Sewol operator CEO gets 10 year prison sentence

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Sewol operator CEO gets 10 year prison sentence

November 20, 2014—South Korea’s Gwangju District Court has imposed a 10 year prison sentence on Kim Han-Sik, CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the ferry Sewol, which sank April 16 with the loss of more than 300 lives. Yonhap news agency reports that Kim was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, violating the law on safe maritime navigation, embezzling company funds and taking kickbacks worth tens of millions of won from subcontractors. “Kim remodeled the ship and overloaded it with cargo in an effort to overcome the company’s deficits despite being briefed that the ship’s ability to balance itself was compromised,” Judge Yim Jung-yeob said in his ruling.

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German rescue vessel Vormann Leiss for sale.


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Vormann Leiss

Exclusively for sale, Direct from owner

Vormann Leiss is a twin-engine rescue cruiser of the German Maritime rescue Service (DGzRS) of the 23.30-SAR Class and sister vessel to the Minden that we sold earlier in 2014. Built in 1985 In Germany by Abeking & Rassmussen Schiffs- und Yachtwerft in Lemwerde.
Last dry-dock in February 2014 at Shipyard Fassmer Motzen, Germany.

Material: Aluminium
LOA: 23.30 meter
Beam: 5.50 meter
Draft: 2.0 meter
Maximum speed: 18 knots
Main engine: 2 x MTU 8V 396 TC81 , 2 x 715 kW, 1301 / 3690 running hours, Starboard side engine renovated in 2011 / Port side engine renovated in 2009. Twin-Disk gearboxes.
Cabins: 3 cabins and 6 beds.

Rescue tender vessel “Japsand” with new Steyr engine in 2011. Top speed 22 knots.

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Remembrance Day

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On November 11, NSR attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in the City of North Vancouver to honour our countries fallen soldiers and our current and past members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Our team leader and other senior members laid a wreath at the cenotaph, while the rest of the crew provided emergency medical care to the attendees. This is a longstanding partnership with BC Ambulance Service paramedics to ensure the ceremony is accessible and safe for all.

NSR provided an emergency doctor, multiple team paramedics, and a number of our SAR techs to provide coverage, pay tribute and remember. In total, NSR treated 7 individuals for minor medical issues, all of whom were subsequently released without need for transport to hospital.

A beautiful day to remember.

Partners to explore how Social Media Technologies can Support Disaster Recovery Efforts

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Defence Research and Development Canada Canadian Red Cross to co-host Digital Volunteer-Support Recovery Operations Experiment

November 19, 2014

OTTAWA — The 2010 earthquake in Haiti and other recent disasters have highlighted the important role that social media and “digital volunteers” can play in supporting emergency response and recovery efforts.

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Unmanned Team Of K-MAX® Helicopter And Indago Quad Rotor Demonstrate Firefighting Capability


The unmanned K-MAX, helicopter successfully conducted a firefighting mission during a demonstration on Nov. 6. Aided by the small unmanned Indago quad rotor, unmanned K-MAX extinguished several fires while collecting and dropping more than 24,000 pounds of water onto the flames in one hour.

OWEGO, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2014 – A team of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman [NYSE: KAMN] unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the unmanned K-MAX helicopter lifted and dropped more than 24,000 pounds of water onto the fire.

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Britannia Seaways crew who fought raging fire in heavy seas receive 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

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2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea: Captain Andreas Kristensen with the medal he and his crew of the Britannia Seaways received.

One year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen and his crew of the Britannia Seaways have received the 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, at a special ceremony on Monday, 17 November 2014.

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New sites will boost European search and rescue

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For three decades the Cospas–Sarsat system has used transponders on satellites such as Europe’s MSG and MetOp to pick up distress calls from ships and aircraft.
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Cospas–Sarsat’s extension to MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) will extend its search and rescue coverage (the area outlined in red). On the ground the Galileo programme is contributing a Toulouse-based test bench, and a networked trio of MEOSAR ground stations – known as Local User Terminals (LUTs) – to cover Europe, based in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, Cyprus and the Canary Islands. Existing LUTs are distributed on a per country basis, but it is an advantage of MEOSAR that fewer ground stations will be needed for greater coverage. Galileo engineers have introduced another innovation: for the first time those in distress will receive a reply, letting them know their signal was picked up and help is on the way.
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17 November 2014

A trio of stations has taken shape on three islands at the far corners of our continent, ready to pick up distress calls via satellite from all across Europe and its surrounding waters.

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Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station to receive a new all weather lifeboat. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton announced that the RNLI have advised that the station is now scheduled to receive one of the new “state of the art” Shannon Class Lifeboats, to replace their current Mersey Class lifeboat “Grace Darling”, which has been on station at Seahouses since 1991.

Ian Clayton added “The current Mersey Class boat has served us well, and is still a very capable lifeboat, but technology moves on, and the new Shannon is bristling with technology and has many improvements when compared with the Mersey. The main advantage will be the much faster top speed of 26 knots, compared with the current boat’s 16 knots, and much increased manoeuvrability. The increased speed will enable the boat to reach incidents more quickly, and hopefully enhance its life saving capability”. The new boat should be on station by 2018.

Icy Mount Seymour Rescue



Today North Shore Rescue was tasked by BC Ambulance to respond to Mount Seymour for an injured hiker. The hiker was on the trail, headed to Dog Mountain, when he slipped on ice and sustained a serious lower leg injury. Compounding this situation was the fact that the hiker was dressed very lightly with frigid temperatures prevailing.

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