halt the discharge of the stolen crude. The Hamburg-bound ship was presently anchored in the German Bight.
The "Bergensfjord" allided with the pier in Sandvikvåg in the afternoon of July 1, 2015. After the accident, the trap door could not be opened, and the ship had to turn around to let the cars off backwards. The allision left only two ferries running between Halhjem and Sandvikvåg.