The port of Antwerp informs about new service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean.
The Russian Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) operates between the port of Antwerp and the Arctic region of Russia. Its ice-reinforced vessels with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 tonnes will mainly carry project cargo.
The company operates six vessels, enabling it to offer a monthly rotation. From Antwerp the ships travel via the Baltic (calling at among others St. Petersburg and Ust Luga) and then on the more northerly Russian ports such as Archangel, Sabetta, Murmansk and Nova Zemla. The agent for this service is Seabow, specialising in breakbulk and ro/ro with the emphasis on Russia.
A monster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. It’s an apocalyptic vision of Venice. The message of Stop the Madness, Philip Colbert’s pop-art-with-a-purpose at the current Venice Biennale, is echoed by Lorenzo Quinn’s Support, a large-scale installation of giant hands reaching out of the Grand Canal to prop up the crumbling Palazzo Sagredo.
Venice’s mayor Luigi Brugnaro could also do with a helping hand. Under-populated and over-touristed, Venice is facing threats from all sides. Its status as a world heritage site is slowly sinking, with Unesco threatening to slap the city on its in-danger list, a fate normally reserved for war-ravaged ruins, under-funded third world sites and, er, Liverpool. Unesco’s concerns about cruise ships, mass tourism and damage to the fragile lagoon ecosystem “have been met with empty promises but no concrete proposals”, according to Italia Nostra, the country’s influential heritage body.
For outsiders, megaships are the biggest blight, symptomatic of the vested interests that paralyse Venetian decision-making. For Jonathan Keates, chairman of Venice in Peril, the cruise ships “are an abomination whose size threatens the dimensions of the city”. Indeed, the World Monument Fund put Venice on its watch list in 2014 precisely because “large-scale cruising is pushing the city to an environmental tipping point and undermining quality of life for its citizens”. Read more at https://www.theguardian.c...
Cruise ship experience awaits Hajj pilgrims from India in 2018
After 22 long years, India - home to the second largest Muslim population in the world - has decided to revive the historic sea route to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage.
Many elderly Muslims fondly recall the journey by ship from Mumbai to Jeddah which usually took 10-12 days, often through rough seas, until 1995 when the state-owned Shipping Corporation of India’s ageing fleet was phased out and Haj pilgrims had no option but to travel by air.
But come 2018 and cruise ships with all modern amenities will sail from Mumbai, Kolkata and Kochi ahead of the world's biggest yearly assembly of believers in Mecca. Each new ship will accommodate around 5000 pilgrims and cover the distance between Mumbai and Jeddah in just 2-3 days.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, India’s Minister for Minority Affairs, has announced that the re-introduction of sea route will dramatically reduce Haj expenses by more than 50 percent. At present, the government subsidises Air India’s Haj flights from 23 destinations in the country. Pilgrims travel either through the government’s Haj Committee of India (HCOI) or Private Tour Operators (PTO). english.alarabiya...