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Qatari crisis: LNG tankers ‘still heading for Milford Haven’

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The Zarga

REPORTS in the national press that the Qatari crisis had cost Milford Haven two big gas deliveries this month may not be correct, according to the latest voyage data from marine traffic websites.

A report in the Daily Telegraph on June 12, which was also picked up by other news outlets, said that the sudden turning of tankers Zarga and Al Mafyar caused wholesale gas prices to surge.

The paper had also reported that gas traders were caught off guard earlier this month, when the pair of Qatari vessels, both headed for Pembrokeshire, ‘abruptly veered off course in the days after a travel ban was imposed on the UK’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier by neighbouring Gulf states.”

The paper reported that The Zarga LNG carrier, which was heading to Wales via the Suez Canal to deliver gas to South Hook LNG, ‘suddenly changed course towards Asia’. The Telegraph also reported that The Al Mafyar also changed route – again unexpectedly.

Whist there was a spike in the gas price, it seems that both tankers are still heading to Milford Haven, but via the Cape of Good Hope, rather than the Suez Canal. Whilst the ships will be delayed, they will still arrive, according to marinetraffic.com, and other sites.

The exact reasons for the rerouting of the vessels is unclear. The Herald has contacted South Hook LNG, who have as yet declined to comment.

On May 2, 2015, a deck officer was struck in the head by a mooring rope during a berthing operation at the LNG terminal with the tanker Zarga, from Qatar.
The report has been published by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). It concludes that the mooring lines were inadequate for the job.
A summary of the report reads: “The area where the officer was standing was clearly within the snap back zone of the rope but had previously been designated as a safe area.
“The perception on board was that HMPE ropes did not recoil on failure, and the elasticity introduced by the rope’s tail had not been properly assessed.
“The vessel’s mooring lines were not fit for purpose, they did not have the minimum breaking strength specified at build. they were not compatible with the vessels mooring deck fittings and the required working load limit was too high.
The report does however praise the response to the accident, which likely saved the man life.
It states: “Once the accident had happened, the response of the crew and the terminal staff was immediate; the emergency services were alerted, and medical first-aid was provided swiftly. The injuries suffered by the OiC were life threatening, but because of the efforts of his crewmates, the emergency service paramedics and hospital surgeons, he survived.”

 

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Former Haverfordwest keeper investigated after racism claims

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FORMER Haverfordwest County goalkeeper Lee Kendall is being investigated by the FA for racist comments he allegedly made towards Eni Aluko.

The current England Women’s Goalkeeping Coach is the latest person to be caught up in the FA’s racism row after former England Coach Mark Samspon was found to have made a racist remark towards her.

Aluko had been giving evidence at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing, held on Wednesday (Oct 18).

She said that the England women’s goalkeeping coach, Lee Kendall, used to speak to her in a fake Caribbean accent.

Eni Aluko: Claims racist comments were made

Eni Aluko said that Sampson had made a ‘racist joke’ to her about Ebola and her family which was later revealed to be him allegedly telling her to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring the virus to Wembley.

The FA has also issued an apology to Aluko for the comments made.

A spokesperson for the FA told the Herald: “The FA can confirm we are investigating England Women goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall following new evidence that came to light on Wednesday alleging unacceptable behaviour towards Eniola Aluko during an England camp.”

Kendall made 136 appearance for Haverfordwest County between 2003-2007.

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Pembroke: Wheelchair-bound man jailed for repeatedly attacking woman

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A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Pembroke Dock man left a woman with scars and injuries after he attacked her on four different occasions.

Lewis Laville, aged 23, threw heavy objects at the woman, twice striking her on her head causing serious bleeding and permanent scars.

On another occasion he caused her such serious leg injuries that she could not get up off the floor. But Laville ignored her pleas for an ambulance and left her on the floor for an hour.

In the final incident, Laville knocked out a front tooth.

Laville, of Powell Close, admitted four offences of assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 18 months.

In one incident, Laville had begun insulting her and, after a row, through a can of hairspray at her. It struck her head, causing two cuts and scars.

Shortly afterwards he threw a glass ashtray at her, again hitting her on the head. Later, he through a heavy metal horseshoe at her, striking her leg, and finally a glass photo frame, which knocked out one tooth and cut another in half.

The victim had to attend a wedding with a missing tooth, the court heard.

In a victim impact statement the woman said she still had nightmares about Laville.

Laville, who wept throughout the hearing, had previous convictions for assaulting a partner.

Jon Tarrant, the barrister representing the victim, said he had had issues with alcohol but had been taking steps to deal with them.

And there had been fears about his mental stability, but he was also receiving treatment for that.

Mr Tarrant said he was now in a relationship and his partner was pregnant.

Judge Geraint Walters said he noted that Laville had not entered a guilty plea until the day of his trial.

He told Laville: “You subjected her to some very real violence and routinely and systematically abused her, causing not insignificant injuries.

“You were quite sadistic towards her.

“It is true you had your own difficulties as a result of an accident that left you confined to a wheelchair.

“The court has shown you considerable leniency in the past and has bent over backwards to see if you could be helped. But you rewarded that leniency by reoffending and breaching orders.”

Judge Walters issued a 10 year restraining order preventing Laville from contacting the woman after his release from prison.

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Storm Brian set to hit Pembrokeshire this weekend

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A YELLOW storm warning has been issued for Saturday (Oct 21) as Storm Brian is set to hit the UK.

A warning issued by the Met Office reads: “A spell of strong southwesterly winds is expected.

“Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties. Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible.”

Winds of up to 50mph are anticipated to hit Pembrokeshire, which is enough to cause damage, however it is significantly less than the gusts experienced during Storm Ophelia on Monday (Oct 16).

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