Ports Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime
Felicity Landon is a freelance journalist specialising in the ports, shipping, transport and logistics sectors. She has worked in the maritime sector since 1990.
Landon was named Supply Chain Journalist of the Year at the 2012 Seahorse Club Journalism Awards.
Who knew it? Ports are a vital part of the UK economy, Liam Fox told a gathering of some 200 people at a reception in the House of Lords last week. And, he said, ports are not only important economic entities: “They also play a vital role in facilitating imports and exports.”
A total of 17 seafarers were abandoned on Kish Island, Iran, some for more than a year, while given substandard food, limited access to fresh water, and subjected to conditions equivalent to slavery, says the charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS).
The debate continues at European level on what e-navigation systems should be, and what they should - or should not – deliver.
The European Commission’s Reporting Formalities Directive 2010/65 required all member states to have a national Single Window for electronic reporting in place by 2015. The concept was laudable enough – create one, single system through which masters and officers could submit all required information, only once. Never, goes the theory, will they be asked for the same information twice.
Out on the River Thames, guests of Bennett’s Barges were reminded by their host: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Chris Livett, managing director of Bennett’s, seventh generation waterman, Queen’s Waterman for 12 years and recently appointed Barge Master to the Queen, wasn’t referring to the Royal barge Gloriana (not present) or even to guests’ view of the iconic Tower Bridge against a blue sky.
Avocados have been making the headlines recently. Is ‘avocado hand’ the most middle-class injury ever? Should avocados carry a warning label for people who can’t be trusted with a knife? Does always having avocados in the fridge define you as middle class? Who’s to blame for the Great Avocado Shortage?