Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) along with the Port Authority of Las Palmas have ratified an investment plan for the Port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The aim is to establish the Port of Las Palmas as a key hub for shipping traffic with the African West Coast. Approximately EUR 9 million will be funded to modernize the Port, a process that will take place over the course of eight years.
After Grimaldi’s Grande Europa caught fire, the company launched an appeal to introduce more stringent controls and regulations on cargo sea transport, not only for rolling units but also for containers. Grimaldi Group requested more controls on car batteries, which often cause short-circuits on board vessels, as well as in port terminals.
Grimaldi’s car carrier, Grande Europa, caught fire off the island of Mallorca, Spain, on May 15, the Spanish sea rescue society informed. The fire on the 51,714 GT ship has been brought under control by three fire fighting ships.
Port of Rotterdam presents its new train connection for fresh products, taking a major step towards sustainability. CoolRail will begin operations from May 6; It’s about a train connection for fresh products. The CoolRail transmits products, three times a week, from Valencia to Rotterdam.
At the G7 meeting of Environmental Ministers in Metz, France, on May 6, the Italian Minister Costa met with his French counterpart, De Rugy. Among the topics discussed, it was decided to conduct a joint initiative to get the declaration of a combined SECA and NECA for the entire Mediterranean Sea. Spain has also spoke out in favour for an ECA as well.
Fire took place on board a Spanish trawler on May 3, east of Cape Béar on the Franco-Spanish border. A rescue operation saved four crew members, but one died. As of now it is not known why the ship caught fire. According to information, the crew died because of a cardiac failure. A good samaritan vessel, the trawler Berto, went to the scene, as well as Salvamento Marítimo rescue boats Alnilam and Sirius.
The Spanish Port of Huelva renewed its EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS) after obtaining it for the first time in 2016. Following this development, ESPO congratulated the Port for this achievement. To receive PERS certification, ports need among others to improve communication with the local community and increase transparency.
The “Serviola” patrol boat, during its surveillance and maritime security operation in the Gulf of Guinea, managed to free the crewmembers of a merchant ship held by a group of nine pirates, on April 9. The crew of the Nigerian flag merchant ship had been kidnapped for four days. The pirates also stole the money and all the valuables of its endowment, as well as a significant part of the provisions.
APM Terminals announced a new Port Moves Per Hour (PMPH) record for a vessel berthed at Juan Carlos I berth, Algeciras terminal, in South Spain, after 187,82 PMPH were registered on the Panamanian-flagged container ship MSC Kalina, on Monday, 25 March.
Spain is in favor of the development of an Emission Control Area (ECA) in the Mediterranean Sea, said Pedro Saura, the country’s State Secretary for Infrastructure. The creation of an ECA would implement stricter requirements for sulphur and NOx emissions from ships that sail in these waters.
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