zoom DFDS Seaways said that it has decided to resume sailings on its Dover-Calais route from 07:30 on Tuesday 28 July, following constructive round table talks hosted by the French Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidalies.The sailings on the said route were suspended after one of the ferry operator’s vessels was hit by a distress flare on Saturday by an unidentified individual. “The safety of our customers and crew is paramount and after a thorough assessment of the situation and reassurances from all parties involved, we have taken the decision to resume our service on the Dover to Calais route,” said Carsten Jensen, Senior Vice President and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK.DFDS said via its twitter account that several sailings for today from Calais to Dover have been cancelled urging their passengers to switch to Dunkirk.According to the latest update, Dover-Dunkirk route is running with a delay of up to 30 minutes.World Maritime News Staff
As of today, some 53.6 per cent of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed from or destroyed in the conflict-ridden country. The deadline for completing the destruction of Syria’s entire chemical weapons programme is 30 June 2014. “This represents important progress,” said OPCW-UN Joint Mission Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag, as she made the announcement.“The Joint Mission welcomes the momentum attained, and encourages the Syrian Arab Republic to sustain the current pace.”A total of 11 consignments of chemicals have now been transported out of Syria for destruction, according to a news release issued by the OPCW. When all of the Syrian chemicals from all storage sites have been loaded aboard Danish and Norwegian cargo ships, they will be transported to various locations for destruction under the verification of OPCW inspectors.OPCW added that as the removal process continues, a team of experts is currently in Syria to facilitate the formulation of a plan to destroy certain structures that housed Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities. The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.