…As Tanker Crew Medevaced after Lifeboat Incident off Virginia***
The third Princess Beatrix lock near Utrecht in the Netherlands has been opened, enabling the first official passage of ships through the lock.
The lock was inaugurated by the Dutch Princess Beatrix in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen on February 6, 2019.
The official opening of the lock closes a construction period of 2.5 years. Since September 2016, Jan De Nul Group, as part of the Joint Venture Sas van Vreeswijk, has been working on the construction of the third lock.
According to Jan De Nul, the two lock heads are each 30 x 60 meters. Each lock head contains two lock gates, each weighing 490,000 kilos and measuring 28 meters wide, 14 meters high and 6.25 meters thick.
In total, 44,875 cubic meters of concrete and 17,900 tons of reinforcement were used to build this new lock. Sas van Vreeswijk was responsible for the excavation of 2 million cubic meters in order to widen the access to the locks.
After the inauguration, the new lock will gradually come into service.
From March until summer 2019, the two old locks will be closed for renovation works. In the meantime, the Lek Canal will be further deepened.
In the autumn of 2019 all maintenance work will be completed and all three locks will be fully operational.
In the meantime, a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew transported two crew members of the tanker Chemtrans Nova to the hospital after they fell overboard with a lifeboat 60 nautical miles east of Chincoteague, Virginia, on February 6.
The Coast Guard said the two engineers were reportedly working on an enclosed lifeboat when it released and they both went over with it.
The crew of the 228-meter-long Panamax crude oil tanker contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders to request assistance.
The USCG diverted one of its cutters to the site. Once there, the cutter’s crew recovered one person off the lifeboat and the other from the water. Their injuries included a stomach laceration and broken leg.
The men were taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for additional care.
World Maritime News