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ABP to Fight Bridge Plan

NewportAssociated British Ports (ABP) said it had been left with no option but to formally object to the proposed M-4 route resulting in a six-lane bridge cutting its port of Newport in two and resulting in a height restriction on access to the North Dock which would physically exclude around 50 per cent of ships that currently utilise this area.

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World’s Largest Container Line Sees Massive Drop in Profit

Maersk LogoThe Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported a profit of $224mn for the first quarter of this year, a drop of 86 per cent compared to the $1.6bn in the first three months of 2015.

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Violence Grows as Pirates Kidnap Crews for Ransom

PiracyPirates in the Gulf of Guinea yielded ransom payments of up to $400,000 for kidnapped seafarers last year, according to a maritime piracy report released by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP).

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Maritime Groups Unite in ‘Fair Trial’ Attack

PrestigeThe judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court in January this year in the Prestige oil spill case has raised fundamental questions as to whether it was reached in a fair trial, said the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The Supreme Court’s judgement was reached after just one day, without hearing any new evidence and in the absence of the tanker’s captain Apostolos Ioannis Mangouras, the ICS said.

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Need for Extra Capacity at Irish Ports

Dublin PortThere was a 7 per cent increase in the total volume of traffic at Irish ports last year, with all major traffic modes delivering substantial growth, according to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). This was its highest level since 2008.

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'Toolbox Talk'

MAIB LogoThe need for “toolbox talks” for even the most basic of tasks on board a ship was stressed in the first Safety Digest for this year from the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). In the report, Steve Clinch, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, said: “Toolbox talks can be a particularly useful way of ensuring a common understanding of how even the most basic tasks are to be carried out.

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