zoom A Croatian-flagged tanker MT Pomer was attacked by pirates in India’s Kandla anchorage in the morning hours of January 28, the owner Uljanik Plovidba, a Croatian ship management company, told World Maritime News.The company said that the attack occurred “between 03:00 and 03:20 hrs local time.”“All crew members are safe and none was hurt during the attack, whilst the material damage was limited to the theft of a part of the deck firefighting equipment and butterfly nuts on the tank hatches only, thanks to swift and professional reaction of the ship’s crew,” Uljanik Plovidba company lawyer Igor Budisavljević wrote.“Pirates were armed with knives and the attack was reported to the authorities in Kandla,” he added.The attack on the 2011-built tanker was resolved in some twenty minutes and was undertaken by six pirates.After it departs India, the 52.610 dwt MT Pomer, crewed by 22 people, is scheduled to continue its voyage to Singapore.World Maritime News Staff
In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body emphasized the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process, and reiterated its call on all parties to “resume and accelerate” UN-brokered inclusive political consultations. The talks will be convened in the region next week by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who yesterday welcomed the commitment of the Government, the Houthis and the General People’s Congress to participate. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend the announced talks and any such future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition,” said today’s statement. They also expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Special Envoy, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process.In addition, the Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the food insecurity already facing millions of Yemenis across the country and the increasing risk of famine. They encouraged the international community to contribute to the $1.6 billion UN humanitarian appeal, which was currently only around 24 per cent funded.
BUS ÉIREANN SERVICES will operate as normal tomorrow despite no agreement being reached during today’s talks.Intensive negotiations between management and unions took place the Labour Relations Commission today a final deal has yet to be nailed down. The company is seeking €5 million in savings but the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) wants to protect its members’ pay and employment conditions.TheJournal.ie understands that a range of potential measures are being examined but discussions aimed at resolving the dispute are expected to go on for some time. Unions have agreed to give at least 24 hours notice to Bus Éireann if they intend to resume strike actions.Workers had walked out of the job on Sunday in protest at management plans to change terms of employment and pay arrangements. However, they suspended the industrial for 48 hours, beginning Tuesday, to return to talks after the intervention of the LRC.The two-day cessation of services cost the already-loss-making, State-owned transport firm about €500,000.Tomorrow, another union is to count a ballot its members on industrial action. Siptu says it will go ahead with its vote, noting it expects an “overwhelming” majority of its 900 workers to provide a mandate for striking. It will also ballot members who work at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail on whether they should join their CIE colleagues in a move of solidarity.Siptu says its members are concerned about the viability of the companies but will not accept a focus on reducing workers’ pay “while seeking no similar contributions from highly-paid management grades”.Dublin Bus and Irish Rail workers consider strike actionSuspended Bus Éireann strike has already cost company €500,000