NWS: Today’s High Near 82; Tonight’s Low Around 58

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 58. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

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Inexperienced Chief Mate Grounded Louis Jolliet

first_imgThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) investigation into the grounding of the passenger vessel Louis Jolliet has highlighted the need for comprehensive emergency procedures, training and drills, according to its investigation report.On May 16, 2013, the passenger vessel Louis Jolliet ran aground off Sainte-Pétronille, Île d’Orléans, Quebec, while on a cruise with 57 passengers on board. The passengers and some crew were evacuated, the vessel sustained minor damage, and was re-floated at high tide. There were no injuries or pollution reported.The investigation found that, although present on the bridge at the time of the grounding, the master was not participating in, nor supervising the navigation of the vessel, leaving navigation to the recently-hired chief mate, who initiated a course alteration, and went aground.In examining the events following the grounding, the investigation determined that key crew members were not familiar with their emergency duties. The investigation also determined that the emergency procedures in place for the vessel had shortcomings with respect to passenger safety management, and crew members had not practised such procedures in a realistic way.Although the task of securing the safety of the passengers was accomplished on the day of the occurrence, the Louis Jolliet may carry up to 1000 passengers, highlighting the need for comprehensive and detailed procedures, training, and drills in passenger safety management. The investigation also highlighted the need for effective oversight of passenger safety by Transport Canada (TC).Since the occurrence, Croisières AML, the owner/operator of the vessel, has implemented many safety actions addressing the issues outlined by the TSB investigation including new procedures to familiarize the crew with the route and new training and drills related to passenger safety.TC subsequently issued a notice to their inspectors on their requirements under the current regulations and made improvements to their reporting system.[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2014last_img read more

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Expanded Panama canal sees first transit

first_imgThe Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, thanked the nearly 30,000 people who had worked on the canal’s expansion, which has delivered considerable business for project forwarders, specialist transport engineering companies and heavy lift shipping lines.Construction on the new locks for the canal, which runs for 77 km, began in 2007 and was due to finish in 2014, but strikes and disputes over costs delayed the USD5.2 billion project.The original Panama Canal was first used in August 1914. It was built by the USA and handed over to local control in 1999 and the expansion will allow larger generation of container ships to pass through the isthmus.www.pancanal.comThe Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, thanked the nearly 30,000 people who had worked on the canal’s expansion, which has delivered considerable business for project forwarders, specialist transport engineering companies and heavy lift shipping lines.Construction on the new locks for the canal, which runs for 77 km, began in 2007 and was due to finish in 2014, but strikes and disputes over costs delayed the USD5.2 billion project.The original Panama Canal was first used in August 1914. It was built by the USA and handed over to local control in 1999 and the expansion will allow larger generation of container ships to pass through the isthmus.www.pancanal.comlast_img read more

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