Qingdao Breaks New Discharging Record

first_imgQingdao Port’s Xi Lian terminal, located in the bonded logistics center, doesn’t only have efficient discharging speed, but is also famous for international transshipment, as well as a large bonded warehouses, which ensured Qingdao Port’s position as No 1 pulp port in China.On July 8th, MV Oshimana berthed at U7 and with great effort of all the stevedores involved, the whole vessel’s discharging record was broken reaching 1606mt per hour.Qingdao port is now the record keeper for discharging several different types of vessels and cargoes, such as containers (Maersk Line) and iron ore.Press Release; July 11th, 2014 zoom MV OSHIMANAOn July 9th, Qingdao Port, as the world biggest pulp discharging port, took 27 hrs to discharge MV Oshimana carrying a total of 43,366 mt of pulp on board, breaking the discharging record with 1606mt per hour for the whole vessel.last_img read more

Govt Unveils Major AntiHuman Trafficking Interventions

The Government is taking steps to enhance its anti-human trafficking profile through the development of a Human Trafficking Survivors’ Handbook and Human Trafficking e-Learning platform.The tools were produced by the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) in partnership with the British High Commission in Jamaica.They were formally launched during a ceremony at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel on Wednesday (June 26).The handbook provides information on the rights of persons affected by human trafficking. It also provides a directory of providers of relevant and easily accessible information on services available in Jamaica to address the varying needs of victims.These publications will be made available through partner Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).The e-Learning platform is a training resource for anti-trafficking stakeholders, which is designed to build their capacities.It cites local examples of practical manifestations of human trafficking, and examines the indicators as well as case studies, among other engagements.The platform will initially be hosted on the website of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), whose personnel will be among the first to access the training.Other anti-trafficking stakeholders will, over time, also be afforded access to the training platform.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who spoke at the launch, said the Government continues to coordinate national activities on the recommendations of ONRTIP to ensure that Jamaica has a robust anti-human trafficking programme, as well as support and implement strategies to tackle the crime.Pointing out that anti-human trafficking is the second most lucrative organised criminal activity internationally, Dr. Chang said Jamaica was awarded a Tier Two ranking on the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – the same position as last year.Dr. Chang argued that while this report is a valuable measure of activity in this area, critical recommendations outlined in the Annual Report of the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons should also be implemented.This, he said, is critical to providing a holistic and comprehensive response to human trafficking in the local context. The recommendations were tabled in the Houses of Parliament in December 2018.“We cannot only be guided by what our external partners and assessors tell us, which is a valuable measure of activity in this area. It is my view that a robust effort requires us to bear in mind what the United States may say in its report, but equally important, is that we must pay attention and work closely with the recommendations that have emanated from the Office of the National Rapporteur,” the Minister added.This, he further said, “reflects our own commitment; this is a national office directed by nationals and, therefore, is reflecting local thinking and local challenges”.ONRTIP has been directed to conduct an internal country assessment of the various initiatives and anti-human trafficking programmes that Jamaica has embarked on, and make recommendations for improvements in a bid to enhance the country’s profile.National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, ONRTIP, Diahann Gordon Harrison, said the e-Learning platform and handbook will be pivotal as the Government takes steps to eliminate human trafficking.“In our joint deliberations, we formed the view that effective preventative measures must be a critical part of any robust anti-human trafficking system as you can prevent a crime from occurring when you are well placed in beating the problem,” she pointed out.Regional Manager for the Home Office for Immigration Enforcement for the Americas Region at the British High Commission, Richard Cronie, said the division welcomed the opportunity to partner with ONRTIP on the project which yielded a product “with the aim of raising awareness for frontline offenders and those who are in the position to tackle human trafficking”. The Government is taking steps to enhance its anti-human trafficking profile through the development of a Human Trafficking Survivors’ Handbook and Human Trafficking e-Learning platform. They were formally launched during a ceremony at the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel on Wednesday (June 26). Story Highlights The tools were produced by the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) in partnership with the British High Commission in Jamaica. read more

Proposed Law Will Address Activities Related to Emerging LNG Sector

These, she outlined, include receipt, storage, processing and distribution, adding that “the legislation will also treat with the licensing, construction, and operation of natural gas terminals and transportation”. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says activities related to Jamaica’s emerging Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector will be addressed under the proposed Petroleum (Downstream Activities) Act, being developed by the Government.These, she outlined, include receipt, storage, processing and distribution, adding that “the legislation will also treat with the licensing, construction, and operation of natural gas terminals and transportation”.The Minister was speaking at a bond-signing ceremony between NCB Capital Markets Limited, and New Fortress Energy (NFE), at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday (August 27).“The objectives of the new legislation will be to encourage private investments in the long-term financing and timely development of natural gas for Jamaica,” the Minister added.Mrs. Williams noted that LNG has emerged as an integral component of the Administration’s drive to secure Jamaica’s energy future, as is the case with other renewables, such as solar and wind.She pointed out that since its introduction in the national energy mix in 2016, principally by New Fortress Energy, “significant strides” have been made with natural gas.Notably, Mrs. Williams said completion of the South Jamaica Power Company plant this year, and the JAMALCO power plant in 2020, will result in natural gas accounting for approximately 38 per cent of the country’s electricity generation capacity, and about 65 per cent of demand.Additionally, she said because natural gas is significantly cheaper and is a less volatile alternative to oil, Jamaica is expected to record annual energy savings totalling some US$304 million, consequent on outputs from JPS power plants in Bogue, St. James; Old Harbour, St. Catherine; and Clarendon-based JAMALCO.“Diversified fuel choices in Jamaica promote competition in the downstream natural gas sector, prescribe the required standards for the natural gas sector, ensure the protection and safety of consumers and the public, and ensure that regulation of the sector is transparent, rational and predictable,” the Minister pointed out.Noting that energy is the lifeblood of Jamaica’s economy and a key driver of the growth and development agenda, Mrs. Williams said the introduction of natural gas as a new sector will create significant job opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); service; commercial and manufacturing industries, “ultimately creating a positive domino effect on Jamaica’s socio-economic outlook”. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says activities related to Jamaica’s emerging Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector will be addressed under the proposed Petroleum (Downstream Activities) Act, being developed by the Government. The Minister was speaking at a bond-signing ceremony between NCB Capital Markets Limited, and New Fortress Energy (NFE), at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday (August 27). read more