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January 2016

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Page 22 of 23 January 2016 23 casualtIes mission said it has received dozens of reports of hoverboard-related injuries across the country. For more of the Sun Sentinel story: 1/19: WoRkER killEd AT PoRT TAMPA bAy A worker was killed at a Port Tampa Bay site when a giant pile of sulfur collapsed on his front-end loader. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon told the press that the Gulf Coast Bulk Equip- ment employee was moving sulfur to a semitrailer at the Port Redwing site when the 30-foot pile collapsed. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Nacole Revette said the man, who wasn't immediately named, likely died from inhaling the sulfur, but no official cause of death has been released. She said firefighters had to work carefully to remove the body so they wouldn't cause another collapse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate. For more of the The Ledger story: 1/18: ChEMiCAl fiRE bloCkS TRUCk ACCESS To oNE SidE of bRAzil'S SANToS PoRT Trucks carrying exports could not reach the Guaruja side of the Port of Santos in Brazil on Friday, one day after containers filled with chemicals caught fire and sent poisonous gas into the air. A port spokeswoman said access would be restricted while firefighters put out the blaze that affected up to a dozen containers at the terminal operated by Localfrio logistics company. The fire, which caused dozens of peo - ple to go to the hospital after breathing the noxious smoke, is considered under control, according to the port. With trucks unable to reach the Gua- ruja side of the port, terminals there may have to rely on stocks, although some products are arriving by train. Santos is Brazil's main commodities exporting port, but is still a few weeks away from receiving new crop soybeans to export. Brazil is the world's top ex- porter of soybeans, sugar and coffee and the No. 2 corn exporter. F o r m o r e o f t h e R e u t e r s s t o r y : 1/14: CARgo ShiP CATChES fiRE off Uk'S NoRfolk CoAST Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels were dispatched to respond to a ship fire today off the coast of Cromer. The ships seven crew members were still on board and trying to keep the fire under control. An additional Coastguard rescue helicopter from Humberside came on scene along with the Cromer RNLI Lifeboat. The UK Coastguard received a may - day message, broadcast at 5:20 in the morning to report that the vessel, car- rying wheat to Rotterdam, had a fire in its accommodation. "The crew are still on board the ves- sel and keeping the fire under control. However , we have a rescue helicopter hovering above as well as a lifeboat on scene so that, should the need arise, they can evacuate the ship," said Ian Guy, a spokesman for the Coast Guard. "The Humberside Fire and Rescue fire fight - ing crew will be on scene soon and will assess the fire at that point." For more of the ITV story: 1/13: iCElANd CoAST gUARd RESCUES CARgo ShiP The Icelandic Coast Guard patrol ship Þór reached a cargo vessel belonging to Icelandic logistics company Samskip that suffered engine failure on Sunday (1-10) 160 nautical miles southwest of the Faroe Islands. Hoffell is a 5,500-ton container ship with a crew of thirteen. Its engine broke down and the crew have been unable to restart it. It took Þór just over 24 hours to make the journey to the stricken vessel. A tow- cable has been successfully attached and Þór is now towing Hoffell back to safety in Reykjavik. They are expected to arrive by the end of this week. For more of the Iceland Monitor story: 1/12: RUSSiAN CARgo ShiP RUNS AgRoUNd off JAPAN A cargo ship has run aground off the coast of Yamagata prefecture in north- east Japan on Sunday. Japan's self-defense forces sent a helicopter to the scene to evacuate 14 Russians and 4 citizens of Bangladesh to nearby Sakata port. The cargo ship, flying the flag of Pan - ama, left the Russian port of Nakhodka and arrived in Akita prefecture, located not far from Yamagata, where it was partly unloaded. After that, the ship left for South Korea but ran aground near Sakata port because of high waves. The 18-member crew consisting of Rus- sian and Bangladeshi nationals is unhurt, according to the local fire department. For more of the TASS story: 1/11: RoTTERdAM doCkWoRkERS STAgE 1-dAy STRikE Port workers at Rotterdam's container terminal were ready to begin a 24-hour strike last Thursday and five other day- long strikes are being planned, accord - ing to news agency ANP. The unions want port terminal op- erators to rule out making compulsory redundancies, despite overcapacity and growing automation in the sector. The port authority said it would not be going to court in an effort to stop the strike. "Striking is a right and we would rather put our energy into a solution," a spokesman told ANP. Some 800 out of 3,500 jobs at the port are under threat over the next four years, the unions say. The last all-out strike in the port was 13 years ago, the Finan - cieele Dagblad reports. For more of the Dutch News story:

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