Morandi Bridge Collapse Hits Main Artery to One of Italy’s Largest…

first_imgThe collapse of the Morandi Bridge has hit a main artery to one of Italy’s largest ports.The President of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Occidentale (AdSP – Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority), Paolo Signorini, said that last year, the port had a 15% increase in container handling to 2.6 million TEU.This year should see an increase of 5%. Now, after the collapse of the bridge, the AdSP estimates that the port could handle up to 10% less cargo.Signorini added that it depended on whether a new road along the coast where freight can run can be built. The Morandi Bridge was used by an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 trucks a day and for these vehicles an alternative is required.If this alternative route works, then the port will cope with the collapse of the bridge. Otherwise, there will be serious congestion on other alternative routes, which is likely to hamper freight traffic even more.Signorini also said that in principle, the port should aim for 24-hour operation. If Genoa port can deploy terminals and trucks at night as well, this will significantly reduce congestion during the day.Signorini said that any additional costs should be provided by the government with the resources that is provided in such disasters.(Source: Euronews)Sea News, August 21 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Friday Update: Swan Lake Fire Surpasses 20,000 Acres, Heavy Smoke Expected

first_imgKale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The southwest corner of the fire, which burned off a couple days ago and created that heavy smoke, that held yesterday during those winds. That is the best news we have for the community of Sterling is that corner is holding.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire has grown and is now estimated at roughly 22,847 acres as of Friday with 291 personnel.  The primary growth has been towards the eastern flanks. Casey: “During the early morning hours today the Sterling Highway was impacted by heavy fog from the marine layer and heavy thick smoke from the black spruce stand burning east of Mystery Creek Road. Law Enforcement temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 63-70 after a minor vehicle accident and utilized pilot cars as soon as the road conditions improved. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to be patient and drive cautiously while traversing the Sterling Highway.” Hotshot crews from the Lower 48 are working today to aggressively establish control lines with the highest probability of success, according to Casey. Crews are working to establish and connect fire lines in the Mystery Creek Road area as the fire continues to burn through the thick black spruce stands in a southeasterly direction. Fog and heavy Smoke Caused delays on Sterling Highway early this morning near Mystery Creek Road.  The eastern flank of the fire east of Mystery Creek Road continued to move east in a long narrow finger and is now approximately 4 miles from the Sterling Highway. An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas.last_img read more