Archive for the ‘Politics and Government’ Category

Recent decisions of the competition authorities on the ferry services market between Italy and Sardinia

Recent decisions of the competition authorities on the ferry services market between Italy and Sardinia
Ezio Dal Maso Recent decisions of the competition authorities on the ferry services market between Italy and Sardinia. By Ezio Dal Maso, Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood AARPI The ferry services market between Italy and Sardinia is currently being investigated in-depth by the Italian authorities....
September 16th, 2013 | European Union, Legal, Politics and Government | Read More

Masters of merchant vessels need to put heightened security in place

Masters of merchant vessels need to put heightened security in place
Heightened security should be implemented now on all merchant ships transiting the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, a UK Maritime security company has warned. The warning comes after reports that the “Cosco Asia”, a Panamanian registered ship, was attacked on Saturday while transiting...
September 1st, 2013 | Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government | Read More

ITF statement on Egypt

ITF statement on Egypt
The ITF HQ’s in London ITF statement on Egypt The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is deeply shocked and appalled at the continuing violence and killings taking place during the current political unrest in Egypt, including attacks made on workers in their workplaces and the burnings...
August 22nd, 2013 | ITF, News, Politics and Government, UN | Read More

The Dire straits of shipping must bridge the gap… part 1

The Dire straits of shipping must bridge the gap… part 1
John N. Faraclas The Dire straits of shipping must bridge the gap… part 1 By John Faraclas The latest situation over the last three months in Turkey (Istanbul), Egypt and now Gibraltar, three important passages linking the world’s seas and oceans and affecting us all – particularly in the shipping...
August 16th, 2013 | Canals, European Union, Military, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals, UN | Read More

UN rights chief urges talks to save Egypt from further disastrous violence

UN rights chief urges talks to save Egypt from further disastrous violence
Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy of Egypt demonstrating in Rabaa Al Adaeia Square, Cairo. Photo: IRIN/Saeed Shahat 15 August 2013 – The United Nations human rights chief today appealed to all parties in Egypt to act with restraint and initiate talks, following a day of bloody violence...
August 15th, 2013 | Breaking News, Politics and Government, UN | Read More

Fidel Castro Lauds North Korea as U.N. Inspects Ship’s Weapons Cargo

Fidel Castro Lauds North Korea as U.N. Inspects Ship’s Weapons Cargo
North Korea gave Cuba extensive military support in the 1980s, former President Fidel Castro said on Fidel Castro Wednesday as the United Nations investigated a cargo of hidden Cuban arms discovered last month in the hold of a North Korean ship. Castro, who turned 87 on Tuesday and is rarely...
August 14th, 2013 | Arrest of ships, Defense, Military, Politics and Government, Sanctions, Seizures | Read More

UK ratifies MLC

UK ratifies MLC
The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) has been ratified by the UK.  This new International Labour Organization (ILO) convention consolidates and updates more than 68 international labour standards in the maritime sector.  It sets minimum global standards for seafarers living and working conditions....
August 7th, 2013 | HR, Politics and Government | Read More

U.S. President Barack Obama, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Visit TraPac Jacksonville

U.S. President Barack Obama, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Visit TraPac Jacksonville
President Barack Obama tours the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), in Jacksonville, Fla., July 25, 2013. President Obama is accompanied by, from left: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx; Dennis Kelly, TraPac Regional VP & General Manager; Roy Schleicher, CEO, Jacksonville Port Authority;...
July 31st, 2013 | News, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals | Read More

Experts forge ahead in the global assessment of micro-plastics in the marine environment

Experts forge ahead in the global assessment of micro-plastics in the marine environment
International experts have met in London to review the growing problems in the marine environment caused by micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio-accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain.  The experts form a key working group...
July 29th, 2013 | Environment, IMO, Politics and Government, Pollution | Read More

Greek Shipping, unsolicited support, as always, the Motherland!

Greek Shipping, unsolicited support, as always, the Motherland!
The following are the main points from the latest John Faraclas live interview to Niki Lymperakis of SBC TV last Friday, the 19th of July 2013; please click below, listen and comment: [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/102528388%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-jGRu5″ params=””...
July 25th, 2013 | European Union, Labour Disputes, Maritime Education and Training, News, Politics and Government, Shipbuilding and Shipyards | Read More

Lights On! Power Generation and the African Oil and Gas Industry

Lights On! Power Generation and the African Oil and Gas Industry
Arun Velusami, Marne Beukes and Dr. Bob Middleton Per our reference on the 3rd of July following the Televised SBC TV interview back in 28 June , on Thursday 27th June, Afrimari was hosted by IHS Global Insight. The panelled seminar shared information about recent power generation projects and how this...
July 24th, 2013 | Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Energy, Politics and Government | Read More

The shipping markets, the shipbuilding industry et al: caution and uncertainty

The shipping markets, the shipbuilding industry et al: caution and uncertainty
The following are the main points from the latest John Faraclas live interview to Nike Lymperakis of SBC TV last Friday the 12th of July 2013; please log below, listen and comment: Faraclas explained that there is an oxymoron with the unexpected small rise of the Baltic Dry Index  to 1, 149 points,...
July 15th, 2013 | Disputes, European Union, Labour Disputes, Maritime Education and Training, Markets, News, Piracy and Terrorism, Politics and Government, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shipfinance | Read More

Greece: A midsummer’s… change might be on the cards…

Greece: A midsummer’s… change might be on the cards…
Without prejudice Greece: A midsummer’s… change might be on the cards…* By John Faraclas The story so far Reading the news and listening to what’s going on down in Greece as well in other troubled South European Economies, known as the PIGS or as the PIGCS**, I wonder how these nations’ economies...
July 10th, 2013 | European Union, Health and Safety, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Markets, News, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals, Stock Markets | Read More

Commission Issues Proposals to Establish Internal Market for Shipping

Commission Issues Proposals to Establish Internal Market for Shipping
The European Commission published today its so-called ‘Blue Belt’ communication, which contains two concrete proposals that will contribute to establishing an internal market for maritime transport. The first proposal contains an improvement to the already existing Regular Shipping Services (RSS),...
July 8th, 2013 | European Union, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals | Read More

The shipping markets: Be vigilant on the shipping markets and beyond…

The shipping markets: Be vigilant on the shipping markets and beyond…
John N. Faraclas The following are the main points from the latest John Faraclas live interview to Lilian Margaritis of SBC TV last Friday the 5th f July 2013; please log below, listen and comment: Faraclas briefly explained why the improvement of the BDI by 200 points was short-lived and what is yet...
July 8th, 2013 | Company Profiles, Defense, European Union, Immigration, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Marine Insurance, Markets, News, P and I Clubs, Politics and Government, Sanctions | Read More

Cyprus flag: a flag of progress and quality

Cyprus flag: a flag of progress and quality
Cyprus flag: A flag of progress and quality, by Esme Palas In the small Island of Cyprus “Shipping is almost as old as time itself “. With an ideal geographical location at the crossroads of three continents Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa, Cyprus has been constantly striving for perfection...
July 8th, 2013 | Associations, Flags, News, Politics and Government, Shipping Centers, WISTA - Women in Shipping | Read More

Still tough times for international shipping and caution remains for Greece…

Still tough times for international shipping and caution remains for Greece…
John N. Faraclas The following are the main points from the latest John Faraclas live interview to Panos Thomakos of SBC TV last Friday the 28th of June 2013; please log below and listen: Thomakos sparked a ray of hope with the greek weather, the best ingredient for holidays! Faraclas was quick to counter...
July 3rd, 2013 | Canals, European Union, Markets, News, Politics and Government | Read More

Edward Snowden: Whose tipping was he…? – The Safety of Shipping’s info…

Edward Snowden: Whose tipping was he…?  –  The Safety of Shipping’s info…
Without Prejudice Edward Snowden: Whose tipping was he…?  –  The Safety of Shipping’s info… By John Faraclas What a palaver, once again our western values are tainted by another* under-the-stairs bastard: Edward Snowden – John Major, the former British Prime Minister, was at least honest...
July 1st, 2013 | Breaking News, Comment, Corruption, Defense, European Union, Headlines, HR, IT and Communications, Military, Politics and Government, Safety and Security, Trade and Commerce | Read More

“Threesome”, “leg-room”: the catchwords for Samaras’ led Greek coalition government

“Threesome”, “leg-room”: the catchwords for Samaras’ led Greek coalition government
By John Faraclas So here we go once again with Samaras being stretched due to his nepotism of maintaining the title, not even the role* of prime minister! His “loyal” partner and head of the PASOK “Socialists” Vangelis Venizelos’ demands were pre-agreed and fully met; remember this! That and...
June 26th, 2013 | European Union, Politics and Government, Shipping Centers | Read More

Learn from suffering…

Learn from suffering…
Without prejudice  By John Faraclas The Greeks had a phrase for it: “pathei mathein, ” meaning “to  learn from suffering.”  The latest of the many  episodes to come in this modern political tragedy that Greece’s politicians created together with their accomplices in Europe and the rest...
June 24th, 2013 | Comment, European Union, IMO, Jobs, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals | Read More

World response to Turkey solidarity call

World response to Turkey solidarity call
21 June 2013 – Trade unionists around the world are mobilising today and tomorrow to call for an end to the savage violence unleashed against peaceful protesters by the Turkish government. Demonstrations outside Turkish embassies have taken place in a score of countries today, with more coming...
June 21st, 2013 | Politics and Government, Strikes | Read More

Marital problems… Greek Politicians… an update!

Marital problems… Greek Politicians… an update!
Andreas Koutras Marital problems, by Dr. Andreas Koutras Don’t you just love Greece. It used to be the three S’s. Sun, Sea and Sex, were the reasons most people visited Greece but now there is a new attraction called Greek politicians. Ever since they figured out, that by screwing the country they...
June 21st, 2013 | Banking, Comment, Finance, News, Politics and Government, Stock Markets | Read More

UK Shipping Minister on the global maritime race and his views on London International Shipping Week

UK Shipping Minister on the global maritime race and his views on London International Shipping Week
Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP has just returned from a Greek-British Shipping Forum where he addressed Greek businesses. Here he writes, exclusively for Maritime UK, on the success of the event and the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry. I was pleased to be invited to give the...
June 20th, 2013 | Politics and Government | Read More

The G8 2013 summit

The G8 2013 summit
John N. Faraclas The G8 2013 summit, by John Faraclas Now then, what do you make, sea-wise, shipping-wise, or whatever you like to call it from the latest G8 summit in Lough Erne up in Northern Ireland? Good news for cracking down the dearest ransoms paid to release crew-members and ships in the piracy...
June 20th, 2013 | Conferences, Seminars, Forums, News, Politics and Government | Read More

NDAA 2013: A potential expansion of US sanctions against Iran as of July 1, 2013

NDAA 2013: A potential expansion of US sanctions against Iran as of July 1, 2013
Below is an explanatory note on the forthcomingUS Sanctions against Iran, 1 July 2013, issued by the International Group of P&I Clubs. It should be read in conjunction with Circular 09/13 FAQs regarding  Enforcement against Foreign Persons of US Trade Sanctions against Iran. The National Defense...
June 13th, 2013 | Politics and Government, UN | Read More