此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location Print Close Port of Gulfport, January 22, 2014 zoom The Port of Gulfport found its latest tenant in its own backyard. Almost 18 months before the Port’s ongoing $570 million restoration is complete, port commissioners voted today to lease space to Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, a Mississippi based company.“We’re excited about doing business with Gulf Coast Shipyard Group and welcome the new business opportunities and jobs they will bring to the Port of Gulfport,” said Jonathan Daniels, executive director and CEO of the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA).John Dane III, president of Gulf Coast Shipyard Group said, “We are pleased to work with the Port of Gulfport and grow our business in Mississippi. We’ve worked together in the past on a smaller scale and look forward to this expanded relationship.”Headquartered in Gulfport, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, formerly known as Trinity Yachts, is a leader in the design and construction of: offshore commercial vessels, offshore and inland barges, oil spill response and patrol vessels and oil field support vessels – in aluminum, steel and composite. Vessels range from 10 meters to 125 meters in length.Lease terms are for three years with three one-year options for renewal beginning March 1, 2014. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group has a contract to build six dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessels for New Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, with options for an additional four vessels, and the shipbuilder will utilize 15,000 square feet of warehouse space and 400 linear feet of dock space on the Port’s East Pier to complete these vessels.“It is important to note that these vessels, powered using LNG fuel, will have reduced emissions and fit in well with the Port’s newly approved Green Marine initiative,” said Daniels.“We envision having 20-70 workers on the Port while completing each vessel,” said Dane. “These will be trade jobs – painters, electricians, carpenters, mechanics – some of whom will be Gulf Coast Shipyard employees and some of whom will be employed by our subcontractors and suppliers.”Gulf Coast Shipyard expects the first vessel to be at the Port of Gulfport in mid-March. The Port has undertaken an aggressive effort to recruit new tenants since Daniels took the helm at the MSPA in June of 2013. Daniels said he expected the deal with Gulf Coast Shipyard to be the first successful conclusion of several lease discussions the Port currently has underway.Memorandums of Understanding outlining the terms and confidentiality of the negotiations have been signed with five prospective maritime tenants and preliminary discussions are underway with nine others.
According to him the new Lankan government’s call for a domestic or hybrid mechanism to replace any international judicial process was an attempt to deflect the call for referral to the ICC and to delay other meaningful actions on accountability. Efforts to establish a domestic truth and reconciliation commission, he said would be another diversionary tactic to protect those who committed serious crimes against Tamils. Citing the UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka, he said there were 70,000 casualties in the first six months of the war and quoted former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who had listed Sri Lanka along with Bosnia, Burma, Congo and Sudan where rape was used a tactic of war. The unitary Lankan State and judiciary were not ethnically neutral and most of the crimes were perpetrated by the State apparatus. The island judiciary was always subservient to political leadership when it came to abuses against Tamils. Even under a Tamil Chief Justice, no prosecution was ever brought against anyone for the mass killings of Tamils in 1983, he added.TGTE Senator Saraswathi, Thamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader T Velmurugan, DVK president ‘Kolathur’ Mani and Tamil nationalist leader Thiagu were present on the occasion. Launching a signature campaign to press for a trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Prime Minister V Rudrakumaran on Wednesday said active support of the people of Tamil Nadu was crucial for generating international opinion to render justice to the Sri Lankan Tamils, the New Indian Express reported.Inaugurating the campaign in Chennai through skype, he urged the United Nations to refer the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils to the ICC or establish a similar credible international judicial mechanism for investigation and prosecution of the war crimes and genocide. Listing out the reasons for an international investigation, the TGTE Prime Minister said “Even though the President has changed, the political environment vis-a-vis Tamils has not changed. Several former military personnel, including the military commander at the end of the war General Sarath Fonseka are in senior positions in the current government. The fact that the military apparatus is still intact and the militarisation of the north east continues to perpetuate fear among Tamils and had a deep impact on day to day activities. Therefore, it is unlikely that victims and witnesses will be truly independent before a domestic or hybrid tribunal”.Besides, President Sirisena has served as Defence Minister during the end of the war, when large number of Tamils were killed and Sri Lanka did not have criminal provisions for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.