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Devon fishing port invited to twin with America’s top portDevon fishing port invited to twin with America’s top port
Added: 19 Jun 2017
By C_Abbott
June 16, 2017

America’s top fishing port has approached Brixham, which was recently crowned the UK’s port of the year for the second year running, to see if it would be interested in twinning.

The port of New Bedford, in Massachusetts, USA, has much in common with the South Devon port.

Torbay councillor Vic Ellery gave a presentation to Brixham Town Council at its meeting on Thursday evening. Cllr Ellery said he had been approached by South Western Fish Producers Organisation chief executive Jim Portus, at the request of the director of New Bedford Harbour Development Commission, to enquire whether Brixham Town Council would be interested in setting up a twinning arrangement.

A representative of New Bedford Harbour Development Commission visited Brixham last October and was a guest at a fundraising event for the Man and Boy statue which has now been erected on Kings Quay to recognise the port’s fishing heritage and to commemorate lives lost at sea.

Cllr Ellery said the representative was struck by the similarities of both ports, as New Bedford had just erected a statue to the fishermen who had lost their lives in their industry. He said that New Bedford is the number one port in America, as Brixham is the port of the year in the UK for the second year running. New Bedford has numerous fleets of trawlers, crabbers and scallop dredgers, as Brixham does. It also has a thriving crab and lobster sector and competes in prices with Iceland and Norway, as Brixham does with Europe.

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Bare Faced Cheek: Men Charged After Liffey Boat ChaseBare Faced Cheek: Men Charged After Liffey Boat Chase
Added: 02 Jun 2017
Irish Independent
Tom Tuite
1 June 2017

TWO men accused of being drunk during a boat chase on the River Liffey in Dublin in the early hours of Thursday have been granted bail.
Emergency services were alerted to an incident at about 6am when a boat was taken from its mooring at a south Dublin bank sailing club.
Following a pursuit on the Liffey a boat was brought to a halt and later two Dublin men were arrested and taken to Irishtown Garda station. One of them was naked when he was arrested at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
Brian Stacey (44) of Derry Drive, Crumlin and Ronan Stephens (40) from Captain’s Road also in Crumlin face seven charges under the Maritime Safety Act, the Theft and Fraud Act and the Public Order Act in connection with the alleged incident.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade River Rescue recover a boat at the scene of incident on The Liffey at Dublin Port.
They appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court on Thursday evening and were granted bail providing they do not take part in any boating activities on the Liffey unless they have approval in writing of gardai and the Dublin harbour master.
They are accused of being under influence of alcohol and failing to stop for gardai at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club while being the operator of a boat, theft of a pleasure craft worth €11,000, navigating the craft without due care and attention and endangerment of a RNLI lifeboat crew at the Shipping Lane on the River Liffey, trespassing at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club and breach of the peace.
There was no objection to bail with conditions and they have not yet indicated how they will plead.
Garda Paul Moody said Mr Stacey “made no reply” when he was charged. He said the incident began in the early hours of Thursday and was on-going when he took up duty at 7am. Mr Stacey was arrested at 8.25 am at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.
He said it was alleged the incident happened at the Shipping Lane of the River Liffey at the East Link Bridge coming into Dublin city.
Mr Stacey, dressed in a blue Dublin GAA jacket and jeans, smiled as the garda asked for a bail condition that he would have to stay away from the Liffey and that he must notify gardai and the harbour master if he intends to put a boat on the river. The garda also asked that Mr Stacey, who remained silent during the hearing, be ordered to stay away from the Dublin 4 area.
However, Mr Stacey’s solicitor Michael Kelleher told the court his client, who is unemployed and on social welfare, was a member of the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.

Garda Patrick Collins told the court that the co-defendant Ronan Stephens also “made no reply” after caution when he was charged. He was arrested at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and was wearing a red hooded top and jeans during the hearing.
His solicitor Anarine McAllister made an application for legal aid and said her client is not working.
Outlining the bail terms, Judge Walsh warned them that they cannot partake in boating activities on the Liffey without the prior consent, in writing, of the Harbour master and gardai at Irishtown station. They were also warned that they have to be of good behaviour and attend their next hearing.
Mr Stephens replied saying “yes your honour”.
Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions need to be obtained.
Judge Walsh granted legal aid and ordered them to appear again on June 15 next
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Pupils Name New Port Wind TurbinesPupils Name New Port Wind Turbines
Added: 31 May 2017
The Argus
30 May 2017

PUPILS from two schools headed to Shoreham Port for a naming ceremony of the two wind turbines.
The turbines are located on the seaward side of the Outer Lay-by Terminal, off Basin Road South.
The students were from St Nicolas & St Mary’s CofE Primary in Shoreham and Eastbrook Primary Academy in Southwick
After a competition in the autumn, the wind turbines were named Spinny (to the East) and Gusty (to the West).
Ruby Redwood in Year 3 at St Nicolas and St Mary’s named Spinny and Rhiannon Griffiths in Year 5 at Eastbrook named Gusty.

The naming ceremony started in Shoreham Port’s new Visitor and Training Centre at Nautilus House.
The pupils were welcomed by the port’s Director of Compliance, Paul Johnson, before starting their wind turbine quiz.
After finishing the quiz and sharing their answers, the group walked over to the turbines and unveiled the Spinny and Gusty boards, which include drawings by Ruby and Rhiannon.
A huge applause followed as the two girls cut the ribbons.
The Spinny and Gusty boards are attached to the fencing opposite the two turbines and will be a permanent fixture for passer-bys to enjoy.
Mr Johnson said: “It was a lovely event for the children and we hope they will go away with some fond memories of Shoreham Port and their day officially naming Spinny and Gusty.
“Community events like this are at the heart of what we do at Shoreham Port and we are incredibly grateful to the teachers and parents for making today possible.”
Rhiannon Griffiths in Year 5 at Eastbrook said: “I found the day both nerve-wracking and exciting.
“I thought Gusty would be a good name for a wind turbine and I was so happy that the judges thought so too.”

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Invergordon Port Seeks Rig Dismantling TicketInvergordon Port Seeks Rig Dismantling Ticket
Added: 29 May 2017
North Star
28 May 2017

THE Port of Cromarty Firth is poised to move into the lucrative decommissioning market after applying for licences.
The Invergordon port has become the first to seek decommissioning permits from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) under the updated regulations.
The port says the work will bring new jobs to the area and, if permits are granted, decommissioning projects could start in September.
The port lodged two applications, one under Pollution Prevention Control regulations and one under the Radioactive Substances Act.
The radioactive part of the application is for the safe handling of naturally occurring radioactive materials that may be present on energy structures.
Consultation on the port’s plans to bring decommissioning to the area began last August with port users, local community councils and politicians.
Public notices are being issued this week to begin the final consultation phase.
Investment in a new quayside at the port’s Invergordon Service Base means the port has three berths and 80,000 square metres of laydown space ready to accept decommissioning projects from the September deadline.
It is estimated it will cost around £75 billion to decommission oil and gas structures which are coming to the end of their life in the North Sea.
However, to date, most of the contracts have gone to Europe because of the lack of adequate licensed facilities in Scotland.
Port general manager Captain Calum Slater said: "The port is ideally located in the North Sea. Our status as a trust port, together with our proven environmental record, ensures platforms will be decommissioned in a way that meets the latest environmental standards.
"We are already in discussions with customers who have structures to decommission and I can see the first of the new era coming to the firth next year.
"Other ports are aligning to a single contractor, but we’re doing the opposite to provide customers more flexibility and choice.
"Our open port philosophy will allow any reputable client, operator or contractor to use the port’s decommissioning licence.
"The port will work with these companies to ensure that all dismantling activities at the Invergordon Service Base are carried out to the highest standard.
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Port Bosses Give a Hand to Make Waterfront a Cleaner Part of IpswichPort Bosses Give a Hand to Make Waterfront a Cleaner Part of Ipswich
Added: 29 May 2017
Ipswich Star
Paul Gleaner
26 May 2017

Volunteers and workers from ABP Ipswich have come together to give the town’s Waterfront area a spring clean ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The clean-up is part of ABP’s “Tidy Friday” initiative, rolled out across the company’s ports nationwide to encourage port staff to work with the community to keep our ports and the surrounding areas tidy.
Port and marina staff were working with Ipswich Central Business Improvement District (BID) and a number of local businesses to clean up the area.
The work included a litter pick, clearing up of public areas, and cleaning debris and litter from the Wet Dock.
Divisional Manager Paul Ager said: “ABP is delighted to be leading the second Waterfront Tidy Up in conjunction with Ipswich Central with participation from many businesses including McDonald’s and Debenhams in the local vicinity. Our first clean-up took place in January and we were able to make a real difference.”

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Brixham Scoops Port of the Year Title for Second Year Running in National Fishing AwardsBrixham Scoops Port of the Year Title for Second Year Running in National Fishing Awards
Added: 29 May 2017
Devon Live
Caroline Abbott
26 May 2017

Brixham is celebrating after being crowned fishing port of the year for the second year running, while mobile fishmonger Simon Lane scooped the prize for independent fresh fish retailer of the year.
The 2017 Fishing News Awards, the UK’s only commercial fishing industry awards programme, took place on Thursday evening at an event in Aberdeen hosted by comedian Rory Bremner. There were 12 categories, each recognising excellence within an aspect of commercial fishing in the UK and/or Ireland from January to December 2016.

Fishermen, fishing ports, fish restaurants, retailers and processors were honoured at the ceremony. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and dedication of those working in the commercial fishing industry, which continues to be one of the most dangerous professions in the country. The public were able to vote for their favourites in 10 of the categories. The young fisherman of the year and the lifetime achievement award were judged by a panel drawn from the fishing industry.
Brixham beat Ardveenish, Milford Haven, Peterhead and the highly commended Scalloway to the port of the year title. The judges said: "During 2016, Brixham went from strength to strength with regular weekly turnovers of over £1m, and will continue to invest and grow for the benefit of the industry."

Barry Young, managing director of Brixham Trawler Agents, collected the award and told DevonLive: "We’re over the moon. Last year’s award put us on the map, and this year’s award has put us on top of that map. It was great to beat Peterhead in Scotland, which is the biggest port in the UK with a turnover of £183m. Brixham is the biggest port in England, with a catch value of £31m.
"There were a few other awards won by the Westcountry, which shows what a great fishing industry we have in the South West. If the Westcountry continues to thrive, they should move the awards down here!"
Brixham mobile fishmonger Simon Lane was named independent fish retailer of the year. The judges said: "Simon Lane sources his fish and shellfish from his local port of Brixham and sells them across the surrounding area from his van. He is particularly noted for the freshness and variety of his fish, and the quality of his service, with friendliness, reliability, affordability and home delivery all being highlighted."

Simon said he was ’humbled and amazed’ to win. He said: "I didn’t go to Aberdeen for lots of reasons. I’ve got so many people locally relying on me and I had time off recently so couldn’t take any more. I’m humbled because the award was won with votes. To have everyone vote for me was amazing. I’m a very small business and what I do is very specialised – I’m like a milkman but with fish. I help people out with odd jobs as well, like opening a jar or helping to turn over a mattress. It’s the old, traditional style of business. It’s the first award I’ve won. I was nominated for the award and it’s my 30th year of business so it’s all falling into place. It’s quite emotional."
Brixham’s Rockfish and Exmouth’s River Exe Cafe were finalists in the coastal fish restaurant of the year category, but this was won by The Old Boat House in Amble, Northumberland.

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Bravery Award After Ice Hockey Fan Saved From DrowningBravery Award After Ice Hockey Fan Saved From Drowning
Added: 29 May 2017
ITV News
25 May 2017

A Belfast Harbour Police officer has received an award for bravery after rescuing a visiting ice hockey fan from the freezing waters of Belfast Lough in January.
Constable Scott Harkins played a vital role in the rescue operation conducted by emergency services and support agencies and had to be treated for hypothermia himself as a result of the incident.
A woman who had been at the SSE Arena, to watch her team the Sheffield Steelers play the Belfast Giants, ended up in the water and in difficulty.
A PSNI constable was first on the scene before Constable Harkins, a father-of-two from Bangor and who also volunteers with the Bangor Lifeboat crew, also came to the semi-conscious woman’s aid.
I am deeply honoured to have received the Belfast Harbour Police Medal for Gallantry.
The award ceremony will live long in the memory of my family who attended.

Constable Harkins jumped into the water, swam out and brought the woman back to the quayside, where she was treated by paramedics before being taken to the Ulster Hospital.
He has now received Belfast Harbour’s highest award for gallantry at a special ceremony.
“This rescue was a joint effort with my colleagues in the PSNI and NI Ambulance Service, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue and Lagan Search and Rescue,” he said.
“And I’d like to thank them for ensuring that this didn’t turn into a tragedy.”
Constable Harkins added: “Although I went into the water at Abercorn Basin, I did so wearing a lifejacket and with the benefit of specialist training.
“If any member of the public should find themselves in a similar situation, they should contact the emergency services first and throw a life ring to those who are in distress in the water.
“They should not enter the water themselves without the benefit of specialist training and life-saving equipment.”
Constable Harkins is a credit to Belfast Harbour Police and we’re all tremendously proud of him.
– David Dobbin, Belfast Harbour chairman
Belfast Harbour’s chairman David Dobbin said: “Constable Harkins showed tremendous bravery in entering cold water with undercurrents and rescuing this woman.
“He brought her to safety and assisted in her care until other emergency services arrived. Scott himself had to be treated for hypothermia.”
Founded in 1847, Belfast Harbour Police is one of the oldest police forces in the UK or Ireland and is responsible for safety and security throughout the 2,000-acre harbour estate.
The Belfast Harbour Police Medal is awarded in instances where exceptional bravery and courage are displayed in the discharge of duty.
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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)
Tel: 0207 944 3890 | 07584 586599
2/24, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
£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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