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.

MV Clio makes its Inaugural call to Gibraltar

American ocean-cruising vessel M/V Clio made its inaugural call to the Port of Gibraltar this morning, Monday October 17.

Built in 1998 the Clio has a gross tonnage of 3,504 tonnes, a length of approximately 100 metres, carries 89 passengers and a crew of 60.

The ship was recently acquired by the US cruise company Grand Circle Cruise Line and refurbished earlier this year.

Gibraltar Port Authority Attends Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON)

Staff from the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) recently attended the world's largest and most influential bunkering event in Singapore. The CEO and Captain of the Port, Bob Sanguinetti was accompanied by Bunkering Superintendent, Daniel Perera at the Singapore International Bunkering conference (SIBCON).

Gibdock Attend SMM Exhibition in Hamburg

Gibdock attended the recent SMM exhibition in Hamburg to promote their ship repair and conversion business. The attendance was also aimed at targeting the German market which may mutually benefit Gibraltar plc and the Gibraltar Port Operators Association (GPOA).

Gibraltar Tourist Board Promotes Gibraltar Cruise Calls

The Gibraltar Tourist Board have produced a video promoting cruise calls to Gibraltar which can be viewed on our website at the following link: http://www.gibraltarport.com/cruise

Also on the Cruise page you will find access to the cruise ship schedules.

Reminder for New G Number Registrations

All new 'G' Number owners are reminded that they must submit a photo showing the entire craft with it's G number clearly visible to the following e-mail address in order to finalize their registration:
gpadc@port.gov.gi

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.

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