MSC Monica Refloated after Grounding off Saint-Laurent

first_imgzoom The 43,618 dwt container vessel, MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Canada in the morning hours of January 22, was refloated on Saturday, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).Damage to the vessel’s rudder forced it to move from the fairway and it subsequently grounded in the shallow waters.MSC Monica’s crew requested for assistance as the ship was not able to refloat on its own power, and after it was pulled out by three tugs, the 1993-built vessel moored at the Port of Quebec.The incident did not cause any disruption to marine traffic, and no pollution was spotted on the scene, the Canadian Coast Guard said.At the time of the incident the Panama-flagged vessel, owned by the world’s second largest container line Mediterranean Shipping Company, was on its way from Montreal.There were no reports of injuries to the crew.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Westminster debate support for UK motor industry

Business minister Ian Pearson MP responded to the debate recognising government’s ongoing dialogue with the industry but saying state aid must only be an exceptional measure in exceptional circumstances. Following an industry meeting with Lord Mandelson on 27 November, SMMT is awaiting an official government response to the proposed measures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Possible government support for the UK motor industry was debated in Westminster Hall this afternoon (17 December 2008) following a proposal by Sandra Gidley MP. On behalf of the industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called for government to support the UK automotive sector from dealers to vehicle manufacturers, through to the supply chain. The package includes allowing manufacturers’ finance companies access to the Bank of England’s special liquidity arrangements, loan facilities, a review of motoring taxation and support for training, research and development.  Following the debate, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: ‘The motor industry is facing unprecedented market conditions which are having a direct impact on UK jobs and manufacturing. Normally strong companies are facing a bleak future purely as a result of the global banking crisis. It is now vital for UK government to follow the lead of other EU countries and act immediately to demonstrate its commitment to the motor industry and manufacturing as a whole.’ read more

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