Ten mile tailbacks and chaos at Calais after striking French dock workers shut the Tunnel again
Protesters crippled cross-Channel services for the second time in a week yesterday after striking ferry port workers started fires on the tunnel tracks in Calais.
The Government described the situation as ‘completely unacceptable’ as motorists faced huge tailbacks on both sides of the Channel in temperatures reaching up to 93F (34C).
There were dramatic scenes of roaring flames and black smoke as piles of tyres were set alight on the railway by protesters trying to sabotage the line approaching the Eurotunnel terminal.
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Spanish police seized 15.7 tons of hashish resin on a merchant ship laden with salt near the southern port of Malaga, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
Three Spanish patrol boats and a helicopter intercepted the ship some 50 nautical miles south of Malaga on Sunday and escorted it to the Mediterranean city's port, the ministry said in a statement.
"After unloading most of the salt that it was transporting, a false bottom was found in the bow of the ship, where the traffickers had hidden the drugs in around 500 bales," the statement said.
The ship's nine crew members - six Syrians and three Indians - were taken into custody.
The operation was carried out in cooperation with French and Italian authorities and was coordinated by European police agency Europol.
Spain's proximity to Morocco, the top source of hashish consumed in Europe, have made it the main gateway to the continent for the drug.
The biggest haul of hashish in Spain dates to 2013 when 52 tonnes were seized from an industrial warehouse in the southern city of Cordoba.
The Port of Los Angeles plans to invest $800 million to improve cargo handling capabilities over the next five years.
Work will begin this summer on a two-year, $44.6 million project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC (YT) at the Port of Los Angeles.
The improvements “will enhance YT’s ability to service the biggest ships in the transpacific trade lanes, permit the terminal to simultaneously work three container ships carrying up to 13,000, 11,000 and 6,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) respectively and ensure cargo flows during peak periods when ships call at all three berths,” the port said.
The terminal, which covers 185-acre serving Berths 212-224 at the port, on Terminal Island, the 185-acre terminal typically receives 6,500-TEU ships and works two vessels concurrently. To date, the largest ship to call at the facility is an 8,500-TEU vessel.
Major elements of the project include deepening Berths 214-216 to 53 feet and Berths 217-220 to 47 feet; adding up to four new ship-to-shore gantry cranes and raising some existing cranes to equip the terminal with up to 14 operating Post-Panamax cranes; and extending the wharf crane rail infrastructure that supports lateral repositioning of ship-to-shore cranes by adding 1,500 feet of crane rail at Berths 217-220.
Travellers on both sides of the Channel face more disruption after the Port of Calais was shut down due to further industrial action.
Ferry services to and from the Port of Dover in Kent have been hit by the strike, which started at the northern French port at 2.20pm on Monday.
A Port of Dover spokesman said DFDS Seaways services were still running to Dunkirk as normal.
A spokesman for Kent police said: "It is anticipated that due to industrial action in France the port in Calais is set to remain closed until Thursday."
Wildcat strikes in Calais caused widespread chaos last week as migrants tried to take advantage of the situation by boarding UK-bound lorries.
The Channel Tunnel had to be shut when workers broke in.
Migrant numbers close to the port have swelled to more than 3,000 since April with many attempting to clamber aboard UK-bound lorries.
A Port of Dover spokesman said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible.
"Please note that there may be delays to services when the Port of Calais re-opens."
P&O Ferries said that industrial action by employees of MyFerryLink was preventing it from loading or docking its ships in Calais. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/calais-strike-disrupts-channel-travel-192636897.html#H2T0Xsr
Tonnes of sand on the sea floor below the shipping channel into Napier Port will be dredged in the next fortnight by a specialist ship.
The MV Pelican, described as a trailer suction dredge, began working in the harbour on Friday and is expected to operate up to 24 hours a day, moving sand from the harbour entrance.
The 62m-long Timaru-based dredge is moving the sand to an area about 500m from shore near Bay View and Westshore.
Westshore resident Larry Dallimore, a long-time campaigner for the health of the region's coastlines, welcomed the dredging, saying the sand being moved west from the port would help replenish the erosion-plagued Bay View and Westshore beaches.
Mr Dallimore has been lobbying Napier City Council to come up with a solution to the erosion issue for years.
"This is not a fix but ratepayers will be grateful for this corporate responsibility from the port," he said.
Regional harbourmaster Phil Norman has warned all vessels in the harbour to keep clear of the dredge at all times. www.nzherald.co.n...
But Liberal leader says oil pipeline, supertankers are a no-go in ‘fragile ecosystem’ Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said Monday his mind is closed to oil tankers plying the waters of northern B.C. but open to shipping of liquefied natural gas as well as increased oil tanker traffic through Port Metro Vancouver — on the condition proper reviews are conducted.
In an interview with The Vancouver Sun, Trudeau said that the Harper Conservative government could have saved everyone a lot of time and trouble by nixing the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, emphasizing “the Great Bear Rainforest is not a place for an oil pipeline.”
He said some 20,000 British Columbians make their living on the water on the north coast, a “fragile ecosystem that needs to be respected and protected and the impact of a fishing boat is very different from the impact of a supertanker.”
While oil shipping holds the prospect of massive environmental damage, LNG is seen as a safer alternative, including by First Nations people.
Trudeau said he recently visited Hartley Bay at the mouth of Douglas Channel, where native leaders opposed to Northern Gateway told him they understand the need for economic development and have fewer concerns with LNG. www.vancouversun....
on June 23 at 10.30 a.m. the Swedish ferry “Harley Davidson 1”, 499 gt(IMO-No.: 7829259), started to sink in the port of Pärnu. The stern was submerged and the bow pointing up for some time. On June 24 during wind forces of 17 m/sec the ferry started to list to port and foundered completely on a water depth of 12 feet close to the AS Pärnu Shipyard, where the ship had been overhauled and returned to the water only two weeks ago. For the salvage salvage Equipment was mobilized from Tallinn.
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Port Everglades received key federal clearance to begin the next phase of deepening and widening its channels. The port now can seek Congressional funding for a project that would generate thousands of jobs and maintain the region's leading position in international trade. The Army Corps of Engineers approved the plan to deepen the port's main channels from 42 to 48 feet, as well as deepen and widen part of the Intracoastal Waterway, to accommodate the larger cargo ships that now navigate the world's trade routes.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency on Friday awarded a grant to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to support the planning of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal that would help the ACP capitalize on the growth of LNG tanker traffic through the expanded Panama Canal.
“The U.S. Government is very pleased to partner with the Panama Canal Authority through this USTDA grant as the ACP looks to develop a LNG import terminal in the coming years to take advantage of the Canal expansion project,” said Chargé d’Affaires Kevin M. O’Reilly, who signed the grant agreement along with ACP Administrator/CEO Jorge L. Quijano.
“As we near the completion of the Panama Canal Expansion, we are eager to explore new segments such as LNG, which are now possible given our enhanced capacity to accommodate longer and wider ships. This grant by the USTDA will build on plans and projects related to LNG that are already ongoing and will present us with the ability to evaluate additional market opportunities and client services for the benefit of the U.S.-Panama energy trade,” said Quijano. gcaptain.com/pana...
EUROGATE Terminal again voted “Best Container Terminal Europe 2015”
For the second year running, EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg has been honoured as “Best Container Terminal Europe 2015” with the Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Award (in short: AFLAS), the company said in its press release. Conferred annually, the Award was presented this year for the 29th time at a gala dinner in Hong Kong. The Award is organised by the newspaper “Asia Cargo News”, which counts Asian importers and exporters among its core readers. With a majority of votes, these readers rated EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg “Best Container Terminal Europe 2015”. As in the previous year, the rating was based on such criteria as variety of product range, container handling rates per dock crane, efficient turnaround of trucks, timely and adequate investment in new terminal structure to meet future demands and effective IT systems. Despite the nautical access conditions, EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg has the capacity to handle today’s mega carriers and is a driver of growth at the Port of Hamburg. Peter Zielinski, Managing Director of the container terminal in Hamburg, personally accepted the award in Hong Kong yesterday evening and on behalf of all colleagues and staff thanked the customers in Asia for their positive recognition.