An 88-year-old British passenger of the "Aurora" died aboard the ship in the morning of Aug 21, 2019. The vessel had sailed from Southampton to Funchal. The crew reported to the CROSS Corsen at 07.50 that the passenger had fallen ill. After a remote consultation of the maritime medical center of Toulouse and the SAMU in Brest, it was decided to send a Caiman NH 90 helicopter. Around the time when the staff was hoisted on board, shortly before 10 a.m., the patient was dead. His body will be kept on board until the ship has arrived in Funchal the next weekend.
After a 24-year career with P&O Cruises, ORIANA sailed as PIANO LAND from Southampton on 16 August bound for a new career carrying Chinese passengers, after a short makeover in Piraeus.
The "Ellen", the first ferry in Denmark to be fully powered by electricity has entered service on Aug 14, making it the first in the country without a diesel engine on board. The "Ellen" is sailing between the ports of Søby and Fynshav, connecting the islands of Ærø and Als. It is powered by a battery system with a capacity of 4.3 megawatt hours, and does not emit environmentally-harmful substances during operation. The e-ferry took two years to construct at the shipyard in Søby, and it was built through a partnership between Ærø Municipality and the European Union. The "Ellen" can sail approximately 40.7km between charges, giving it a range that is seven times longer than any other fully electric car ferry. The distance between Søby and Fynshav is 17.2km miles, and it's 15.2km between Søby and Fåborg. This means that it is capable of making a round-trip between the destinations and returning to the charging station in Søby to get topped up again.
On Aug 19, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. the CROSS Joburg was informed that a 58-year-old British passenger of the "Mont Saint Michel" was the victim of a malaise while the ferry was enroute from Porthsmouth to Ouistreham and was 33 miles north of the Seine Bay. The center of maritime medical consultation in Toulouse liaised with the SAMU in Le Havre and recommended a medical evacuation of the patient as soon as possible. The CROSS Jobourg deployed a Dragon 76 helicopter of the civil security in Le Havre to carry out the evacuation. After taking on board a medical team from the maritime emergency and maritime resuscitation service (SMUR maritime) in Le Havre, the helicopter took off towards the ship. At approximately 9:15 p.m., the woman, initially taken in charge by a nurse on board, was conditioned by the medical team for the helicopter evacuation. She was hoisted aboard the helicopter and transferred to the hospital Jacques Monod du Havre where she arrived at 9.40 P:M:
Greece has refused to help the "Adrian Darya 1". Deputy foreign minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told he not willing to facilitate the course of the ship to Syria. The "Adrian Darya-1" had left Gibraltar on Aug 18 and listed the port Kalamata as its destination. Tehran has previously said it was willing to send naval forces to escort the "Adrian Darya-1" which was currently north of Oran. Varvitsiotis confirmed the US had put pressure on Greece to deny any help to the tanker. Iran has not been in touch with the Greek government. The "Adrian Darya-1", which was carrying two million barrels of crude oil, was too large for any Greek port to accommodate. It was believed the ship was trying to return to Iran through the Suez Canal in order to offload around a million barrels to another vessel, most likely with an Iranian flag as well, because she is too heavily laden in the water," he said. To go to Syria she's also too heavily laden to deliver to the port of Baniyas without assistance. The tanker took a circuitous route to the Mediterranean, travelling around the entirety of Africa instead of through the far shorter and quicker Suez Canal. The ship with its crew of 29 - from India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines - was seized with the help of British marines on July 4, after the government of Gibraltar suggested it was heading for Syria in breach of EU sanctions.