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European marine services provider
Royal Boskalis Westminster has
successfully completed the sale of its
Australian harbour towage business to
strategic partner Smit Lamnalco.
Announced in August, the sale is part
of a strategic realignment of Boskalis's
towage activities. Boskalis is a 50 per cent
shareholder in Smit Lamnalco, with the
remaining shares held by The Rezayat
Group of Saudi Arabia.
Boskalis received US$55 million in cash
for all the outstanding shares in Smit
Marine Australia, the legal entity holding
the exclusive harbour towage license in
the port of Gladstone. The transaction was
at book value and included six tug vessels.
With Gladstone experiencing
significant growth off the back of LNG
terminal development, the sale is within
the oil and gas focus of Smit Lamnalco
and complements the company's
forthcoming LNG terminal activities in
Papua New Guinea.
Ports of Auckland has released a new
protocol for large ships using the
Hauraki Gulf, Auckland's busiest
harbour, designed to make life safer for
the local whale population.
The voluntary protocol, developed
jointly by Ports of Auckland and the
shipping industry, aims to reduce the
number of collisions between whales and
ships and the impact of any collisions
which do occur.
The protocol has four key elements.
Ships are asked to plan voyages to allow
lower speeds in the Gulf when possible,
use the new recommended approach to
the Ports of Auckland to reduce the area of
the Hauraki Gulf used by large vessels,
keep watch for whales and take avoiding
action if whales are sighted and report
whale sightings to Ports of Auckland
All sightings are then relayed to
shipping in the gulf so avoidance action
can be taken.
Ports of Auckland CEO Tony
Gibson acknowledged the support of
Dr Rochelle Constantine at the University
of Auckland in developing the protocol,
as well as the support and assistance of
Sean Goddard from the Department of
Conservation, and also the work of the
Hauraki Gulf Forum and Environmental
Ports of Auckland is also looking for
high-tech ways to keep ships and whales
apart, including warning whales about
approaching ships, or enabling detection
of whales in shipping lanes.
Boskalis completes sale of Gladstone to Smit Lamnalco
NZ shipping industry acts to protect Bryde's whales
A Bryde's whale in Thailand.
The NSW State Government has warned
commercial fishers to adhere to strict
fish size limits and licence conditions or
face the consequences after skippers of
two commercial fishing trawlers were
fined over $7,500 for illegal fishing
offences detected in Sydney.
Department of Primary Industries'
director of fisheries compliance, Mr
Glenn Tritton, said in one case the
skipper of a South Coast-based trawler was
fined $4,000 for selling prohibited
The fish were seized by fisheries officers
and donated to the Oz Harvest Food
In a separate incident, a 54-year-old
man from Dee Why was fined $3,650 by
the Downing Centre Local Court after he
was found in possession of prohibited size
and mutilated fish.
Mr Tritton said that fishers must
adhere to the rules and regulations or pay
"The retention of prohibited size fish
and the filleting of fish at sea that are
subject to a size limit will not be
tolerated," Mr Tritton said.
"Minimum size limits have been put in
place to allow fish to reach a size where
they can breed and taking fish before they
have reached this size can reduce our fish
stocks for future generations.
"Any fish that is caught in NSW that is
of a prohibited size must be returned to
the water immediately.
"Fisheries officers will continue to
bring fishers who ignore the rules before
the courts to face severe penalties."
Fishers convicted for taking undersized fish
NSW aquaculture projects announced
Plans to establish commercial
shellfish aquaculture in Jervis Bay
were released in October and
will be publicly exhibited until mid-
November, announced the NSW
Announced by Minister for Primary
Industries and Small Business Katrina
Hodgkinson, the project -- if approved --
would reportedly help increase the supply
of locally produced seafood, generate
local employment, focus on sustainability
and provide an economic boost to the
"The application is for three leases
including a 10-hectare site 700 metres off
Vincentia over a previous mussel lease,
and two areas of 20 hectares 1.5
kilometres and 1.9 kilometres off Callala
Beach," Ms Hodgkinson said.
Native species such as blue mussel,
scallops and oysters would be grown and,
to reduce visual impact, shellfish would be
suspended from lines supported by buoys
instead of using rafts.
"Jervis Bay has a history of aquaculture
which began in the 1930s with oysters
and late 1970s with blue mussels, and the
NSW Government also undertook scallop
aquaculture research in the 1990's,"
continued Ms Hodgkinson.
Following approval, the leases would
be tendered to commercial shellfish
enterprises, with educational and research
opportunities provided for local high
schools and the Shoalhaven campus of
the University of Wollongong.
An environmental impact statement
(EIS) and draft environmental
management plan have been prepared
and will be publicly exhibited until
Photo courtesy of Katja Kirschner
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