Last Aussie-Crewed Fuel Tanker, MT British Fidelity, Leaves Australian Coast
Oil giant BP decided to take the last Aussie-crewed fuel tanker, the MT British Fidelity, off the Australian coast.
The vessel, currently in Singapore, was used by the company to move fuel from Kwinana to Adelaide and more recently Kwinana to Devonport/Hobart.
Ship manager ASP informed workers in a letter that BP had told them the contract for the vessel would be terminated on May 9. The crew raised objections in sailing to Singapore fearing their jobs were in jeopardy and despite assurances the ship would return to trade on the Australian coast, their worst fears were realized.
"ASP regrets the departure of the vessel and the possible need for redundancies to occur. These are decisions by BP and not ASP," according to the letter.
In a statement, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said it is disgusted at the decision by BP.
"The Turnbull Government's hypocrisy is breathtaking - they want to remove hardworking Australians who pay tax in this country and replace them with exploited foreign labor on as little as $2/hr who are employed on Flag of Convenience shipping, which is itself a global tax scam," MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said.
Inauguration of new channel terminal In The Port of Dunkirk
After a year of work without any disruption to activity on the site, the new Channel Terminal in the Port of Dunkirk is now operational.
The new terminal was inaugurated on Thursday 17 March 2016, in the presence of Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice-President DFDS, Carsten Jensen, Senior Vice-President DFDS, François Soulet de Brugiere, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Dunkerque-Port, Philippe Bertonèche, Chair of the Development Board of Dunkerque-Port and Stéphane Raison, CEO of Dunkerque-Port.
These works cost 14.88 M€, 12,88 M€ of which was borne by Dunkerque-Port and 2M€ by DFDS for:
Construction of the building at the site entrance, housing a ticket office, administrative offices and staff facilities;
Construction of the check-in barrier at the terminal entrance;
Renovation of the ferry terminal for passengers waiting to board with their vehicles, and installation of a giant screen displaying passenger information.
The project received European Union funding of 1.290 M€ ex-VAT.
The project had four aims:
To reduce ship loading and unloading times and improve safety for the staff in charge of these operations;
To make the control process smoother and faster, improve safety and security, and make the route clearer for passenger transit from the entrance to the boarding car parks;
To improve access to the Terminal from motorways;
To increase the capacities of pre-boarding parking areas.
The redeveloped Terminal now covers more than 17 hectares compared with the 10 hectares of the earlier configuration.
Signage from the motorway has been reinforced and access to the terminal for HGVs and passenger vehicles has been separated, providing faster and more secure entry for these two categories of users.
The terminal has 11 check-in lanes at the entrance, including one for coaches.
The new DFDS passenger building covers 350 m2 and is located at the entry to the site.
All the installations necessary for controls by the French and British authorities have been rebuilt to make the transit procedures absolutely clear for passengers.
The new terminal has a double fence and surveillance cameras to ensure user safety and security.
Once past the control points, passengers enter a huge parking area with 7,380-m capacity in 41 parking lanes, including two for special trucks. This car park holds the equivalent of three shiploads of vehicles.
With the redesigned passenger terminal and the information screen, passengers can wait for their ship's departure in comfort.
Source: Port of Dunkirk