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Σάββατο, Αυγούστου 05, 2017

Δευτέρα, Δεκεμβρίου 29, 2014

Evacuation of burning Italian ferry completed (Hundreds of passengers brought to safety)

All remaining passengers on board an Italian ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea off the Greek island of Corfu have been rescued, Greek officials have said.

The blaze left seven people dead. Six bodies were recovered from the water around the stricken Norman Atlantic on Monday, a day after the body of a 62-year-old Greek man was pulled from the heaving sea.
 
A 24-hour evacuation operation that proved to be extremely difficult was concluded shortly after midday.

Many of those rescued said the fire, which broke out at dawn on Sunday, triggered panic which the crew appeared ill-prepared to deal with.
One of the first passengers rescued told reporters after arriving in the Italian port of Bari he had thought he was going to die as parts of the ferry, with 478 passengers and crew on board, became engulfed by thick smoke as it travelled from Greece to Italy.
"We did not know what to do. The staff had no idea how to get people off the boat," he said.
"The lifeboats did not work, there was only one of them in the water and none of the crew were there to help people."

Others said they stayed huddled on the vessel's upper decks, pelted by rain and hail and struggled to breathe through the thick smoke.
A passenger recalled people being awakened by "the smell of burning plastic" and that the heat from the fire felt like the floors were "boiling".

The evacuation was completed nearly 36 hours after the fire broke out on the car deck and left the huge vessel drifting dangerously in high seas off the coast of Albania.

'Mystery'
With the evacuation complete, questions are being raised as to how the fire started and why it was not contained.
Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe announced a criminal investigation which will seek to establish whether negligence contributed to the disaster.
The Italian owner of the boat, Carlo Visentini, said he would cooperate fully.
He insisted that the vessel, which was leased to Greek operator ANEK ferries, had passed a technical inspection which included its firedoors on December 19.

Al Jazeera's Simon McGregor-Wood, reporting from Italian coastal city of Brindisi, said what caused the fire remained a mystery.

"But what we do know from various sources is that the fire took hold in the car deck," he said. "There were 200 vehicles of all kinds including several tanker trucks containing olive oil, which it is expected to have contributed to the fire."
 [aljazeera.com]
29/12/14
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251 People Rescued, 227 Still on Board Norman Atlantic Ferry (Italian Navy)

251 out of more than 470 passengers of the Norman Atlantic passenger ferry, which caught fire Sunday as it was sailing from Greece to Italy, have been rescued and 267 are still on board, the Italian Navy stated Monday.
 
"251 people have been saved, 227 are still on board," the Italian Navy said on its official Twitter page.

 
The Norman Atlantic ferry, which caught ablaze in the Ionian Sea, has been taken under tow, with the fire on board partially under control, the Greek shipping ministry reported on Sunday.
The towing rope, used by the Italian ship Marietta Barretta to tow the burning Norman Atlantic ferry, has broken, the website of the Il Messaggero newspaper reported.
The government rescue team is now trying to reattach the ship to one of the four tugs, which are close to the Norman Atlantic. When the tow rope is reattached, the ferry is likely to be moved to the Italian port of Brindisi.

Earlier, the Greek Minister of National Defense Nikos Dendias reported that the Norman Atlantic angled down 7 degrees. At the same time, a representative of the ANEK company, chartering the ferry, said to the Skai Greek TV channel, that angle of the heel was not dangerous......................http://sputniknews.com/europe/20141229/1016349172.html
29/12/14
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Κυριακή, Δεκεμβρίου 28, 2014

Winds hamper burning ferry rescue off Greece (About 160 rescued)

At least one person has been killed and hundreds more remain trapped after an Italian ferry with almost 500 people on board caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu, the Italian Navy has confirmed.
About 160 people have been rescued so far, while Italian and Greek helicopter crews prepared to work through the night to airlift passengers in pairs off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea.

The Norman Atlantic, carrying 222 vehicles, 411 passengers and 55 crew, was 44 nautical miles northwest of the island of Corfu when it sent a distress signal after a fire started in the lower deck, Greek coast guard officials said on Sunday.
Greek vessels rushed to give assistance after picking up its distress signal, the coastguard added.
The evacuation was being carried out in difficult conditions, with rescued passengers saying gale-force winds were lashing the vessel.
Seven vessels were next to the ferry to take passengers on board. Two Greek firefighting ships were on their way, while Italian and Greek aircraft circled overhead.

Bad weather
Italian navy spokesman Riccardo Rizzotto said four helicopters were already at the scene and the ship's captain had told coastguards that the ferry was now drifting towards the Albanian coast.

"The weather conditions are so bad we need an extraordinary level of support, which is effectively what is being put in place," he said.
The fire was said to have broken out in the ferry's parking bay, which can hold some 200 vehicles, the AFP news agency said.

Greek television network Mega said there were tankers holding olive oil in the bay.

Defence Minister Nikos Dendias told the channel that Italian authorities had responded to a Greek plea for assistance and had now taken charge of the rescue operation.
The Norman Atlantic had left the Greek port of Patras at 05:30am (03:30 GMT) and had been heading to the Italian port of Ancona when the fire broke out.
 [aljazeera.com]
28/12/14

Italian-flagged ferry with 466 people on board evacuated due to fire / Un ferry en feu au large de la Grèce: sauvetage en cours (VIDEO YT)

An Italian-flagged ferry with a total of 466 people on board was being evacuated on Sunday after a fire broke out in one garage off the island of Corfu in western Greece, the local Coast Guard said.

The "Norman Atlantic" was sailing from the port of Patras in western Greece to Ancona in Italy with 411 passengers, 55 crew members and 220 vehicles on board when the fire started under yet unclear circumstances.


For precaution measures authorities decided to evacuate the people to ships which were sailing nearby at about 30 nautical miles off Corfu. 

Xinhua
28/12/14
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  • Un ferry en feu au large de la Grèce: sauvetage en cours

Un incendie s'est déclaré, dimanche, sur un ferry grec avec 411 passagers et 55 membres d'équipage à son bord. Le "Norman Atlantic" avait quitté le port grec de Patras à 05h30 (03h30 GMT) dimanche matin en direction du port italien d'Ancona, et a envoyé un signal de détresse alors qu'il se trouvait à 33 miles nautiques de la petite île grecque d'Othonoi, en mer Adriatique. Le feu aurait pris dans le garage du navire, avant de se répandre rapidement.

Une opération de sauvetage est en cours pour évacuer les 466 personnes à bord, ont annoncé les garde-côtes grecs.
 [rtl.be]
28/12/14
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Κυριακή, Νοεμβρίου 16, 2014

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc makes road safety a priority in EU transport policy (EC - 16.11.14)

European Commission - Statement,  Brussels, 16 November 2014:
On the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Violeta Bulc, the EU's Transport Commissioner made the following statement:


"Road safety has been one of the great European success stories and our roads are much safer today than they were some twenty years ago. But our work cannot stop here! More than 26, 000 people still die on our roads every year, and many more suffer horrific road traffic injuries.
Behind these statistics are grieving parents, children, siblings, colleagues and friends. This is an unacceptable price to pay for mobility. Today my thoughts go out to every person who has lost someone dear to them, and to all those who have been physically or mentally affected by a road accident.
The World Day of Remembrance gives us a painful but necessary reminder that working towards improving road safety is a never ending process. It is clear that we have come a long way, but more needs to be done.
That is why I would like to take this opportunity to personally pledge to make road safety one of my top priorities as the European Transport Commissioner. I hope that I can count on you to work actively together with the European Commission, to help make our roads safer in Europe. Together we can save thousands of lives."

Background
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year in order to remember all those who are killed or injured in road traffic crashes every year. The World Day of Remembrance also calls attention to the suffering of the families and friends of the victims. The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was first established in 1995 on the initiative of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims. Since 2005 the World Day of Remembrance is endorsed by the United Nations and recognised and honoured on all continents.
 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-1761_en.htm?locale=en
16/11/14
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Σάββατο, Μαΐου 31, 2014

China to close over 2,000 coal mines by 2015 (those that do not meet safety standards)

China plans to shut down over 2,000 small-scale coal mines by 2015 in an effort to eliminate outdated capacity and improve work safety, according to the State Administration of Work Safety.

Coal mines in the provinces of Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou, as well as Chongqing municipality, will be major targets, the administration said.


It will gradually weed out coal mines with an annual output at or below 90,000 tonnes, and shut down those that do not meet safety standards.

China's mines are among the deadliest in the world, with fatal accidents occurring frequently due to poor safety regulations and a lack of safety awareness. 

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-5-31 11:40:52 

[globaltimes.cn ]
31/5/14
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Παρασκευή, Απριλίου 25, 2014

Ban marks Chernobyl anniversary with call for greater support for recovery efforts

UN, 25 April 2014 –“This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency workers who responded, remember the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from contaminated regions, and stand in solidarity with the millions who still live in the affected areas in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
The explosion that occurred at Chernobyl on 26 April, 1986 marked the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. The United Nations has played an important role in addressing the challenges faced by affected communities, and remains committed to the UN Action Plan on Chernobyl until 2016.

The Plan contains a declaration of principles embraced by all UN agencies involved in recovery efforts and emphasizes social and economic development and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and community self-reliance.
“Those affected still require targeted yet comprehensive support in creating new livelihoods and restoring self-reliance and self-sufficiency. The Secretary-General applauds the determination of people in affected territories to bring life in the region back to normal,” said the statement.
Mr. Ban noted that Chernobyl recovery has produced new knowledge and experience in addressing the multifaceted consequences of nuclear emergencies.
“Over the years, the United Nations and its partners have tackled development challenges that emerged in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster, supported recovery efforts tailored to addressing the fallout, and found practical solutions on the ground,” the statement noted, adding that Mr. Ban welcomes the request of the General Assembly to fully utilize those experiences in development cooperation worldwide.
“On this solemn occasion, the Secretary-General calls upon the international community to further support the process of recovery and sustainable development in the Chernobyl-affected region, to optimize the knowledge gained for the common good, and to do everything possible to prevent any future nuclear disasters.”
un.org
25/4/14
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Τετάρτη, Οκτωβρίου 30, 2013

Turkey and Japan sign formal agreement to build second nuclear plant in Sinop.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe signed on Oct. 29 the official agreement for building Turkey's second nuclear plant in the Black Sea province of Sinop.

The two countries signed a $22 billion deal in May for the construction of a plant with a total capacity of 4,800 megawatts (mW), by a Japanese-French alliance of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and French firm Areva.

Abe came to Istanbul to attend the official opening ceremony of the Marmaray tunnel, which has also been built by a Japanese firm.



Erdoğan told reporters during a joint press conference after the Marmaray's opening ceremony that the nuclear plant would be built with the most developed technology.

"We know that it is impossible to say something like 'accidents will never happen.' Even if it is one in a million, such a danger, such an accident, might occur, and it is impossible to ignore this," Erdoğan said, commenting on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

"There is no investment without risks, in any field. But every firm, every company should take 100 percent security measures. The ideal thing is without a doubt to minimize the margin of error," he added.

"Moreover, I believe that Japan will put forward the most developed technology in the works that we will undertake together at the Sinop nuclear plant. This is necessary for both Japan and Turkey," the prime minister said.

The first unit of the nuclear plant is set to be active by 2023, while the last unit will come online by 2028.

Turkey's first nuclear plant is being constructed in Akkuyu in the southern province of Mersin by the Russian state atomic energy corporation. The plant will be made with four reactors and will have a total installed power of 4,800 mW.

hurriyetdailynews.com
30/10/13
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Κυριακή, Σεπτεμβρίου 22, 2013

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document...

Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe.
A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of monumental proportions when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961. 



The bombs fell to earth after a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air, and one of the devices behaved precisely as a nuclear weapon was designed to behave in warfare: its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only one low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage.

Each bomb carried a payload of 4 megatons – the equivalent of 4 million tons of TNT explosive. Had the device detonated, lethal fallout could have been deposited over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and as far north as New York city – putting millions of lives at risk......http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/20/usaf-atomic-bomb-north-carolina-1961
20/9/13

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  • Comment les Etats-Unis ont échappé de peu à une bombe H...

Un rapport déclassifié révélé par le Guardian montre qu'une bombe atomique a failli exploser en Caroline du Nord en 1961.

Une bombe atomique américaine 260 fois plus puissante que celle d’Hiroshima a failli exploser en janvier 1961 en Caroline du Nord (Est des Etats-Unis), rapporte samedi le quotidien britannique The Guardian en citant un document américain «déclassifié».

Selon le rapport secret sur cet événement, un bombardier B-52 s’est disloqué en vol le 23 janvier 1961, laissant échapper deux bombes Mark 39 à hydrogène au-dessus de Goldsboro, une ville de Caroline du Nord. «L’une des deux bombes s’est comportée exactement de la manière dont une bombe nucléaire est censée le faire» quand elle est larguée intentionnellement: «son parachute s’est ouvert et le processus de mise feu s’est enclenché», révèle le quotidien.

«Un simple interrupteur à faible voltage fonctionnant comme une dynamo, a évité aux Etats-Unis une catastrophe» en empêchant la bombe d’exploser, a ainsi écrit Parker F. Jones, un ingénieur qui travaillait dans les laboratoires nationaux de Sandia, chargés d’élaborer les mécanismes de sécurité pour les bombes nucléaires. Auteur du rapport sur les événements qui a été écrit huit ans après, il a souligné que trois des quatre dispositifs de sécurité n’ont pas fonctionné.
Des millions de vies en danger

La catastrophe aurait pu affecter les villes de Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphie et même New York, mettant «des millions de vies en danger», note le quotidien. A l’époque, l’incident a donné lieu à d’intenses spéculations quant à sa gravité, mais les autorités américaines ont toujours nié que des vies américaines aient été menacées en raison de mesures de sécurité insuffisantes.

«La bombe MK 39 Mod 2 ne possédait pas les mécanismes de sécurité appropriés pour un usage aéroporté à bord d’un B-52», conclut l’ingénieur dans ce rapport intitulé «Goldsboro revisité, ou comment j’ai appris à me méfier de la bombe H» - en référence au sous-titre du film de Stanley Kubrick, «Docteur Folamour». Ce rapport a été obtenu par le journaliste Eric Schlosser, qui a utilisé le Freedom of information act pour accéder à des documents encore secrets dans le cadre d'une enquête pour son livre sur la course à l'armement nucléaire, Command and Control.

Des documents similaires obtenus par Schlosser montrent qu’au «moins 700 accidents significatifs et incidents impliquant 1.250 armes nucléaires ont été enregistrés entre 1950 et 1968» par le gouvernement.
http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/09/21/comment-les-etats-unis-ont-echappe-de-peu-a-une-bombe-atomique_933638?xtor=rss-450
21/9/13
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  • EEUU estuvo cerca de detonar una bomba atómica por accidente en 1961...Dos bombas de hidrógeno cayeron sobre la ciudad de Goldsboro desde un bombardero de las Fuerzas Aéreas estadounidenses...

La aviación estadounidense estuvo a punto de detonar de forma accidental una bomba nuclear de cuatro megatones sobre Carolina del Norte (Estados Unidos) en 1961, según documentos desclasificados divulgados hoy por The Guardian.

El 23 de enero de 1961, dos bombas de hidrógeno Mark 39 cayeron accidentalmente sobre la ciudad de Goldsboro desde un bombardero de las Fuerzas Aéreas estadounidenses, modelo B-52, que sufrió una avería en pleno vuelo cuando sobrevolaba ese estado norteamericano.

Según la información publicada por el rotativo británico, cada uno de los dos explosivos que cayeron tenían una potencia 260 veces superior que la bomba lanzada contra Hiroshima (Japón) en 1945 y uno de ellos comenzó el proceso de detonación.

Aunque el Gobierno de EE UU había reconocido anteriormente que se produjo ese accidente, nunca ha hecho público lo cerca que el artefacto estuvo de ser detonado por accidente y, en cambio, siempre ha negado que se hubieran puesto en peligro vidas de ciudadanos debido a fallos en los sistemas de seguridad.

Al averiarse el avión, una de las bombas descendió del aparato de igual manera que si hubiera sido activada a propósito y fue un interruptor de bajo voltaje el que finalmente logró evitar que el artefacto explosionara y ocasionara, según The Guardian, una catástrofe de dimensiones monumentales......http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2013/09/21/actualidad/1379755283_262457.html
21/9/13
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  • Nel 1961 gli Usa di Kennedy sfiorarono l'olocausto nucleare....

In North Carolina, tre giorni dopo l'elezione di Kennedy, una bomba atomica cadde da un B 52 spezzato in volo: se non esplose fu solo per un piccolo interruttore che non si accese.

Tre giorni dopo l’insediamento di John F. Kennedy alla Casa Bianca gli Stati Uniti arrivarono a un soffio dall’olocausto nucleare in North Carolina: solo un interruttore a basso voltaggio impedì a un ordigno atomico Marc 39 a idrogeno, sganciato per errore, di esplodere nelle vicinanze del villaggio di Faro provocando una carneficina potenzialmente peggiore di Hiroshima.

Un documento ottenuto dal giornalista investigativo Eric Schlosser sulla base del Freedom of Indormation Act è stato pubblicato oggi sul sito americano del Guardian. La bomba sarebbe stata 260 volte più potente di quella che distrusse la città giapponese alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale. Il 23 gennaio 1961 un bombardiere B52 partito dalla base di Goldsboro si spezzò in volo e uno dei due ordigni che aveva a bordo funzionò esattamente come avrebbe dovuto funzionare una bomba a idrogeno in guerra: si aprì il paracadute e i meccanismi per dar via all’esplosione entrarono in funzione. Il disastro irrimediabile non ci fu solo perché un banale interruttore impedì la strage. Ogni bomba aveva un carico di 4 megatoni: se la bomba fosse esplosa il suo "fallout" radioattivo si sarebbe potuto depositare su Washington, Filadelfia, New York, mettendo a rischio la vita di milioni di persone......http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/esteri/nel-1961-usa-kennedy-sfiorarono-lolocausto-nucleare-952100.html
21/9/13
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  • Zeitung: Atombombe wäre 1961 beinahe über Amerika explodiert...Katastrophe knapp verhindert...

21.09.2013 · Nur knapp sind die Vereinigten Staaten 1961 einer selbstverschuldeten Katastrophe entgangen. Laut einem Zeitungsbericht wäre beinahe eine Wasserstoffbombe über North Carolina explodiert.

Auf dem Höhepunkt des Kalten Krieges sind die Vereinigten Staaten offenbar nur knapp einer selbstverschuldeten Katastrophe entgangen: Beinahe wäre 1961 eine Wasserstoffbombe von der 260fachen Stärke der Hiroshima-Bombe nach einer schweren Flugzeugpanne über North Carolina explodiert, berichtete der britische „Guardian“ am Samstag unter Berufung auf ein kürzlich freigegebenes Geheimdokument der amerikanischen Regierung. Erst im letzten Moment habe ein Sicherheitsschalter die Explosion verhindert.

Am 23. Januar 1961 brach den Angaben zufolge ein B-52-Langstreckenbomber der amerikanischen Luftwaffe bei einem Routineflug über der Stadt Goldsboro in der Luft auseinander. Die Maschine hatte zwei Atombomben an Bord; sie lösten sich und gingen auf die Erde nieder - ohne zu explodieren. In einer acht Jahre später vorgenommenen Untersuchung kommt der für die Regierung arbeitende Ingenieur Parker F. Jones allerdings zu dem Schluss, dass bei einer der beiden Bomben drei der vier Sicherheitsmechanismen, die eine ungewollte Explosion verhindern sollten, versagt hatten. Nur ein einfacher Sicherheitsschalter verhinderte demnach die drohende Katastrophe.
„Wie ich lernte, der H-Bombe zu misstrauen“

„Die Bombe MK39 Mod 2 verfügte nicht über die geeigneten Sicherheitsmechanismen für einen luftgestützten Einsatz“, folgerte Jones in seinem vertraulichen Bericht, den er mit trockenem Humor mit „Wiedersehen in Goldsboro oder: Wie ich lernte, der H-Bombe zu misstrauen“ überschrieb - in Anlehnung an Stanley Kubriks Kultfilm „Dr. Seltsam oder: Wie ich lernte, die Bombe zu lieben“.

Die amerikanische Regierung hatte den Zwischenfall schon zuvor eingestanden - doch erst der Geheimbericht von 1969 bestätigt der britischen Zeitung zufolge, wie ernst die Lage tatsächlich war. Demnach brachte der Zwischenfall das Leben von Millionen Menschen in Gefahr. Großstädte wie Washington oder New York wären betroffen gewesen.

Das Dokument wurde von dem amerikanischen Enthüllungsjournalisten Eric Schlosser bei Recherchen zu einem neuen Buch über den atomaren Rüstungswettlauf entdeckt. Um es zu bekommen, berief er sich auf das Gesetz zur Informationsfreiheit. Er warf der Regierung vor, der Öffentlichkeit die Gefahren durch unzulängliche Sicherheitsvorkehrungen verschwiegen zu haben, um ihre Atompolitik nicht zu gefährden: „Uns wurde gesagt, es sei unmöglich, dass diese Waffen versehentlich detonieren - und doch haben wir hier eine, bei der es beinahe passiert wäre“, sagte er dem „Guardian“.

Nach Schlossers Recherchen verzeichnete die amerikanische Regierung zwischen 1950 und 1968 mindestens 700 „bedeutende“ Unfälle und Zwischenfälle, in die rund 1250 Atomwaffen verwickelt waren.
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/katastrophe-knapp-verhindert-zeitung-atombombe-waere-1961-beinahe-ueber-amerika-explodiert-12584107.html
21/9/13

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