Port Quasim Port Authority distanced itself from Australian sheep scandal
Distancing itself from the infected Australian sheep scandal, the Port Qasim Authority said that it has nothing to do with the import of these sheep. The port authorities allowed sailing of the "Ocean Drover" carrying infected sheep when none of the government authorities raised any objection. This was revealed by the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) in the meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping chaired on Sep 26, 2012. Showing strong reservations over the role of PQA in allowing the ship carrying infected sheep to dock, the committee asked why the rejected sheep were received by PQA. They also said why the clearance was issued to the consignment in a hurry while other cargo including 600 containers of dates are awaiting clearance for months. The chairman said they had no knowledge of the infected sheep, otherwise these would not have been allowed. He further said that 530 sheep were missing when the consignment reached the port. He informed the committee that special arrangements would be made in advance, if it is informed that weapons consignment would reach the port. The committee constituted a three-member sub-committee to further investigate the matter and submit report in 15 days. The "Ocean Drover" loaded with 21,000 heads Australian slaughter sheep (live) and 200 M/Tons feed called Port Qasim on September 3, 2012. The shipping agent looking after the ship was MIS. Wilhelmsen Ships Services (Pvt) Ltd. As per the Bill of Lading the cargo was loaded from Fremantile Port, Australia. The consignee mentioned in B/L was "PK Livestock and Meat Company". The last port of call as mentioned in Ship's General Declaration form is Bahrain.The cargo was discharged directly to the road carriers. As per the procedure in vogue, the cargo was then allowed to pass out after checking the necessary documents including custom clearance and Provisional Release Order issued by Quarantine Officer (Imports) as per Pakistan Animal Quarantine (Import and Export of Animal and Animal Products) Ordinance, 1979. The sheep were immediately inspected after arrival at port by the Quarantine Officer (Imports) in presence of Director and ship's vet and physically found healthy. Accordingly, a provisional release order was issued by the Quarantine Office (Imports) to take the sheep out from the port to the importer's farm as the department does not have the requisite area but the same were kept in quarantine for detailed medical check-up. Consequently the tests were conducted by the quarantine department and reportedly were found satisfactory. The clearance is not yet officially declared.
We are writing on behalf of the crew of "Armorique", Brittany Ferries. Nous ship is currently docked since Thursday 14:30 to Roscoff 500m headquarters where no leader came to see us. We are writing to you because we know you concerned by the problems sociaux. On would like to review our situation actuelle. In order to show our displeasure, we voted for a strike 24h, Thursday, Sept. 20 for the following reasons: - annualized working time (work up to 14 hours a day), - lower leaves (2 weeks vacation per year) - wage cuts - about 150 euros less on low wages, about 70 euros less on large wages and no reduction for our leaders. Currently we are working on the basis of 10 hours per day in low season and high season 11 hours over a period of a week. We ship to land on a Tuesday next Tuesday. We have a day that begins at 6am and ends around 23:30 with rest periods during the day, Sundays and holidays compris. We are subject to a security role and can be called at any time of day or night. We work in sometimes difficult weather forces 10 and 11 in winter. And in all circumstances we are listening to the passengers. Aussi we are not asking for increases but we want to keep our current salaries and conditions of our vacation (5 weeks notice) and all functions and positions in the airplane. Because it is an organization that works well and meets our passagers. Nous are in no way responsible for the crisis, and the rate of the pound or the price of a barrel of pétrole. Nous do not have the feeling of being off a large part of the crew touches the SMIC.
We are aware of the economic crisis but we can not accept a reduction in our wages mainly a way unequal. To date, some media report inaccurate information about our motives strike 24h. Le Friday, September 21 at 17:30, we have voted to return to work in the presence of a bailiff. The whole crew is required to work for this vote, ready to welcome our passengers. La management has decided otherwise. All sailings are cancelled until further notice. Management ordered us to leave the ship. What we all refused because it would be considered abandonment of position come if management decided to resume rotations. We therefore present every morning dressed in working clothes with our department head bord. Since Thursday, we are no more fed by Brittany Ferries. Fridges full of food, are locked. Our management left it to rot in so we have food that we distribute or receive from charities. We were fed thanks to a show of solidarity with our colleagues in shore leave and the ingenuity of our sailors who have caught mackerel. All cooking facilities on board is impossible. Barbecues is needed on rampe. Aujourd 'Today, Sunday, September 23, we hope that our management and unions, decided to end the crisis, and find common ground. Wish we resume our work, and welcome our passengers as we know faire. Thank you for the interest you have shown in our mail, receive our sincere greetings. The ARMORIQUE crew docked in Roscoff Brittany. Source : Facebook / Ferries of Northern Europe
The ferry service Kjelkenes-Smørhamn had to be supsended in the morning of Sep 27, 2012, as the "Foerdefjord" suffered technicals problems and had to enter a repair yard. It was unknown at which time the ferry service would be resumed.
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Still unclear the fate of the "Northern Vitality" after authorities had imposed a ban on departure on suspicion of illegal waste. Currently, talks were underway between the shipping company and the Ministry of Environment. Environmentalists fear edthat the ship should be scrapped in disregard of environmental standards in Asia. On board could be dangerous substances such as asbestos, coolant or oil residues.
While the cleaning work on board the "MSC Flaminia" in the JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven were making progress, heat is still an issue in the cargo holds. There were still 153 containers with dangerous goods on board. Some boxes filled with rolls of paper still have to be cooled downe constantly. Apart from that the toxic water also has to be drained. The contracts with specialized companies for discharge and disposal are to be signed shortly. In the coming days, a list of the full charge will be published.
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