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Containership trio highlight upturn in activity at Gibdock
Gibdock’s success in attracting German shipowners to its facilities for shiprepair work continues to grow, with three German containerships docking at the Gibraltar yard within a six-week period during the last quarter of 2017. Ahrenkiel Steamship’s 1,300 teu AS Fatima spent time in drydock in the fourth quarter for varying maintenance and repair programmes. The 166m long AS Fatima arrived in Gibraltar in late October and was primarily docked for work to address a stern tube issue. This required the yard to dismantle and remove the tailshaft and transport it to the workshop, where the propeller blades and blade carriers, as well as the propeller hub itself, were completely overhauled. During the AS Fatima’s 21 day stay at the yard Gibdock also conducted a complete overhaul of the vessel’s main engines
Medevac off Penmarc'h
On June 29, 2015, at 01.16 a.m. the CROSS Etel Regional Center was alerted by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Madrid after a Filipino sailor of 44 years aboard the "As Fatima" suffers respiratory problems. The container ship was 156 miles South-West of Penmarc'h while enroute from Dunkirk to Tanger. After a conference call between the Centre of Medical Maritime Consultation (CCMM) in Toulouse, the Medical Maritime Coordination (SCMM) in Finistère and the CROSS the decision was taken to medevac the man to the hospital Cavale Blanche in Brest. The CROSS Corsen alerted a Cayman helicopter of the Navy which took off at 02.36 a.m. from the base in Lanvéoc-Poulmic with a medical team aboard. The Caiman was on scene at 03:47 a.m., and the medical team was hoisted onto the ship. Thhe sailor was hoisted at 04:11 a.m. and delivered at the Brest Guipavas airport at 5.14 a.m. He was then transported to hospital by ambulance.
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