Interview: Spain’s Salvage Director Jose Luis Garcia Lena Talks Maritime Rescue

Interview by Paul González-Morgan (Marine Strategy) – Jose Luis Garcia Lena is Director of Spain's Salvage and Maritime Safety Society (SASEMAR), known as “Salvamento Maritimo” (SM), mainly dedicated to the protection of life at sea. Created in 1992 by the Law of State Ports Authority and Merchant Marine, it became operational in 1993, recently celebrating its 25th … [Read more...]

Spain and Gibraltar Offer Differing Accounts of Warship Incident

LONDON/MADRID, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Authorities in Madrid and Gibraltar gave differing versions on Monday of an incident in which a Spanish warship told commercial ships to leave anchorages near Gibraltar, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. In toughly worded statements, Gibraltar said a Spanish warship ordered commercial ships to leave … [Read more...]

Spanish Warship Ordered Ships to Leave British Waters Near Gibraltar

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. The Spanish ship tried to order ships to leave their anchorages on the eastern side of the Rock, … [Read more...]

Spain To Offer Maritime Migrants Free Healthcare

By Rodrigo de Miguel (Reuters) - Spain’s new socialist government promised on Friday it would restore free healthcare for undocumented migrants, a right removed by the former administration as part of cost-cutting. The move is the latest migrant-friendly initiative by the government of Pedro Sanchez, who offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that was drifting in the … [Read more...]