Another good year for Liebherr

first_imgThe company reports that it delivered almost 80 mobile harbour cranes across the globe and achieved a turnover of EUR280 million.In the last 12 months 12 units of the LHM600 model have been sold in the Latin American market. Three of these machines are Liebherr barge slewing (LBS) cranes, a combination of the mobile harbour crane concept and a fixed pedestal mounted on a barge.In 2013, Liebherr launched its range of maritime crane simulators in order to increase port safety and productivity by providing a cost-effective and highly efficient crane driver training solution. Approved by training experts, the range of simulated cranes includes mobile harbour cranes, ship to shore, rubber tyre gantry and offshore cranes and Liebherr reports that it delivered several maritime crane simulators worldwide during the past year.With regard to future sales, Liebherr says that whilst various tattered economies managed to recover in 2013, global growth is still slow and characterised by uncertainty. But it believes that the turning point in terms of world trade volume growth has been reached and the forecast for 2014 is even better.In regards to geographical distribution, Europe (including Russia) is still the main region for Liebherr mobile harbour cranes accounting for more than 40 percent of annual deliveries. The African market was ranked second in 2013 with nearly 14 percent, showing a fall of 7 percent compared to its 2012 share. However, the order backlog for this region suggests that this is just a temporary downturn. Strong signals came from Australia (with 10 percent) and North America (7 percent), and compared to 2012 the market share in these regions tripled. In the Middle East, demand for LHMs rose significantly.Liebherr concludes that the outlook for 2014 is good with its order backlog on a record level and much higher than in 2012 and it remains optimistic that the demand for mobile harbour cranes will remain very healthy.  www.liebherr.comlast_img read more


Dickey takes helm at Metro Ports

first_imgPrior to joining Metro Ports, Dickey served as vice president technical services for Total Terminals International and has held a variety of positions at Ports America, including vice president of operations and director labour relations.  www.metroports.comlast_img


OECS Bar Association condemns Cabral’s ‘attack on integrity of CCJ’

first_img Sharing is caring! 349 Views   one comment Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews OECS Bar Association condemns Cabral’s ‘attack on integrity of CCJ’ by: Dominica Vibes News – April 26, 2017 The OECS Bar Association has condemned as “irresponsible” recent comments Dominican Cabral Douglas made about the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), after his application was dismissed before that court.The statement, issued by President of the OECS Bar Association, Thaddeus M Antoine indicates that it “strongly condemns and views with deep concern the recent irresponsible public attacks on the integrity of the CCJ”.Douglas petitioned the CCJ for three million US dollars stemming from the forced cancellation of a concert which Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee was to headline in February 2014. The CCJ dismissed Douglas’ application on 20 February 2017.He expressed disappointment in the court’s reasoning and the state of jurisprudence in the Caribbean and claimed that there was political interference in the adjudication of the matter as president of the court, Sir Dennis Byron attended the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Guyana on 17 February 2017 and the court announced it had come to a decision during that meeting. Here is the press statement issued by the OECS Bar Association in its entirety;The OECS Bar Association strongly condemns and views with deep concern the recent irresponsible public attacks on the integrity of the CCJ by Dominican lawyer Cabral Douglas who himself was an applicant in a matter dismissed by the very court (the CCJ) on February 20th, 2017.Our investigations reveal that on 24th August 2016 Mr. Douglas applied to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ seeking special leave to commenceproceedings against the State of Dominica. His action arose from the 23rd February 2014 denial of entry, detention and deportation of Jamaican recording artist and entertainer, Mr. Leroy Russell (also known as “Tommy Lee Sparta”), along with three other Jamaican support staff. The contingent of four had gone to Dominica for an international concert organized by Mr. Douglas in observance of the annual carnival in Portsmouth. The denial of entry ultimately caused the cancellation of the concert.Ruling against Mr. DouglasThe Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ is the sole body responsible for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) whichstipulates, among other things, the rights of individuals under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). An individual alleging breach of CSME rights by the State – as Mr. Douglas was alleging – requires special leave (or permission) of the court before he can bring an action.In its February 20th, 2017 Judgment, the CCJ concluded that Mr. Douglas had failed to satisfy the requirement under Article 222 (a) and (b) of the RTC to obtain special leave to commence proceedings against the State of Dominica. Detailed reasons for the decision were given in the court’s 41 paragraph, 18 page Judgment. Displeased, Mr. Douglas has embarked on a media rampage describing the decision with a range of uncomplimentary terms including “ridiculous”, “most absurd”, and “laughable at best”.Attacking the CourtOf even greater concern, is the unleashing by Mr. Douglas of a most unwarranted and unjustifiable attack on the integrity of the court, the credibility of its Judges, and the quality of its decision-making. Very unfortunately, he has linked the decision against him as proof that the court is “in the pockets of politicians” and “corrupt”.Apart from the content of the CCJ Judgment, Mr. Douglas relies, as further basis of his attacks, on the attendance of Sir Denis Byron, President of the CCJ, at the Annual Heads of Government Conference in Guyana around the same time the court’s decision against him was being handed down.Most regrettably, Mr. Douglas proceeds to imply that the matter was discussed among the heads; that Sir Denis met privately during the conference with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt about the case; and that somehow the heads improperly influenced the CCJ’s decision against him.Mr. Douglas’ attacks on the court have been widely reported in the regional media.Contrary to the impression being conveyed in media reports, Sir Denis was not the only member of the CCJ who heard and decided the Douglas case. Four other distinguished Judges constituted the panel including Justices Adrian Saunders, Jacob Wit, David Hayton and Winston Anderson.The CCJ comprises several judges from both inside and outside the region. In fact, until his elevation to the CCJ in 2005 Justice Hayton, was considered as the leading authority in the United Kingdom and Europe on the Law of Trusts.No existence in isolationIt is important to note that no court in the world exists in isolation from the public and the other organs of the state. Heads of the international tribunals report at least annually to the Security Council of the United Nations which comprises 15 member States. In its Original Jurisdiction, the CCJ is an international court. The President of the CCJ is expected to attend meetings of Heads of Government from time to time to discuss matters touching and concerning the proper administration of the regional court, just like the Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) has historically done and continues to do. Sir Denis’ appearance at the Guyana Conference ought not, therefore, to be considered unusual and a cause for concern. Pending court cases are never the subject of discussion at such meetings and no evidence has been produced – apart from the wild and baseless allegation of Mr. Douglas which has been roundly denied by the CCJ – to suggest that the Dominica case was discussed at the Guyana conference.Moreover, Mr. Douglas seems to confuse an action against a State as being equivalent to an action against a Prime Minister in his personal or professional capacity.Ranking among independent courts in the worldThe OECS Bar notes that the CCJ ranks among the more institutionally independent courts in the Commonwealth and wider world: its judges are appointed by an independent Regional Judicial & Legal Services Commission (RJLSC); its monies are managed by an independent Trust Fund; its hearings are open, transparent and can be viewed the world over in ‘real time’; and itsJudgments are available and accessible to the public online. In fact, not only is the full 18 page judgment in Cabral Douglas v The State of Dominica available online but a shorter, more reader-friendly Executive Summary is also available. The reasons for the court’s decision are fully and clearly spelt out.Politicians neither sit on any of the key structures of the CCJ nor are they directly involved in its operations. Most importantly, over the past 12 years the independence of the Court has been confirmed through its many thorough and well-reasoned judgments, including several for and against the State. Like all courts, the CCJ hears the facts, listens to the contending legal submissions, applies the law, and makes a determination accordingly. The same principles apply whether it be an individual, company, politician or the State.Regrettably, as in the Cabral Douglas case, some persons use judgments against them to feed into the mistrust of many Caribbean people for their own institutions, equating a ruling in favour of the State to being “in the pocket of the politician”.Lacking objectivity and responsibilityFor the avoidance of any doubt, the OECS Bar wishes to make it absolutely clear that court judgments are not beyond the boundaries of criticism. In fact, critiques and criticisms of judgments, however robust and passionate, are wholly acceptable and ought to be encouraged as they augur well for the evolution and growth of our law, for the professional development of lawyers, and for the education of the public. As such, we take no issue with litigants or lawyers criticisms of judgments. Such criticism, however, especially from a lawyer, who is an officer of the court, ought to be responsible, respectful, constructive, premised on objective facts, and designed to strengthen our institutions and uplift the administration of justice. Regrettably, the strident, contemptuous, inflammatory, and even defamatory, public criticisms of Mr. Douglas fall far short of the objectivity, responsibility, balance and level of respect becoming of an officer of the court.The CCJ represents the highest court for the Commonwealth of Dominica and we call on the Dominican Bar to look into this matter with a view to taking appropriate action.Contributing positively to our CaribbeanApart from completing the cycle of our independence, the CCJ spells greater access to justice for our people; comprises well-respected judges of international repute, both from and beyond the region; and contributes significantly to the development of our legal system in the Caribbean.The OECS Bar pledges to continue to promote the rule of law, protect the independence of the Judiciary, and educate and sensitize our people on matters that touch and concern the administration of justice.Let us together safeguard and build our regional institutions to ensure that they serve the best interests of our people.last_img read more