Italy’s highest court has rejected a request by a German group to release the "Iuventa" which was seized eight months ago by prosecutors investigating allegations that non-governmental organizations colluded with migrant smugglers.
The German group, Jugend Rettet, said on Apr 24, 2018, that it was devastated by the Cassation Court’s ruling and will fight for the right to rescue people in danger at sea.
Doctors Without Borders said the ruling sends a working signal (that) Europe will continue to criminalize humanitarian organizations conducting search-and-rescue operations … rather than strengthening capacities to save lives at sea.
Prosecutors told the court that the "Iuventa" was seized based on three episodes in which crew members had contact with migrant smugglers. The group’s spokesman, Philipp Kulker, said in Berlin that the evidence had been fabricated.
Ocean Jasper sold forr scrap 11 years after collision
The "Ocean Jasper", the ship responsible for the sinking of the shrimper "Sokalique", was auctioned in the morning of Apr 24, 2018, and sold for 4070 Euros to Briton Recyclers.
The value of the "Ocean Jasper" was estimated at 500,000 Euros by the experts just after the collision on August 17, 2007. The auction had been ordered by the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Brest at the request of the ENIM, the social security of the sailors.
The World’s Biggest Automated Port Terminal Opens In Shanghai
China’s massive new fully-automated port terminal in Shanghai has opened and will soon ship up to 136 million tonnes around the world every year.
Stage four of the Yangshan Deep Water Port began trial operations on Sunday after years of construction and development, and £1.37 billion, aimed at increasing China’s trade dominance.
Once fully operational the new terminal will be able to move 6.3 million standard 20-foot shipping containers a year, with the whole £8.5 billion port handling more than 40 million a year – most in the world.
The giant new addition covers 2.23 million square metres and has a 2,350-metre shoreline south of Donghai Bridge, which was built to service the port.
Automation of nearly all the terminal’s functions slashes labor cost by 70 percent and boosts handling efficiency by 50 percent.
UK ports operator Peel Ports Group and autonomous vessel firm ASV Global recently tested an autonomous shallow-draft survey boat at the Port of Liverpool. According to Peel Ports, it represents the first step in a partnership to explore the use of the technology at its other sites in the UK.
For the first test, the ASV-built autonomous boat C-Cat 3 carried out a multibeam echosounder survey near Brocklebank Dock, a terminal on the River Mersey north of Liverpool. The demonstration was successful, and Peel Ports is exploring the possibility of further uses for the survey technology. It has signed a formal MOU with ASV that will give the autonomous systems developer access to other Peel Ports facilities for further testing.