Irishman jailed for stealing backpack from Costa Concordia wreck
An Irishman has been jailed in Italy after stealing a backpack from the wreck of the "Costa Concordia". Sean Ruddy, 41, was convicted alongside three other salvage workers after they stole a number of ‘souvenirs’ in November 2013. Mr Ruddy was convicted alongside British national David Freeburn, 47, for stealing a bag with the Costa Concordia logo on it. The two men were jailed for six months and handed €200 fines.
South African citizens Melvin Lotter, 31, and Hendrik Johannes Venter, 33, were sentenced to four months in prison and fined €200 for violating police seals.
All four men were employed by salvage firm Titan Micoperi and worked mainly to defuel the vessel prior to its removal. They were detained by Italian police after CCTV images captured them boarding the vessel. The men were fired by Titan Microperi, who in a November 2013 statement said: "The company has taken immediate action to remove the workers from the project.”
The prosecution had lodged a request for Mr Ruddy and Mr Freeburn to be jailed for a year each and fined €300, which was rejected by the judge.
Stormy winds have battered Victoria with the "Astor" being wedged up against a pier in Melbourne on Feb 19, 2018. A severe weather warning was in place for damaging winds of up to 100km/h in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and elevated areas including the Yarra Ranges by the Bureau of Meteorology. Tugs had to assist the "Astor" which was blown onto the edge of Station Pier at St Kilda in the evening. The ship meanwhile left port and headed to Hobart.
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Port of Rotterdam CEO “Preparing for the Worst” with Brexit
(Reuters) – The Port of Rotterdam is bracing for a British exit from the European Union without any deal on customs, and looking at measures such as hiring 100 extra customs agents and dozens of fresh produce inspectors.
CEO Allard Castelein said he had had two meetings in the past week with “policy makers, the cabinet, the government and supporting officials about the consequences” of a so-called “hard” Brexit, which would move Britain away from EU rules.
“If you have 407 days left, then you don’t have time to embrace hypotheses that it will turn out pretty good in the end,” he told reporters. Britain is due to exit the EU on March 29, 2019.
“Let the government negotiate for the best, we are preparing for the worst.”
Prime Minister Theresa May plans to take Britain out of the EU’s single market and customs union after an initial Brexit transition period. The EU says that will mean tariffs and other barriers for goods shipped across the English Channel. More to read at gcaptain.com/port...
Carnival Cruise Line expands US West Coast presence
Carnival Cruise Line has reopened its 146,000-square-foot Long Beach Cruise Terminal in California, US, which will be used as a homeport by the new Carnival Panorama when she debuts in 2019. The reopening of the terminal coincided with the arrival of Carnival Splendor to Long Beach. The ship operates seven-day cruises to Mexico and longer voyages to Alaska and Hawaii. “This project is many years in the making and Carnival’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal is one of the most visually striking and efficient facilities of its kind, providing a seamless embarkation for our guests, while making a tremendous economic impact on the Southern California region,” said Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president of Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival will deploy its third Vista-class ship, the 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, on seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, California in 2019.