Headlines: Seamen jump ship: two lost; East ferry terminal to be at Newhaven - West still undecided; Yachtsman stops for repairs; Rotterdam on her way
Fifteen longliners fishing on the 3,000-tonne CCAMLR toothfish quota have all now left the fishery areas around Antarctica. Many vessels have experienced a season of difficult fishing conditions due to excessive ice.
Corn grain prices have reached a historical level of 123 Chilean pesos, approximately 25 US cents per kilogram, a 73% rise from 2006 figures. This significant leap is a result of the growing ethanol production in the U.S. for which the cereal is essential.
Brazil has named a strong critic of the country's Central Bank strict (and controversial) monetary policy as representative before the International Monetary Fund, IMF, according to a release from the Finance Ministry.
Chile's acting Agriculture minister Cecilia Leiva said on Friday health authorities are working to minimize the risks of an outbreak of anthrax in a small village of farmers and fishermen in the extreme south of the country.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ordered the military to intensify operations against the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, FARC, following their rejection of a possible humanitarian exchange of hostages for imprisoned guerrillas, arguing that Uribe's government was illegitimate.