Gibraltar: Environmentalists Highlight Air Pollution from Cruise Ships
Environmentalists found high concentrations of pollutants in air samples taken at the weekend at the Mediterranean port of Gibraltar. The samples, which were taken next to cruise vessels moored in Campo de Gibraltar [an area between the port proper and the mainland], showed "high concentrations of ultrafine particles", according to international environmentalist groups Ecologistas en Acción from Spain and Nature and Biodiversity Union (NABU) from Germany. "Air pollution levels [were] up to 140 times higher than in areas with clean air" from samples taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when different cruise ships visited the port, a statement from NABU said. NABU policy officer Malte Siegert called for the Mediterranean Sea region to be designated a emission control area (ECA) as is already the case in the North and Baltic Seas.
Port welcomes largest ship ever
This week the Port of Gibraltar played host to its largest ever visitor, the container ship Triton, which was on its way from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to the Far East via the Suez Canal. She called into the Western Anchorage for bunkering operations in the early hours of Sunday morning. The Triton was built in 2016 and has the capacity to carry over 14,000 containers. At 369 metres, she is one of the world’s largest ships, with a displacement of 155,000 tonnes. The operation required close cooperation and coordination between the Port Authority, Gibraltar Pilots and the bunker supplier Macoil International SA / Vemaoil Co Ltd. Their highly sophisticated bunkering tanker MT Fionia Swan of about 16,000 deadweight tonnage carried out the bunker operation. CEO and Captain of the Port Commodore Bob Sanguinetti highlighted “the scale and breadth of the business carried out in our busy port where we attract all types and sizes of commercial vessels, cruise ships and superyachts to take advantage of the wide range of services available to the shipping community.” http://chronicle.gi/2017/06/port-welcomes-largest-ship-ever/
Preparations for 2020 Demand to Be Driven by Bunker Suppliers, Says Port of Gibraltar
While the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) intends to work closely with the bunker community to prepare for the upcoming 0.50 percent global sulfur cap for bunkers in 2020, preparations to meet the expected shift in bunker demand will largely be left to bunker suppliers, CEO Bob Sanguinetti has told Ship & Bunker. "We are in close discussion with bunker suppliers to see how we can best place ourselves for 2020, but that is something we are largely leaving to the private sector and the bunker suppliers," said Sanguinetti. "They will know what their clients want and they will then position themselves to ensure that they can deliver." Read more at http://shipandbunker.com/news/emea/453421-preparations-for-2020-demand-to-be-driven-by-bunker-suppliers-says-port-of-gibraltarUpload News