The Queen has officially welcomed the UK’s new aircraft carrier, “HMS Queen Elizabeth”, at a ceremony to commission it into the Royal Navy fleet. The monarch boarded her namesake ship in Portsmouth to see the Royal Navy White Ensign raised on the vessel for the first time. Princess Anne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones also attended. The ceremony took place on the giant hangar deck of the £3.1bn carrier. “HMS Queen Elizabeth” and its sister ship “HMS Prince of Wales” are the most expensive in the Royal Navy’s history.
Delight as Chennai6 Return Home
As various Emirates flights hit the tarmac, the #Chennai6 have started to arrive back home into the UK. The Mission to Seafarers has spoken of its delight at the acquittal of 35 sailors held in captivity in India on weapons charges. Throughout the past four years, Mission to Seafarers has been supporting the crew and their families, support for which the Chennai Six were quick to acknowledge. The Mission to Seafarers said it welcomed the Appeal Court’s decision. Within 36 hours of the men being arrested, The Mission to Seafarers provided counselling, advice, and financial support around the clock to the men and their families.
Shining Spotlight on Abandonment
Third party vetting giant RightShip plans to make the life of those who abandon crews that bit trickier. RightShip, whose clients and backers include some of the largest shippers in the world, has taken the database of abandoned ships created by the International Labour Organization and the International Maritime Organization and is now looking at how to include details of companies who have a history of crew abandonment into its data matrix. Ignorance will no longer be an excuse for dealing with owners who have abandoned their crews.
IMO Votes in New Council
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2018-2019 biennium: Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States. Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates. Also Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above.
Rotterdam Sets Port Dues
Dutch port of Rotterdam informed that port dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years. Over the recent period, fixing the development of port dues for three years has provided the market with a lot of clarity, according to the port. Therefore, after constructive talks, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Deltalinqs, VRC and VNPI have again decided upon a multi-year agreement. Rotterdam is using this conservative rate of increase in port dues to up its competitive position among the surrounding sea ports. The Port Authority adopted these specific measures to strengthen Rotterdam’s position as a container hub.