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Ambitious Plans for Stornoway UnveiledAmbitious Plans for Stornoway Unveiled
Added: 25 May 2017
The Press and Journal
25 May 2017

£50million new port, back-up ferry pier, berth for bigger cruise ships…

A strategy to dramatically improve Stornoway’s economic future by radical harbour developments over 20 years will be unveiled tonight.

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300 Years of the Port of Sunderland300 Years of the Port of Sunderland
Added: 25 May 2017
Sun FM News
25 May 2017

It’s a special anniversary this summer for a key location here on Wearside.

The Port of Sunderland was created 300 years ago, and bosses at the site are marking the occasion next month.

Matthew Hunt, Director at the Port of Sunderland, says those forward thinking Mackems helped forge, what our city has become.

Port of Sunderland is celebrating its 300th anniversary this June.
Matthew tells Sun FM living in the modern world, we take for granted what those trailblazing forefathers created 3 centuries ago.

Next year, the Port will be the host for the Tall Ships Race, which is expected to attract more than one million tourists to the city over a July weekend. 

Matthew tell us more about how it’s a time to reflect on the Port’s history but also to consider its future, and how it’s now becoming again an important part of our city’s growing economy.

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National Crime Charity Launches Port Safety CampaignNational Crime Charity Launches Port Safety Campaign
Added: 25 May 2017
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to fight crime and terror at Hampshire ports, amid reports British sites are at the top of a new list of ISIS targets.
Workers at Southampton International Port along with other ports in the county are being reminded to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Crimestoppers began the Portsafe campaign this week – just over 12 hours before the Manchester terror attack – warning staff not to be complacent when observing colleagues and on-site workers.

Sarah-Jane Prew, regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “While much attention is rightly focused on warning the public to be mindful of possible crime, including terrorism, it’s just as important to reiterate to staff the importance of being vigilant.
“Criminal activity and terrorist activities can – in the worst case scenario – involve staff. Often co-workers might feel uncomfortable at raising suspicions over a colleague.
“However, safety at our ports is paramount. We hope that by promoting Portsafe through a variety of mechanisms across Hampshire’s commercial ports, it will act as a consistent reminder to pay more attention to what is seen and report where necessary.”
The port supports 15,000 local jobs and handles 900,000 vehicles every year, contributing a total of £1bn to the UK economy.
A national newspaper reported on Monday that British ports are at the top of a new list of ISIS targets.
It is claimed that intelligence reports revealed plots to attach explosives to the side of vessels carrying millions of tons of liquid natural gas from the Middle East to Britain.
A senior Naval source has been reported as saying that the threat against gas tankers has been countered ever since it came to light a couple of years ago.

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Disney Magic due in PortlandDisney Magic due in Portland
Added: 23 May 2017
Dorset Echo
23 May 2017

PORTLAND welcomes the biggest cruise ship ever to dock at the port.
The Disney Magic is more than 300m long and has 2,809 passengers aboard, making it the biggest cruise ship to ever visit Portland Port.
The ship is due to arrive at 10.30am on Tuesday and is scheduled to depart at 7.15pm.
The port is preparing for several thousand people to potentially visit the area to try and get a glimpse of the ship.
Officials are asking that people do not attempt to visit the port unless access has been authorised in advance.
The berth that the ship will be docked at is not visible from Castletown, however, there are lots of good viewpoints in the local area.
This includes the Nothe Gardens and Sandsfoot Castle in Weymouth, and Hamm Beach, Billy Winters, Taste Café Chesil, The Boat That Rocks, and The Jailhouse Café, all on Portland.
Disney Cruise Lines launched in 1998 and has firmly established itself as a leader in the cruise industry.
Ian McQuade, general manager of Portland Port, said: “The Disney Magic will be the first cruise ship of over 300m in length to call at Portland Port and we do not expect her to be the last.
"The recently completed cruise berth extension will allow us to handle ships in excess of 340m long alongside and with more and more cruise ships over 300m long being delivered to the global fleet we anticipate this to be the first of many.”

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Huge Dredger Docks in Peterhead for Start of £50 Million ProjectHuge Dredger Docks in Peterhead for Start of £50 Million Project
Added: 23 May 2017
Press and Journal
Jamie Ross
23 May 2017

A £50million project to develop a north-east harbour to boost the town’s economy broke ground yesterday when a huge dredger docked.

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Vision of Revamped Harbour and Waterfront Area to Attract Tourists to Musselburgh RevealedVision of Revamped Harbour and Waterfront Area to Attract Tourists to Musselburgh Revealed
Added: 22 May 2017
AN ACTION plan has been drawn up in a bid to increase the profile and use of Musselburgh’s Fisherrow Harbour and waterfront area, with a potential investment of between £1.7 million and £2.3 million in the pipeline.
Future projects could include pontoon berths, dredging the harbour, a designated dog toilet at the East Beach and more dog bins, as well as improved maintenance, marketing and water quality.
Kinross-based consultants Campbell Macrae Associates have produced a 100-plus-page feasibility study into the “valuable local assets”.

They were commissioned by East Lothian Council on behalf of the Musselburgh Area Partnership, which provided £12,000 towards the costs of the report.
It has been suggested that a community-based management group take over running the waterfront area and historic harbour, which is included in the Musselburgh Good Good portfolio and managed by East Lothian Council.
The organisation could include the Berth Holders’ Association, commercial fishing interests, community council, Eskmuthe Rowing Club, Fisherrow Waterfront Group, Fisherrow Yacht Club, local councillors, Musselburgh Sea Cadets and appropriate East Lothian Council staff.
The report stated: “The harbour has been subject to a reactive maintenance regime only over many years; management arrangements lack coordination and communication with users and potential users is poor.
“Income from the harbour over the past five years has averaged £11,500, from around 40-50 berth holders, and it is suspected does not cover direct costs.”
Measures which could enhance visits to the “attractive town beach destination” are: the provision of cycle racks; more seating/picnic tables; step-free access to the Back Sands; provision of shelter, additional information and interpretation; improved soft landscaping; a clear and safe pedestrian/cycle route linking through the car park, as well as a wider range of spending opportunities.
The report sets out potential projects over the short, medium and long term, with the investment potentially £1.7m to £2.3m if all initiatives were implemented.

These include dredging the harbour to increase the tidal window and make it possible for the facility to operate at near capacity of 60 vessels, as well as investigating the possibility of the installation of between 80 and 90 pontoon berths.
Other proposals include developing a beach wheelchair project, a number of regular summer beach activities aimed at local residents, with one larger family fun day event, pop-up shops and beach huts.
The report, which listed possible sources of finance, stated: “It is likely to prove challenging to source the funding to deliver everything, particularly the more expensive options.
“Fisherrow Harbour is the focal point of the waterfront and it is important that it benefits from a proactive approach to maintenance, operates at near capacity and that the harbour managers adopt a more proactive and welcoming approach to increasing use.”
The report “strongly” recommended that the council should use the engineering appraisal to facilitate “a proactive and structured approach” to maintenance of the harbour.
Improving the water quality at the Back Sands and ensuring the beach participated in the Beach Award scheme should be “high priority”, as beach users represented a much bigger user group than direct harbour users.
The report stressed that the area had “no real profile in tourism terms” and inclusion on the Visit East Lothian website could increase awareness and potential use.

The consultants highlighted the need for a parking survey to ascertain current use in relation to any scope to reduce parking.
Gaynor Allen and Veronica Noone, co-chairwomen of the Fisherrow Waterfront Group, issued a joint statement saying: “Fisherrow Waterfront Group welcomes the study, which we think is a very accurate reflection of the state of the harbour and harbour area.
“This survey should help address, in a planned and coherent way, many years of neglect, particularly in the harbour.
“Fisherrow Harbour has a unique history and culture and is a focal point in our community, yet it has not had necessary routine maintenance and repairs for many years. This survey reveals this neglect and the need to do something about it.

“The study has clear action points and we hope to work with the council, Musselburgh Common Good and stakeholders to ensure real improvements are made to enable local people, visitors and boat owners to enjoy the harbour and waterfront for years to come.”
Norrie Law, of the Berth Holders Association, said: “We think that the survey was generally acceptable.”
He said no work had been carried out on renewing ladders at the harbour, despite it being more than a year since the council was given plans and estimates of what was required, and with money available from the Common Good Fund, claiming: “The council have under-managed or mismanaged any work that has been done or needs to be done.”

Stuart Baxter, area partnership manager, said: “There has been a lot of talk over a number of years about what could be done with the harbour area and the report gives a focus.”
A council spokesperson said: “East Lothian Council is pleased to have received the report compiled by independent consultants, which took in the views of the range of users of Fisherrow Harbour, and we look forward to bringing together many of these views to take a common approach to move forward with developments of the harbour.”

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Work About to Start on Seaton Beach Management PlanWork About to Start on Seaton Beach Management Plan
Added: 19 May 2017
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Anders Larsson
18 May 2017

CONTRACTOR CH2M will commence work on the Seaton Beach Management Plan (BMP) in this month, with a view to complete it this year.
The objective of the BMP involves longer-term policies for flood and coastal erosion risk management from Axmouth Harbour to Seaton Hole, and the the long-term sustainability of the harbour for fishing and recreation.
CH2M are coastal flooding experts who have already produced more than 20 BMPs for across the South West of England, including Exmouth and, most recently, Sidmouth.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) is the lead authority, and the brief for the project was agreed with statutory consultees including the Environment Agency and Natural England, as well as with local community groups with an interest in the beach including the town council, yacht club, fishermen and other community groups.
EDDC chief executive and Axmouth harbour master Mark Williams said: “We’re pleased to be able to appoint CH2M’s Exeter-based team to develop the BMP, which will consider the future management of coastal flooding and erosion along Seaton seafront.
“The study presents a number of challenges as well as opportunities to improve Seaton’s defences and to enhance the seafront.
CH2M’s Exeter-based team has an excellent track record of developing BMPs with local communities to address these needs.”
The project, which is split into six main stages, will involve:
• Project initiation and planning
• Collation of available data
• An assessment of the existing coastal processes, flood and erosion risks, as well as the condition of existing sea defences and the environmental setting
• The establishment of baselines for defences, coastal processes, environment and economics
• The consideration of future options for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risks
• Advising on the actions that will need to be taken over the next five years to implement those options and to manage the beach
Dr Jonathan Rogers, CH2M Coastal Team Leader UK, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for Seaton’s Beach Management Plan, and we look forward to working in partnership with East Devon and the local community.”
The BMP is separate to Seaton Town Council’s seafront masterplan, which focuses on regeneration and drawing beach users into the town centre to boost the business climate.
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Belfast Harbour Boss is to Leave his Role After 12 YearsBelfast Harbour Boss is to Leave his Role After 12 Years
Added: 19 May 2017
Belfast Telegraph
John Mulgrew
19 May 2017

Belfast Harbour chief executive Roy Adair is to step down from his post after 12 years. It is now actively recruiting Mr Adair’s replacement for the top role, which he will vacate next year.

Mr Adair previously held positions with Rothmans International, Flexibox International and the Northern Ireland Quality Centre, where he was the organisation’s first chief executive.
"With the planned retirement of the current chief executive in 2018, the Board of Belfast Harbour Commissioners is seeking to appoint a highly experienced and accomplished professional to lead the organisation along its continued programme of strategic investment and growth," Belfast Harbour said.
The Harbour and its port customers now handle 70% of Northern Ireland’s seaborne trade and around 20% of the entire island’s.
During his period in charge of the business, Mr Adair has overseen growth in port trade activities and the expansion of the property side of the business which has seen the City Quays development emerge along the waterfront, delivering grade A office space.

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Unique Poole Hosts Celebration of the Sea and Looks to Protect Sensitive EnvironmentsUnique Poole Hosts Celebration of the Sea and Looks to Protect Sensitive Environments
Added: 18 May 2017
Handy Shipping Guide
16 May 2017

Maritime Festival and Boat Show Has Everything This Week for Conservationists and Marine Enthusiasts  

UK – Not all harbours are deep water anchorages for the largest of the world’s seagoing vessels, many of course are no more than tidal resting places for a local fishing fleet or a nest of small sailing and pleasure craft. Many however are unique in character and this definitely applies to Poole Harbour in Dorset, often described as the largest natural harbour in Europe. This singular waterway is home to both a significant freight and channel ferry port whilst retaining its position as a cherished Marine Protected Area, recognised not least for its internationally significant bird populations, whilst its location on the central south coast also makes it a haven for non-native species and a field laboratory for climate change effects.
This week sees the running of the Poole Maritime Festival which runs until May 21, during three days of which (15 – 17) the event hosts a major international conference on Marine Protected Areas when around two hundred specialists in marine conservation are attending eighty presentations and displays at premises on the port estate provided by one of the major sponsors, Poole Harbour Commissioners.
The siting of the event is particularly appropriate as the natural harbour represents in microcosm the world wide tensions between environment and development. The 300 metre wide harbour entrance separates an unspoiled heavily protected natural maritime landscape of considerable importance from an urban landscape where property prices are compared with Manhattan and Hong Kong Island in the world wide table of real estate values.
The conference has been organised by the Poole Harbour Study Group in collaboration with the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association and the subjects will range from Poole Harbour: an important Marine Protected Area (MPA) itself, to presentations on sites elsewhere in Britain and Europe and as far away as Pitcairn and the Galapagos Islands. Heavyweight major sponsors for the event include: Bournemouth University; Dorset Wildlife Trust; the Environment Agency; Natural England; the National Trust; Poole Harbour Commissioners and the Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority.
The Maritime Festival includes another popular subsidiary event, the Poole Harbour Boat Show which in association with Sunseeker, the local luxury yacht builder, features a significant Royal Navy and Royal Marines presence. HMS Hurworth, a mine countermeasures vessel, will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday (20 and 21 May). In addition, HMS Puncher, a small patrol vessel used for cadet training will also be berthed alongside. On shore, the Royal Marines will be displaying a variety of equipment, with a highlight being the ever-popular climbing wall. Both ships and the Royal Marine display will be in the new Ballast Quay exhibition area which is easily accessed from Town Quay via the free passenger boat service.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines displays are open to the public on 20 and 21 May between 10:00 to 18:00. The Royal Marines ‘Beating the Retreat’ takes place on Town Quay at 18:15 and this fantastic pageant of military music, precision drill and colour dating back to the 16th century is a real showstopper, with the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth preserving a unique piece of living history. Jim Stewart, Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners (organisers of the show) said:
“The show has steadily grown since it was launched three years ago and we are delighted to see both the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines at this year’s event. I know that the ships, display and Beating the Retreat will be extremely popular with all our visitors we look forward to welcoming them to the Poole Harbour Boat Show.”
Photo: Sandwich Terns at Holes Bay in Upton Lake to the North of the Harbour.
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Looking for a Place of RefugeLooking for a Place of Refuge
Added: 17 May 2017
Maritime Journal
Graeme Ewens
15 May 2017

The recent episode off Lands End, UK, in which a disabled coaster was taken in tow by two RNLI lifeboats in the absence of a dedicated salvage tug points up the continuing demands to reinstate the four Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs) that were once based at strategic locations around the UK coast.
Currently the tug based in Orkney, regularly mentioned in MJ’s Tugs and Towing section, is the only such vessel. The case for reinstating ETVs elsewhere has been well argued but there is also concern about finding a Place of Refuge (PoR) for vessels once they have been salvaged or saved in UK waters. Many port and local government authorities are reluctant to let casualty vessels into their ports for fear of pollution, berth blocking or legal complications.
Vessels in distress are frequently seen as ’lepers of the seas’, but the Dutch coaster Lady Alida that suffered engine failure and was saved by the Penlee and Sennen Cove lifeboats in March 2017 was one year old and operated by responsible owners. The lifeboats held the 3700dwt ship offshore for up to 11 hours before a tug had been contracted and as the vessel was posing no threat to the environment it was then permitted to anchor in Falmouth Bay.
That incident has unsettling similarities with one of the most tragic UK maritime disasters of recent times when the Union Star, on its maiden voyage to Ireland in 1981, suffered engine failure in a Force 12 hurricane and foundered on the rocks, taking with it the lives of all its crew and passengers along with the crew of the Penlee lifeboat the Solomon Browne. In that case the ship’s captain had refused to take a tow offered by a tug under the Lloyds Open Form. Since then, and following several high profile shipwrecks, new regulations have given the authorities power to order or ’Direct’ a vessel’s master to accept assistance and allow their ship to be taken to a Place of Refuge.
The guiding principle of rescue and salvage has always been that the preservation of life is the priority, followed by that of property (notably the vessel and cargo involved). However, society’s priorities now lie more in the protection of the environment than in the value of ships.
Small coasters carrying dry bulk cargoes are comparatively low value, whereas the value of a container ship or tanker includes its cargo. Salvaging that cargo can be difficult and time consuming, while the possibility of an oil spill from bunkers or tanker cargoes is the biggest worry.
Once a vessel has been salvaged, however, there remains the problem of where to take it to be lightened, cleaned up, repaired or dismantled. No community would be keen to accept such a potential hazard as a shipwreck on their doorstep and a game of ’pass the parcel’ can ensue.
During another incident in 2014, also in west Cornwall, the Falmouth Harbour Master Captain Mark Sansom refused access to the port for a Ukranian-owned coaster Sea Breeze, abandoned by its crew and being kept afloat by salvors’ pumps. Capt Sansom says "The Sea Breeze had a flooded engine room but still had sufficient buoyancy to remain afloat. . .The reason for refusing entry was that it had been abandoned and therefore became a ’derelict’ in salvage law terms. There was no proper salvage contract in place (a towage contract had been placed by the owner) which meant that there was no person legally in command of the vessel. There were also issues about gaining financial security that led to the refusal of the vessel when entry was initially requested."
The salvor, KML, was directed to tow the vessel along the coast to St Austell Bay. However, the Fowey Harbour Master Captain Paul Thomas at first denied access to his port until the MCA agreed to underwrite the risk of possible foundering, berth blocking or loss of any port dues. After finding a berth at the china clay wharf, the Sea Breeze was eventually accepted at the lay up buoys in the River Fal, under the jurisdiction of the Truro harbour master.
According to KML’s Diccon Rogers: "The use of the long-established salvage contract Lloyds Open Form (LOF) with its ’No Cure, No Pay’ clause is now in decline and it can be costly and time consuming to obtain payment, with many salvors now preferring to use other terms of contract. The SCOPIC clause of LOF is intended to address environmental concerns in big incidents but is less easy to implement when dealing with smaller ship incidents."
One example of the LOF procedure occurred during the infamous Torrey Canyon incident of 1967 that created the first major environmental crisis caused by a large oil spill. Following several days’ work on the stricken supertanker the Dutch salvors Wijsmuller eventually pulled out of the job, after losing the lives of two of their crew, some equipment and much wasted effort trying to salvage the vessel. That episode started the shift of emphasis from preservation of property to that of environmental protection.
The case of another tanker, the Prestige, which broke up off the coast of Spain in 2002 gave further impetus to establishing a code of practice. That vessel had suffered structural damage and salvage tugs were soon connected but the Spanish authorities refused to let them bring the ship inshore, denying a place of refuge, and insisted it was taken out into the Atlantic. The vessel then broke up, spilling thousands of tonnes of oil which was washed ashore on the Iberian coastline causing another environmental disaster.
One function of the European Marine Safety Agency (EMSA), set up in 2002, was to establish a marine pollution, preparedness, detection and resource capability to protect EU coasts and waters from pollution by ships.
The UK system is based on results of the Donaldson report which followed the MV Braer oil spill in Scotland and the Sea Empress incident at Milford Haven, and the creation of SOSREP who has the legal power of Direction to instruct vessels and salvors. The Coastguard can request a tug and facilitate a salvage agreement but if there are serious environmental or navigation issues Sosrep can direct a vessel to accept a tow. This happened recently when a ship was on fire off Holyhead and was directed to Liverpool where fire fighting facilities were available. "SOSREP has the power to direct anybody," says Capt Sansom. "There is a penalty if refused but it is a collaborative process and I have never been in a situation where the wishes of the harbour authority are overruled."
In the case of the Lady Alida the ship was eventually directed to accept a tow from a large AHT, the 300mt bollard pull Alp Centre, which happened to be close by in Mounts Bay. As Capt Sansom states: "In the absence of an ETV, casualty vessels are reliant on a ’vessel of opportunity’."
The Alp Centre was tasked to take the tow even though MTS Indus was steaming west from Brixham against heavy seas, the Fowey tug Morgawr was heading homeward from Falmouth and KML’s Tennaherdhya was in Falmouth harbour on standby to proceed.
Although the Alp Centre happened to be on hand at the time of that incident most commercial operators as well as the UK government find it too expensive to keep salvage tugs permanently on station. The French Abeilles vessels are on permanent charter to the French government and when those tugs are called into action the French Navy is often on hand to ensure that government instructions are obeyed. In the USA, the Coast Guard will take an interest in any such incident. The Netherlands has a centralised command and control set up in Rijkswatetstaat, which is part of the country’s ministry of transport.
Diccon Rogers says "In Europe there is a structure of good intentions but attitudes to command and control of salvage situations vary widely between coastal states "
HM Coastguard points out that there is no statutory obligation on the UK Government to provide towing and salvage services when ships get into difficulty. When an incident does occur it is the master’s responsibility to alert the Coastguard which can provide assistance to identify commercial tug availability. It is then the responsibility of the owners or insurers of the casualty vessel to negotiate a contract for the services to be provided. This contract can be arranged through a broker or with the tug owners directly. In Scotland the re-introduced ETV is contracted on a standby basis only; once the tug is employed and connected to the casualty vessel they are then under the conditions of LOF. 
IMO Guidelines on Places of Refuge for Ships in Need of Assistance recommended that coastal states develop procedures that would enable an efficient and objective risk assessment in order to allow the ship into a PoR. They used to be known as ’Ports of Refuge’ but PoRs around the UK coast can be ports, sheltered bays or safe anchorages.
In compliance with Article 20 of EU Directive 2002/59 (Vessel Traffic Monitoring Directive), the UK has set up a system to identify PoRs for vessels in need of assistance. Unlike other countries, the UK does not have pre-designated PoR locations. The Coastguard consider that every shipping or offshore incident is unique and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The SOSREP is the designated competent authority to assign a place of refuge in the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The MCA Counter Pollution Branch, with the assistance of the various UK Standing Environmental Groups, supports the SOSREP by analysing the PoR options available and recommending those most suitable for his consideration and final determination. When all the environmental and socio-economic factors have been considered, the casualty vessel will be taken to the agreed PoR for damage assessment, offloading of fuel and pollutants, repairs or cargo transfer/discharge.
Small coaster calamities rarely make the headlines, but big ship disaster stories can run for weeks and months. Two newsworthy cases which exemplify the need to make the right decision are that of the Prestige where the refusal of access to a safe haven caused an environmental disaster, and the MSC Napoli, the UK-flagged container ship successfully beached in Lyme Bay in 2007 and which was eventually broken up in situ over 924 days with no serious pollution.
The multi-agency Environment Group was later praised by the Napoli’s owners and other responders for its effectiveness and reactive approach. Reflecting on events 10 years later, Julian Wardlaw from the Environment Agency, who chaired the Group, said: "The grounding of the Napoli was such an unusual event we had to be very innovative." At the later enquiry he said he supported the decision to deliberately ground the stricken ship off East Devon, describing it as the ‘least worst option’.
Hugh Shaw, the current SOSREP said: "The strategy was unusual in that we deliberately grounded the ship in Lyme Bay to mitigate against a potentially far more serious situation. Once the vessel was in the shallow, sheltered waters of Lyme Bay, the salvage operation was infinitely more manageable. Failure to take action would have led to a significant risk of the vessel sinking in the open seas of the English Channel which could have led to long term environmental consequences as well as navigation safety issues."
While the SOSREP system does have its critics, the MCA claims the handling of the MSC Napoli stranding set a benchmark in maritime incidents and is used in training exercises to demonstrate how best to respond to maritime and coastal emergencies and safeguard the public and environment.

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New Jersey Harbourmaster announcedNew Jersey Harbourmaster announced
Added: 17 May 2017
Jersey Evening Post
16 May 2017

JERSEY’S next Harbourmaster has been announced as a master mariner who has more than 20 years’ seagoing experience.
Ports of Jersey has appointed Captain William Sadler, who joined the organisation in January 2015, to the position.
The news comes after it emerged in March that the current Harbourmaster, Captain Phil Buckley, was standing down in mid-June in order to return to the UK for family reasons.
Ports of Jersey said that Capt Sadler has worked ‘across a number of different sectors’, including with oil and gas tankers and passenger vessels.
Prior to joining Ports of Jersey, Capt Sadler spent 12 years – five of which were in command – with the charity Trinity House, which is dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, as well as providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community.
Capt Sadler and his wife, Claire, live in St Lawrence with their children, Sophia (11) and Alex (9).

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Beloved Harbour Dog gets his own Bespoke KitKat barBeloved Harbour Dog gets his own Bespoke KitKat bar
Added: 16 May 2017
Daily Record
Peter McGlone
16 May 2017

Jake-a-break: Beloved harbour dog gets his own bespoke KitKat bar
The special edition biscuit will be auctioned off to raise cash so the popular Arbroath canine can get a new life jacket.

Harbour dog and karaoke king Jake really takes the biscuit.
We told how he works hard to keep Arbroath harbour safe by scaring off seagulls and unwinds by howling along to his favourite songs at the local pub.

And now he’s found fame again on the wrapper of a special edition KitKat.
Owner and harbour assistant Carl Nielsen entered a contest with the biscuit firm using the slogan “Jake-A-Break”.
And manufacturers Nestle sent him a one-off KitKat with a personalised wrapper.

The biscuit is now up for auction so that Carl can buy Jake a new lifejacket.
Carl said: “Some of the money will also go to the Dog’s Trust charity and the lifejacket will be able to have a little first aid kit attached to it.
“It’s a complete one-off wrapper so hopefully we can get some interest in it.”
Jake has had fans travelling to see him after he hit the headlines in March.
Carl said: “He absolutely loves the attention. Some people even made the journey specially from Glasgow after hearing about him.
“He enjoys all the fuss but he knows that when his lifejacket goes on, he is at his work.”
The top bid by last night was £53, with the auction running until Sunday.
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Dolphin-Watching Centre Overlooking Aberdeen Harbour ProposedDolphin-Watching Centre Overlooking Aberdeen Harbour Proposed
Added: 16 May 2017
A new video showcasing the proposed £10 million dolphin-watching centre overlooking Aberdeen Harbour has been revealed.
The planned heritage and science centre at Greyhope Bay near Torry will make Aberdeen one of the prime spots in the UK to see marine wildlife, such as dolphins, porpoises and whales.
Now the public have a chance to see how the centre could look after the release of a 3D video showing a virtual reality tour of the proposed building.
The footage was shown last night at a fundraising gala dinner in aid of the project at the site of the proposed development.

Initially envisaged as a visitor centre with a viewing platform, the project has grown to now include a restaurant, theatre and interactive exhibit space.
The facility is also expected to become an international hub for marine research and planners hope it will provide a major boost for tourism in the city and beyond.
Today the public were invited to visit the marquee between 11am and 4pm for a family fun day.
Fiona McIntyre, marine research scientist and the managing director of the development, said she hoped this will give the local community a chance to see what Greyhope Bay is all about.
She added: “Of course, there’s always the chance to spot the dolphins – the folk from RSPB Dolphinwatch will be on hand with binoculars and telescopes to help people enjoy the marine life.
“Throughout the day, we’ll also be hoping to raise even more cash for the project through raffles and donations.”
Councillor Alan Donnelly, who represents Torry, said he was “very supportive” of the venture which could help in the diversification of Aberdeen’s economy.
He said: “We need to diversify Aberdeen’s economy away from oil and gas. And the new harbour being built there will potentially attract cruise liners and have tourists come in and look at the dolphins.
“I warmly welcome it and I think the community in Torry would like to see it.
“It would be absolutely magnificent, I just hope it’s deliverable.”
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Ransomware Cyber AttackRansomware Cyber Attack
Added: 15 May 2017
On behalf of Maritime Security and Resilience, Maritime Directorate, Dept. for Transport, we circulate the following advice, concerning the recent ransomware cyber attack.

Dear Colleagues

Re: WannaCry Ransomware

You will have seen the media coverage of the WannaCry Ransomware that has affected a number of computer systems within the UK and worldwide.

I attach the latest advice, at OFFICIAL level, from the DfT and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which I would ask you to circulate to your cyber security colleagues within your company.

We also ask that all ‘WannaCry’ infections on your networks are reported to DfT’s cyber security team and to the NCSC. Also please update DfT in the next 48 hours if you believe your systems are potentially vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware.

Alice MacFarlan
Cyber Security - Aviation and Maritime, TS-COR (Transport Security: Coordination & Operational Response)
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£100 Million Plan to Transform Wick Harbour is Revealed£100 Million Plan to Transform Wick Harbour is Revealed
Added: 15 May 2017
John O’Groat Journal & Caithness Courier

An artist’s impression of what Wick Harbour could look like if the ambitious £100 million blueprint for the port becomes a reality. The new infrastructure could open up offshore decomissioning opportunities creating new jobs.
PLANS have been drawn up to transform Wick Harbour in a potential £100 million development which port chiefs say could ’change the face of Caithness forever.’
Wick Harbour Authority (WHA) has released images of its plans to create a new quay which would allow for offshore decommissioning work to be carried out at the port.
It is part of ambitious plans WHA has created to prepare Caithness for life after Dounreay and take advantage of the offshore and renewable energy opportunities which it is determined Wick has a prime position to play a part in.
WHA has spent £85,000 on designs for the future of the harbour as a result of the amount of interest they are receiving from companies in the energy sector.
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Port of Southampton Welcomes 20,000 TEU BoxshipPort of Southampton Welcomes 20,000 TEU Boxship
Added: 15 May 2017
The Maritime Executive
11 May 2017

On May 11, the Port of Southampton welcomed the second-largest container ship in the world and the largest ever to dock in the UK, the MOL Triumph. She can carry up to 20,170 containers at a time, just shy of the capacity of the newly delivered Madrid Maersk. On her deck she has containers stacked up to 11 high and the same number below. The port suggests that if all her boxes were laid end to end they would reach from Southampton to London.
Port of Southampton said that the new ship’s eco-credentials are impressive too, with energy saving technologies leading to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per container reduced by up to 30 per cent. MOL’s six new 20,000 TEU-class containerships are equipped with advanced energy-saving technologies including low friction underwater paint, high efficiency propeller and rudder and an optimized fine hull form.
Associated British Ports Southampton Harbour Master Martin Phipps said that MOL Triumph is just one of many giants due to visit the port this year. 
“MOL Triumph is the largest container ship our pilots have brought into Southampton. Our pilot joined the ship at 1015 this morning south of the Isle of Wight and ensured she travelled safely through the Central Solent and Southampton Water to DP World," Phipps said. “Our Patrol launch ensured any sight-seers were kept at the correct distance to allow MOL Triumph to continue safely."
On Sunday, the Triumph and her small crew of 20 mariners will head to Hamburg before beginning the return trip to Asia. 

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Trade at Teignmouth Port on the up After Near £1mTrade at Teignmouth Port on the up After Near £1m
Added: 11 May 2017
Devon Live
Daniel Clark
10 May 2017

A near £1million investment in new equipment at the port of Teignmouth is paying off as trade is on the up. The investment was made at the port late in 2016 when it took delivery of three new pieces of equipment to improve operations.
Associated British Ports South West invested £900,000 in a new, 90-metre crane plus other heavy machinery.
These purchases follow the construction of a new bulk store by ABP worth £550,000 earlier in the year, and a £250,000 investment by the Harbour Commission to allow larger vessels to enter the port.

Teignmouth harbourmaster Cdr David Vaughan said that the investments made recently have paid off and that trade into the port is on the rise.
Cdr Vaughan said: “Since the investments were made to the port last year, we have seen an increase in activity at the port.
“ABP have been busy marketing the port and attracting new customers, and it is paying off. We have seen an increase in clay imports, and an increase in imports of aggregates, cement, salt and other cargoes.

“The recession in 2008 did hit the business, but we are recovering well and the signs are that the trend of trade being on the up will continue."
He added that the investment and the upturn in trade was good for jobs and industry in the area and he said that he believed things would get better.

The aim is to get even more vessels and trade into Teignmouth. We just want to encourage more ships so the port can trade even more. ABP have improved the overall facilities and lots of investments have been made, and we as the Harbour Commission will continue to do our bit to ensure the port remains open for business and continue to dredge the channel to enable deeper draughted ships to enter the port and to increase the window when current ships that use the port can come and go."
Short Sea Ports director Andrew Harston said: “The Port of Teignmouth handles around 350,000 tonnes of cargo each year and provides a vital link for local importers and exporters in Devon.
“We want to ensure the customers who use our port have access to reliable facilities which help their businesses.
“Teignmouth’s investment is representative of the overall investment which is being made across ABP’s port estate to ensure we are putting our customers first and providing effective infrastructure and equipment."
“Teignmouth is not the biggest port, but it is no less important than any other port, and this is good news for the region."

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Port of Blyth Posts Record Results for the Second Year RunningPort of Blyth Posts Record Results for the Second Year Running
Added: 11 May 2017
Chronicle Live
Graeme Whitfield
10 May 2017

A North East port has bucked national trends to record a second year of record turnovers.
The Port of Blyth, in Northumberland , saw turnover grow 17% in 2016 to reach £23.2m, while pre-tax profits were up 50% to £1.9m and commercial vessel movements at the port, which is now the seventh largest of its kind in the UK, grew by 20%.

Blyth’s success, which was built around an increase in trade in the energy sector, came as many many other ports nationally and locally saw incomes fall due to slumps in the steel, offshore and coal markets.
The port also saw continued success in attracting unitised, breakbulk and dry bulk cargoes, growing its client list significantly and reinvesting profits into facilities on its site.

Chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “Having achieved record financial figures in 2015 we’re very pleased to announce another set of outstanding results across the group this year.
“Driven by the primary port operating business’ best ever financial results and a strong performance across all trade sectors, these figures highlight both the continued growth of Port of Blyth and a very positive outlook for its future.”
The growth helped Port of Blyth strengthen its role as an economic driver for the region, directly and indirectly supporting thousands of jobs and providing an international gateway for many North East businesses.
The year covered by the accounts also saw the port act as a key partner in the Tall Ships Regatta, which attracted half a million visitors to Blyth and boosted the local economy by £13.5m.

It also saw Hebburn’s TSG Marine, which provides engineering services to the oil and gas, marine and renewables industries, opening a new base at the port.
Port of Blyth chairman Geoff Hodgson said: “Having achieved a second successive record year, the port is clearly on a sound financial footing with continued success expected in the future.
“As a trust, the port’s on-going success will benefit our wider stakeholders and with several exciting developments planned for the coming years, we expect this growth to continue in 2017 and beyond.”

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Integrated CCTV System for Port and Ferry Terminal SecurityIntegrated CCTV System for Port and Ferry Terminal Security
Added: 11 May 2017
Maritime Journal
Jake Frith
10 May 2017

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) provide efficient, cost-effective harbour and port infrastructure services for operators and communities in and around Scotland, UK. The company owns and manages 26 ports, harbours and slipways, as well as the infrastructure necessary for vital ferry services serving the West coast of Scotland and the Clyde Estuary.
Running such a diverse operation across a large area presents huge operational and security challenges, particularly when managing highly remote ports and harbours that are subject to variable weather and sea conditions. CMAL has turned to the latest CCTV technology to meet these challenges head on, creating an unprecedented network of High Definition Internet Protocol (HD IP) cameras that are improving CMAL’s visibility across its entire operation. With up-to-the-minute, live information fed back from all of the company’s ports and harbours, the new system is claimed to be helping improve security, operational efficiency as well as enhancing navigational safety across the CMAL enterprise.
Scottish Communications Group (SCG), which describes itself as Scotland’s leading expert in Internet Protocol Close Circuit Television (IP CCTV), Video Analytics, Access Control, Communications and Wireless Networking, has been commissioned to install the new system and is currently half way through phase one of the project. The company is currently deploying new smart IP HD CCTV solutions to 25 Clyde and west coast harbours, ports, slipways and other facilities owned by CMAL. Ongoing, SCG will be responsible for the full maintenance and support on the solution which was chosen after a rigorous procurement and proof of concept process to demonstrate the quality and robustness of the technology. SCG won the open tender in October 2015 for a figure of £1.85 million, said to be one of the largest CCTV contracts awarded in Scotland. 
David McHardie, Harbour Master at CMAL said: “After careful consideration CMAL selected Scottish Communications Group as our CCTV partner of choice to work with us on installing and upgrading CCTV capabilities across our 25 Scottish ports. We were incredibly impressed by their professionalism and expertise during the tender stage, and they have continued to demonstrate excellence, flexibility and resilience as we have begun to install the new systems in some exceptionally challenging locations and environmental conditions.”
The new system harnesses the latest generation Bosch IP cameras, including five Mega Pixel (MP) cameras, thermal imaging and MIC series fully functional cameras.  Inbuilt technology, such as Advanced Video Analytics, will be used to provide a safe, secure and health and safety conscious flexible solution for CMAL, which is the statutory harbour authority for 16 of the harbour locations and whose jurisdiction extends to the remaining nine port facilities. 25 individual systems will be installed by SCG that can be remotely accessed and controlled from CMAL’s headquarters in Port Glasgow though a myriad of different connection types, ranging from high speed broadband to very limited and restricted bandwidth lines.  This will provide CMAL with a live, high definition view of all of its port and harbour operations, controlled and maintained from one place.
The new CCTV system can also be viewed and controlled remotely over the internet via a smart phone, laptop or other device by a restricted number of authorised users within CMAL and CALMAC, meaning the entire operation can be managed from any location in real time, using existing infrastructure and technology. By improving access to its CCTV network via smart devices, the new system will vastly improve the responsiveness of CMAL to security or health and safety incidents. The system will also enable CMAL to remotely monitor navigational aids and lights that previously required regular onsite checks by engineers. This is likely to save time as well as significantly reduce the cost of maintenance.
The new system will also help CMAL to respond to threats and emergencies more efficiently, from incidents and medical crises or harbour crime. For example, the new CCTV system will be capable of generating automated alarms and notifications in accordance with pre-set criteria and in doing so, will provide the means for CMAL to respond to incidents quickly, particularly when out of hours. This level of automation will also help CMAL to manage unstaffed locations more effectively. Harbour activities can also be recorded for later analysis, ensuring the safety and security of operations and enabling CMAL, port authorities or the Police to review incidents and collect evidence.
The ability to monitor port and harbour activities and provide a safer working environment for staff, particularly at unstaffed locations, is of paramount importance to CMAL. Remote monitoring of lone workers will ensure CMAL staff and others that work on their own within harbour areas, particularly where there is poor mobile telephone coverage, are kept safe. The ability to view live incidents remotely will also allow harbour operators to act quickly and affect an appropriate response to the circumstances.
In addition to enhancing the security and protection of property and harbour facilities, the new CCTV system will help CMAL meet the EU’s strict vessel specific security requirements. Current legislation demands an increasingly high level of security provision, not only for ships used in international shipping and the port facilities serving them, but also for ships operating domestic services within the community and their port facilities, in particular passenger ships and ferries. Having access to an integrated network of cameras will give CMAL an unprecedented view of their entire enterprise, vastly improving the security and safety of ships and vessels using their port and harbour services.
The new CCTV IP system will also bring a direct benefit to CALMAC’s ferry operations. Most notably, the new system will provide RoRo Ferry Masters with live images of local sea and weather conditions at destination ports. Having access to these CCTV images will help inform their decision making process, enabling Ferry Masters to optimise lifeline ferry service provision across all routes that use CMAL harbours.
Liam Mowatt, Scottish Communications Group’s Technical Director said: “We’ve really been able to leverage the newest HD technology for this project to get the maximum benefit out of the equipment. With this technology, one camera can do the work of many older cameras, which has both a cost benefit and makes maintaining the system a lot more efficient. We’ve been able to build a robust wireless network that links together the system, giving CMAL a really powerful view of all of their harbours.”

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EMSA - Press ReleaseEMSA - Press Release
Added: 11 May 2017
11 May 2017

Please see attached press release from EMSA entitled
’Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Tested in Real Time for Multipurpose Missions’
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Russian Billionaire’s Yacht Leaves WhitehavenRussian Billionaire’s Yacht Leaves Whitehaven
Added: 10 May 2017
ITV Border
9 May 2017

Onlookers lined up this morning to watch a £40million super yacht belonging to Russia’s richest man leave Whitehaven harbour.
Lady M had been berthed in the town since Sunday evening for a mystery visit to west Cumbria.
The vessel is owned by 51-year-old steel magnate Alexei Mordashov who has an estimated fortune of nearly £13billion and is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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New Facilities Mark Continued Partnership Between Suffolk Yacht Harbour at Levington and Hadleigh Based Wincer KeivenaarNew Facilities Mark Continued Partnership Between Suffolk Yacht Harbour at Levington and Hadleigh Based Wincer Keivenaar
Added: 10 May 2017
Ipswich Star
Duncan Brodie
9 May 2017

Suffolk Yacht Harbour on the River Orwell at Levington, near Ipswich, the largest independently-owned marina on the east coast, has unveiled a newly-completed amenities building.

The new facilities, designed by Hadleigh-based architects Wincer Kievenaar, include individual wet and dry areas, under floor heating, LED lighting and the latest in sanitary ware.

Features include vaulted ceilings to allow maximum light and ventilation, heated seats in the shower cubicles, heated mirrors (to prevent “steaming up”) and an ultra-efficient heat recovery extraction system which removes steam but does not reduce the room temperature.
Jonathan Dyke, managing director at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, said: “Whilst there are many fantastic marinas on the east coast, it is important that we attract visitors from the south coast and further afield.
“The new facilities are part of our ongoing investment plan to ensure we are offering a consistently high quality service to berth-holders and new marina users.”

Craig Western, director at Wincer Kievenaar, said: “The original brief simply put, was to raise the bar of UK yachting facilities to a standard that would not be out of place in a spa hotel.
“In addition, for facilities of this nature it was important to ensure the fixtures and materials were robust and fit for purpose.”
He added: “Wincer Kievenaar has had a close working relationship with the yacht harbour for many years. The practice has worked with Jonathan to continually develop and improve facilities available at the harbour and to bring a degree of architectural cohesion to the entire site.”
Suffolk Yacht Harbour, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, offers a wide range of services and facilities for local and visiting yachtsmen. As well as 550 berths and additional swinging moorings, the marina has two well-equipped chandleries as well as state of the art workshops to carry out repairs on modern and classic yachts.
This includes the largest boat lifting and launching facilities between Bridlington in Yorkshire and the Solent on the south coast, with the capability to handle vessels from small 6m day sailors to 20m work boats.
Other on-site businesses include sail making, a sailing school, rigging, marine engineering, electronics and brokerage services.
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Latest Port of London Authority Safet Campaign Targets Human ErrorLatest Port of London Authority Safet Campaign Targets Human Error
Added: 10 May 2017
American Journal of Transportation
9 May 2017

The Port of London Authority (PLA) launched its latest safety campaign, focused on the Human Factor, at its Annual Stakeholder Forum today (Tuesday, 9 May).
The PLA decided to target human error after analysis of incident data showed that it was the leading cause of navigational incidents on the tidal Thames in the last two years. It drew on Maritime & Coastguard Agency guidance highlighting the ‘deadly dozen’, the twelve Top People Related Factors, in developing the campaign.

Bob Baker, Chief Harbour Master and Nick Evans, Deputy Harbour Master
Speaking to more than 150 stakeholders at the annual Forum, PLA chief harbour master, Bob Baker, said “Over the last two years, human error was linked to more than 40% of the accidents on the river. Often it’s the simplest of things that trip people up, whether recognising that their mind’s not on the job or suddenly thinking ‘I wasn’t clear in my instructions’.”
The campaign highlights the Deadly Dozen things to watch out for are:
Habits – Don’t confuse efficiency with dangerous short cuts
Unity – Do you work well together?
Mindfulness – What have I missed?
Attentiveness – Are you multi–tasking or dangerously distracted?
Notifying – Do you speak up when you should?
Fitness for duty – Are you fit to carry out your duties safely?
Ability – Is your crew capable?
Communication – Do you understand each other?
Tensions – Are you just busy or dangerously overloaded?
Overtired – Are you just tired or dangerously fatigued?
Routine – Just because things are going well now, doesn’t mean they can’t go wrong.
Safety Culture – Do it the safe way, do it the right way, do it everyday.

“Our campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the Deadly Dozen. Over the next twelve months we will be giving hints and tips to river users on a variety of elements, including best practice, communication and avoiding distractions,” added Bob Baker. “Our statistics show, for example, that as the winter nights close in, the risk of accidents increases. October, between 5 pm and 6 pm, is a real accident ‘hot spot’ people need to be alert to, for example.”
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Former Harbour Man will be "Sadly Missed"Former Harbour Man will be "Sadly Missed"
Added: 10 May 2017
Shetland News
Neil Riddell
9 May 2017

FORMER SIC harbourmaster Jim Dickson MBE, who was winched onto the Braer oil tanker before it crashed onto the rocks in 1993, has died suddenly at the age of 69.
He was heavily involved during the busiest period in the local authority’s harbour operation at Sullom Voe, beginning work there in 1980 in the marine operations department as a pollution control officer.
Dickson went on to become general manager, harbourmaster and pilot master, taking over the reins from Captain George Sutherland in 2003 before retiring in 2008.
After visiting Whalsay regularly from an early age to spend time with relatives, he moved to Shetland in the mid 1960s, and married Ollaberry woman Peggy Duncan. They had two children, son Sean and daughter Lauri, before he was widowed in 1996.
Dickson died suddenly on Saturday morning and is survived by his partner Ingirid Eunson as well as his son and daughter and grandchildren Steven and Sara.
Sutherland paid warm tribute to Dickson, saying he was not only a former colleague but also a neighbour and a good friend who would be "sadly missed".
"He was a very sound professional and a man who had an excellent reputation," he said. "He was extremely good at what he did, and a pleasure to work alongside. We had many good times together – I shall miss him."
Dickson began his 28-year stint with the SIC at the start of the eighties having trained at Leith Nautical College before going to sea with BP as an apprentice cadet. He then completed a maritime studies course which led him into shoreside administration.
Sutherland recalls first coming across Dickson when he was working at Hudson’s offshore service base in Sandwick.
"In due course he came to work with us... we worked more or less side-by-side, and he worked for me from 1986 onwards," he said.
"He was a true and valued colleague, a safe pair of hands, always to be relied upon. And he became, in due course, probably one of the world’s top five anti-pollution control people, and was recognised internationally for his ability and expertise."
Dickson did "an enormous amount to secure the environmental protection of Sullom Voe" at a time when the terminal was processing around two million barrels of oil a day (the volume today is a fraction of that).
"It was a time when there were too many careless mishaps with big ships, lots of accidents and oil spills worldwide," Sutherland reflects. "We were on top of the game, managed pretty much to keep it clean – due in no small measure to Jim’s knowledge, expertise and effort."

In January 1993 one of those careless mishaps did occur when the Braer oil tanker ran aground near Quendale in stormy weather.
While it was many miles outwith the port’s ambit, Dickson volunteered – accompanied by two Sullom Voe pilots – to go with the coastguard search and rescue helicopter.
He was winched onto the stern of the ship in the hope of dropping the anchors, but with the sea swell breaking over the Braer’s upper deck it was not possible.
Dickson told The Shetland Times when he retired nine years ago that it had been "a strange feeling being on board. I went on the bridge, there was nobody there and the radio was squawking away."
As they attempted to attach a messenger rope they felt a bang and realised the tanker, laden with 80,000 barrels of crude oil, had come ashore and they were swiftly hoisted to safety.
"The ship took to ground, the helicopter lifted them off," Sutherland said. "As a result of that, Jim was awarded an MBE, and I think it was richly deserved for all the efforts."
The pair were closely involved in managing the marine response afterwards – it was "something we’d been preparing for years, so when it came you just got on with it", Sutherland said.
When he retired the Sella Ness operation was in the midst of restructuring, with responsibility for ferries being returned to the local authority’s infrastructure department. That left Dickson to take over the ports and harbours operation, and Sutherland said he was "clearly the right man and a safe pair of hands to pass it onto".
Dickson lived just a few hundred yards from Sutherland, who said the pair regularly bumped into each other on the road and at the Delting marina where they both had boats.
He spent his retirement pursuing his interest in renewable energy, installing a small wind turbine next to his house, and had an electric car "before almost anybody else did".
He also ran his own wildlife watching and sea-angling company, Shetland Marine Charters, which offered boat trips from the marina in Brae.
Those pastimes formed part of "his continuing interest in protecting the environment, as well as it making economic sense".
Another former colleague, North Mainland councillor Alastair Cooper, described Dickson’s death as "very sad news".
"Jim was a very good officer, very committed to his work," he said. "The one thing with Jim was, if you wanted something done, he was a good organiser. He had a lot of good qualities." 
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Norwegian Tourists to Sample the Delights of the North-East as Cruise Ship Berths in SunderlandNorwegian Tourists to Sample the Delights of the North-East as Cruise Ship Berths in Sunderland
Added: 09 May 2017
The Northern Echo
Bruce Unwin
8 May 2017

A CRUISE ship bringing scores of sight-seers to the North-East has made a return trip to the waters of the River Wear.
The MS Gann sailed into the Port of Sunderland’s Corporation Quay on Friday, bringing 162 tourists from Stavanger, in Norway, to the city to explore what Sunderland and the wider region has to offer.
Passengers were greeted with guide packs outlining how they could enjoy their stay, from visitor attractions like the National Glass Centre and the sea-front, to the bars, cafes and restaurants around the city centre.
This is the third time the 6,257-tonne Norwegian cruise ship has visited the Wear.
It made a surprise visit to the port during a training exercise in April 2014, when an unscheduled diversion meant it could not reach its intended destination.
Following that chance visit, the cruise ship crew were so impressed by the city and the hospitality shown by the Port of Sunderland, that they returned in June the following year with more than 140 tourists on board.

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Bristol Port Launches US ServiceBristol Port Launches US Service
Added: 07 May 2017
Break Bulk
2 May 2017

Port operator The Bristol Port Co. has reported a new shipping service to the U.S. from the Royal Portbury Dock in the southwest of England.
The route will be served by the roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel Theben, operated and owned by Scandinavian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen. The Theben will carry heavy construction plant components as well as British-built vehicles including Jaguars, Land Rovers, Minis to ports on the U.S. East and West coasts.
“We are the nearest major UK port to the U.S., and this is the first ship of a weekly service that reflects the booming car export business at Bristol Port. Last year the port handled nearly 200,000 vehicles for export and a 20 percent increase is predicted this year,” said David Brown, CEO at The Bristol Port Co..
The port of Bristol is one of the largest breakbulk hubs in the Southwest of the UK, and provides more than 2,600 acres of onsite storage and warehousing solutions. The port handles 6 million tonnes of dry bulk goods annually.
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Global Ports Float Set to be One of London’s Biggest Listings of the YearGlobal Ports Float Set to be One of London’s Biggest Listings of the Year
Added: 07 May 2017
The Telegraph On Line
Alan Tovey
2 May 2017

Global Ports Holdings is set to be the biggest listing in London in years after setting the range for its upcoming float. 
The world’s largest independent operator of ports used by cargo and cruise ships announced plans for a UK listing last month.
It has now confirmed the price range for the float at between 735p and 875p per share, valuing GPH at between £462m and £539m.

This would make GPH the second biggest listing of 2017, behind only BioPharma Credit which was valued at £611m, and on a par with Eddie Stobart Logistics, according to PwC data.
In a rare move, the float will be open to retail investors as well as institutions. Emre Sayin, chief executive of GPH, said London had been chosen not only because of the strength of the City, but because the UK is the second biggest cruise market.
“I’m excited to be able to offer people who may have been our customers, the chance to invest,” said Emre Sayin, chief executive of GPH. The minimum investment is £1,000.
He added that the company had received “very encouraging feedback” since announcing the flotation in mind-April, which he said “highlighted the strength of our business model and the potential to build on our market leading position”.
The company has 14 ports - including in Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik - handling 7.8m passengers a year.

Proceeds from the flotation, which is intended to raise a minimum of $200m (£155m), will be used to fund further expansion, with Mr Sayin saying that top regions for acquisitions are the Mediterranean - where GPH has almost a 25pc market share - and the Caribbean and Asia.

The company added Labour peer Lord Mandelson to its board in March, an appointment which the chief executive said allowed them to tap into the former EU Trade Commissioner’s extensive network of global contacts to help them access new markets.
GPH is currently in talks with nine ports in Europe, seven ports in the Caribbean and four ports in Asia about potential deals.
Last year the company had annual revenues of $115m and and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to $81m, with the company’s model of offering cruise passengers going through its terminals services which are useful during port calls. It sees itself as being in a market similar to that of airports 30 years ago, with similar opportunities to place retail outlets, cafes and services such as money changing and mobile phone deals to passengers.
The majority owner of GPH is Istanbul-listed Global Investment Holdings, which holds almost 90pc of the business, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development controlling the remainder.
The IPO market slowed in the wake of the Brexit vote, with listings abandoned or shelved because of uncertainty, worsening an already slow year that was the quietest since 2012.

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Weymouth Harbour Welcomes Replica of First Ship to Sail Around the WorldWeymouth Harbour Welcomes Replica of First Ship to Sail Around the World
Added: 07 May 2017
Dorset Echo
3 May 2017

A stunning replica of the first ship to sail around the world docked at Weymouth Harbour today. 
The Nao Victoria is open to the public from May 4 until May 14, telling the story of how it survived the greatest adventure in maritime history. 
The ship reached Weymouth after a day of sailing from Brixham in Devon. 
During a visit to the 27-metre-long vessel, visitors will get to know the ship’s amazing history, forms, details, operation and the life of Spanish seamen. 

In the hold, they will also get to experience the real life of the crew members who still travel the world on board this unique ship.
The ship has is causing a buzz at the harbour, and visitors are already excited to look inside. 
Alan Lillis, who regularly visits Weymouth calling it ’the best place in the country’, said: "I’m visiting for the week but we just came up to see the ship. 
"I used to work on the docks years ago, so I have an interest in ships. 
"You can’t imagine actually being out at sea in it."
A couple from Dorchester came to visit for the day after seeing a news report that the ship had docked. 
They said: "We’ve just got to come and see it. It’s amazing.
"Many years ago we came here to see the Tall Ships. We loved it."
The replica was built for the EXPO, the World’s Fair that was held in 1992 in Seville.
It is the only replica of the original ship. 
By visiting Weymouth, the ship puts the town on the vast map of ports around the world that she has already visited since her construction.
Keith Howorth, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s harbour master, said that the ship should prove a great attraction as it moors on the quayside and urged people to come and have a look.
He said: “We are delighted to be hosting such a glorious ship in our harbour.
“With four decks, captain’s cabin and living accommodation, visitors can experience what life was like on a 16th century ship and imagine the challenges of three years at sea.”

Nao Victoria is already making a tour of several European ports by visiting some of the ports in England, France, Holland, Germany and Belgium, becoming the first ship of her kind to have performed similar voyages.
The Nao Victoria offers the opportunity to sail on board during her next voyage to Poole on May 15.
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Liverpool Aims to Capitalise on New Deepwater Port and Lure Business From the SouthLiverpool Aims to Capitalise on New Deepwater Port and Lure Business From the South
Added: 05 May 2017
The Loadstar
Alexander Whiteman
28 April 2017

Liverpool’s maritime community is confident in its ability to capitalise on its new deepwater terminal, but admits it will need to tempt shippers and carriers up from the UK’s southern ports.
Peel Ports opened its £400m deepwater container terminal, Liverpool 2, in November, with strategic projects director Gary Hodgson believing the rationale for shipping through Liverpool is obvious.
“90% of deepsea cargo lands at the UK’s southern ports, but 50% [some put this figure as high as 60%] is bound for the north,” said Mr Hodgson.
“Similarly, exports manufactured in the north or Midlands are shipped out through the south.”
Leader of Wirral Council Phil Davies said the region’s public and private sectors had forged strong links and a fantastic working relationship to drive positivity and promote Liverpool’s potential.
“There’s a real determination to put the past behind us and cast off the image Liverpool once had as a strike-prone city reliant on the public sector,” said Mr Davies.
“We are working with all our partners and there is a real positivity, with the new port facilities acting as our USP.”
Mr Hodgson said despite the habitual use of trucking for shipments between the north and the south, cargo owners were questioning both the reliability and carbon intensity of inland logistics.
“It is well documented that inland logistics is becoming less reliable, more expensive and more carbon hungry,” he continued.
“A significant number of cargo owners are demanding ‘less inland miles’ as part of their logistics solution, which in effect delivers a cleaner, more reliable and certainly more cost-effect proposition. Liverpool 2 offers such a solution.”
Group finance manager of Mersey Forwarding Dave Hale said while his company was more reliant on London, Southampton and Felixstowe, this was not due to any decision by the company.
“Indeed, the fact that we have our very own 40,000sq ft port logistics hub means we would prefer it if more of the cargo we routed came to Liverpool, so that we could handle it ourselves, in terms of destuffing containers, palletising, storing and distributing the cargo,” said Mr Hale.
“But the reality is that the manufacturers and importers we deal with are principally concerned with price and quicker transit times.”
Longer transit times from the east to Liverpool would always provide a competitive advantage to the south, said Mr Hale, but Liverpool councillor and assistant mayor Gary Millar said there was a solution.
“We need to attract the ships to come through Panama as opposed to the one-belt, one-road route,” said Mr Millar, who claimed this would save carriers 20% in costs.
Peel Ports’ chief operating officer Patrick Walters said the port operator had been talking to a number of shipping lines about “several” service options for Liverpool 2.
“When the initial business case as developed, we identified six or seven market scenarios that could involve Liverpool 2; for example, utilising the Panama Canal to capture products like wine, fruit, vegetables and meat from the US west coast, South America, Australia and New Zealand,” said Mr Walters.
“Another scenario was the introduction of mega-feeder vessels, including transhipment from southern Europe or India and so on.”
Mr Walters said the development of Peel Ports’ Cargo200 Initiative was demonstrating to carriers the strength of demand for Liverpool services from more than 200 local, regional and national businesses.
“Cargo200 represents 1.5m teu of trade, supporting the campaign for direct deepsea services at Liverpool, helping to remove 200 million unnecessary UK road and rail miles by 2020,” he added.
However, in the absence of a commitment from one of the world’s largest shipping lines, Mr Hale said it was slightly more difficult to promote the port of Liverpool.
“Our hope is that sooner rather than later one of the big lines follows in the slipstream of ACL and gives Liverpool a try,” he added.
Mr Davies believes the UK’s impending divorce from Europe, as well as the huge boost in infrastructural spending from the government, may also aid the city.
“Brexit, HS2 [the UK’s new high-speed rail link from London to the north] and the new port gives us the potential to lure those carriers up here,” said Mr Davies.
“We’ve lobbied for more freight on rail, and possibly the biggest boost to the northern powerhouse, with Liverpool acting as the gateway, would be high-speed connections between east and west.”

In March, Anglo-American partnership Direct City Networks submitted a proposal to Transport for the North – a governmental body aimed at boosting infrastructure – for an underground rail system that could connect Liverpool to Hull in just 29 minutes.
“This would be transformational for the north,” said Mr Davies. “And the Treasury has listened to the idea. The one issue after the election will be keeping the pressure on government for the big-ticket items and not letting Brexit force them to the back of the queue.”
Mr Hale said both the port and city of Liverpool were very much open for business, and described the city’s transformation since its 2008 nomination as European City of Culture as “staggering”.
“As a Liverpool forwarder based on the Mersey, we can only continue to spread the message that ‘Liverpool is back’,” said Mr Hale.
“Though we’d not actually gone anywhere in the first place – but now we are really going places.”
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Offshore Work and New Cruise Season Bring Boost to Lerwick HarbourOffshore Work and New Cruise Season Bring Boost to Lerwick Harbour
Added: 05 May 2017
Press and Journal
Stan Arnaud
5 May 2017

Seasonal offshore work and the launch of a new cruise liner season have brought a welcome boost to Lerwick Harbour this month.

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New Dredger for BridlingtonNew Dredger for Bridlington
Added: 28 Apr 2017
Maritime Journal
Dag Pike
27 April 2017

Bridlington dredger 27 Apr 2017 ’Gypsey Race’ will be used to keep Bridlington harbour dredged in order to maintain maximum operating times for the modern fleet of local potting vessels The UK’s Bridlington Harbour Commissioners have taken delivery of a new dredger that will be employed on maintenance dredging in the harbour. The new dredger is named Gypsey Race after a dredger that operated in the port for 50 years and which was sold 10 years ago, and it will be used to keep Britain’s biggest shellfish potting port fully operational with a maintained depth of water.The new dredger was designed by Simon Cormack of Marine Design International located in Glasgow, and was built at the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company on the Isle of Bute, a yard that specialises in ferry and fishing boat refits as well as new construction. The 25-metre-long dredger is equipped with two spud legs that are used to quickly anchor the vessel prior to dredging operations.The vessel has a beam of 8 metres and a draft of 2.5 metres and is fitted with a central open-topped hold that allows the vessel to carry up to 100 tonnes of dredged material. Six hydraulically operated double-skin hopper doors in the bottom of this hold allow the dredged material to be dumped at sea.The Gypsey Race is powered by a pair of Doosan MD196TI diesel engines, each of which generates 246 kW at 1500rpm. These give the dredger a cruising speed of 8 knots. Dredging is carried out with a Hyundai backhoe dredging unit installed in the bow with an articulated arm extending to 14 metres. The vessel was built at a cost of £1.1 million.Chris Wright, the chairman of the Harbour Commissioners and former harbourmaster commented, “Our old dredger, also named Gypsey Race, was scrapped in 2010, and we have been hiring one since then. This vessel was too big and too expensive, and it was now or never, we had to bite the bullet and build new.“A lot of the silt found in the harbour comes off the Holderness coast as a result of erosion and its removal is essential for keeping the berths and the navigation channels clear for fishing vessels in Bridlington harbour. A dredger is needed to clear the mud and silt, with an average build-up of nine inches every year across the 10.5 acres area of the harbour bed. This creates 12,000 to 14,000 tonnes of waste per year. Gypsey Race will be used to keep Bridlington harbour dredged in order to maintain maximum operating times for the modern fleet of local potting vessels that skippers continue to invest in.”In addition to the dredging work at Bridlington Harbour the Gypsey Race will be available for charter by nearby ports for dredging work in order for the vessel to keep fully employed.
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Port Plans Ahead for Turbulent Times After Successful 2016Port Plans Ahead for Turbulent Times After Successful 2016
Added: 27 Apr 2017
Western Telegraph
Katy Woodhouse
26 April 2017

PROFIT before tax is up at the Port of Milford Haven despite a drop in cargo passing through according to its 2016 Annual Report.
The Port published its annual report this week and it shows “strong investment in the marine, leisure, tourism and marine renewable energy sectors’.
It states that a profit before tax of £5.6m and a turnover of £25.3m was recorded for 2016.
Cargo throughput was 34.9m tonnes, a decrease from 2015’s 37.8m tonnes.
It has planned a diversification strategy to ensure the ’required Port infrastructure is maintained’.

Chief executive Alec Don states: “In 2016 the Port achieved a turnover of £25.3m. Although this is slightly below the level achieved in 2015, profit before tax at £5.6m for the year is 26% up on the previous year.
“Progress made on our property investment and development activity is having a greater influence on the Port’s results. This year we recorded a gain of £300,000 in the valuation of our property investments and our development costs for Milford Waterfront are now being recorded as an asset.
“When these effects are stripped out it is important to note that the underlying trading performance of our core port operations was in fact weaker in 2016 than in the previous year, primarily due to a substantial reduction in the throughput of LNG.
“It is, however, an important indicator of the overall health of the organisation and a testament to the work done to improve the Port’s resilience in the face of turbulent energy markets that the Port’s operating cash flow increased from £8.1m in 2015 to £9.2m in 2016. Whilst resilient, we are not immune. South Hook LNG volumes were down significantly in 2016 and are expected to be lower again in 2017.”
Highlights of 2016 includes the official launch of the Milford Waterfront brand, a flagship development for the Port and Milford Marina celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The report also covers the significant investment made on the marine side of the business such as the state-of-the-art marine navigation simulation suite which was installed and will provide the Port’s own marine professionals with training software as well as being able to offer it to external bodies and eventually market it to a global audience.

Investment was also made in a fleet of new pilot vessels – St Brides and St Davids, with St Govans expected to arrive in 2017.
It states that volumes at Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal continued to show annual growth on both the freight and passenger side, as did volumes of imports and exports at Pembroke Port.
“There is great optimism for the marine renewables sector in Pembrokeshire which was cemented by the creation of a Marine Hub at Pembroke Port. Following the approval of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal in March 2017 by the UK’s Prime Minister, our Pembroke Dock Marine project can now move forward and activity within the renewables industry as a whole is expected to increase with earnest over the coming months and years,” adds the report.
Mr Don added that dedication and collaboration of Port staff, who continuously go that “extra mile”, has assisted in the pleasing set of results in turbulent markets.
“2017 is set to be considerably more challenging, with significantly reduced volumes of LNG currently affecting the business. In line with the rest of the market we also experienced a substantial increase in our pension liabilities. It is for these aspects of volatility we have ensured as a business that we have a strong balance sheet and are pursuing growth and development in the infrastructure and property parts of our business,” he added
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Associated British Ports Expands Warehouse Capacity at Port of IpswichAssociated British Ports Expands Warehouse Capacity at Port of Ipswich
Added: 25 Apr 2017
East Anglian Daily Times
Duncan Brodie
24 April 2017

Associated British Ports (ABP) has celebrated the completion of a new £2.2m bulk warehouse at the Port of Ipswich.

The new terminal, which was officially opened by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, replaces the former Number 2 and Number 17 warehouses at Cliff Quay.

Together with the Orwell Bulk Terminal, which opened in 2015, the new facility represents an increase in warehouse space at the port of more than 10%.
ABP invited pupils at Cliff Lane Primary School to take part in choosing a name for the new terminal, with the winning suggestion being Cliff Bulk Terminal.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Gummer said: “The Port of Ipswich continues to play its central and historic role in the growth of the local economy and has supported businesses across East Anglia. Ipswich Port is the hidden jewel in our economic crown and deserves celebrating. This new facility is an excellent new feature which will drive trade and create more jobs.”

He added: “Getting the local school involved in the naming of this fantastic new facility at the port gives the local community the chance to make it their own.”
Andrew Harston, short sea ports director at ABP, said: “It is important for us to construct new facilities in a way that minimises their impact on the environment.
“That is why the new terminal is equipped with solar panels to provide a clean energy generating capacity of 371kw and the latest generation of energy efficient lighting systems within the facility itself.
“With this latest infrastructural development, the Port of Ipswich now boasts 1.5mw of installed solar capacity. The network which helps to powers the port estate, provides sustainable energy for ABP customers and reduces the port’s carbon footprint.”

Also among the guests at the opening ceremony was the Mayor of Ipswich, Roger Fern.
Nicola Simmonds, a teacher at Cliff Lane Primary School, said: “Being part of this naming competition has inspired many of the children from our school to find out more about the workings of the Port of Ipswich.
“The competition has encouraged pupils to think more deeply about the port and the wide variety of goods that are handled there. As a result the port is no longer a place of mystery for the children, but a place to visit and even aspire to work one day.”
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Seagull Steals False Teeth at Devon HarbourSeagull Steals False Teeth at Devon Harbour
Added: 25 Apr 2017
Devon Live
Rich Booth
24 April 2017

Seagulls are known across Devon for an occasional dive bomb or maybe a cheeky chip theft, but now they have taken it to another level.
Pictured today is a gull that has managed to get its beak on someone’s false teeth. How the bird got hold of the dentures remains a mystery but social media is full of speculation.
The image was posted to the Spotted Newton Abbot site with the caption: "Someone’s false teeth were found on a bench on Torquay Harbour at lunchtime.
"Unfortunately anyone missing them will need to contact the seagull as he flew away with them!"

Earlier this year a Devon MP said he wanted to see a crackdown on seagulls after one stole his chips.
Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Oliver Colville said in January this year: "It’s a big issue in seaside towns where seagulls can be quite invasive.
"Indeed, I was out campaigning on one occasion with a mate of mine when suddenly this seagull decided it was going to take his fish and chips from him.
"I am aware that they are a protected species, but we need to do more."

Mr Colvile added many constituents in Sutton and Devonport have written to him asking for a solution.
"There are a series of things the council have done in the past," he says.
"They replaced some of the seagulls’ eggs with fake eggs.
"I think it’s to do with the number of seagulls that are now appearing. It’s a very difficult issue, but I want to raise it with the Government to make sure they do what they can.
"One thing we could do is to make sure we build buildings so they are not going to find it easy to nest in there, that kind of thing."

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New Cruises Will Depart From Poole Next YearNew Cruises Will Depart From Poole Next Year
Added: 24 Apr 2017
Bournemouth Daily Echo
Will Frampton
23 April 2017

A CRUISE ship firm is adding new sailings from Poole Harbour saying demand in the south for maritime holidays abroad is growing.
With the new sailings, Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) will have a total of 10 from both Poole and Portsmouth using its 550 passenger ship Astoria from summer 2018.
Those from Poole’s new cruise berth include a three night weekend cruise to Rouen in France in August 2018 beginning with the Bournemouth Air Festival and continuing up the River Seine, and a 12 night cruise around the British Isles visiting 10 ports in September.

Poole Harbour Commissioners chief executive Jim Stewart welcomed the news, saying: “We look forward to working closely with CMV and are confident that Poole will become a key cruise port for the company going forwards.”
“Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and is widely recognised for its spectacular natural beauty and the wide range of exciting tourism sites including the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, historic castles, stately homes and beautiful villages and towns close to the harbour.”
The cruise firm is also laying on the Pullman Express Coach Service with 30 pick up points across Dorset Hampshire and Sussex, as well as London Victoria Station.
The ship will also be taking passengers from Portsmouth to Norway, the Baltic and St Petersburg, and on a European rivers and canals cruise.
PHC recently appointed BAM Nuttall Ltd as contractor on a £10 million project to build a 200m long deep water quay for container freight.
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Contractor Appointed for Bridlington Harbour and MarinaContractor Appointed for Bridlington Harbour and Marina
Added: 24 Apr 2017
Yorkshire Coast Radio
21 April 2017

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Harbour Commissioners have appointed internationally-renowned professional services firm Arup to undertake project design and pre-construction work for the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina Project.
Funded by a £3.5 million Local Growth Fund grant, awarded by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, Arup will start work in March and will provide a design for the preferred concept, advice on potential funding sources, preparation of papers to support any statutory orders and consents and the development of tender documentation for the project’s construction. This work is anticipated to take until late 2018 to complete.
Working in partnership with Bridlington Harbour Commissioners both organisations now have a preferred concept that suggests retaining the commercial fishing fleet in the existing harbour and creating the marina in the proposed new harbour.
Whilst maintaining the same footprint as the original outline in the Bridlington Area Action Plan (AAP), this option has a number of benefits, including reducing the disruption to the fishing fleet, requiring a less substantial form of construction for the new outer pier, reducing the need for dredging the existing harbour and shortening the construction timescale. It also reduces the estimated cost.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“A project of this scale takes time and there are a number of milestones to pass. The appointment of Arup to provide the design concept and undertake pre-construction works is the next stage in the process.
Arup are known around the globe and have been involved in a number of marine and maritime projects, including the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour and upgrade works to St Helier Marina in Jersey.
 The realisation of the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina would be a real game changer for the Bridlington and would help unlock the economic potential of both the town and the Holderness Coast.”
Chris Wright, chairman of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, said:
“The appointment of Arup to produce a design concept for the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina is welcomed by the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners and we look forward to seeing them develop a design that meets the requirements of all parties involved.
Working together with the council, we are seeing good progress being made in bringing this project forward and are now a stage nearer to seeing this come to fruition.”
David Dickson, chair of the Infrastructure Board from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which directs investment in key sites and infrastructure to grow the local economy, said:
“The Yorkshire Harbour & Marina is a key project supporting economic growth along the Yorkshire Coast, which is a priority for the LEP.

The preparatory stage can now move forward without delay as result of investment through the Local Growth Fund, and the LEP is pleased to support the continued partnership working which stands to bring this long awaited project to fruition.
Building on the success of Bridlington Harbour, which is the largest shellfish landing port in the UK, the impact on Bridlington’s economy, as a result of the Yorkshire Harbour & Marina project going ahead, is potentially transformational.”
Neville Long, project director at Arup, said:
“We are delighted to have been appointed as masterplanners and consulting engineers. The marina and harbour is a key driver in Bridlington’s regeneration and economic development – so we are looking forward to taking this exciting project through to its next stages.”
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Redevelopment for Montrose Port QuaysideRedevelopment for Montrose Port Quayside
Added: 21 Apr 2017
Montrose Review
19 April 2017

Details of a new £5.2m upgrade programme for two quayside berths at Montrose will be revealed by the Port Authority next week. The upgrade will ensure the port is well placed to handle an increasingly diverse range of shipping traffic and cargoes. The details will be unveiled at Breakbulk Europe expo in Antwerp, which takes place from April 24 to 26. This refurbishment follows-on from previous investment of around £15m over the last few years to upgrade other berths at the port. The new upgrade will strengthen and deepen berths 7 and 8 on the north side of harbour, which will further enhance Montrose’s capability for handling larger vessels, including general cargo ships and those involved in the increasingly important oil and gas decommissioning sectors.The development work, which will commence in autumn 2017, will also include the provision of a new heavy lift pad to complement other heavy lift facilities on the north quay. It is anticipated these additional refurbished berths will help ensure the port becomes an attractive option for companies looking to set up a decommissioning base.Montrose Port Authority (MPA) chief executive, Nik Scott-Gray, said: “We see decommissioning as being a major growth sector over the coming years and this is why we are investing in our infrastructure to make Montrose an attractive option for companies working in this sector.“This latest upgrade will complement our other deepwater berthing and heavy lift capabilities completed over recent years and will also ensure that we can handle an even greater range of cargoes.” MPA will be exhibiting at next week’s Breakbulk Europe expo to further develop its business links with key European customers.This will be the second year in a row that MPA has attended Breakbulk, with last year’s expo helping the port to forge new links with the European maritime industry.Nik added: “Montrose is strategically placed on the east coast of Scotland as cargo handling centre for the European market and this is a message we are keen to get across to as wide an audience as possible.”Two Montrose based stevedoring and warehouse companies – Rix Shipping Ltd and Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd – will join MPA on their stand at Antwerp to help showcase the excellent facilities at the port.

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Plans Lodged for Revamp of Historic Harbour on the Black IslePlans Lodged for Revamp of Historic Harbour on the Black Isle
Added: 21 Apr 2017
The Press and Journal
Calum Ross
20 April 2017

Plans have been lodged for a major revamp of an historic A listed harbour on the Black Isle.

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Fleet of ships Sail Out of Greenwich for Conclusion of Tall Ships RegattaFleet of ships Sail Out of Greenwich for Conclusion of Tall Ships Regatta
Added: 21 Apr 2017
This is Local London
Joe Dempsey
19 April 2017

A fleet of ships sailed out of Greenwich and Woolwich on their way to Quebec on the final day of the tall ships festival.
The Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta concluded with the ships leaving the Thames with a letter from the Queen for the people of Canada.
The scroll containing the letter was handed over to Captain Jurgens Hanekom of the Wylde Swan before they set sail.
MORE: Picture gallery: Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta gets under way
The scroll, which contains a copy of the letter in English and in French, will be handed to different Tall Ships at each of the ports enroute to Quebec.

Over 50 young people are on board the ships as crew for the first leg of the journey to Sines in Portugal.
The festival began on Thursday, April 13, and continued throughout the Easter weekend with musical and street performances throughout Greenwich.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors attended the festival, and visitors were able to climb aboard the ships docked on the Thames.

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ABPmer to Support Port of WaterfordABPmer to Support Port of Waterford
Added: 21 Apr 2017
Rupert Malins

ABPmer, a recognised numerical modelling and dredge specialist, has been commissioned by the Port of Waterford to develop hydrodynamic and sediment models of the Waterford Estuary, as part of its Master Plan process.

By replicating present conditions the model will be used to optimize the port’s current dredge commitment along with informing feasibility studies, environmental assessments, designs and construction plans for the port’s ongoing growth. 

Heidi Roberts, Head of Physical Processes at ABPmer said: “We are delighted to be asked to support the Port of Waterford in its future ambitions.

“As the in-house marine science advisor to Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest ports group, we know that successful design and operation of ports is dependent on understanding the natural environment.”

To inform and calibrate the models, it is essential to have a good understanding of the tidal and flow conditions both spatially and temporally within and throughout the estuary.  ABPmer has therefore contracted Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, a local survey company to undertake water quality surveys and to assist them in deploying instruments.

ABPmer is a leading provider of technical services to the port and harbour sector based on its technical capabilities, experience and diverse nature of its parent company (ABP) that owns and operates 21 ports and several marinas across the UK.

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Port and Canal Regeneration Will Bring Growth and ProsperityPort and Canal Regeneration Will Bring Growth and Prosperity
Added: 16 Apr 2017
Stroud News and Journal
Sam Evans
13 April 2017

THE Five Valleys is always growing, with independent, quirky businesses lining the high streets of Nailsworth, Stonehouse and Stroud.
Currently, there are lots of plans for the district council and a number of private firms to regenerate Stroud and the surrounding area.
Stroud District Council is heavily involved with two of the biggest regeneration projects in the area – the restoration of the canal and Brimscombe Port.
Back in 2008, much of the canal was a derelict wasteland.

The towpath was overgrown, unloved and generally a place to avoid.
Restoration of the canal had stalled and its future looked grim until SDC stepped in to support the Cotswold Canal Trust.
Since then, six miles of towpath have been upgraded and five miles of canal opened up, with six new bridges and nine locks restored.
The canal’s real importance, though, lies in its ability to transform the surrounding area into an attractive and vibrant place.

Property values have increased and inward investment attracted by canal restoration already totals a massive £114 million.
Mote than 2,000 students from 33 schools have been involved in canal- related learning and roughly 70 young people with learning difficulties have worked alongside hundreds of volunteers .
Canal restoration has also reduced areas prone to flooding.
New wildlife habitats have been created - with kingfishers, otters and other species regularly seen.
The council has recently announced a further £3 million investment into restoring the canal between Stonehouse and Saul, which will be the subject of a Heritage Lottery Funding bid in November “This would mean that boats from the country’s canal network can sail into Stroud and beyond,” said Dave Marshall, SDC’s canal project manager.
“Even though the benefits of restoring the canal are already tremendous, that really would realise its full potential.”

On Wednesday, March 8, the first private canal boat took up residence in the regenerated Stroudwater canal for the first time in 65 years.
Meanwhile, SDC is also investing £1million in Brimscombe Port, alongside £2million from the Homes & Communities Agency.
Engineers are now working on plans to put the canal back into the port, after which the rest can be developed into a visitor destination and residential area.
SDC wants to completely redevelop the historic inland port, which dates back to the 1780s, with around 200 waterside properties, a new community centre, cafes, bars, shops and a reworked canal and quayside.
Work has already started on designing a new road bridge over the river and canal and over the next three years SDC is set to pump a further £2.9 million into the first phase of infrastructure works to create roads and the new bridge to make the site attractive to developers.
The first phase of work will also see money spent on the removal of unused manufacturing buildings from the site and the restoration of the historic form of the port..
New canal channels will be dug to replace those lost in the 20th Century and a range of new buildings will be built to complement those of Port Mill.
Infrastructure work will also involve raising the bridge so canal boats can pass underneath and creating a new river crossing under the canal.
Work is expected to start on this side of the project in 2018. l Next week we look at the varied employment opportunities in the district.

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Catastrophe Looms at Ports After Brexit, Shipping Industry WarnsCatastrophe Looms at Ports After Brexit, Shipping Industry Warns
Added: 16 Apr 2017
The Guardian
Lisa O’Carroll
12 April 2017

UK Chamber of Shipping predicts problem across Europe unless frictionless border is in place after Britain leaves the EU

The UK is facing an “absolute catastrophe” if it does not sort out a “frictionless and seamless” border at Dover and other ports, the shipping industry has warned.
The UK Chamber of Shipping, which represents more than 170 freight ship, tanker and cruise liner companies, has called on governments across Europe to urgently grasp the challenge, arguing that a problem for the UK will also be a problem for ports in Holland, Belgium, France and Ireland.
“I think the UK government gets it, but I am not so sure other countries do,” said Guy Platten, the chief executive officer.
“It is a massive problem that we need to get solved. It is in the political gift to have a frictionless or not have a frictionless border. It is a human construct,” he said.
At a media briefing on Wednesday, the chamber said the issue was not the prospect of tariffs being introduced if the UK quits the European customs union as these could be processed electronically. It was, rather, the question of customs checks on either side of the borders between the UK and the continent, and the UK and Ireland.
He said Dublin would probably grind to a halt if customs checks were introduced at Dublin Port or Holyhead in north Wales, which handles 400,000 trucks every year delivering food and other goods to shops and suppliers in the UK and the continent.

The freight and haulage industry and Eurotunnel warned earlier this year that a port such as Dover, the busiest truck port in the UK, could face gridlock of up to 30 miles if customs checks were introduced after the UK left the European union.
The port handles 2.6m trucks a year while Eurotunnel caters for another 1.6m a year at its Le Shuttle gateway a few miles inland.
In the summer of 2015, a French ferry workers’ strike led to more than 7,000 trucks backed up the motorway almost as far as Maidstone. With as many as 16,000 trucks a day using Dover, the potential for a repeat of that episode alarms business.
Non-EU trucks at the moment have to go through customs checks in Dover and it can take 20 minutes for paperwork to be cleared for each vehicle. If there are problems with VAT or random customs checks, the truck can be delayed for hours, days or weeks.
“It can take up to an hour for a truck now, multiply that by 8,000 a day (the number of lorries on a slow day) and you can see what happens. It is going to be an absolute disaster for the ports and for our sector as well,” said Platten.

Post-Brexit customs gridlock could choke UK trade, experts warn

Michael Lux, a customs expert, told the Guardian in February that one elegant solution would be to handle the customs checks in Calais where space is not an issue, but this would require a political response.
Platten said ports such as Calais, Zeebrugge in Belgium and Dublin, had to be part of the solution.
“We don’t want anyone to win or lose in the Brexit negotiations because we trade on both sides,” said Platten.
Passenger ferries will also be hit if there are delays. Platten said operators such as Brittany Ferries, which relies on the UK for 80% of its traffic, were growing concerned, along with P&O Ferries, Stena Line and logistics company DFDS.

Platten said one solution may be customs checks “at the point of dispatch or point of sale” but there was nowhere in the world with a customs model similar to Dover-Calais to draw lessons from.
A frictionless and seamless border is predicated on an electronic system that would pre-clear “trusted traders” in and out of the UK.
However, 10 days ago it emerged Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs are not confident they can deliver a new electronic system in time.
A group of influential MPs warned there would be a fivefold increase in customs checks at Dover and other ports from 60m a year to 300m after Brexit.
HMRC admitted in correspondence to the Treasury select committee that it was no longer sure it can deliver a new customs declaration system for Brexit Day.
Platten predicted cargo and passenger ferry sailings to and from Dover would have to reduce unless a system was ready on time.
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New Storage Facility Boost for Montrose PortNew Storage Facility Boost for Montrose Port
Added: 16 Apr 2017
Montrose Review
13 April 2017

A new large storage facility recently constructed at Montrose Port is already helping to boost business and attract new customers.The new 12,000ft2 steel portal warehouse constructed for Whyte Cargo Handlers Ltd offers customers a facility close to the quayside for specialist cargo and equipment storage. In particular, the facility provides storage for ‘out of gauge’ cargoes of dimensions that can prove difficult to move by road. Construction work on the new facility began last October with the first cargoes moving under cover in February of this year. John Mullen, managing director of Whyte Cargo Handlers, said: “The new warehouse offers the option to move cargoes by sea into the port and then being located a short distance from deepwater berths. It also enables the quick deployment of equipment and cargo to sea-going vessels.“We are delighted with the new warehouse, which has already attracted a global client who has utilised the facility with a view to operating from Montrose Port on a permanent and more frequent basis.”Nik Scott-Gray, chief executive of Montrose Port Authority, said: “Montrose is strategically located as a cargo hub for the North Sea and it is great to see local companies investing in the port infrastructure. “This new facility will help ensure that Montrose is well positioned to service the diverse requirements of customers using the port.”

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Walk in the Footsteps of Poldark as Charlestown Harbour Opens to the Public for the First timeWalk in the Footsteps of Poldark as Charlestown Harbour Opens to the Public for the First time
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Cornwall Live
Daniel CL
12 April 2017

A hive of activity is set to rejuvenate the historic port of Charlestown where the Poldark TV series is filmed as it opens to the public for the first time.
On Tuesday (April 18), The Grayhound tall ship will visit Cornwall’s iconic port to celebrate the opening of the harbour to the general public, the return of trade to the port and a unique collaboration.
Charlestown Harbour is a well-preserved 18th century trade port which has become famous the world over as the nautical backdrop to big-name historical TV dramas and movies including Poldark, Dr Who, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Thanks to a unique collaboration between The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre and the Historic Port of Charlestown, visitors to the Georgian harbour town will get the chance to experience life on and off deck.

Visitors will now be able to go aboard ships in the port that has been featured in Poldark.
The Grayhound is a replica 18th century, three-masted customs lugger built in Millbrook, Cornwall. The tall ship will mark the partnership by delivering its first consignment to the port and the Shipwreck Museum and Heritage Centre.
Visitors can buy exclusive items that have been delivered by The Grayhound.
The harbour has been closed to the public for the exclusive use of trade ships and film companies. Opening for the first time in its history offers the chance to go down into the harbour itself and interact with the 18th century tall ships.
Visitors will be able to board vessels such as The Phoenix, steer them, square the main yard and even raise a sail. They will also be able to learn about trading vessels, explore historical cargoes and see what conditions were like for Georgian sailors.
Managing director at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, George Elworthy, a resident of Charlestown who has taken over stewardship of the Shipwreck Centre and Heritage Museum, said: "We are delighted to welcome The Grayhound to celebrate this special day which marks a historic opportunity to bring both the harbour and the museum alive again.
"We want to pay homage to the explorers and traders of the past. Charlestown used to be home to the final remaining sail-only cargo boat in the 1930s and we now want to embark on a new era of trade."

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Ardrossan Harbour to Keep Arran Ferry LinkArdrossan Harbour to Keep Arran Ferry Link
Added: 13 Apr 2017
BBC Scotland
12 April 2017

Ardrossan is to continue to be the mainland port for the Arran ferry service.
The Scottish government made the decision after considering responses to a report on a possible switch to Troon.
The operators of Troon, Associated British Ports (ABP), had argued that it was a better location.
North Ayrshire Council chief executive Elma Murray said the government had made the "right decision" for local residents and the travelling public.
Investment plans were drawn up for Ardrossan Harbour in its bid to retain the year-round Arran ferry service.
The new proposals involve Ardrossan harbour owners Peel Ports investing in "significant infrastructure upgrades" at the site - including improvements to harbour walls, bollards, gantries, fenders and signage.
North Ayrshire Council is also to make improvements to the passenger terminal, roads, car park and connectivity with the town centre.
ABP had announced plans to invest £8m on a new passenger ferry terminal at Troon if it picked up the Arran service.
Proposals put forward to the Scottish government included a new Arran Community Fund, which would generate £50,000 a year for good causes.
ABP had claimed that the existing service from Ardrossan is "dogged by weather conditions that frequently exceed the capabilities of the port and result in a significant level of service cancellations".
It also claimed the Port of Troon was already well equipped to handle the next generation of Calmac ferries.
’Detailed consideration’
Making the announcement, Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: "Having considered all the evidence and representations, we have decided that retaining Ardrossan as the mainland port for the Arran ferry service is the best option.
"The study looked at the options under four broad pillars: connectivity, reliability, overall operational cost to the public purse and socio-economic considerations."
He said the decision followed a consultation with various groups, including those on Arran who depend on the transport link.
Ms Murray said: "Without doubt, the minister has reached the right decision following lengthy and detailed consideration of the technical data gathered during the assessment of both mainland berthing options.
"Today’s announcement will reassure Arran residents and the wider travelling public that Ardrossan genuinely offers the best location for the new generation ferry being introduced in 2018."
Peel Ports project director Doug Coleman added: "We were always convinced that the benefits of retaining the ferry service on the shortest, fastest and cheapest route were overwhelming.
"Now that we have been given a long-term commitment by the Scottish government, we are able to start on the biggest investment programme Ardrossan Harbour has seen in recent years."
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A Challenge to "Authority"A Challenge to "Authority"
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Port of London Authority
12 April 2017

The PLA’s task is to ensure absolute safety, while also delivering a quality, cost-effective service to all stakeholders.

Regular harbour launch patrols are an important part of the PLA’s safety regime.
‘Authority’ – it’s a word that might not always conjure up the positive, and a word that can seem downright intimidating. Yes, the PLA is a statutory authority, with responsibility for 95 miles of the tidal Thames. The PLA has a duty to ensure safe and efficient navigation and consider the needs of all stakeholders, and that necessarily means there must be rules and regulations.
However, the PLA is constantly pushing forward with initiatives to improve its services, putting the customer centre stage whenever possible and delivering quality and cost-effective solutions across all of its activities.
Much of what is happening now and over the coming years will reflect the new strategic emphasis on ‘Zero Harm’ and that, from chief harbour master Bob Baker’s point of view, is the key target in the PLA’s navigation services.
“It is good to have a challenging target that stretches you and makes you challenge everything,” he says. “The PLA has great systems in place and a lot of experience and expertise. It is about taking us to the next level.
“We are asking the questions: is there a way we can do things better, safer, more efficiently? We are encouraging our people to challenge established norms and ask the question – why do we do it that way? It is no good saying ‘it is the way we always do it’. Is there a more effective way? There is always room for improvement and we keep striving to be better.”
There is an added emphasis now, says Bob Baker, on being customer-focused. “It is good that we are providing a safe service, but we are aiming to put a more ‘business’ look on things i.e., a quality service for the customer and providing what the customer wants.”
Being chief harbour master could be easy, he points out by just saying ‘no’ to everything. “The trick is to find a way to say ‘yes’. It is a balance between ensuring absolute safety and also delivering a quality service at the right price.”
But let’s go back to those rules and regulations. Most of these are aimed at ensuring navigational safety and all of them are now under the microscope as part of the PLA’s safety initiatives and the drive towards ‘Zero Harm’.
“Our regulations, rules, procedures and guidelines are, in some cases, extremely complicated and sometimes disjointed,” says Bob Baker. “Some of our own staff struggle to find their way through them, which suggests that port users, and visitors to the port in particular, will have difficulty understanding and consequently conforming to our regulations.”
Stand by for the Red Tape Challenge. “In 2017, we will embark on the Red Tape Challenge to review all these procedures and work to put them in a standard format, consolidate them and remove any that are no longer required,” says Bob Baker.
This is not to say that PLA codes of practice, byelaws and regulations have stood still over the years – there has always been a programme of regular review. The Red Tape Challenge will take a more ‘joined-up’ approach.
During 2016...
The PLA’s navigational safety byelaws were updated and republished.
The pilotage directions went through a review. A number of changes were made, including bringing some intra-port barge traffic under these directions. Following a period of consultation, the final directions will be ready in early 2017.
A new byelaw to prevent sewage discharge into the Thames was introduced.

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Portland Port Unveils Bigger Cruise Ship BerthPortland Port Unveils Bigger Cruise Ship Berth
Added: 13 Apr 2017
BBC News Dorset
11 April 2017

Portland Port in Dorset has unveiled a new £3m extended cruise berth that will allow it to accommodate larger ships.
The upgraded facility will allow vessels of up to 1,115ft (340m) in length - it previously could take ships under a length of 985ft (300m).
A spokesman said the work would "future proof" the port’s cruise business as the industry continued to grow.
The first vessel expected to use the new extension is the Holland America Koningsdam on 11 May.
Port chief executive Bill Reeves, said: "The berth extension is to future proof our relationship with the cruise lines.
"Cruise lines and their visits are a significant part of our turnover so we have to make sure we can continue to service them and support them well into the future."
The port said it was expecting 24 cruise ships in 2017 - 10 of which will be first time visitors - bringing a total of more than 36,000 passengers.
The engineering project to create the longer berth has taken a year.
Two concrete and steel platforms weighing 1,200 tonnes each have been attached to seven 23m-long piles, 9m-deep in the sea bed.
The berth was officially opened by South Dorset MP Richard Drax
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Meet the Buyer Session Held for Harbour Board’s Dover Western Docks RevivalMeet the Buyer Session Held for Harbour Board’s Dover Western Docks Revival
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Kent On Line
Sam Lennon
12 April 2017

More than 100 companies and 250 people turned out for the Dover Western Docks Revival Meet the Buyer event.
It was for visitors from across Kent and the South East to learn about the scope of the forthcoming works at the Port of Dover.
Local businesses were able to discuss sub-contracting opportunities and were given details of forthcoming work packages plus given the chance to tender.
The event was hosted by the construction group VolkerStevin Boskalis Westminster (VSBW), in partnership with Constructionline, at Dover Cruise Terminal 1.
Jack Goodhew, general manager for special projects at the Port of Dover, said: “The day was a resounding success and it is clear local businesses are really interested in this exciting project.”
Stuart Eckersley corr, port director for VSBW, said: “Bringing together potential subcontractors are suppliers with a large principal contractor in this way is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the local economy, forging new business relationships and bringing jobs and training opportunities for local people.”
Natalie Bart, key account manager for Constructionline said: “We believe strongly in the value that local suppliers can provide to main contractor supply chains.”
Constructionline is a service that reduces the duplication of administration when information is submitted for new project tenders.

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Lowertown Harbour a Haven of Colour Thanks to Visit Wales Colourful Communities Pilot ProjectLowertown Harbour a Haven of Colour Thanks to Visit Wales Colourful Communities Pilot Project
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Western Telegraph
Becky Hotchin
10 April 2017

Lowertown harbour has being transformed into a vibrant haven of colour as part of the Visit Wales Colourful Communities programme.
Lowertown has been chosen as the pilot for a project that will see various houses and buildings around the Welsh coast bought to life with a variety of colours.
As part of the pilot the local community helped devise a bespoke palette of colours with paint experts The Little Greene Paint Company.
Visit Wales then committed to paint five buildings on Lowertown’s Quay Street, chosen for their coastal location, the fact that they were part of an iconic view and that the property owners were ready and willing to take part.

Householders and the Yacht Club committee worked with Little Green to select colours from the palette for their properties and the result is a colourful harbour, reminiscent of centuries past when vibrantly painted buildings helped fisherman find their way home through the sea fog.
’It’s a brilliant idea,’ said Martin Sykes, yacht club Vice Commodore. ’Although it’s an individual thing, I think the majority of people like the new colours. We have had a generally good reception so far.’
Tree felling by Pembrokeshire County Council has also made the iconic view much more visible from the roads in and out of Lower Town.
The Colourful Communities programme aims to present colourful, characterful towns and villages along the Welsh coast.

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Could Latest Announcements Maen a Surge for Cornish Marine Tech ?Could Latest Announcements Maen a Surge for Cornish Marine Tech ?
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Falmouth Packet
Peter Johnstone
11 April 2017

The forecast for renewable marine energy in Falmouth, and across Cornwall, is set fair after the announcement of a new business hub and the renewal of an offshore testing platform.
Last week the government announced that Marine Hub Cornwall, based across sites at Falmouth Docks, Hayle and Tolvaddon, had officially gone live as an Enterprise Zone, further boosting Cornwall’s status as a world-class centre for green marine technology.
The designation is aimed at bringing together businesses and expertise in the marine renewables and technology sector, helping to attract investment and create well-paid jobs, with the centrepiece of Wave Hub off Hayle, the world’s largest wave energy testing facility.

Sarah Newton, the MP for Truro and Falmouth, played a key role in securing the region’s designation as the UK’s first marine energy park.
She said: “Cornwall is a global player in marine renewables and the wider marine technology sector.
“Marine Hub Cornwall will build on previous successes and provide a great platform for businesses to grow, create well-paid jobs and work together to attract further world-class talent and investment.”
Enterprise Zones are areas designed to foster business and industry by offering business rates and tax discounts along with simplified planning rules and government support for rolling out superfast broadband.
Another announcement this week came from Falmouth Harbour Commissioners and the University of Exeter, who have renewed the lease on the FaBTest marine technology testing site in Falmouth Bay.
The harbour commissioners have agreed a new five year lease with The Crown Estate to continue using an area of the bay for FaBTest, which since 2011 has seen two different technologies deployed on site for a total of over thirty months.
The test site is also one of the assets identified by the recently launched European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded Marine-i project to stimulate marine innovation.

Prof. Lars Johanning, Marine-i lead and FaBTest project manager for Exeter University, said: “The site offers a combination of both shelter from prevailing wind and swell direction, enabling the high levels of accessibility to deployed devices required for device development, yet giving exposure to significant sea states allowing devices to generate significant electricity. This unique feature of the test site is elementary in the development of the marine energy sector, and an important selling point for the South West region.”
Captain Mark Sansom, Harbour Master and chief executive of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are delighted to have been able to renew the lease for the FaBTest Site which we believe has already demonstrated its importance to the development of wave energy. We look forward to supporting the university with its management of the site and are confident that it will fulfil its potential as a local and regional asset for the testing of new devices.”

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MP Jackie Doyle-Price Hosts Port of London Meeting That Looks to Future GrowthMP Jackie Doyle-Price Hosts Port of London Meeting That Looks to Future Growth
Added: 11 Apr 2017
Your Thurrock
11 April 2017

PROJECTIONS that the Port of London freight volumes will grow by more than 30m tonnes have led to calls for improved road and rail infrastructure.
The shipping minister, John Hayes MP and deputy mayor of London for Transport, Val Shawcross were among more than 30 business leaders and politicians who joined the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) first port infrastructure meeting, discussing the road, rail, river and crossing connections needed to unlock the forecast growth of the port over the next 20 years.
The catalyst for discussions was forecasts from the Thames Vision, a 20-year development framework for the river, which show that port trade could grow by as much as 30 million tonnes over the next 20 years to 80 million tonnes. Last year trade on the Thames increased by more than 10% to 50 million tonnes.
Guests at the event, hosted by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price, included representatives from strategically important port/terminals responsible for bringing in aggregates, fuel, food and much more on the Thames: Forth Ports, DP World London Gateway, Shell, Ford, Tate & Lyle, Tarmac and Cemex. Among the local authorities represented were: Kent County Council, Thurrock, the London Borough of Dagenham & Redbridge, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Gravesham Borough Council. Infrastructure providers attending included: DfT, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London.
Commenting on the event, Maritime Minister John Hayes said: “Ports play a vital role in the UK economy as the gateway for our exports, and we want to see them flourish. Improving road, rail and river transport links will significantly boost the connections between our ports and key markets. That is why we have launched a Port Connectivity Study to explore ways to improve our transport links and support economic growth for the next 10 years.
“We are already making record investments in transport, with £15bn on road schemes and over £40bn on the rail network, and meeting with industry leaders is crucial in ensuring that the needs of our great ports are met.”
PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer explained: “The Vision sets out a bold ambition for the Port of London to be the biggest it has ever been. Thames terminal operators are committed to investing in new facilities and ships to achieve that goal. The role of the infrastructure meeting is to take a long-term look at the landside and river connections to get goods from terminals to customers and from manufacturers to the port for export. These terminals offer efficient, low-carbon supply, as they are so close to the UK’s major markets.
“This was a really good first session, where we focused on the Lower Thames Crossing, the trading implications of leaving the European Union and the UK’s freight strategy.”
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Falmouth’s New "Aberfal"Falmouth’s New "Aberfal"
Added: 09 Apr 2017
Maritime Journal
Jake Frith
7 April 2017

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners of Cornwall, UK have welcomed a new mooring maintenance vessel to the Port.
The boat which has been named Aberfal (Cornish for Falmouth) will replace FHC’s existing vessel, Pendennis, which has served the Commissioners since 1982.
The 12-metre steel-hull catamaran, with a 5-metre beam, was designed by naval architect Ian Darley and constructed by Dorset based boat manufacturer, Manor Marine. Purpose designed and based closely on its predecessor, Aberfal is highly maneuverable so as to be able to get into the tight spaces required to pick up and service small craft moorings.  
Like Pendennis, Aberfal will be used for maintaining small craft moorings as well as other harbour maintenance activities such as the servicing of navigation marks and undertaking limited salvage and counter pollution duties.
Aberfal technical information:
*             It is equipped with a 2.5 tonne Amco Veba knuckle boom crane and 1 x 3.5 tonne and 1 x 2 tonne Spencer Carter winches as well as a 5 tonne A-frame to provide a vertical lift over the stern.
*             Positioning is provided by a Hemisphere integrated differential GPS and compass which will provide sub-metre mooring positioning accuracy via Hypack Hydrographic Positioning software.
*             The deck layout gives improved working area compared to the existing vessel and the larger hulls provide increased reserve buoyancy when lifting.
Mark Sansom, Chief Executive and Harbour Master, said: “We’re delighted to have received Aberfal this week.
“The deck layout of the new boat will provide an improved working area. It also has larger hulls, which will mean increased reserve buoyancy when lifting. I’m sure that it will be a fantastic asset for us - its flexibility will enable us to undertake a wide range of maintenance tasks with the maximum efficiency.”
Aberfal will be undertaking final acceptance trials and commissioning, before taking over from Pendennis which will be put up for sale.

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Police to Protect Gulls after Poachers Target Almost 9,000 Nests in Poole HarbourPolice to Protect Gulls after Poachers Target Almost 9,000 Nests in Poole Harbour
Added: 09 Apr 2017
Bournemouth Echo
Jim Durkin
8 April 2017

POOLE Harbour’s Black-headed and Mediterranean Gull colonies will be getting police protection this spring - in a bid to smash a poaching ring that can net organised criminals tens of thousands of pounds.
Last year, during a survey of the harbour’s western islands, conservation workers discovered most of the 9,000 gull nests were empty of eggs.
Human footprints were also discovered criss-crossing the uninhabited islands where the colonies are located.
While Black-headed Gull eggs can be legally harvested under licence for sale to the gourmet food industry, collection of them in Poole Harbour is strictly prohibited.

And Mediterranean Gull eggs, which look almost identical to their Black-headed counterparts, may not even be safe for human consumption.
Experts believe, last year, organised gangs swiped hundreds of Mediterranean eggs for sale for top London restaurants, mistaking them for the Black-headed Gull variety.
The eggs of Black-headed gulls, considered a luxury food item, are legally sold online for £7 each.
Now, Dorset Police’s marine division has teamed-up with the charity Birds of Poole Harbour (BOPH) in a bid to protect the seabirds.

Officer Joel Brooks said: “Wildlife crime affects everyone.
“Having a marine section gives us a waterborne capability to patrol these hard to reach areas meaning we can carry out night and day surveillance operations.”
Metropolitan Police will also make enquiries at establishments likely to be buying and selling the eggs.
Last year’s discovery of the missing Poole Harbour eggs prompted officers from the Met to visit 13 of the capital’s restaurants.
There are around 20 licensed ‘pickers’ in the UK, all registered with Natural England. While Black-headed Gull eggs can be collected legally in this way at five small UK sites, none of these are within Dorset.
BOPH’s Paul Morton said: “Mediterranean Gulls are a schedule one species meaning they have the highest level of protection under the wildlife and countryside act, meaning it is highly illegal to interfere with their nests or eggs.” Anyone found in possession of a Mediterranean Gull egg could find themselves in hot water.”

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Port of Felixstowe Plays Host to Exporting is GREAT Campaign’s Export HubPort of Felixstowe Plays Host to Exporting is GREAT Campaign’s Export Hub
Added: 07 Apr 2017
Ipswich Star
Duncan Brodie
7 April 2017

The Department for International Trade’s touring “Export Hub” has paid a visit to the Port of Felixstowe as part of a Government drive to boost the UK’s overseas sales.

The Export Hub, part of the Government-based Exporting is GREAT campaign, brings together advice and practical guidance for businesses on how they can find customers overseas for their products and services.
A range of local businesses were invited to the hub during its time in Felixstowe where they received presentations on practical assistance for exporters from the Department for International Trade, Barclays Bank, Prettys Solicitors and the ETK Group which specialises in business support for Africa.
Clemence Cheng, chief executive of the Port of Felixstowe and managing director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: “The Port of Felixstowe has more connections to more overseas destinations than any other UK port.
“As the country’s largest container port it is a key gateway allowing UK exporters to get their goods to a large number of overseas markets.
“The port has already featured as part of the Government’s GREAT campaign and we are delighted to extend the association through this latest initiative.”
Alan Pain, Department for International Trade regional director for the East of England, added: “We were delighted to bring the Export Hub to the Port of Felixstowe, the gateway to UK exporting.
“This is an excellent way to show businesses just how much demand there is out there for goods and services from this region, something from which many companies are already benefitting.
“With hundreds of live opportunities available via and the launch of a find-a-buyer service to match companies with worldwide demand, doing business overseas has also never been more straightforward.”
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Port of Tilbury Police Officers Welcome New CarPort of Tilbury Police Officers Welcome New Car
Added: 05 Apr 2017
Maldon Standard
5 April 2017

The new police patrol Port of Tilbury Police officers welcome new car with high tech tracking equipment

The new police patrol vehicle for the Port of Tilbury – a Hyundai Santa Fe – was handed over to James Poulain, Chief Police Officer by representatives from Hyundai - Derek Everyingham on the left and Nick Martin in the middle this week.

OFFICERS at Tilbury police took delivery of a new car, as it continues to stop crime at the port.
The Port of Tilbury Police this week took charge of their new patrol vehicle – a Hyundai Santa Fe – which has gone into immediate service at the busy Essex port.
It is fully equipped with everything that is needed, including a tracker system to locate stolen cars.
Chief Police Officer, James Poulain said: “This new vehicle allows us to provide professional policing response.”

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2.8 Million Euros Capital Funding Programme for 51 Harbour Projects Announced in Ireland2.8 Million Euros Capital Funding Programme for 51 Harbour Projects Announced in Ireland
Added: 05 Apr 2017
3rd April 2017

Wicklow Port will benefit from €111,000 in spending from a national funding package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced details of a €2.8m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them (see table below for details). The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.
The Minister said” I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist Coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked infrastructure in small harbours under their ownership.”

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2017 Fishery harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.
The Minister went on to say “The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation”.
Minister Creed concluded the announcement by saying “The €2.8m I have made available in 2017 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 13 Local Authorities and will not only create much needed local employment over the time span of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2017

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What is the Port of Garston and What Does it do ?What is the Port of Garston and What Does it do ?
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Liverpool Echo
Alistair Houghton
2 April 2017

We all know about the Port of Liverpool with its massive red cranes at the mouth of the Mersey – but do you know about Liverpool’s other port?
The Port of Garston , at the other end of the Mersey waterfront, is less well-known than its Peel-owned rival but still handles 600,000 tonnes of cargo every year.

This week, owner Associated British Ports (ABP) invited the ECHO in to have a look at its new hydraulic crane – the largest of its type in the world.
ABP has invested millions in the port and seen jobs grow there.
Boss Carl Bevan says he wants the port to become a “bigger player on the Mersey”.
He told the ECHO all about the “small but beautifully formed” port – here’s what you need to know.
How long has it been there?
Mr Bevan says ships have been docking at Garston since the 13th century when there was a fishing village there.
But the modern era began around 1850 when the St Helens Canal and Railway Company built the first enclosed dock there to handle coal imports.
You can still see the old railway-era walls overlooking the quayside at Stalbridge Dock where the ECHO saw the new crane in operation. Coal was once dropped off from rail lines above.
Today it’s owned by ABP, the UK’s biggest ports group, as one of its 11 “short sea” ports.
What does it do now?
Garston is what ABP calls a “mixed-use” port – meaning simply that it handles a wide range of cargoes.
It handles 600,000 tonnes a year from all over Europe and beyond.
Key cargoes include:
* Agricultural products – including soya, wheat and “a lot of fertiliser”.
* Construction materials – the port handles aggregates that will be used in building projects from HS2 to new roads. When the crane was launched this week, it was unloading Lightweight expanded clay aggregate (LECA), a material used to make lightweight concrete.
* Industry – it also handles cement, sand, salt and some coal and steel.
Firms using the Port of Garston include concrete and building products giant Hanson and building materials supplier Tarmac, as well as Premier Cement. Peacock Salt, Simms Metal Management and shipping agent Frank Armitt.
Is it all imports?

Not necessarily – Mr Bevan says goods come “predominantly in but also out”.
It exports recycled metals - Simms Metal Management has a scrapyard there
Mr Bevan said: “Recycled metal goes to our sister port in Newport and into a much larger vessel. It goes to India and is used to build fridges and cars.”
What’s happening now?
In the last 18 months, ABP has spent millions on the port.
That includes £3m on lock gates and related infrastructure and £2.2m on sheds and buildings, while ABP has also invested just under £1m in infrastructure including storage and bagging facilities to support a new contract with fertiliser importer Yara UK. Meanwhile Mr Bevan says the port has also “bought some new dumper trucks”.
But the most high-profile investment is that £1.8m giant crane.
So is the port going to get busier?
ABP certainly thinks so.
Mr Bevan said: “The capability of this crane I think takes us to the next level.
“We’ve seen very much changes in some of the products that are coming in and bringing in new customers. I’m hoping that ABP Port of Garston becomes a bigger player on the Mersey.”
And Mayor Joe Anderson agrees. He said: “Plenty of operators want to come in here, plenty of operators want to send their cargo here. It’s a great sign, a great testimony that the port is going from strength to strength.”
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Is Garston a rival to Peel’s Port of Liverpool?
Well, it’s a whole lot smaller. Peel just spent £400m on its new Liverpool2 terminal and that’s only a small part of Peel’s port estate.
But Mr Bevan is confident he can win some business from Garston’s larger rival.
He said: “There’s a large commitment from the company to support existing customers. And I would like to take customers off Peel because my team is being brilliant every day.”
He added: “In terms of existing customers many of them want to grow, which is great news. That shows confidence in the services we provide.”
Why now? Won’t Brexit make things uncertain?
Mr Bevan said he was confident Garston would keep growing despite the uncertainty over what Brexit could mean for the UK economy.
He added: “We wouldn’t be investing such huge sums of money not just here but across the region and across the nation if we didn’t have that confidence.”
So what does this mean for jobs?
ABP itself has taken on more people this year – and some of those companies that use the port are likely to take on more people as they grow.
Mr Bevan said: “We employ 21 colleagues here. We took on five people at the beginning of this year because we got a new contract for fertiliser products.”

And what’s next?
Mr Bevan said: “We’re growing. We’re pushing forward to build more space, more sheds. There’s lots going on.
“We’re very optimistic about the future here. we’ve invested just shy of £8m in the last 18 months.”
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Up to 70 New Jobs on the Way as Northumberland Port Receives £2 MillionUp to 70 New Jobs on the Way as Northumberland Port Receives £2 Million
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Chronicle Live
Michael Muncaster
3 April 2017

The Government has backed the Berwick Harbour Commission’s project to rejuvenate the Port of Berwick

Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan with Defence Minister Michael Fallon at Berwick Harbour in Northumberland

The long-term future of a Northumberland coastal town’s port will be secured thanks to a £2m grant.
The Government has pledged to support the Berwick Harbour Commission’s project to rejuvenate the Port of Berwick.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the cash will improve the existing lead-in jetty to the Tweed Dock and boost tourism in the town.
The project is expected to create up to 70 new jobs once the work has been completed.
Ms Trevelyan said: “I am delighted the Coastal Communities Minister, Andrew Percy MP, has ensured that the project has secured coastal communities funding.
“It is thanks to the hard work of Alan Irving, Berwick Harbour Master, and his team that their deserving application has been granted approval.

Conservative MP for Berwick Anne-Marie Trevelyan
“This is a real boost for Berwick’s future and the town’s ability to attract investment and create jobs in the future.
“I would like to thank Andrew for allowing me to meet him to explain in person the benefits of this scheme and its importance to Berwick.”
Berwick currently provides port facilities to a range of producers and employers, including Simpsons Malt.
The future of the port had been under threat after the Victorian jetty’s condition deteriorated over the years and it now needs to be replaced.
Mr Percy said work to improve the jetty and groyne will enable the port to attract larger vessels and expand its ability to secure vital new contracts.

The investment is part of a £20m cash boost by the Government to improve coastal town across the country.
Mr Percy said the cash would improve piers, promenades and coastal paths, as well as create new jobs, attract tourists and boost economic growth.

He announced Berwick would receive a share of the money during a visit to the town on Monday.
Mr Percy said: “We’re putting the wind in the sails of over a dozen major projects along the Northern coast line.
“From a new conference centre for Blackpool to a beach front entertainment venue for Cleethorpes, this funding will help make sure our northern seaside towns flourish
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Falklands Begins Process for New Port Facilities to Support Economic GrowthFalklands Begins Process for New Port Facilities to Support Economic Growth
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Merco Press
1 April 2017

The Executive Council approved a temporary, immediate augmentation of FIPASS capacity, at least until the end of 2018.

FIG also plans to take over operation of the Temporary Dock Facility (TDF), effective July 2017.

TDF owners Premier Oil and Noble Energy have agreed in principle to this mutually beneficial arrangement that will provide extra berthing space.

A new port can support expansion of activities in tourism, fishing, and oil & gas exploitation, as well as making Falklands a viable regional alternative for marine activities.
The Falkland Islands has approved the commencement of work that will lead to the delivery of new port facilities to support economic growth into the next decade. According to a release from the Falklands elected government, the new work will build on the substantial previous studies completed in 2012 and 2014, which investigated the viability of various sites, and resources are expected to be allocated during the 2017/18 budget process.
 A release from the Falklands government states that in ”the meeting of Executive Council on 29 March 17, Members approved the commencement of work that will lead to the delivery of a new port for the Falkland Islands. In a confirmation that new port facilities will be necessary to support economic growth into the next decade, ExCo has recommended resources be allocated during the 2017/18 budget process, to establish the necessary program and acquire commercial, technical and engineering expertise to develop a final business case. If the budget is approved, the proposed implementation plan, including financing options, will be brought to ExCo for consideration in mid-2018.
In a separate decision, Members also approved a temporary, immediate augmentation of FIPASS capacity, at least until the end of 2018. Subject to final negotiations, FIG will take over operation of the Temporary Dock Facility (TDF), effective July 2017. TDF owners Premier Oil and Noble Energy have agreed in principle to this mutually beneficial arrangement that will provide much needed extra berthing space.
Modern port facilities are essential to economic development in the Falkland Islands, both to sustain existing successful industries and to take advantage of new opportunities. In particular, a new port can support expansion of activities in tourism, fishing, and oil & gas exploitation, as well as making the Falkland Islands a viable regional alternative for marine activities.
The new work will build on the substantial previous studies completed in 2012 and 2014, which investigated the viability of various sites. It will review potential locations and incorporate consultation with relevant industries, soft market testing of public-private partnership models and investigation of different funding alternatives, to ensure that the final proposal delivers the best value for all Falkland Islanders.
Chief Executive Barry Rowland said “I am pleased that ExCo has reaffirmed the importance of moving forward with the development of plans for a new port, and that we have been able to identify a short term solution for immediate improvement. To finally achieve a new port, FIG recognizes that dedicated resources will be required both within our organization and through outside expertise, and I am confident that the approach and resources approved today will allow us to deliver a robust, yet pragmatic range of options for Members to consider.”
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Celebrations Begin to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Port of BarrowCelebrations Begin to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Port of Barrow
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Cumbria Crack
Carl Fallowfield
31 March 2017

Beginning of Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Port of Barrow
An historic flag-raising ceremony at Barrow Town Hall has marked the beginning of celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Port of Barrow. The anniversary flag was raised by Chris Clouter, the longest-serving current member of ABP Barrow, who has worked at the port for 35 years.
Attending the ceremony were John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness and The Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Anita Husband. They heard how the Port of Barrow, together with its sister Port of Silloth, contributes around £100m to the regional economy and supports 1,500 jobs.

Chris Clouter, ABP Barrow’s longest serving employee holds up flag to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Port of Barrow
John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said: “The port of Barrow has always been central in its existence, helping a small village grow into a thriving town by enabling natural resources to be exported from Cumbria to the rest of the country and beyond.
“In more recent years we have seen the growth of the shipyard and those who have worked and continue to work there have done us proud on the national stage, serving the nation with distinction as the cradle of so many distinguished Royal Navy vessels.
“I am pleased we have honoured this anniversary at Barrow Town Hall and look forward to a bright future for the port in the decades to come.”
Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said: “The Port of Barrow has played a fundamental role in the Cumbrian community and made a significant contribution to the region’s prosperity since its founding in 1867.
“This vital economic and social role has continued over the years, even though the trades and commodities coming through the port have changed significantly. Barrow today continues to have a bright future, playing a crucial role in the UK defence industry and the nation’s low carbon energy infrastructure.
“It is right to celebrate this vital contribution over the previous 150 years and we are committed to growing and developing Barrow’s role so it can continue to serve the UK long into the future.”
The flag raising ceremony will be followed by a large community event on Sunday, 16 July, to be held on Town Quay.
Chris Clouter, Assistant Port Manager ABP, said: “I’ve dedicated my working life to the Port of Barrow and I’m hugely proud of all we have achieved.
“There is a special partnership between the community of Barrow and their port, which is the bedrock of our success and is something we are really keen to celebrate in this landmark year.
“This is why we are holding the event on 16 July and we are calling for local businesses and community groups to be involved. You could volunteer your time, or you could host a stall selling local goods. We’re eager to see the whole community coming together at the port.”
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 Harbours Critical for Endangered Birds
Added: 03 Apr 2017
Chichester Observer
Richard Williamson
31 March 2017

Chichester, Medmerry and Pagham are among the world’s harbours and estuaries highlighted by 100 international scientists as being of crucial importance to some critically endangered water birds.
Horrifying news has recently emerged via the BTO website that over half of the world’s different species of curlews and godwits face extinction in the near future. Even the Eurasian curlew and the Black-tailed godwit both of which spend six months of their time in our Sussex tidal zones are suddenly under severe threat. Nicola Crockford, principal policy officer of the RSPB said: “The Eurasian curlew is an iconic species; its appearance in spring is announced by one of nature’s most evocative calls. Sadly, like many UK species, it is in trouble. Its numbers have dropped dramatically, putting it at risk from complete disappearance in the UK.” Both breeding and over-wintering numbers have declined by 40 per cent. Curlews and Godwits both nest on the ground and among the most destructive predators of flightless young are Red foxes, whether in the UK or worldwide. There has also been damage to UK breeding habitats from drainage and afforestation. Both RSPB and BTO are working with farmers, landowners and conservation bodies to stop the destruction. Chichester harbour hosts over 1000 Curlews, Pagham has up to 600 in March as the birds gather from the continent to fly north to breed. Far worse problems face these birds in America and China. Eskimo and Slender-billed curlews are probably already extinct, while the Far Eastern and the Bristle-thighed curlews are getting perilously close. Pressure is greatest in the Yellow Sea of China and Korea. Those mudflats provide an essential rung in the ladder for New Zealand, Australian and Indian birds trying to reach Alaska and Asia. A quarter of the mudflats in the Yellow Sea have been destroyed and the rest seriously degraded by pollution. Authorities there are hostile to criticism and conservationists are bullied or imprisoned. Dictators see mudflats as wasteland, ready for development. Fifty years ago when I first came to Sussex part of Langstone Harbour adjoining Portsmouth was in-filled with rubbish, and so was part of Pagham Harbour. The Sidlesham field museum and its immediate surrounds stand on what was once a curlew habitat. Fortunately no mudflats were lost in Chichester harbour but there was a proposal to build part of the city bypass over Fishbourne channel just north of Dell Quay. I like to think that my conservation report, the fore-runner of estuaries enquiries for the UK, convinced the city elders that birds were sacrosanct to civilised thought and culture particularly in wetland areas which many then thought of as nothing more than wasteland. Let’s hope the Chinese and the Koreans catch up too with modern philosophy instead of destroying anything that gets in their way. Birds are one of the key species on the planet that give us fair warning for ourselves, as to how safe it is for us humans to be able to exist. Ignore them at your peril.

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Port of Cromarty Lands Major Offshore Windfarm ContractsPort of Cromarty Lands Major Offshore Windfarm Contracts
Added: 31 Mar 2017
Ross-Shire Journal
30 March 2017

AN EASTER Ross employer has won two contracts to support a trailblazing offshore wind farm.
The Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon has secured the contracts from Seaway Heavy Lifting.
The contracts will support the installation of the 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL).
This is a “significant” project for the Port of Cromarty Firth, which says it has been working to attract projects into the firth in the current oil and gas downturn. It says the two renewables contracts “are worth approximately 10 per cent of the port’s annual turnover”.
A new berth constructed with an investment of £25 million to attract more work from the renewables sector will be used.
The project was part-funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.
The berth opened in December 2015 and was used by the Corriemoille onshore wind farm project last year.
The first of the two new contracts is for berth and laydown space and the second is for office space at the port. Work will commence during the second quarter of 2017 and Beatrice Offshore Wind farm installation activity is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
Bob Buskie, chief executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are delighted to have won these high-level contracts which will help secure jobs in the firth. In light of the challenges in North Sea oil and gas, we have adapted our structure to focus more on new business development opportunities.
“It is fantastic that Seaway Heavy Lifting are using the new berth, as we designed it with offshore renewable projects in mind. We know that the port is well placed for the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm, as demonstrated by other organisations in the Cromarty Firth successfully winning contracts. We’re hopeful that this new project will now lead to further contracts for companies operating in the firth.”
Danny Sprangers, project marine coordination manager from Seaway Heavy Lifting said the port  was “a natural partner” and “perfectly positioned geographically” for the wind farm.
He said: " By choosing a trust port as our partner, this project will deliver benefits to the port’s wider community through future reinvestment.”
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by the owners SSE (40 per cent), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35 per cent) and Red Rock Power Limited (25 per cent) after reaching financial close on May 23, 2016. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
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UK Ports Seek Exemption From EU Port Services RegulationUK Ports Seek Exemption From EU Port Services Regulation
Added: 31 Mar 2017
Bruce Barnard
30 March 2017

LONDON — The EU’s Port Services Regulation has finally come into force, ending a 15-year struggle by Brussels to inject competition and financial transparency across the European waterfront.
EU member states are required to implement the legislation covering more than 300 ports by March 24, 2019.
The regulation seeks to improve market access to port services, ranging from container handling and towage to bunkering and mooring, in a sector that is dominated by the national and local authorities that control approximately 80 percent of the EU’s port authorities.
Ports must maintain separate accounts for any public funds they receive and report them to the relevant authorities in a bid to create a level playing field.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, claims competition has been distorted by the lack of transparency over public infrastructure funding and service charges that have deterred investment in port facilities.
UK ports, which, unlike those on the European mainland, are almost all privately owned, are pressing the government to secure exemption from the legislation during the negotiations over Brexit, the country’s "divorce" from the 28-nation EU, which officially began this week when Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
“The regulation will be effective in two years, and this means the requirements are expected to be implemented into UK law before we leave the European Union,” said Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association. “As the UK ports industry is predominantly private and competitively managed, the new rules are unnecessary and unwelcome."
“The UK ports industry has consistently lobbied against the port services regulation, and we are therefore hopeful the UK requirements will be overturned after Brexit,” Ballantyne said. “We are actively working with the UK government to ensure the best post-Brexit outcome for the ports industry.”
Europe’s private port and terminal operators welcomed the legislation when it was approved by the European Parliament in December but harbor doubts over the readiness of member states to implement the new rules.
“We hope that member states will guarantee a proper implementation of the rules about transparency and consultation of private investors in ports,” said Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, secretary of FEPORT, which represents around 1,200 private companies across the European waterfront. “The rules are, from our point of view, good instruments to ensure a level playing field, to prevent risks of distortion of competition, and to avoid unsustainable investments in ports.”
The European Commission has been trying to secure a level playing field in the sector, with the focus on the larger ports that dominate Europe’s container traffic.
The EU’s executive ruled last year that the Dutch government’s exemption of its ports from corporation tax breach the bloc’s competition rules, and that tax must be paid from this year. Rotterdam and other Dutch ports are appealing the decision, claiming they face unfair competition from European rivals, including Antwerp, Bremerhaven, and Hamburg, whose infrastructure costs are covered by the state.
The commission is also investigating whether tax breaks for French and Belgian ports breach the EU’s state aid rules and give them a competitive edge over ports in other member states.
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Ilfracombe’s New Verity Viewing Area is CompleteIlfracombe’s New Verity Viewing Area is Complete
Added: 31 Mar 2017
Matthew Smart
30 March 2017

Work on a new seating and information for Verity is now complete.
Ilfracombe’s harbour master says the work, which started in November, has provided an exceptional new viewing area for the statue

Work on a new seating and information area next to the Verity sculpture in Ilfracombe has been completed.
Visitors to Damien Hirst’s 20-metre tall sculpture can now view the statue from a larger viewing platform with new seating and lighting.
The work also includes a new information plinth at the foot of the statute detailing Verity’s creation and the materials used.
Ilfracombe Harbour Master, Rob Lawson, said: “Completion of the re-landscaping works have provided an exceptional new viewing area for the statue.
Ilfracombe Harbour Master Rob Lawson stands in the new Verity viewing area
“The materials used, both in colour and texture, have enhanced the Verity experience and I feel privileged to be able to see this iconic landmark every day.
“Verity will continue to provide much interest and discussion for the many visitors who come to see her and I would like to thank Mr Hirst for his continued support of Ilfracombe.”
Damien Hirst’s 20 metre sculpture, Verity, was loaned to North Devon Council by For Giving CIC in 2012.
Work started on the final phase of the project in November 2016.
Since Verity was installed in 2012 she has become a popular draw for tourists and the council say the work will ‘further enhance the Pier area’ and improve the visitor experience.

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Meet One of Scotland’s Youngest HarbourmastersMeet One of Scotland’s Youngest Harbourmasters
Added: 30 Mar 2017
The Press and Journal
David Mackay
30 March 2017

Moray’s biggest harbour has a new face at the helm as it prepares to branch out even further into new industries.
Darren Bremner is believed to be one of the youngest harbourmasters in Scotland – after taking the job at Buckie at the age of 35.
The Findochty native joined the team at the port a year ago as an assistant, but was almost immediately thrown in at the deep end when the previous harbourmaster resigned nine days later.
Yesterday, Mr Bremner was appointed permanently to the top post at Moray’s busiest port.
He said: “I am delighted to get the job, particularly at a time when the harbour area has so much going for it in terms of future development.
“I’ve got to know many of the harbour users in my year here and I am really looking forward to working with them to realise the harbour’s full potential.”
Buckie’s historic fishing trade may have declined with the port handling mainly commercial freight these days – but about 100,000 tonnes of cargo pass through the entrance to the harbour from the Moray Firth.
However, the port is being developed as a base for the servicing and maintenance of vessels which are involved in the offshore renewable energy industry.
The town is in contention to be named as a key harbour by Morl (Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd), who want to build up to 90 turbines about 25 miles off Buckie’s coast.
The nearby former shipyard remains under offer after being marketed by the council as a potential home for firms in the energy, manufacturing, shipbuilding or cargo industries.
Mr Bremner has plied his trade on semi-submersible rigs and large supply vessels as well as smaller barges. He has previously worked at shipyards in Gran Canaria, Invergordon and Hartlepool.
Moray Council’s harbour operations manager, Duncan Brown, believes that amount of training experience will make him an “invaluable asset” .

He added: “Darren is a crucial member of the council’s new harbours team which is focused on the development of all of Moray Council’s harbours in order to increase activity levels and attract economic investment.”

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Dover MP Concerned of Brexit Impact on Key British PortsDover MP Concerned of Brexit Impact on Key British Ports
Added: 29 Mar 2017
Daily Express
Joe Barnes
28 March 2017

THE MP for Dover has expressed his concern over the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union on the country’s key ports.

Charlie Elphicke warned of a backlog in lorries because of extensive customs checks if the Prime Minister cannot secure a deal with the bloc’s leaders.
The Conservative Remain supporter, however, declared the European divorce an opportunity to bring vital investment to British ports, instead of the Government spending money in Calais.
Cabinet ministers have previously been given detailed warnings that the UK pulling out of the EU’s custom union could lead to a dramatic fall in GDP and risk the clogging up of trade through Britain’s ports.
Responding to Mr Elphicke, during Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May insisted the Government will continue to invest in Dover to ensure it is ready for Brexit.

Charlie Elphicke expressed concern for British ports post-Brexit
It is clear we all hope for a deal, but we have to be prepared for every eventuality
Charlie Elphicke
“The Home Office will be looking very closely at what measures need to be in place for Brexit for those coming across the border into Dover,” she said.
Discussing the issue before Mrs May is set to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday, the Dover MP told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme British ports had to be “prepared” for the eventuality the Prime Minister cannot strike a customs deal with Brussels.
“It is clear we all hope for a deal, but we have to be prepared for every eventuality – including customs and tariffs,” he said.
“We have to be ready on day one, whatever happens, at the Dover frontline.”

Mr Elphicke added: “The first thing you have to do is make sure you have got sufficient investment in infrastructure and we’re prepared with resilience in the road… We’ve invested tens of millions in Calais, we need to invest in Dover as well.
“Secondly, we need to make sure we are ready for customs on day one, ready to process these things and we have electronic bills of lading – and then, in two years time, we can process efficiently and seamlessly.”
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, claimed the European Union and Britain will face “severe consequences” if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal.
Writing in the Financial Times, he said he would like to see an “orderly withdrawal” and hopes for an “ambitious trade agreement” to be struck after Mrs May triggers Article 50.
Previously, the Prime Minister has said “no deal” is better than a “bad deal”, signalling her intention to walk away from the negotiating table if a sufficient deal is not concluded.

Mr Barnier said: “It goes without saying that a no-deal scenario, while a distinct possibility, would have severe consequences for our people and our economies. It would undoubtedly leave the UK worse off.
“Severe disruption to air transport and long queues at the Channel Port of Dover are just some of the many examples of the negative consequences of failing to reach a deal. 
“Others include the disruption of supply chains, including the suspension of delivery of nuclear material to the UK.
“While the 27 member states will find it easier to adjust – as they will benefit from the single market, customs union and more than 60 trade deals with their international partners – we believe it is in the best interests of both sides to reach a deal on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU.”
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Misfortunes of a Ship Called "Fame"Misfortunes of a Ship Called "Fame"
Added: 29 Mar 2017
The Times
Simon de Bruxelles
29 March 2017

The ship went down in a storm in 1631 after being driven on to a sandbank at the entrance to Poole Harbour
She was one of the largest and most magnificent ships of her age, but for 400 years her identity was forgotten.
The rudder post of the Dutch merchantman, which capsized at the entrance to Poole Harbour, was 28ft tall and topped with the carved head of a warrior. It was among ornate timbers from the 17th-century wreck recovered by marine archaeologists in 2013.

The wreck was discovered by a dredger in 1990, but it is only after years of painstaking research that Ian Friel, a historian, has been able to tell her story.
She was called The Fame and sank in February 1631 en route from Hoorn in the Netherlands to the West Indies. The ship went down in a storm after being driven on…
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Councillors Unanimously Back North East Harbour Investment After Nigg RowCouncillors Unanimously Back North East Harbour Investment After Nigg Row
Added: 29 Mar 2017
The Press and Journal
Joshua King
29 March 2017

Aberdeenshire Council invests millions in Nigg Harbour – but only £130,000 in smaller north-east ports

A north-east councillor who accused the local authority of prioritising cruise ship tourism over maintaining historic harbours has welcomed fresh investment.


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