Readers’ Picks of the Week (Sep 22-28, 2014)

first_imgzoom Radioactive SUV Found Aboard Carrier in VladivostokCustoms officials at the Russian port of Vladivostok held up the Malacca Highway, a Panama-flagged Ro-Ro car carrier on September 11, 2014, upon discovering one of the vehicles aboard emitted radiation.…Read moreMaersk Line to Spend USD 3 Bn a Year on NewbuildingsMaersk Line plans to set aside close to USD 3 billion a year for the period 2015-2019 to finance shipbuilding projects, in an effort to further solidify its position of the shipping company with the largest operating fleet, Reuters reports.…Read moreCaptain and Chief Officer of Grounded Ferry ArrestedThe captain and the chief officer of the Europalink ferry shipwrecked near the islet of Peristeres northeast of Corfy have been arrested by the Greek authorities, the Maritime Operational Centre of the Ministry of Merchant Marine reports. The Italian-flagged ferry was on her regular route from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Italy, when it hit underwater rocks at around 2 am on Sunday, September 21.…Read moreShipping Needs a Steve JobsThe shipping industry is ready for the introduction of new technology, all we need is a new generation of tech-savvy middle and senior managers, says Dr. Martin Stopford, author of textbook Maritime Economics.…Read moreEffects of Russia Sanctions Start to Kick InConsequences of economic sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russian companies and officials have started to kick in. …Read more World Maritime News Staff, September 28, 2014last_img read more

Thousands of ethnic Albanians continue to flee FYR of Macedonia UNHCR

On Monday alone, an estimated 5,300 people crossed the main border crossing at Blace, said Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the Geneva-based UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR workers monitoring the border 24 hours a day said the flow was continuing today. While those moving over the weekend came primarily from the village of Aracinovo, outside of Skopje, the people who arrived on Monday came mostly from Skopje itself and its outskirts.According to UNHCR, the refugees cited growing tension between the country’s ethnic groups and the threat of a military confrontation outside Skopje as the main reasons for leaving. Most of those arriving were women and children, since men were being turned back at the official border crossing.Nearly 18,000 people had crossed into Kosovo since Friday, Mr. Janowski said. After receiving food and water at the border, most were being accommodated with host families. read more