Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently held a joint meeting with officials from the Directorate General of Civil Defence – Dubai to discuss the latest developments in implementing the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) which is the first step aimed at achieving a radical change across the local maritime industry and ultimately positioning Dubai as a leading international maritime hub.The officials from both sides commended the progress made towards efforts to achieve sustainable development of Dubai’s maritime industry while enhancing its ability to respond to market changes and emerging trends and attract regional and international investors.The meeting, headed by Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General, Dubai Civil Defence, in the presence of high profile officials and managers, shed light on the mechanism of implementing Dubai’s Maritime Sector Strategy especially in terms of ensuring compliance with the highest standards of maritime safety, the best environmental practices and the local and international resolutions related to maritime operations management, in line with the vision and directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote Dubai’s rapidly growing footprint as a key player in the global maritime map.Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi expressed his pleasure on meeting the senior officials from Dubai Maritime City Authority, noting the significance of maintaining solid cooperation and constant coordination between various government entities in order to drive the growth of Dubai’s active economic sectors, especially the maritime industry.“The meeting provided an ideal platform to learn about the latest achievements in managing the local maritime industry and discuss various initiatives such as issuing well-developed regulations and implementing strategic programs to enhance maritime safety and quality standards. In line with our vision aimed at positioning the UAE as one of the safest and most secure countries in the world and spreading preventive awareness, we look forward to discussing ways of cooperation with the Dubai Maritime City Authority to achieve our shared vision,” Al Matrooshi said.The meeting is of strategic importance as it offers an interactive platform to discuss the accomplishments and results achieved so far, especially in terms of promoting Dubai’s competitiveness as a leading maritime hub regionally and internationally, in addition to identifying the mechanisms of joint action in order to develop maritime industry components and leverage opportunities to strengthen Dubai’s position as one of the leading maritime hubs in the world.Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “The joint meetings play a pivotal role in strengthening and expanding the existing partnerships between government and non-government entities in order to promote the integration of roles which ultimately will support our efforts to develop the local maritime sector which is key to boosting economic growth in Dubai. The meeting with the senior officials of Dubai Civil Defence is a practical step towards achieving the highest levels of safety and response in line with the best international maritime practices.”Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy follows a clear vision aimed at promoting Dubai’s leading position as a key international hub for maritime navigation and services, based on the main fundamentals and values of leadership, customer service, creativity, cooperation and human excellence, while maintaining a safe maritime environment. MSS is an integral part of the Dubai Strategic Plan to spread the culture of quality and excellence in order to drive the growth of vital economic sectors, especially the maritime sector, thus boosting the real GDP growth rate of Dubai.[mappress]DMCA, August 6, 2013
Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP), an international diversified shipping company announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with BP Shipping Limited (BP Shipping) to extend the charters of the M/T British Ensign or M/T Atlantas (36,760 IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker), M/T British Envoy or M/T Aktoras (36,759 IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker) and M/T British Emissary or M/T Aiolos (36,760 IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker) for an additional 18-36 months in direct continuation of their present bareboat charters at a revised day rate.In particular, the M/T BP Ensign and the M/T BP Emissary will continue their bareboat charter with BP Shipping after the completion of their current charters in April 2014 and March 2015 respectively for an additional 24 months. BP Shipping has the option to extend the duration of both charters for up to a further 12 months either as bareboat charters or as time charters. If all options were to be exercised, the employment of the vessels would extend to April 2017 and March 2018 respectively.The M/T BP Envoy will continue its bareboat charter with BP Shipping after the completion of the current charter in July 2014 for an additional 18 months. BP Shipping has the option to extend the charter duration for up to a further 12 months either as a bareboat charter or as a time charter. If all options were to be exercised, the employment of the vessel would extend to January 2017.As a result of the above extensions, the average remaining charter duration of our fleet is 9.0 years. Further details, including the detailed terms of the charters, shall be discussed during the third quarter earnings conference call.[mappress]CPLP, September 25, 2013; Image: BP
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Worldwide Premier Logistics Solution, which has joined in the service category: haulers for heavy and outsized cargo, provides freight forwarding/warehousing, vessel agency and customs services in Nigeria, focusing on project logistics. This includes ships agency services clearance.The CEE is a global network for cargo equipment owners such as haulers, crane operators, tug and barge operators, stevedores and export packers, port operators and air cargo handling equipment owners and supporting industry, serving the heavy and outsized cargo industry.
Previously serving as vice president and general manager of NETSCo Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering since 2007, Konzel (pictured below) brings a broad array of experience and skills to his new position with Donjon including strategic business planning, staff supervision and development, financial reporting, analysis and contract administration, marketing/client development, safety management, project management and planning, labour relations/negotiations, estimating/negotiation process improvement, and Lean & 6-Sigma practices.Konzel received his Masters of Business Administration in Executive Management degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.”Donjon is very pleased to welcome Stephen as its new vice president of Marine Operations and Engineering. His vast skill set and broad range of experience will greatly benefit Donjon’s array of marine projects here and around the globe,” said John A. Witte, Jr., Donjon’s executive vice president.
In addition to the long term charter of the vessel, the cooperation between MHI Vestas and UWL includes a full package of engineering services.UWL’s managing director, Lars Rolner, explained: “The Vestvind, as the logistical solution, is the result of our joint efforts and close partnership with MHI Vestas.”The vessel fits the high requirements for efficiently transporting the V164 components, including blades, nacelles and towers. The V164-8.0 turbine features 80 m long blades, weighing 35 tonnes each; a 20 m x 8 m x 8 m nacelle, weighing approximately 390 tonnes; and an approximate hub height of 105 m.Vestvind was added to the charter fleet of Hamburg-based heavy lift shipping company United Heavy Lift (a sister company to United Wind Logistics) in September 2016. Owned by the Indian maritime logistics and port infrastructure company, J.M. Baxi Group, the ship was previously called Vir Varenya and was delivered from China in June 2016.On its almost 2,700 sq m deck, this special-purpose 10,000 dwt vessel can transport large components for the wind energy and offshore industries.Speaking last September, Rolner said he felt that potential customers for chartering the deck carrier are primarily in the northern European market. www.unitedheavylift.dewww.unitedwindlogistics.comwww.mhivestasoffshore.com
European rules governing the sale and prohibiting the advertising of electronic cigarettes are consistent with the ‘precautionary principle’, the European Court of Justice ruled in a judgment throwing out three challenges to the 2014 EU directive on tobacco products.The directive also prohibits the sale of menthol cigarettes and allows EU member states to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging. The judgments in Poland v Parliament and Council, Pillbox 38(UK) Limited v Secretary of State for Health and Philip Morris Brands SARL and Others v Secretary of State for Health were condemned by the tobacco industry.
RED SEA: Ambitious proposals have been revealed for a bridge across the Bab al-Mandib, or Gate of Tears, between Djibouti and Yemen. The US$20bn Bridge of the Horns would be 28·5 km long, with three 2·7 km suspension spans, the longest in the world. It would carry four railway tracks, a six-lane road and pipelines for water and oil across the strait, which is up to 300 m deep.Danish firm COWI has been chosen to provide engineering designs. Providing clearance to over the busy shipping route to Suez ‘will mean at least 10 km of multi-span suspension bridge’, according to Head of Major Bridges Henrik Andersen. ‘The concrete pylons will have to be supported up to depths of 300 m and at the same time tower 400 m over the water’s surface to support the ultra-long span suspension bridge. Each pylon will be 700 m. It will be enormous.’The scheme is promoted by Al Noor Holding Investment, a UAE-based firm owned by Sheikh Dr Tarek Awad Mohammed bin Laden. Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the two governments, and Djibouti’s Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita attended the formal launch of the scheme in July. A 12-year constuction timescale is envisaged, although the legal framework and funding are still to be finalised.The bridge is part of a US$200bn vision to create a new city at each side of the strait. Each city will have ports, power stations and transport hubs.Links to the outside world would be required, and a rail link through Yemen to Dubai is proposed, as well as connections to Addis Abeba.
A look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 16th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Here’s a look at our top stories.Jamaican foreign Affairs minister, Kamina Johnson-Smith, says the government is now analyzing options to allow Jamaicans in the Diaspora to vote in Jamaican affairs. Johnson-Smith said the government will re-establish a joint committee in parliament to elevate the relationships between the country and the Diaspora.Lauderdale Lakes will hold their annual State of the city address tonight taking time to discuss development plans for the city along with residents’ concerns. The address led by City Mayor, Barrington Russell, will take place at the Lauderdale Lakes City Hall starting at 6 p.m.Yaadabraawd Gallery will host a cocktail reception for the opening of a new exhibit featuring the original paintings from a group of Jamaican, Haitian, Cuban and Dominican Republic artist. The exhibition is hosted in part by Caribbean Bar Association and will be held tomorrow, June 17th starting at 7 p.m.West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin is joining the strongest Saint Lucia cricket team to date for this year’s Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket Tournament. Ramdin will meet up with the team at the end of the Tri-Nations Series against Australia and South Africa. The first day of CPL is June 29, when the Zouks will play the Trinbago Knight Riders, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.Here’s a look at what’s Trending:Jamaican Attorney General, Marlene Forte, took to social media condemning the Orlando Night Club Shooting but calling it disrespectful of the U.S embassy in Kingston to fly the Rainbow Flag in the country. Forte ended the post with hashtag “My Personal View.” Prime Minister Holness also took to social media saying …On behalf of the people of Jamaica to the United States, our deepest condolences.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Scattered storms in Broward County with a high of 92 and a low of 76. Cloudy with a chance of storms in Miami-Dade, with a high of 89 and a low of 77.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet
Rwanda’s national airline begins direct flights to Europe Direct flights between Kenya and Somalia resume Burundi grounds new direct flight between Nairobi and Bujumbura NAMIBIA – 2019/11/24: The Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main international airport of Namibia, serving the capital city Windhoek. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) NAMIBIA – 2019/11/24: The Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main international airport of Namibia, serving the capital city Windhoek. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)The first direct flight connection between Europe and Namibia since the official reopening of borders on Sept. 1 resumed on Sunday when a Eurowings flight landed at Namibia’s flagship airport.The Eurowings flight signals the restart of the nonstop scheduled Frankfurt-Windhoek service and is an important step to enable European leisure and business travelers to travel in safety and comfort to Namibia.Namibia’s Minister of Tourism Pohamba Shifeta at the welcome event said after many months in the fight against the global pandemic, they are delighted to welcome international guests to Namibia again.“The re-launch of the Lufthansa Group’s direct flights from Europe is very important for our country and supports our international tourism revival initiative,” he said.Meanwhile, Eurowings will commence operating three direct weekly flights on the Windhoek-Frankfurt route, taking place every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday departing from Windhoek at 08:20 and arriving in Frankfurt on the same day at 18:50Related