Vessel fires are notoriously difficult to deal with and the challenges can be most intense when the unit involved is a large container ship in open sea. It was a subject aired in detail at the International Salvage Union’s Associate Members’ Day, convened in London earlier this year.
The long-standing presence of members or affiliates of motorcycle gangs and underworld crime families in port unions at Vancouver and Montreal,
Canada’s two largest import gateways, is being linked to a significant increase in theft of SUVs and high-end pickup trucks for smuggling out of the country.
The Bangladeshi government has approved spending US$315M to install container scanners in all sea ports, “land ports”, inland container depots, and customs stations. This is expected to help reduce the chronic congestion in the Port of Chittagong.