Seven Seas Explorer Makes Inaugural Call to Gibraltar

Seven Seas Explorer, an Explorer-class luxury American cruise ship, paid its inaugural call to the port of Gibraltar on Friday 2nd September.

The vessel built by Fincantieri of Italy for the cruise firm Regent Seven Seas Cruises, entered service in July 2016, and features all balcony suite accommodation. It has a gross tonnage of 54,000 tonnes, a length of 223 metres and capacity for 750 passengers and 552 crew.

The ship entered service in July 2016 in Monaco and departed on its maiden voyage that same day.

New GPA Vessel Traffic Services System Contract Awarded

The contract to install and supply the Port Authority’s new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system has recently been awarded to the Norwegian company Kongsberg Norcontrol (KNC), a world leader in VTS surveillance.

Representatives of KNC have been in Gibraltar this week to start project discussions with the Port Authority as well as visiting the Port Tower building at Lathbury Barracks where the system will be installed.

Busy Weekend - The Start of the Summer Season for the General Elliot II

The Port launch, General Elliot II, was out in action last weekend at the start of what no doubt will be a busy summer season. It was involved in several incidents involving local pleasure boats in BGTW which had run out of fuel and had to be assisted back to safety. The launch also took part in a search a rescue (SAR) operation involving divers in difficulty off Punta Carnero across the Bay of Gibraltar. This was in response to a request for support from the Tarifa coordination centre, with the Gibraltar Defence Police also assisting. Both divers were subsequently rescued unharmed.

MS Europa 2 Inaugural Visit to Gibraltar

German cruise ship MS Europa 2 made its inaugural call to the port of Gibraltar on Friday 17th June at 5:30pm.

The vessel belongs to German firm Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. It has a gross tonnage of 42,830 tonnes, a length of 225 metres, capacity for 516 passengers and a crew of 370. The MS Europa 2 has been awarded the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2016. The vessel entered service in May 2013 and has since been named the number-one cruise ship in the world by the prestigious shipping guide.

Gibraltar Port Authority and Royal Gibraltar Police Remind Marine Users of Speed Limit Within Harbour Waters

The Gibraltar Port Authority and Royal Gibraltar Police are reminding local mariners, particularly small pleasure craft and jet-ski users, that there is a speed limit of 5 knots in force within the inner harbour for the safety of all marine users.

The limit was incorporated within the Port Act in May 2015, following a safety of navigation risk assessment conducted on inner harbour movements. The assessment concluded that 5 knots was the optimal speed which kept vessels’ wake to a minimum, thereby preventing a nuisance or danger to other users.

Gibraltar Port Attends Posidonia Exhibition in Athens

The Gibraltar Port Authority attended the Posidonia 2016 exhibition in Athens earlier this week. The maritime industry's global showcase is held every two years in the Greek capital. The event was opened by the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras.

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti, CEO and Captain of the Port along with Daniel Perera, Bunkering Superintendent, the Gibraltar Port Operators' Association (GPOA) and around 20 port and bunker operators represented Gibraltar at this prestigious international exhibition.

Promotion at the Gibraltar Port Authority

Vessel Traffic Services Operator David Pincho has recently been promoted to the rank of Port Officer.

David joined the Gibraltar Port Authority in November 2006 and has since acquired a variety of skills as well as attending numerous courses both locally and abroad.

Deputy Captain of the Port, J Manuel Tirado, said: ‘we are delighted to see David being promoted and wish him all the very best as he enters the next phase of his career with the Gibraltar Port Authority.’

Gibraltar Port Authority Attends the European Bunker Fuel Conference in Rotterdam

The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) was represented at the European Bunker Fuel Conference last week in Rotterdam by the CEO and Captain of the Port, Commodore Bob Sanguinetti and Bunkering Superintendent Victor Calderon. The conference brought together leading industry experts to discuss the current bunker market conditions, and identify the challenges facing the shipping community against a demanding economic backdrop and strengthening environmental requirements.

GPA New Recruit Qualifies as a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Operator

The Gibraltar Port Authority has announced that its latest recruit has successfully qualified as a VTS Operator following an extensive period of training in the UK.

Kaylan Catania was appointed as a trainee VTS Operator in April and attended the South Tyneside College near Newcastle in April and May for a rigorous 7-week course which provided his VHF radio, radar and VTS training before his final assessment by the college at the end of May.

NEW ‘SAFETY AT SEA’ BOOKLET PUBLISHED JOINTLY BY GPA, RGP AND GMA

To coincide with the arrival of the summer season a new version of the ‘Safety at Sea’ booklet has just been published in a joint venture between the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA), the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) and the Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA).

‘Safety at Sea’ is published for the benefit of the general public to provide essential safety information for all marine leisure and commercial users, containing guidance on how to keep as safe as possible on the water and on the shoreline.

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