Lowest overall tonnage for 1999 was almost 70 per cent higher than in the previous year, partly as a result of an increase in grain exports of more than 50 per cent. Lowestoft attracted a new cargo during the year, handling in excess of 50,000 tonnes of rock armour brought from Gothenburg, Sweden, and redelivered by barge for use in a sea-defence project at Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk. Lowestoft s position as a leading fishing port was further enhanced in September with the introduction of an electronic fish-auction facility operated by Port Auction Services.
A number of boosts in unit-load traffic helped Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Grimsby & Immingham achieve a record throughput of more than 47 million tonnes during 1999. Grimsby & Immingham enjoyed another very successful year in 1999. Growth in existing traffics was coupled house depreciation with new developments to make this our 14th consecutive record year, and we are optimistic that the port will enjoy further success during 2000 when we will see our major riverside project, Humber International Terminal, become operational.
Nordic Terminal, one of the two ro-ro terminals at Immingham, handled over half-a-million TEU* for the first time, aided in particular by the introduction of new and larger vessels. ABP s contract with DFDS, operator of Nordic Terminal, was extended to the year 2014. Cobelfret, the major customer at the second four-berth ro-ro facility – which is operated by Exxtor Shipping Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ABP – also introduced four new vessels into its activities. Grimsby s car trade was boosted by the announcement that Volkswagen Group (UK) s vehicle terminal was to be expanded by 45 per cent to cater for the sustained growth of its car imports.
Work is progressing on connecting the site to the main 25 ha terminal via an underpass which will enable the vehicles to be delivered directly from the ships to the storage area without having to use public roads. Both UECC and E. H. Harms, the shipping lines carrying Grimsby s vehicle traffic, introduced new vessels during the year.
He has also held various positions at ABP s Ports of Cardiff & Barry, Goole and Southampton. In his new position, Mr O Brien is responsible for all commercial activities at Swansea and Port Talbot, with particular emphasis on new business development. Peter O Brien is married with a son and a daughter. He holds an MBA degree from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport.
My first priority will be to talk to local companies to see how the Ports of Swansea & Port Talbot can help their transport logistics. We have recently handled new cargoes for two local companies and are confident that other companies could benefit by exporting or depreciation schedule for property importing their goods direct from local ports. For the third year running, Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Southampton has been awarded the prestigious British Safety Council Award. The Port of Southampton was one of only 1,000 winners from large and small enterprises throughout the UK to be honoured with an award.
Winners of the award are required to have lower than average accident rates, good safety policies and safety plans, and commitment to health and safety at the highest board level. The Port of Southampton, the largest port to have received an award this year, currently handles around seven per cent of all UK trade. Last year this included 534,000 vehicles and almost 850,000 container units, as well as millions of tonnes of fresh produce and bulk cargoes. A cargo of scrap metal recently handled at the Port of Swansea marked the start of a new business at the port.
The cargo of 3,150 tonnes of de-tinned tinplate was loaded quickly and efficiently for export to Scandinavia on behalf of AMG Resources Limited. AMG is the world s largest de-tinning company, with plants in the USA as well as the UK. The cargo was handled at Graigola Wharf, a recently re-craned area of the port s King s Dock. The 3 ha concrete-surfaced stacking area has a 200 m quay frontage and is serviced by three quayside grabbing cranes.
It is important to inform the public of the way the land claim agreements affect their lives. The board worked very hard in consulting with user communities and arriving at a consensus for public safety rules on the Dempster. Now we are working with governments to get the word out so everyone knows what those rules are. The process of co-publishing brings all of us closer to a common understanding of the agreements, this is a significant step in implementation and, as usual, working together produces better results than working alone.
The handouts are available at First Nation offices and Renewable Resources offices throughout the Yukon. They are also available at the Inuvik offices of the Gwitch’in Tribal Council, the Inuvialuit Game Council and the Government of Northwest Territories. Premier Pat Duncan and Chief Norman Sterriah of the Ross River Dena Council shared the honor of officially opening the new Ross River School on Wednesday, October 11, 2000 in an inspiring ceremony which included participation of students, teachers and members of the community.
Premier Duncan congratulated everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in making the dream of a new school a reality. Today marks a proud occasion for Ross River and we very much welcome the new opportunities that this facility will provide for the students and all the residents of this community, In his remarks Chief Norman Sterriah of the Ross River Dena Council stated, I heard for the first time in my memory our children’s real excitement and eagerness to be at school.
We have achieved an important milestone by providing a first class building and with these new facilities we look forward to enhancing the role of our elders and other members of the community in providing a quality learning experience for our kids. On the two-day visit to Ross River the Premier, investment property tax deductions her Cabinet and caucus colleagues met with the Ross River Dena Council and Leaders of the Kaska Nation.
A broad range of matters were discussed from local issues on housing, healthcare, education, alcohol and addictions as well as the important priority of Land Claims, Self Government and Tran boundary settlements for the Kaska Nation. This trip to Ross River provided us with the opportunity to hear firsthand the challenges the people in Yukon have dealing with issues like quality health care, affordable housing, and education. There was agreement between the Kaska leaders and the Government to continue these discussions on a regular basis.