Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award for Outstanding Seamanship

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The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has confirmed that its 2014 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship will be awarded to Sean McCarter, skipper of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race Northern Irish entry Derry-Londonderry-Doire. The award is in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh northern Pacific Ocean last March.

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Titan raises bulker bow then scuttles it; Chief Engineer found guilty in magic pipe case


Titan raises bulker bow then scuttles it

December 18, 2014—Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Titan Salvage has successfully refloated the bow, the largest and most challenging section of the wrecked bulk carrier Smart, and then scuttled it in designated waters. The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in Richards Bay, South Africa.

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Publication of MAIB Report into incidents involving DUKW vehicles Wacker Quacker 1 and Cleopatra


Wacker Quacker 2 on Grafton Street, Liverpool


The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) will publish at 0001 hrs tomorrow a report into the two incidents involving DUKW amphibious passenger vehicles; the sinking of Wacker Quacker 1 on 15 June 2013 in Salthouse Dock, Liverpool and the fire on board the Cleopatra during a sightseeing tour on the River Thames, London, on 29 September 2013.

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Exmouth RNLI Shop volunteers’ dedication recognised by the Institution

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PR141214 Long-service award volunteers on the Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn.

L to R: Margaret Griffin, Anne Midgley, Jill Carter, Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, Barbara Davies, Nancy Thompson, Margaret Eaglesham, Deputy Coxswain Roger Jackson, Visitor Experience Manager Amanda Woods and Mechanic Andy Williams.

Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)

On Thursday 11 December, shop and fundraising volunteers gathered at Exmouth lifeboat station for the presentation of six long-service awards. Two 10-year and four 20-year framed certificates were awarded to the committed volunteers.

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Seymour River Rockslide Update

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Update from Metro Vancouver
Update: 5:30 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014

Conditions in the Seymour River and at the rockslide are considered stable at this point. The slide occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and comprised some 30 – 50,000 cubic metres of rock. Several very large boulders, including one the size of a house and estimated at 3,000 tonnes, and other rocky debris have partially blocked the river, but flow continues. The rock slide is considered naturally occurring.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police Orders an Additional AW139 Helicopter

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The contract brings to 4 the number of AW139s purchased by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police

Aircraft to enter service in 2016
More than 40 AgustaWestland law enforcement helicopters sold to Japan so far
Over 40 AW139s already in service in Japan performing a range of mission

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police has placed an order for an additional AW139 intermediate twin helicopter. The aircraft is expected to enter service in 2016. This latest contract brings to 4 the number of AW139s purchased by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and expands the AgustaWestland law enforcement helicopter fleet in Japan. More than 40 AgustaWestland helicopters have been ordered so far to perform law enforcement missions including the AW139, the AW109 series and the AW101 helicopter types.

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