Saving lives through cooperation

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15/04/2015 IMO is taking part in the 6th Pacific Regional Search and Rescue Workshop in Noumea, New Caledonia (13-17 April), to improve cooperation on the maritime and aeronautical search and rescue operations. The workshop,jointly organized by IMO and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC?) and funded by IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), is being attended by more than 50 participants from Pacific island countries (including Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Tonga, and territories of France).

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The Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention enters into force

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The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks provides a set of uniform international rules for the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located in a country’s exclusive economic zone or equivalent 200 nautical miles zone.

Briefing: 11, April 13, 2015
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on Tuesday (14 April 2015). The Convention places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance, or other form of financial security for such liability, compulsory for ships of 300 gt and above. It also provides States Parties with a right of direct action against insurers.

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U.S. Marine Corps Enters Production Phase of Oshkosh P-19R Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Contract


The next-generation ARFF vehicle provides off-road firefighting capabilities

OSHKOSH, Wis. (April 13, 2015) — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today will begin the Production and Deployment Phase of the P-19 Replacement (P-19R) Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle program for the U.S. Marine Corps. Oshkosh was awarded the P-19R contract in May 2013 and has since successfully completed all required government development testing and evaluation and readiness reviews required to move the program through Milestone C approval and into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).

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Exmouth RNLI Four rescued from sinking motorboat

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PR130415 Inshore lifeboat, George Bearman crew volunteers stay on scene to watch over the sinking motorboat.

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PR130415 All-weather lifeboat Shannon class R and J Welburn launches on Exmouth Beach.

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Both Exmouth lifeboats launched at 3pm yesterday, Sunday 12 April to reports of a broken down motorboat half a mile off Budleigh Salterton. In the short time it took to reach the scene, crew volunteers found four casualties in the water after their motorboat had started to sink.

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At 11.22hrs on Sunday 12 March 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, following a MAYDAY call for assistance from two dive RIBS (rigid inflatable boats), broken down off the Farne Islands. Their exact position was difficult at first to establish, due to poor radio reception. A local passenger vessel “St Cuthbert 3” had also received the distress call and had responded and located the vessels and had towed them to a safer location near Brownsman Island, pending arrival of the lifeboats on scene. The Inshore Lifeboat “Peter Downes” was first to reach the casualties, and established that no one was in any immediate danger.

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Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers work with their colleagues from Burnham on Sea to rescue a dog fallen off a cliff.

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photographs show the four lifeboats searching off Brean Down, the dog in the lifeboat. A video of the rescue is available from the RNLI web site

Multiple search and rescue facilities were mobilised by Milford Haven Coastguard when a dog became lost off the dangerous cliffs at Brean Down

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RNLI New Brighton – News Release on Rescue of Golden Retriever

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Date: 08/04/2015
Author: Bob Warwick

New Brighton’s lifeboat Atlantic 85 B-837 ‘Charles Dibdin’ plus RNLI Beach Lifeguard on a jetski were launched to a report from HM Coastguard of a dog and possible human in the water in the area off from ‘The Gunsight’ on the Leasowe shore.

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CARB slaps ship manager with fines for clean air violations; USCG responds to multi-vessel Mississippi collision

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CARB slaps ship manager with fines for clean air violations
April 7, 2015—A ship manager was fined more than a quarter of a million dollars for violating California’s clean air regulations during visits to the state’s ports between 2009 to 2011, according to the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC). Earlier this year, we reported that four shipping companies were fined a total of $147,000 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for failing to switch to cleaner low sulfur fuel when entering within 24 nautical miles of the California coast.

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At 11.53hrs on Sunday 05 March 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, following a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service, for a female who had fallen and suffered a possible broken leg on the beach at Seahouses. The Inshore Lifeboat was launched with 4 crew instead of 3, and other crew attended the scene with the station Landrover. At that time the nearest available ambulance was 40 minutes away.

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