Monthly Archives: August 2017

STOWAWAYS – THE PROBLEM PORTS

West of England P&I Club reports that it has 60 cases involving 220 stowaways in the past 12 months, costing over $1.6 million to resolve. African ports continue to be the major problem areas for stowaways, with Lagos, Nigeria being the most prolific African ports. In recent years the Club …

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SRI LANKAN MINISTER SACKED FOR CRITIZING PORT DEAL

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena has dismissed his justice minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, for opposing a controversial deal for the lease of 70 percent of the port of Hambantota to China Merchants Port Holdings. On Wednesday, Rajapakshe told Sri Lankan media that he was fired for two reasons – to suppress the investigation of a major …

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7TH FLEET COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY

The commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, has been relieved of duty, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, a three-star commander, was scheduled to retire in a few weeks. Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, who has already been nominated and …

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