Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has said that mass transformation of facilities at the Freeport of Monrovia is paramount to the economic development of Liberia.The Vice President pointed out that the Government has been following up on the projects, which he said are “very encouraging” and lauded the good working relations between APM Terminals and the National Port Authority (NPA.)Ambassador Boakai made these remarks recently when the incoming managing director of APM Terminals, Mr. George G. Adjei, paid him a courtesy call at his Capitol Building Offices in Monrovia.VP Boakai underscored the importance of the Port of Monrovia and emphasized that the mass transformation of its facilities will result into economic prosperity for the nation.For his part, Mr. Adjei, who has served his company in several capacities before coming to Liberia, thanked Amb. Boakai for the warm reception and disclosed that phase two of the projects is the pavement of the Monrovia terminal yard and the construction of a new head office.According to Mr. Adjei, the projects, costing US$34.5 million are expected to start in March of this year and will be completed in 23 months.He further disclosed that his company also has interest in the development of the port of Greenville, but was awaiting official invitation from the Government of Liberia to submit a proposal, which he said is in fulfillment of a new strategy of developing multiports to handle general cargo, mineral and petroleum products as well as oil handling and storage.The APM Terminals new MD, further noted that his company was aware that government is under pressure to deliver on social programs and that his company will continue to partner with the GOL to achieve those objectives as well as live up to the commitment as enshrined in the agreement between APM Terminals and NPA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
TweetPinShare0 Shares HAVANA — The New York Cosmos have made history before, just not in this manner.The Cosmos defeated Cuba’s national team 4-1 on June 2 in a friendly that was the first visit to the island by a U.S. professional team since the two countries began their detente effort in December.A franchise that brought Brazilian superstar Pele to America in the 1970s was greeted warmly before the match as both national anthems were played. And even as the Cosmos dominated the action, the locals were, well, friendly.“I felt like the atmosphere from the fans was phenomenal,” said forward Lucky Mksona, who scored twice. “Everyone was just trying to support us wherever we went and I think that was big for us today.”The game was played in a persistent rain that prevented the 74-year-old Brazilian soccer legend from making the symbolic opening kick. But thousands filled the stands at Pedro Marrero stadium, cheering on the game with a series of soccer songs and chants.After the final whistle, Cosmos players saluted the audience, which responded with applause and cheers.Soccer’s popularity is growing on this baseball-crazy island, and officials held up the game as another important step in the moves by the U.S. and Cuba to normalize relations after decades of Cold War antagonism.The New York team was the first professional U.S. soccer team to play in Cuba since the now-defunct Chicago Sting visited in 1978.President Jimmy Carter made an attempt then to improve relations with Cuba and opened the U.S. interests section in Havana that both countries want to soon convert into a full embassy.Mksona scored in the seventh minute and again in the 41st, sandwiched around goals by teammates Sebastian Guenzatti in the 31st and Hagop Chirishian three minutes after that.“We were able to find good spaces wide, get good crosses in, and the guys were able to make runs inside the box and finish with quality,” Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We had a lot of patience. Sometimes the headers didn’t go to goal, and we pulled it back and found more open players to score.”Andy Vaquero scored for Cuba in the 50th minute.(ANNE-MARIE GARCIA)
zoom Japan’s Astomos Energy Corporation and oil company Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) have agreed to further study the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as ship bunker fuel.The parties reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim to enhance cooperation, share and research information in the fields of consideration of LPG fueled vessels, organizing global supply sites for LPG bunkering and other fields relating to LPG bunkering.For the past years, KPC and Astomos have been forming respectable business partnership in the fields of LPG supply and import. This MOU made the partnership stronger for the two companies and will contribute to expansion of new business fields, Astomos said.The latest MOU comes on the back of an agreement reached with Australian LPG distributor Elgas in late October, aimed at further studying the use of LPG as bunker fuel. Earlier in 2017, Astomos signed a separate MOU with Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil for the same purposes.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.
zoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Hazards associated with dangerous goods stowage on containerships were identified on a range of boxship designs, a study conducted by Maersk Line and ABS showed.The Danish shipping major selected ABS to lead a comprehensive Hazard Identification (HAZID) study in the aftermath of the Maersk Honam fire on March 6, 2018.The workshop, which was launched in an effort to identify and evaluate potential hazards from dangerous cargoes stowage, identified hazards on a range of containership designs, many which are not fully addressed by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.The outcome will include recommendations to improve stowage planning and hazard mitigation, leading to better management of risks, according to ABS.“We are encouraged by the outcome of this workshop which will lead to further safety improvements to be considered for the IMDG Code. With ABS and other leading international partners, we will now work to implement the recommendations we have identified,” Ole Graa Jakobsen, Maersk Line Head of Fleet Technology, said.Five crew members were lost in the devastating fire aboard Maersk Honam and, as salvage operations continue, Maersk Line said that it is “determined to explore all ways to further improve safety” onboard its vessels.