Weston-Super-Mare RNLI Volunteers turn out for the first shout from their new premises.

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Weston-super-Mare RNLI having left its home on Birnbeck Island has established a temporary base at Knightstone Harbour. Yesterday was the first call to that station.

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The temporary station on the Piazza at Knightstone Island has only been in place for a few weeks. The crews have spent every Sunday and Wednesday training to make sure they knew how to launch the D Class lifeboat from there. This entailed removing the lifeboat from its container, stopping the traffic on the main promenade road and using the ramp at Knightstone Harbour.

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GREAT BRITAIN WHEELCHAIR RUGBY ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST WORLD AMBASSADOR

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GBWR is to welcome its first Ambassador to the sport, Harlequins and England rugby star Mike Brown. His role will continue the rugby links GBWR has made in recent years – partnering with the RFU and with Harlequins, Saracens, Gloucester, Leicester and Woodbridge rugby clubs – and involve him in the GBWR military recovery unit programme.

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USCG cutter and laker collide during ice escort

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USCG cutter and laker collide during ice escort

January 7, 2014—It looks like rear-enders can happen on the Great Lakes as well as the highways. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock arrived in St. Ignace, MI, Sunday night (January 5) after being involved in a collision with Interlake Steamship’s 990-foot motor vessel Mesabi Miner in northern Lake Michigan Sunday morning. The Hollyhock is a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Port Huron, MI, and was conducting an ice escort at the time of the collision.

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USCG’s Polar Star joins Arctic rescue saga

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Cracked containership to be repaired at anchorage

January 6, 2014—Repairs to a crack on the main deck and outer hull of the the 4,860 TEU containership MSC Monterey will now be carried out on board the ship at its current location. The ship, which was delivered from the Daewoo Mangalia shipyard in Romania in 2008, is anchored in St. Mary’s Bay at a sheltered location in the south of Newfoundland. The ship proceeded there after discovery of the crack on December 27 caused her to abort a voyage to Boston from Antwerp. Four passengers were taken off the ship by helicopter.

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Chinese helicopter rescues ice ship passengers

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Third Austal LCS is a first in two ways

January 2, 2014—Last month, Austal USA successfully completed the launch of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6). Though LCS 6 is the third Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship to be launched at the Mobile, AL, shipyard it is the first that Austal has been contracted to build for the U.S. Navy as prime contractor subsequent to a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010. It is also the first ship to be built in Austal’s new 59,000-square-foot state-of-the art assembly hall, Bay 5.

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