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June 2012 Archives

Man Overboard MAERSK BINTAN Found After Ten Hours in Water

On June 23, around 8:30 a.m., a crewmember aboard 732-foot Singapore-flagged container ship MAERSK BINTAN sent out a call that a crewmate was missing and thought to have gone overboard. According to reports, MAERSK BINTAN was about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda at the time.

American Seafoods Company Violates Clean Air Act - Agrees to Restitution

It's been announced that American Seafoods Company, LLC, and its sister company, Pacific Longline Company, LLC, both of Seattle, must pay a $700,000 penalty, phase out their use of ozone depleting refrigerants, and perform restitution for multiple violations, which include illegally importing over 70,000 kilograms of R-22 between 2006 and 2009, failures to promptly repair ozone depleting refrigerant leaks, failures to make certain repairs were adequate, failure to employ certified repair personnel, and failure to keep accurate repair records.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Fishing Industry

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as the name implies, may occur after witnessing or experiencing firsthand a traumatic event, such as a wartime experience, an accident, a narrow escape from harm, assault, physical and emotional abuse, and so on. PTSD is receiving more attention in recent years, partly due to the recognition that many of our soldiers and veterans are dealing with the effects of PTSD. PTSD is nothing new to humankind, but the understanding of PTSD as a genuine physical and mental ailment worthy of care and compassion is fairly new. Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, but, according to the National Center for PTSD, 7.8% of the U.S. population will experience it. There are other forms of post-trauma response that present similar symptoms as PTSD, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may occur alone or in conjunction with PTSD.

Captain of F/V PROVIDENCE Medevaced to Kodiak by Coast Guard

Early the morning of June 11, the crew of F/V FLYING OCEAN contacted Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak requesting medevac, stating that they had taken aboard the captain of F/V PROVIDENCE, who had suffered a hand injury near Chignik, Alaska, and that they were headed toward Kodiak. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter at 4:35 a.m. in order to airlift the captain to Kodiak, where emergency medical care awaited. The PROVIDENCE captain was reported to be in stable condition.

F/V CAPE HORN Crewman Airlifted After 480V Electrical Shock

According to reports, Seattle-based, 145-foot F/V CAPE HORN crewmembers called the Coast Guard for help early the morning of June 8, after a crewmate, who had been working on the electrical switchboard, apparently sustained a 480V electrical shock with cardiac complications.

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