A Brand New Cruise Port Set to Open in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is gearing up to unveil its latest cruise port, with the first cruise ship scheduled to dock there in December, as announced by Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader.
The Puerto Cabo Rojo port is all set to receive a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on December 18, bringing in approximately 3,000 eager passengers.
What’s exciting about this new cruise destination is the focus on eco-friendly shore excursions. Passengers will have the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Enriquillo region, as per the Dominican tourism officials.
This is yet another milestone for the Dominican Republic’s thriving cruise industry. So far in 2023, the country has already welcomed more than 1.5 million cruise passengers, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
Cabo Rojo’s development is part of a significant tourism initiative by the Dominican government known as Pedernales. This emerging tourism hotspot has been catching the attention of hotel investors, and the first wave of new hotels is expected to open their doors in the area by 2025.
Tragedy Strikes in Nigeria as Boat Capsizes, Claiming Lives
In a heartbreaking incident, at least 24 people have lost their lives, and many more remain missing after a boat carrying farmers sank while crossing the River Niger in central Nigeria. The boat was ferrying over a hundred farmers to their fields in Niger State when it tragically capsized.
Garba Salihu, the head of the Niger State Rescue Management Agency, reported that 24 bodies have been recovered, and 30 individuals have been rescued so far. He expressed concerns that over 100 people might have been on board when the boat sank, and efforts are ongoing to locate the missing passengers. The exact cause of the accident remains unknown.
Russian Military Accused of Targeting Civilian Cargo Ship
Declassified UK intelligence suggests that the Russian military took aim at a civilian cargo ship in the Black Sea at the end of last month. Missiles were launched from a Russian Black Sea fleet missile carrier on August 24 but were intercepted by Ukrainian armed forces. Among the intended targets was reportedly a Libyan-flagged cargo ship docked at the port of Odesa.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shared this troubling information with the House of Commons, underscoring the brazen actions of President Vladimir Putin’s regime. The incident underscores the growing tensions in the region.
Maersk Sets Sail Towards a Greener Future
On September 14th, a momentous event will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the world’s first container ship powered by green methanol, owned by the Maersk shipping company, arrives. This vessel will be christened in her host country following her maiden voyage that commenced in Ulsan, South Korea.
Vincent Clerc, Executive Director of AP Moller – Maersk, hailed this development as a significant step toward achieving net-zero emissions. He expressed hope that Maersk’s pioneering efforts in adopting green fuels would serve as an example not only for the company but for the entire logistics industry.
The adoption of green methanol marks a revolutionary advancement in propulsion technology for Maersk, a company with a century-long history. This transition from steam to diesel and now to green methanol is a remarkable transformation, showcasing their commitment to a sustainable future.