ALICANTE, Spain, November 30 – Team Vestas Wind crew were rescued in the small hours of Sunday morning after the Danish team’s Volvo Ocean Race boat was grounded on a reef in the Indian Ocean, forcing them to abandon it.
This new addition to the publisher’s fine range of aviation titles has received the Haynes Workshop Manual treatment. A lavishly illustrated work, this book features full colour throughout and some excellent sketches and drawings. Happily the interesting subject is still represented by a handful of aircraft that have been restored to flying condition and work the air show circuits. The author may be unknown to aviation enthusiasts, but has excellent credentials as a wordsmith. He worked for the RNLI for 28 years and is remembered for his work in presenting the world’s foremost lifeboat service as the RNLI Director of Public Relations. On retiring from the RNLI he has written some excellent books on lifeboats and branched out into writing about WWII intelligence operations. His family includes Admiral Wake-Walker who was Senior Naval Officer at Dunkirk who transferred his Flag to MTB102 when his destroyer was sunk under him. MTB102 was the Vosper prototype for the hundreds of gunboats and torpedo boats built during WWII by Vospers. At the time, the skipper of MTB102 was still working on the tactical manuals for Coastal Forces and went across to Dunkirk to see what he could do to help. MTB102 was one of the last vessels to leave Dunkirk, having survived many attacks by German aircraft, including a 500kg bomb dropped by a dive bomber, exploding within three feet of the transom.
Latest McAllister tug is JonRie equipped
November 24, 2014—JonRie InterTech, LLC, Manahawkin, NJ, has supplied its fifth ship set of Full Bollard Pull Winches to McAllister Towing of New York. They are installed on the latest addition to the McAllister fleet, the 92 ft x 32 ft Tate McAllister. Designed and built by shipbuilder Washburn & Doughty of East Boothbay, ME, the 6,000 HP Z-drive tug has a bollard pull of 90 tons. In the recover mode, the tug’s JonRie Series 250 Escort Winch is designed to handle the full bollard pull of the vessel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.