Coast Guard medevacs woman from ship near Unimak Island, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew forward deployed to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley medevaced a passenger from the motor ship The World in the vicinity of Unimak Island, Alaska, Saturday. The Dolphin crew safely hoisted a female passenger and attending nurse and transported them to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Cold Bay. Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a medevac request from Global Rescue personnel stating an 87-year-old woman was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed and recommended a medevac. “We were fortunate to have the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews in the vicinity of the motor vessel to assist in a timely response,” said Master Chief Petty Officer James Armstrong, D17 Command Center chief. “The expeditious actions of all Coast Guard personnel and The World’s crew ensured this woman received prompt attention to be transferred to higher medical care.” Weather on scene at the time of the hoist was 19-mph winds. Unimak Island is approximately 43 miles southwest of Cold Bay.
Cruise ship to retrieve lost anchor
On Jan 15, 2017, the "The World" departed Hobart, Tasmania, without her port-side anchor, bound to Port Arthur after a four-day stay in Hobart, to get back her lost port-side anchor. It had been retrieved by the ocean-going tug "Pacific Crest", and the two vessels were to rendezvous at Port Arthur before the cruise ship headed to the Antarctica. Photo: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2600005
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 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/canadas-not-ready-to-have-the-world-in-the-arctic/article4481519/Upload News