Spanish Warship Ordered Ships to Leave British Waters Near Gibraltar
Feb 18 (Reuters) – A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. The Spanish ship tried to order ships to leave their anchorages on the eastern side of the Rock, but the ships stayed in position, Gibraltar’s authorities said. After being challenged by the British navy, the Spanish warship then sailed slowly along the coast with its weapons uncovered and manned. Spanish authorities did not immediately comment on the issue.
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/Upload News