Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:50 Written by John Young (Marine Correspondent)
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The Port of Tyne’s cruise season ended on Sept 16 with the visit of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises cruise ship Bremen, 6,752gt, (pictured) on a round Britain cruise with 164 passengers. The ship left the Tyne later that day for hull.
Special measures must be put in place to ensure that London maintains its pre-eminent position as a global maritime centre. This was the main finding of a survey by The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) that has confirmed London’s position as a global maritime centre.
The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, 114,137gt, was successfully brought upright as part of the 600mn euros operation to remove the ship from where she had lain on the Italian island of Giglio since January, 2012.
The ship, carrying 4,200 passengers and crew, hit the rocks off the island on Jan 13, 2012, tearing a 70ft gash in her hull, and capsized onto her starboard side. Thirty-two of those on board died.
The crew of the Royal Navy frigate Lancaster seized a massive 680kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of £100mn after intercepting a 30ft vessel near Puerto Rico in August.
The vessel, which was covered by a tarpaulin, was spotted by a US Customs and Border Protection Agency aircraft. On board were three men.
The frigate sped to the area and launched her Lynx helicopter and a highspeed pursuit boat to intercept the vessel. As the Lancaster approached, the men began throwing the drugs overboard, but these were later recovered by divers.
A total of 22 bales of pure cocaine were seized along with the three men. The suspected smugglers and cocaine were then handed over to the authorities in Puerto Rico. The empty drugs boat was subsequently sunk by the frigate’s gunfire to prevent her use in future smuggling operations.
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