Two weeks ago was the Concordia tall ship from Canada and this week it's The Europa from Holland. She was alongside the F.I.C. East Jetty today and was open to the public from 2pm to 6pm this afternoon. The Europa and is a Dutch Sail Training Ship now on her way to Brazil before making her way home to Holland.
Automatic Voyage Tracking on the internet
A company called ?Remote reporting' informed FIDC yesterday that they have now installed Automatic Voyage Tracking on the Internet. This means they can receive position information from a vessel's Inmarsat terminal and immediately post the information to a private, secure website. The ship's position is displayed on a world map and cannot be altered by the ship's crew, it will give the estimated time of arrival to the next port, bunker consumption analysis, speed, course and destination. They say that positions are updated as often as every twenty minutes. Remote Reporting are currently offering FIDC free 30-day trials of Fleetrack to demonstrate the possibilities of this new service. Incinerator planned for the new abattoir
Incinerator planned for the new abattoir
The new abattoir due to be opened in July this year, will install an incinerator for waste disposal. Dr Michael Blanche said that the capacity will be of the order of 500kgs per hour and between 20 and 30 tonnes of waste a week. The incinerator will have the facility to run on waste oil and can also be used to destroy waste dumped ashore from visiting cruiseship as well as clinical waste from hospital. Dr Blanche said that although the incinerator has been sourced in the UK, the suppliers are under considerable pressure at present due to Foot and Mouth. This may mean that the incinerator won't be ready for the opening date of the abattoir although they hope for it to be.This question was put forward by Councillor Sharon Halford for Legislative Council and was answered by Chief Executive, Dr Michael Blanche who will not be present on the 30th of March. Branding still going ahead
Branding still going ahead
An update on the Falkland Branding project was given yesterday by Richard Baker of the FIDC at the Development Board. Susan Lee and Nick Eagleton, the brand designers visited the islands on the 25th February for a week and met with current and prospective exporters through workshops on the East and West which helped them develop the creative concepts for the Falkland Brand. The next phase for development includes a second round of workshops with the public on East and West Falklands, the RBA, Chamber of Commerce, Councillors and