Gibraltar Port Sees Record Number of Superyachts

This weekend saw a total of twenty superyachts calling in at Gibraltar as the flow of these prestigious vessels from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean reaches its peak. At one point, nineteen yachts were either alongside one of the berths at the new Mid Harbours Marina, the
commercial harbour, a private marina or in the anchorage.

Gibraltar Port Authority Attends Platts Annual Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference in Athens

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti, Captain of the Port and CEO, was a delegate at the Platts Annual Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference held in Athens last week.

Search and Rescue Operation

At 0900 hrs today the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) VTS Centre received a call from Salvamento Maritimo Algeciras Station advising they were engaged in a search and rescue operation for one (possibly two) persons deemed missing at sea. Spanish Authorities had been conducting the search since last night.

GPA offered assistance of its Port Launch. Additional marine assets from Royal Gibraltar Police, Gibraltar Defence Police, Customs Marine Sections and MoD have also supported in this operation, coordinated by GPA VTS from the Gibraltar side.

Gibraltar Port Authority Operators Undergo VTS Continuation Training

The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) recently sent three members of its staff to attend a training course for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Supervisors held at South Tyneside College in Newcastle where they undertook two weeks of study in management, emergency procedures and effective supervision in the VTS operations room. They were also able to train on a VTS simulator where they were taught how to supervise vessel traffic management and emergency situations, and spent 2 days taking part in leadership and team building exercises in Comb, Kielder Forest.

Gibraltar Port Engages With its Singapore Colleagues

Following the highly successful International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) convention held in Gibraltar last week, key members of the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) hosted a productive meeting with top level representatives from the bunkering sector at the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore. The meeting came at the request of the MPA, following the GPA’s attendance at Singapore International Bunker conference last month.

Gibraltar Port Joins Marine LNG Society

During the Chief Minister’s speech at the opening of the IBIA Annual Convention on Wednesday he announced that the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) has joined the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). Speaking to over 150 delegates at the opening of the International Bunker Industry Association's annual convention at the Sunborn, the Chief Minister stated that he was delighted to see the port playing its part in this exciting development in the shipping world.

Gibraltar to Host Major Bunkering Convention – 9 to 10 November 2016

This year’s International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) annual convention will take place in Gibraltar on 9 and 10 November. Building on the highly successful Regional Forum of February 2015, the convention will be held on board the Sunborn Hotel. The event will feature a first class two day IBIA Conference and Exhibition preceded by a number of professional training courses supported by the Gibraltar Port Operators’ Association and its members.

MS Serenissima Inaugural Visit to Gibraltar

Cruise passenger ship MS Serenissima made its inaugural call to Gibraltar on Monday October 31st.         (Photograph courtesy of Noble Caledonia Ltd)

The vessel belongs to the British cruise firm Noble Caledonia Ltd. It has a gross tonnage of 2,598 tonnes, a length of 87 metres, capacity for 110 passengers and a crew complement of 50.

The MS Serenissima will also be doing a turnaround in Gibraltar before departing the Rock on November 3rd.

Promotions and New Recruits at the Gibraltar Port Authority

The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) has announced that its latest recruits have successfully qualified as Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Operators following an extensive period of training in the UK.

Yannick Baglietto, Sean Robba and Kyle Sivers have just returned from the South Tyneside College near Newcastle following an intense 7 week course which provided their VHF radio, radar and VTS training before their successful final assessment at the college last week.

Gibraltar Port Authority Holds Oil Spill Exercise Week

Key staff at the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) held a series of Oil Spill related exercises during the course of this week, in conjunction with Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL).

OSRL, based in Southampton, and with stations world-wide, is the tier 3 oil spill response company contracted by the GPA. Brightside Services Ltd is contracted by OSRL as the Tier 1 and 2 responder locally and actively took part in all programmed exercises.

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