The Malaysian police have arrested 10 Sri Lankans with forged passports, the Viet Times reported today.The Sri Lankans are among 19 people arrested by the Malaysian authorities during a raid. According to the Malaysian police the Sri Lankans were to travel to Geneva from Malaysia using the forged passports.Investigations have also revealed that two employees of the department of immigration at the Kuala Lumpur international Airport are involved in the racket. (Colombo Gazette)
- DHT Takes Delivery of VLCC DHT Lion
zoom Bermuda-headquartered crude oil tanker company, DHT Holdings, has taken delivery of a very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuilding from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 299,900 dwt vessel is named DHT Lion and is entering the spot market. It is the third of a series of six VLCC newbuildings to be delivered to the company from November 2015 to October 2016. The crude oil tanker with a gross tonnage of 154,000 t is sailing under the flag of Hong Kong.“The newbuildings are all fully funded and are expected to contribute greatly to the company’s earnings power,” DHT Holdings reported.DHT reported in February annual net income of USD 105.3 million for 2015, compared to net income of USD 12.9 million in 2014, due to a stronger market as well as the delivery of the VLCC DHT Jaguar.The company has a fleet of 17 VLCCs, 1 Suezmax, 2 Aframaxes and 3 newbuildings. The next newbuild is scheduled to be delivered in July 2016.
- Province to Support Sydney Harbour Dredging Project
The province is keeping its commitment to help fund the Sydney Harbour Dredging Project that will create hundreds of jobs for Nova Scotians and change the economic direction of the region. Premier Darrell Dexter, today, Dec. 10, re-affirmed a commitment to fund 40 per cent of the total costs of the dredging project, to a maximum of $15.2 million. “Today is a great day for the people of Cape Breton,” said Premier Dexter. “At a time when investing in good jobs and economic growth is more important than ever, we saw this project as an opportunity to create real and positive change for the economy of Cape Breton.” The Sydney Marine Group, the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce and other local groups cite this dredging project as the key to unlocking the full economic potential of Sydney Harbour. “A decision like this cannot be reached without strong partnerships,” said Jim Wooder, chair of the Sydney Marine Group. “The governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and Nova Scotia Power, deserve credit for their support of this initiative and their vote of confidence in the community and its vision for the future. “Today sees another important milestone realized in the commercialization of Sydney Harbour, an undertaking that is complex while enormously significant.” Based on the business case, prepared by the Sydney Marine Group, dredging the harbour would support a variety of economic development initiatives, including developing a ship building and repair facility and a container facility next to Sydport Industrial Park. It also states that the project will increase offshore oil and gas-related manufacturing and marine-related investment and business. “The dredging project alone would create up to 100,000 hours of work in this region and this is good news for everyone in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s announcement is about recognizing an opportunity and seizing it and I am pleased that the province of Nova Scotia, the government of Canada and Cape Breton Regional Municipality have done just that.” Premier Dexter thanked the government of Canada, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the Sydney Marine Group, Nova Scotia Power, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett and MLA Gordie Gosse for helping make this project became a reality. “Many people have come together to make sure this project moved forward,” said Premier Dexter. “I can’t think of a better project for Cape Breton to not only create tremendous economic development opportunities, but to help keep young people living, working, and raising a family here.”