Australia’s Fremantle port up for sale

Plummeting ore prices and lost royalties have forced the Western Australian government to include its prized container terminal and general cargo port of Fremantle in a AUD5 billion (USD4 billion) state assets fire sale.
The proposed sale was announced as part of the state budget on 15 May.
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Alpine Eternity incident raises concern

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has expressed concern over an incident where a Singapore-flagged tanker was fired at by a number of Iranian vessels.
On 14 May, oil products tanker Alpine Eternity was fired at by some small craft in international waters off the United Arab
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Singapore Wants Investigation into Shooting Incident

By MarEx 2015-05-18 00:00:06

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Monday that it has requested the Iranian maritime authorities to investigate an incident last week when Iranian vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf.

Alpine Eternity, the vessel that came under fire, had collided with an Iranian oil drilling platform in March, which triggered a call from Iran to its neighbors to seize the ship and hand it over to Iran.

Singapore’s MPA said that it requested its Iranian counterpart prevent future recurrences, as the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce are of critical importance to Singapore and other countries.

“Such interference with navigational rights is a serious violation of international law,” it said in a statement, adding that Singapore was deeply concerned by such actions.

“As to the collision on 22 March 2015 (Singapore time) involving Alpine Eternity and an oil platform located in the Persian Gulf, the ship manager, Transpetrol Ship Management Pte Ltd, had reported the incident to MPA on March 23, 2015. As the flag administration of Alpine Eternity, MPA had immediately commenced a marine safety investigation into the incident in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s Casualty Investigation Code, and the investigation is still in progress.”

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