REPRINTED FROM SEA BREEZES JULY 2009 • VOL 83 • NO. 763
The month of May has certainly been a busy and very hectic one for many in the shipping industry. The early part of the month saw overtures being made by DFDS to Norfolkline whose owners AP-Moller-Maersk revealed an interest in selling Norfolkline. Interestingly Norfolkline opened a new service from Rosyth to Zeebrugge on the 18th May.
A storm has broken out between various human rights, labour and environmental organisations and the IMO regarding the adoption by the IMO of the new convention on ship recycling.
LD Lines new high speed ferry Arrow took precautions, including increasing speed to 30kts, as she passed through the Gulf of Aden danger zone. The Captain reported that although they suffered no threat, a vessel some four hours ahead of them suffered an attack by rocket propelled grenades. The year 2008 has been an excellent one for the Port of Tyne who have reported a record turnover of £48.6 million (an increase of 20%). Much of the increase was due to an uplift of coal handled by the port. Other important cargoes handled are scrap, steel, paper, wood pulp and grain.
On the home front, for the sharp-eyed readers due to a very last minute production change the penultimate paragraph on page 287 points to there being a photograph of the Ilala on page 283, correction it should be 285. Our team at Sea Breezes have been striving to bring the readership newsworthy stories, historical items and of course old favourites such as Slop Chest and Help Wanted. We are encouraged by the best wishes coming our way via snail mail, e-mail and the telephone. As we progress we will continue with improvements and in exploring new and perhaps better ways of getting the Sea Breezes message out to the world at large.
Captain Andrew C. Douglas (Editor)