Dunkirk Police Urge Safety As Elementary Schools Open

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.DUNKIRK — With Dunkirk Elementary schools reopening Monday, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano is urging drivers to use extra safety measures with children walking to or from schools.“As our Elementary Schools start to re-open on Monday, Sept. 26, the City of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school zones, walking in the roadway, riding bicycles and yielding the right of way to stopped school buses,” the Chief said in a statement.The speed limit in school zones is 15 M.P.H. for all School areas except 20 M.P.H. on Route 60 60 at School 3 and 25 M.P.H. on Route 5 at School 7 from 7 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. any day that school is in session.The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. “As always voluntary compliance is very helpful, but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyone’s day. Enforcement will start in the Elementary School Zones on Monday as these building open up,” Ortolano said.“We want everyone to be aware and pay close attention to children who are walking to and from school, especially at intersections and crosswalks. A reminder to all motorists to please pay attention to and follow all directions of the school crossing guards and police officers who are at the intersections directing the children safely across the streets. Failure to stop as directed can result in the arrest of the vehicle operator. Please plan a little extra time to get to your destination while School is in session,” the Chief said.He cautioned that motorists must stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. All vehicles on the highway operating in any direction on single lane or multiple lane highways must stop before their vehicle reaches the school bus when the bus has it’s red flashing lights in operation. The operators of vehicles cannot proceed past any such bus until the lights stop flashing or they are signaled by the bus driver or a police officer to safely proceed. Violations of this law will be strictly dealt with and the punishment can range from heavy fines to jail time or a combination of both, he said.He urged parents to talk with their children about the dangers of them talking with or getting into a vehicle with any strangers or entering a house of a stranger. If approached by any stranger, parents should teach their children to run away, scream, yell and find a teacher, police officer, crossing guard or an adult they know and tell them what happened.When the Middle School re-opens parents who drop their children off at the Middle School on Eagle Street are to drop off only on the West side (the same side as the School) as dropping off on the East side will put the children in danger crossing the road in front of traffic and trying to make a left turn into the loop causes traffic back up and safety issues as well. There is signage in place that prohibits the left turn into the bus loop.“We are also issuing a reminder to everyone about walking in the roadway. This is very dangerous and if traffic is obstructed it is a violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and also the Penal Law depending upon the situation. Anyone riding a bicycle is reminded that they must follow all the rules of the road as if they were a vehicle.last_img read more

Two New Microsoft Certified Professionals

first_imgComputer Connection, a division of Datamann, Inc., is proud to announce that Service Technicians, Chris Scelza and Art Grodan recently received their certifications as Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP). To earn MCP it was necessary for Scelza and Grodan to each pass a certification exam administered by Microsoft. These certifications further increase Computer Connection’s value as a Microsoft Certified Partner.Computer Connection specializes in retail and accounting software solutions. Additionally, they sell and support business networks, related hardware, and provide training services. Located in Wilder, Vermont, Computer Connection became a division of Datamann, Inc. in February 2006.last_img read more

Walmart pays workers in real time

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In an attempt to ease some of its employees’ financial worries, Walmart announced that it is providing a service that will allow them to receive wages before their next payday.According to The New York Times, Walmart’s more than 1.4 million workers can now use an app to access a portion of wages for hours they have already worked. For the nation’s largest private employer, the goal is to help workers avoid costly payday loans and other debt traps.“We believe this is the right thing to do, and we are happy to champion it,” Judith McKenna, Walmart’s chief operating officer, said in an interview. She added that workers who are less worried about cash issues “feel more confident and more settled at work.”But Walmart’s new initiative also unwittingly puts a spotlight on the financial struggles of the company’s low-wage workforce. The minimum starting wage at Walmart is $9 an hour, which is $1.75 higher than the federal minimum wage, but lower than the starting wage at retailers like Costco, which pays $13 an hour, and Target, which recently raised its entry-level wage to $11 an hour.last_img read more

Tigray crisis: Why there are fears of civil war in Ethiopia

first_imgA resident of Mekelle region rides a horse painted in the colours of the Tigray regional flag as they attend celebrations marking the 45th anniversary of the launching of the "Armed Struggle of the Peoples of Tigray", on February 19, 2020, in Mekelle

Vietnam reports new H5N1 outbreaks in poultry

first_imgDec 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam’s first major outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza since last year struck two poultry farms in the southern Mekong Delta recently, government officials reported yesterday.Vietnamese veterinary officers filed reports on the outbreaks yesterday with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). One in Ca Mau province began Dec 6, killing 2,523 unvaccinated chickens and duck chicks. Another in Bac Lieu province began Dec 7 and killed 3,550 unvaccinated 1-month-old ducks.The reports to the OIE said 2,400 poultry had been culled on the two farms and that the source of the infection was unknown.Hoang Van Nam, deputy director of the Department of Animal Health, told the Associated Press (AP) yesterday that the risk of the virus spreading in the area was high because farmers had dumped dead ducklings into canals.In a Bloomberg News report today, Nam faulted farmers for not reporting the poultry deaths sooner and said local animal health officials and farmers had neglected to maintain the poultry vaccination program in the area. “They thought the disease had gone away,” he said. Deutsche Presse-Argentur reported yesterday that the birds had not been vaccinated because they were hatched illegally.The country has been one of the hardest hit by avian flu; it has had the highest number of human cases, 93, and had the most human fatalities until August, when Indonesia took the lead. Widespread poultry outbreaks prompted the culling of 66 million birds to prevent the spread of the virus.However, in 2005 the country became the first to institute mandatory nationwide poultry vaccination. No new human cases have been reported since November 2005, and before the recent outbreaks, reports of infected poultry had slowed to a trickle.International experts have held Vietnam up as a model for its aggressive avian flu prevention efforts, which also include banning poultry rearing and live-market sales in urban areas, restricting commercially raised ducks and quail, strictly controlling poultry transport within the country, and compensating farmers for culled birds.Experts probe South Korea outbreaksElsewhere in Asia, a 9-member crisis management team from the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is on a 10-day mission to South Korea to investigate the H5N1 outbreaks in poultry that occurred south of Seoul in late November.The mission is the first full-scale deployment of the FAO-OIE crisis management team since it was launched in mid-October at FAO headquarters in Rome, according an FAO press release yesterday. The trip is scheduled to end tomorrow.The Korean government invited the team to evaluate the risk of further disease spread in South Korea, according to the FAO. The team includes international and Korean veterinary epidemiologists, wildlife veterinarians, biologists, and poultry specialists. They will be looking for any wild bird deaths on affected farms or adjacent wetlands and collecting environmental samples.The FAO said if time allows, the team will also investigate other disease angles, such as how dead birds, eggs, and manure are handled and the role that fencing, cages, vehicles, and water might have played as sources of infection.Bird deaths raise fearsIn other developments, recent bird deaths in Idaho, France, and Russia raised fears of avian flu, but media reports said the disease was ruled out in all three instances.In Idaho last week, 2,000 mallard ducks found dead along a creek in the southeastern part of the state died of an infection after they ate moldy grain, Reuters reported on Dec 15. Paul Slota, a wildlife expert at the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., told Reuters that the ducks probably died of the fungal infection aspergillosis and that further testing is planned.At a farm in eastern France, 4,000 chickens died suddenly on Dec 16, raising avian flu fears. However, the AP reported yesterday that the French agriculture ministry determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to a malfunctioning ventilator.In St Petersburg, Russia, the deaths of two geese prompted the closure of a zoo, according to a Reuters report yesterday. Russian sanitary expert Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax news agency that samples taken from the geese tested negative for avian flu. Reuters said the zoo would remain closed until the end of the year.See also:OIE notification reports on H5N1 poultry outbreaks in VietnamOct 25 CIDRAP News special report “Vietnam’s success against avian flu may offer blueprint for others”Dec 19 FAO press release on deployment of crisis management teamlast_img read more

More and more incentives for “green” projects

first_imgThe Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds, Gabrijela Žalac, signed contracts in Rijeka on Monday for the projects of the Interpretation Center for Natural Heritage of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Visitor Center on Large Carnivores in Stara Sušica. The contracts have a total value of over HRK 24 million, of which HRK 16 million has been secured by grants from EU funds, reports the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.The signing at the Natural History Museum was attended by the County Prefect of Primorje-Gorski Kotar Zlatko Komadina, the Mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel, the Rector Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, the Director of the Public Institution Nature Sonja Šišić, representatives of CFCA and others.Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is one of the most diverse in the Republic of Croatia in terms of natural heritage and biodiversity, and it is extremely important that the County recognized the urgency of developing its institutions that care for protected parts of natural heritage. These projects strive to present the immense wealth of flora and fauna to citizens and tourists. Also, the establishment of large Agricultural Centers and a future Interpretation Center directly encourages the scientific, economic and tourist development of rural areas, as is the case with Stara Sušica. The story of the Interpretation Center for wolves, lynxes and bears in the near future is intended to expand with a mountain house, a real eco-ethno treat and a small zoo park where these predators would live.The project will regulate access to the protected geomorphological monument of nature, Zametska Cave, open it to the public and enrich Rijeka’s tourist story with new content. Also, speaking about green tourism, the arrangement of three Rijeka parks is planned below: Nikola Hosta Park, Mlaka and Trsat.The project of building the Interpretation Center for Natural Heritage of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County was created in partnership with the City of Rijeka with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Public Institution Priroda and the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka. The University of Rijeka also provided support by providing the field within the University campus on which the mentioned Center will be established. The Interpretation Center is worth HRK 16.17 million, of which the share of grants is HRK 11.29 million. The County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, together with the Public Institution Priroda, is co-financing the project with almost HRK 3.5 million.The efforts of the County to strengthen and create preconditions for sustainable valorization of natural heritage throughout its territory should be commended. valorization of the entire Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. In addition to the mentioned Zametska cave in the City of Rijeka, this project also valorizes the areas of the strict reserve Bijele and Samarske stijene and Lopar on the island of Rab, while NATURA 11 includes Zebar, Lič polje, Obruč, Platak, Kupska dolina, Osor, the surroundings of Baška and the aforementioned parks of Rijeka.The Municipality of Ravna Gora and the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ravna Gora are participating in the project of building a Visitor Center on large carnivores in Stara Sušica, while the holder of the project is the Public Institution Nature. The project is worth HRK 8.18 million, of which HRK 5.006.600,96 are grants from EU funds. With this Center, the mountain area wants to be presented and promoted as a place of coexistence of people and beasts, as well as preserved landscapes and natural resources; all with the aim of encouraging the sustainable development of Gorski Kotar, preserving the natural heritage and sustainable valorization of the same, then creating green jobs, training locals and visitors, improving tourist attractiveness and attracting visitors.The completion of the project is scheduled for September 1, 2020, while the construction of the Center is planned to begin in 2019. This is a step closer to the promotion and development of sustainable tourism and branding of Gorski Kotar as a destination of preserved natural heritage, for which the involvement of local self-government and community was extremely important.”I would like to take this opportunity to praise the hosts, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the city of Rijeka, where as much as HRK 2.8 billion was contracted through 3.318 contracts and grants, of which a total of HRK 2.4 billion in grants was contracted during the mandate of this Government.”, Said the Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Gabrijela Žalac, and pointed out that the signing of the contract is actually the result of dedicated work and partnership of all users and institutions.On the eve of the signing, the Ministry reports that Žalac held a meeting with Komadin and Obersnel in which they discussed the use of the domestic component fund in projects related to the European Capital of Culture.PHOTO: A native of Rijekalast_img read more

‘Insensitive’ Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row

first_imgA satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said it infringed copyright.The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo 2020 logo, and appeared on the front page of an in-house magazine published by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ).The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and halted sport worldwide. He said it was also an infringement of the copyright owned by Tokyo 2020, and revealed that top Olympic bosses had requested that the FCCJ remove the image.Read also: Olympic badminton champion Tontowi Ahmad announces retirement”I also have to say this is insensitive to many people being affected by this damaging and painful situation,” said Takaya.”It is especially insensitive to athletes who are willing to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games next year and working very hard every day for next year’s Games.”Although the circulation of the magazine is tiny, this is not the first time Tokyo 2020 has become embroiled in a dispute over its logo.It was forced to scrap its original emblem after claims of plagiarism from a Belgian designer, who said it was “virtually identical” to his logo for a theater in Liege, eastern Belgium.Tokyo 2020 organizers are facing the giant task of reorganizing the Olympics for next year after IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to postpone the Games by a year.The postponement, announced on March 24, coincided with the beginning of a spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo and throughout Japan.After several weeks under a state of emergency during which residents have been urged to stay at home, Tokyo is now seeing only a handful of new coronavirus cases per day.Topics : FCCJ president Khaldon Azhari said Thursday the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove it from its website after advice that its legal defense against a potential copyright breach was “not strong”.”More importantly, we are all in this coronavirus crisis together and clearly the cover offended some people in our host country Japan,” said Azhari, voicing “sincere regret”.Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto hailed the move, telling reporters: “We believe their response was appropriate and this is what we were hoping for as an outcome.”Speaking to reporters on Monday, Tokyo 2020’s chief spokesman Masa Takaya had blasted the emblem as “very disappointing”.last_img read more

Why it is a good time to be a renter in Brisbane

first_imgThe number of units in Bulimba has increased in the last two years, and there is more on the way.“And there is always the option to go further out to get cheaper rent,” she said.Increasing supply is a big cause of the drop, and in Bulimba the number of units has increased to 1525 from 1454 two years ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“And directly across the road from me they are building another big unit complex,” Ms Knight said.The increase in supply was modest compared to some suburbs such as Newstead where the number of units increased from 1050 to 1871 in the same period.Business development manager at Place — Bulimba Lisa Perruzza said the cheaper rents had not changed the character of the suburb. Stock has increased across many inner-Brisbane suburbs.“It’s always been a popular suburb for its schools, and great restaurants,” Ms Perruzza said.While it may be a renter’s market, the drops had hit investors hard, according to Propertyology’s Simon Pressley.“The softening of rents in Brisbane is not new unfortunately,” Mr Pressley said.“It has been progressively unfolding for three odd years, and the main cause of it is way too many apartments.” Fears of a market oversupply of units has seen rents fall.Rents for houses had also taken a dive across many popular Brisbane suburbs over the past two years.The median rental price in West End was $550 in March, down from $605 at the same time two years ago, despite the number of houses not changing greatly.“If you have too many of any dwelling type it can often have a knock-on effect to all dwelling types,” Mr Pressley said.“Someone may want to rent a house then they realise they can get something close to town in a modern apartment.”center_img Real Estate — Zoe Knight and her partner Luke Leaman and dog Daisy have benefited from Bulimba’s falling rents. Pic Mark Cranitch.Tenants are the big winners of the apartment building boom as median rents across many popular suburbs go backwards.Figures from CoreLogic reveal that tenants across a number of trendy riverfront and inner-city suburbs are actually paying less than two years ago.Weekly median rents in Newstead, Bulimba, Milton and Fortitude Valley have all dropped by between 9 per cent and 10.6 per cent over two years.Bulimba renter Zoe Knight rents a two-bedroom unit with her partner Luke Leaman, and together they pay the exact median for their neighbourhood, $450 a week.With the median rent having dropped from $495 just two years ago, and with her two-bedroom apartment a quick walk from dozens of shops and cafes, she thinks they get pretty good bang for their buck.“It is such an amazing suburb,” Ms Knight said. When she compared what she paid with a friend from Sydney, who paid $675 for a one-bedroom apartment in Bondi, she said Brisbane currently was pretty good for renters. last_img read more

KPMG partner Adam Twemlow selling Gold Coast house

first_imgAdam Twemlow at his Bundall office. Picture Glenn HampsonKPMG partner Adam Twemlow, who runs the multinational accounting firm’s Gold Coast office, has put his Sorrento property on the market with a $1.745 million price tag.The five-bedroom residence, which is in wife Nicole’s name, is on a 999sq m block and has a pool, spa, jetty and boat ramp.Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige is marketing the property.“There is endless room for the kids to run around with lush grassed yards at the front and back and established landscaped gardens,” Mr Graham said. The Sorrento property has a modern interior.“The yard is also fully fenced for the dog to run around too.’’More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Twemlow, who is also a board director at Destination Gold Coast, has worked for privately-owned companies with multinational operations, ASX-listed companies, and also has managed investment schemes and not-for-profit entities.KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Bigger Ships on the Horizon as Fujairah’s Transformation Enters Full Swing

first_img“The current expansion work undertaken by Fujairah Terminals includes deepening of berths to 18 metres, allowing large vessels to come to the port, building a 300,000 square meter yard of storage space and upgrading the 1 kilometer quay to accommodate the anticipated growth in shipping traffic. Both phases of the expansion project are on track for their respective completion dates of June 2019 and June 2020,”Al Mutawa continued.“The ongoing construction activities at the port are not affecting the daily work stream and we strive to minimize disruption of services to existing and new clients.”Once phase one is completed, the port will have a capacity of 350,000 TEU per year and 400,000 tons of general cargo. The port will also be able to accommodate Marco Polo-class vessels of up to 9,000 TEU, doubling the size of the largest vessels that can currently call at the port.“We are working to complete phase two of the expansion project by 2020 and we are smoothly implementing our masterplan with the support of various government entities and authorities, including the Fujairah Port Authority.“We have worked with the Fujairah Port Authority on an extensive research, including economic and environmental studies to implement the best means to enhance the capacity of Fujairah Terminals.“Whilst the berth is designed and is being built for 18-meter draft, further dredging as well as increased entrance channel will be addressed in our future development plans, driven by the strategical volumes growth,” he pointed out.The company expects the capacity to reach 1 million TEUs and 700,000 tons of general cargo by 2030.Commenting on investing in berths for even larger ships in line with increasing vessel sizes of up to 21,000+ TEU, Al Mutawa noted that further investment in berth capacity, driven by volumes growth is part of the company’s long-term strategy.In the short run, and to help benchmark against international standards, the company plans to install equipment, such as STS Post-Panamax quay cranes and e-RTGs, to increase operational efficiencies to meet the needs of global shipping companies and service operators.“A new gate complex is also being constructed that will be dedicated to customs and use radio frequency identification (RFI) technology to speed up turnaround for transportation firms, making it easier, cheaper and safer to use the port.“We are gearing up for further expansions. The 18-meter quay wall depth could accommodate the biggest vessels, so that we will be able to adapt to growing demand and industry trends of larger container vessels,” he said.Automation and Digitalization Speaking of the role of technology and innovation in the terminal development, Al Mutawa stressed that the two represent integral components of the company’s growth strategy.“We are constantly assessing ways to harness emerging technologies to streamline our processes and operations together with our investors and customers. Operational inefficiency is one of the major issues affecting the maritime trade. At Abu Dhabi Ports, one of the ways we’ve addressed inefficiencies was to integrate technology seamlessly into our solutions,” he said.“For instance, one of our recent innovations is MAMAR, which was developed and operated by Maqta Gateway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports and a central pillar of the company’s strategy to be a leader in the development of integrated, digital, global trade.”MAMAR is a single-window online interface that merges existing features from Port Community System (mPCS) with Abu Dhabi Customs’ e-services, the aim being to reduce inefficiencies by connecting multiple entities and enable different stakeholders to work together.Impact of Geopolitical Challenges and Trade Wars When asked about the potential impact of the geopolitical challenges on global trade and the future of container terminal industry, especially on the back of the rising tensions between China and the United States, Fujairah Terminals CEO said the vision of Abu Dhabi Ports was one that looks at the long-term.“That is why we’re focused on building infrastructure that will outlast any short-term geopolitical changes that impact the trade environment. In 2019, our industry still faces challenging conditions, however the resilience and creativity that it has shown over the past decade since the financial crisis mean that the sector has emerged stronger, smarter and more efficient.“In fact, the recovery has exceeded expectations. Take, for example, regional container volumes, which have grown at an annual rate of 6.4% in the last 10 years.“So, we are in a strong position to face any challenges.”Al Mutawa believes that there are real opportunities to explore, such as the potential for automation. According to a study by McKinsey & Company released in December 2018, careful planning and management of automated ports can lower operating expenses by 25 to 55 percent and increase productivity by 10 to 35 percent.“Our plan is to continuously scrutinize the market as well as the macro-economic environment to identify levers that will help boost the volumes operated within the terminal. “Whilst containerized cargo and general cargo/project cargo both represent our key priorities in the immediate future, we are continuously exploring prospects beyond these two segments, which involves capitalizing on the strategic geographical position and regional connectivity around Fujairah Emirate. As you may be aware, Etihad Rail is planning to connect main regions and ports with rails expected to come right inside the port,” he concluded.Interview by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra; Image Courtesy: Fujairah Terminals/Abu Dhabi Ports In 2017, UAE-based port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah, under which Fujairah Terminals, a new operational arm of Abu Dhabi Ports was established, with over AED 1 billion (USD 272 million) earmarked for infrastructural investment.Commercial operations at Fujairah Terminals were officially kick-started in September 2017 as activities were ramping up to launch the expansion project the following year.The Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the East Coast of the UAE, a major bunkering and energy hub, as well as a major port for crew changes.Over the past decade, the port has tripled its berths to nine and increased shipping traffic more than eight-fold, with the port handling 4,695 vessels in 2018, including vessels handled by Fujairah Terminals; oil terminals, bunkering, supply boats, container, cruise and general cargo, data from Abu Dhabi Ports shows.Over a year and a half since the establishment of the new company, World Maritime News spoke with Ahmed Al Mutawa, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fujairah Terminals, on the progress made so far with expansion plans at the port, which remained operational during construction work.“Abu Dhabi Ports realized a significant growth opportunity to leverage the Port of Fujairah’s location and improve its capacity and facilities, creating a new gateway to the UAE that boosts connectivity to India, Africa and Asia. Over the past two decades, the port has become the world’s second largest bunkering hub due to its world-class terminal and storage facilities. Additionally, Fujairah Port is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the UAE, strategically located on the country’s Indian Ocean coast, close to the east-west shipping routes,” Mr. Al Mutawa said commenting on Abu Dhabi Ports’ motivation and strategy behind the investment in the Port of Fujairah.“We’re transforming the port through an AED 1 billion investment program in infrastructure and superstructure. By developing world-class infrastructure such as this we are facilitating global trade and attracting foreign direct investment, in line with the vision of UAE’s leadership to create a strong, diversified economy,” he added.According to Fujairah Terminals CEO, the port is witnessing a growing demand for general cargo, project cargo, container, bulk and RORO. “We look forward to tapping into business opportunities from the Red Sea, East Africa and several neighboring countries through our long-term investment plans.“We see significant growth opportunities and plan to boost transhipment for vital sectors like steel, spare parts, food and polymers. The port directly serves the entire Arabian Gulf region and the Indian subcontinent, which represent our key target markets,” he added.The company’s development master plan includes deepening of berths to allow large vessels to come to the port, as well as increasing the entrance of the channel. So far, the port has been able to accommodate containerships of up to 5,500 TEU.Activities on constructing the berths, yards and the marine side were launched in 2018, and the development is taking place in two phases, with the completion deadline set for the mid of 2020.last_img read more