Ulstein Implements Organizational Changes
Naming and organizational changes are underway in the Ulstein Group companies in the Netherlands. As of August 1, 2015, the ship design company Ulstein Sea of Solutions has been renamed Ulstein Design & Solutions BV (UDS BV), while the equipment company Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions has been renamed Ulstein Equipment BV (UE BV). Edwin van Leeuwen and Gilbert Rezette enter positions as managing directors of the respective companies.
USCG Prepares Ports of Saipan, Tinian for Heavy Weather
In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Depression 16W the Coast Guard captain of the port for Guam has established port heavy weather condition x-ray for the ports of Saipan and Tinian effective at 9 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time Saturday. In accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 160.111(c), the COTP orders all commercial vessels to prepare to complete cargo operations and be ready to depart the ports of Saipan and Tinian when PHWC Yankee is established.
Robotic SAR: New ICARUS Ready by 2016
On 9-10 July 2015, at the Portuguese Navy Base of Alfeite (Almada) in Lisbon, 24 Project Partners from 9 countries demonstrated the ICARUS (Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search Operations) system, as final step of the ICARUS European project (http://www.fp7-icarus.eu/) funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).
40 Migrants Suffocate Crossing the Mediterranean
At least forty people suffocated in an overcrowded boat carrying around 400 migrants while crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe on Saturday. Many of the migrants were saved as the boat issued a distress call and was intercepted off the Libyan coast. The rescue operation, which is conducted by the Italian navy, is still ongoing and most of the passengers have been saved. Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that about 320 people have been rescued, the BBC reports.
Russians Explore Sunken USN Ship
Northern Fleet divers salvage weapons and equipment from the American ship “Thomas Donaldson”, which sank after a German submarine attack outside Murmansk in 1945. Divers from the Northern Fleet’s search and rescue department in 2014 started an operation to bring weapons and equipment from the American vessel to the surface. Last year a Sherman tank was raised. It has been restored and is now displayed at a museum in Safonovo outside Severomorsk, barentsobserver.com reports.
Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty
Migrants desperate to get off the Greek island of Kos fought each other on Saturday while nearby a passenger ship chartered to house and process refugees lay empty 24 hours after it had arrived. Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening.