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EagleSpeak has the US Navy’s establishment of a “Gulf of Aden Maritime Security Zone” including a chart of the route that merchant shipping should take through the area as it will be patrolled by ‘Combined Task Force 150’ so at least theoretically, help wouldn’t be too far away, provided that your quick enough to call for it. Information Dissemination, which covers fleet operations, notes that the current rules of engagement will limit the effectiveness since only surface vessels can shoot back with anything other than a camera. That is a rule that should quickly be changed.
Kiwi At Sea has “Maritime bloggers beware” as he was forced to choose between his current job and blogging with the end resulted in packed seabags and an early discharge. I am sure many of the maritime bloggers are self censoring when it comes to dealing with confidential information. On the other hand, blogging makes it more likely that sensitive/embarrassing news might be exposed, hopefully resulting in businesses being more open to disclosure, if for no other reason than to avoid negative information coming out in an uncontrolled manner. Anyway, this is one of the things you have to put up with when sailing. While the company pays you only for the 8-12 hours a day (7 days a week, including mandatory overtime) you are working, they tell you how to behave 24 hours a day. Like having a beer when you get home from work? Good luck doing that on most ships these days. More coverage at MarineBuzz. More: Things could be worse!
Now the counterintuitive conclusions of the report from the Waste Resources Action Programme (Wrap) suggest that the advantage of recycling over landfilling is so great that it makes environmental sense to ship waste right round the world if it can be used again.
Well the US is already reclaiming methane from some garbage dumps and has finally figured out how to recycle used tires, so at what point will it become profitable to mine our garbage dumps for raw materials and fuel?
BitterEnd has “Train Wreck“. It all starts with a request to deliver a wrench to a boat that needed one, located two hours away.
blue water: news of my escape pisses off the tug company he has been working for lately as he is called back to sea early for the other company he was working for. They tempted him back with the promise of a permanent third mate’s job, once he gets his license. See “the conundrum“. Do promises mean anything in this current job market? Back in 1994 promises didn’t mean…
More than 500 airports, 190,000 km of railways, 200,000 km of motorways. 35,000 km of waterways and 1200 seaports caters for the European Union’s half a billion people every single day. The transport sector accounts for some â‚¬1000 billion – or over 10 percent of the EU total gross domestic product (GDP) – and employs 10 million people.
But the increase in traffic in the last few decades has created serious congestion problems in urban areas across the bloc, which in turn cause health problems and delays that could at the present rate cost the 27-member bloc one percent of its GDP by 2010 and therefore dent Europe’s economic competitiveness on the global market.
According to Japanese export statistics, Malta exported in one year close to 12 million kgs of tuna to this country. But experts and wildlife conservation organisations claim that the Maltese tuna farming industry can only physically ranch, and therefore produce, 6 million kg of tuna.
Answers supplied by fisheries minister George Pullicino of how Malta could have realistically farmed such an enormous amount of tuna have been published, but still opens up his ministry and this government to some serious allegations of possible involvement in an international tuna laundering racket: allegations which this newspaper is informed are now being examined by the European Commission, as well as by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT).
IceNews has “Norway introduces tough new commercial fishing laws” requiring ‘all fish caught within its waters to be landed at an official fishing port. The regulations will state that all boats, regardless of nationality, must take their catch back to a proper port in a bid to discourage wasteful dumping of fish when boats do not have a quota’.
Canada – extension of jurisdiction over Arctic waters – The Office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued amedia release stating that the Government of Canada will extend its jurisdiction over Arctic waters. Legislation will be introduced to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act so as to regulate ships operating within 200 nautical miles of the nearest Canadian land. Regulations will be established to require mandatory reporting from all ships destined for Canadian Arctic waters. (8/27/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
Fairplay Daily News has:
Iranian port ops on block – Nearly half of Iranian port and container terminal operator Tidewater will be sold as a block on the Tehran Stock Exchange.
Fairplay has learned that the sale is due to take place on the 3 September and will involve 96M shares, representing 44.5% of the company. About 91M shares will be sold through the Tehran Stock Exchange, with the other 5M shares to be offered to Tidewater employees.
The estimated target price is $1.05 per share, although the final price will be set via auction. The target price implies an overall valuation for Tidewater of $227M.
To participate, interested investors must deposit $3M with Melli Bank of Iran before 2 September (Melli Bank is subject to international sanctions). The successful buyer must pay half of the sale price initially, with the remainder paid in six-month installments over the next three years.
Tidewater handles 40% of Iran’s port operations and 93% of its container movements. It reported profits in the 2007-8 financial year of $50.5M – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
But union officials were perturbed by the speed of the initiative.
Zvonko Segvic, speaking for the Independent Union of Workers at the largest yard in Croatia, Brodosplit, warned: “We will not accept this without there being a significant social aspect to the proposal.”
Ozren Matijasevic, the head of the Croatian Association of Trade Unions, voiced concern that jobs might be lost in a privatisation.
“The 10,000 employees at the shipyards throughout Croatia will now be worried about keeping their jobs,” Matijasevic added.
Opposition leader Ljubo Jurcic from the Social Democratic Party earlier warned that privatising the yards could endanger up to 42,000 jobs tied to the industry.
“Private investors will only be concerned about their own interests and not the sector as a whole,” he predicted.
The yards are: Brodosplit in Split, Brodotrogir in Trogir, Kraljevica in Kraljevica, Maj in Rijeka, Uljanik in Pula and Viktor Lenac in Martinscica, near Rijeka. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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