Medevac off Almería
On Nov 7, 2022, the 'Iona', en route from Barcelona to Cádiz, contacted the MRCC of Salvamento Marítimo in Almería and requested assistance for a sick passenger. The doctor on board advised his disembarkation. The SAR boat 'Salvamar Spica' was tasked to medevac the patient, who was disembarked and transported to the port of Almería for further care. Photos: https://twitter.com/salvamentogob/status/1589612071049568257
Medevac off Norfolk
A Humber Coast Guard helicopter was deployed to the 'Iona' off Norfolk on May 22, 2022, for a medevac. The Sikorsky S92 took off from Humberside Airport to the Iona's position and hoisted the passenger due to a medical issue. The ship was en route from Southampton, UK, to Stavanger at that time and berhted in the port at 8 a.m.
Delivery further delyed
The delivery of the 'Iona' by the Meyer Yard in Papenburg had been postponed to the end of August. Further delays could not be ruled out. The shipyard has already missed two delivery dates of May and July. Originally due to embark on her maiden voyage to Norway in May, the 'Iona' has undergone sea trials and the ship has been essentially finished. It completed drydocking at Damen-Verolme shiprepair and successfully transited the Ems river from the Papenburg shipyard to the outfitting facility at Bremerhaven. Initial sea trials were undertaken, which was followed by the ship sailing to Rotterdam to undergo a dry dock inspection from June 2 to 9, 2020. It was unclear what work was carried out during this period. The 'Iona' recently embarked on a second round of sea trials off the coast of Norway, and has since returned to Bremerhaven on June 21.Upload News