zoom German shipping company Marlink Schiffahrtskontor has placed an order for six Feedermax vessels with an option for another six ships at China’s shipyard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Five containerships from the batch, with a capacity of 1,162 TEU, are scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the remaining one would join its owner in 2019.VesselsValue added that the company would pay a total of USD 114 million for the six vessels, with each ship costing USD 19 million.The vessels on option, if exercised, could all be added to the fleet during 2019, and would bring the total value of the deal to up to USD 230 million.World Maritime News Staff
A United Nations expert on humanitarian affairs today warned that, with 95 per cent of its population subsisting on less than a dollar a day, the Central African Republic (CAR) is running the risk of a major crisis in the next few months as the country struggles to recover from a rebellion that led to a coup a year ago.Ramiro Lopes da Silva, Special Humanitarian Adviser for CAR in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), recently returned to Geneva from a three-week assessment tour of the country, starting on 25 February, during which he held talks with national authorities and staff from humanitarian agencies.He told journalists today that serious problems in the country, if not solved, could lead to a major crisis in the coming months. CAR suffered from insecurity and disruption of state services, especially health services, outside the capital, Bangui, he said.Mr. Lopes da Silva’s visit was the first high-level UN humanitarian mission since March 2003, when CAR leader Francois Bozizé seized power after a six-month rebellion. He said his trip was part of the 2004 work plan established by OCHA chief Jan Egeland to draw the world’s attention to forgotten humanitarian emergencies.OCHA has estimated that 20,000 people were internally displaced because of the political-military dispute and another 42,000 refugees fled north to neighbouring Chad, although many have returned.Sweden has been the lone donor to the most recent UN Consolidated Appeal for CAR – giving $700,000 towards the target amount of $16.8 million.