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Oil spills pose threat to oceans

12 Nov 2010 | Transport
Oil spills pose threat to oceans
Oil spills are posing an increasing threat to China's marine environment as the country's energy demand grows, a leading environmental think tank warned on Thursday. A report released by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development said the volume of China's oil transported by sea now ranked third in the world following the United States and Japan, and its oil handling capacity is growing by more than 10 million tons every year, making China's oceans a potential site for marine incidents and oil spills. The expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration is also increasing the risk, the report warned. It said from 1973 to 2006, about 2,635 oil spills happened at sea in China, with more than 37,000 tons of oil spilled. The Yangtze River, Pearl River, Taiwan Straits and Bohai Bay are the areas at greatest risk for oil spills, it said. The Bohai Sea, which has the highest concentration of ports in China, is the national strategic petroleum reserve and has the...

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  • UK planes grounded for second day
    UK planes grounded for second day
    16 Apr 2010 | Transport
    Most flights across the UK are to remain grounded for a second day as ash from a volcano in Iceland continues to drift across Europe. Skip related content Related photos / videos Second day of ash flight chaos expected All but a few flights in and out of the UK will remain grounded until 1am on Saturday...
  • Icelandic volcanic ash alert grounds UK flights
    Icelandic volcanic ash alert grounds UK flights
    15 Apr 2010 | Transport
    Airline passengers are facing massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded planes. The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in or out of UK airspace from midday to 1800BST amid fears of engine damage. Airports operator...
  • UK airports see record drop in passenger numbers
    UK airports see record drop in passenger numbers
    15 Mar 2010 | Transport
    The UK's airports handled 7.4% fewer passengers last year than in 2008, the biggest annual decline since records began 65 years ago, figures have shown. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that with passenger numbers having also fallen in 2008, it was the first time levels have fallen two years...
  • British Airways Closer to Cabin-Crew Strike as Union Talks Fail
    British Airways Closer to Cabin-Crew Strike as Union Talks Fail
    11 Mar 2010 | Transport
    British Airways Plc’s 12,000 flight attendants moved closer to a strike after talks with Europe’s third-largest airline over pay cuts broke down. Officials at Unite, which represents BA cabin crew, will meet today to discuss “next steps,” spokeswoman Pauline Doyle said from the union’s London headquarters....
  • London Heathrow’s Passenger Numbers Increase Most in 2 ½ Years
    London Heathrow’s Passenger Numbers Increase Most in 2 ½ Years
    10 Mar 2010 | Transport
    London’s Heathrow airport had its biggest traffic boost in 2 1/2 years last month as the economic recovery buoyed demand for travel and snow-free runways allowed more flights to operate than a year earlier. Passenger numbers at Europe’s busiest hub rose 5.3 percent to 4.6 million in February, the largest...
  • Parts of UK on flood alert amid heavy rain
    Parts of UK on flood alert amid heavy rain
    1 Mar 2010 | Transport
    Large parts of the UK are on flood alert as the country is clipped by a deadly storm sweeping across Europe. The Environment Agency has 26 flood warnings in place in East Anglia, southern and north-east England and 139 flood watches across England and Wales. An earlier severe flood warning in force...
  • New UK freight link for Alderney
    New UK freight link for Alderney
    18 Feb 2010 | Transport
    Alderney has a new freight link to the UK after renovations to the commercial quay opened up more options for bringing goods into the island. As part of the upgrade to Alderney's harbour the quay was lengthened so that larger ships can moor alongside. Channel Island shipping company Huelin-Renouf said...
  • British Airways May Expand Business-Only U.S. Flights
    British Airways May Expand Business-Only U.S. Flights
    11 Feb 2010 | Transport
    British Airways Plc may expand its all-business-class service to the U.S. from London City Airport as demand for premium travel shows signs of a recovery, Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said. New destinations including Boston and Washington are under study after seat occupancy levels on BA’s flights...
  • UK New Car Registrations In Jan Up 29.8%, Toyota Sales Down 12%
    UK New Car Registrations In Jan Up 29.8%, Toyota Sales Down 12%
    4 Feb 2010 | Transport
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, or SMMT, said Thursday new car registrations rose 29.8% in January to 145,479 units, with sales of Toyota down 12.14% compared with January 2009. MAIN FACTS: -Market rose for a seventh successive month. -Scrappage scheme continued to boost market, accounting...
  • Slowdown takes place on UK car assembly lines
    Slowdown takes place on UK car assembly lines
    25 Jan 2010 | Transport
    Car production in the UK in 2009 dropped almost a third on the previous year. Production was down 30.9% as demand collapsed in spite of the government’s scrappage scheme Commercial vehicle production also took a beating, with a 55.3% drop registered over 2008 figures. During last year, some car companies...
  • Army Saves U.K. Drivers as Snow Shuts Schools, Roads
    Army Saves U.K. Drivers as Snow Shuts Schools, Roads
    6 Jan 2010 | Transport
    The Army was called to rescue drivers trapped on roads in southern England as snow blanketed much of the nation, hobbling transport and closing schools during Britain’s longest cold snap in almost three decades. In Hampshire in southern England, police worked with the U.K. Army and the fire brigade...
  • U.K. Natural Gas Surges to 10-Month High on Freezing Weather
    U.K. Natural Gas Surges to 10-Month High on Freezing Weather
    4 Jan 2010 | Transport
    U.K. natural gas prices rose to their highest in more than 10 months as temperatures fell below freezing, boosting demand. Gas for within-day supply advanced as much as 51 percent to 53 pence a therm as of 11:16 p.m. London time yesterday, its highest since Feb. 15, according to APX Gas. That’s equal...
  • Pirates seize UK-flagged tanker
    Pirates seize UK-flagged tanker
    29 Dec 2009 | Transport
    No direct contact" has been made with a UK-flagged tanker attacked by Somali pirates since it was seized, the ship's managers said. The 7,926-tonne St James Park was captured in the Gulf of Aden while on its way to Thailand from Spain. A spokesman for London-based Zodiac Maritime Agencies said: "There...
  • 7 Dec 2009 14:34
    London Heathrow Expansion Should Go Ahead, Lawmaker Panel Says
    7 Dec 2009 | Transport
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government won support from an all-party panel of lawmakers for its plan to build a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, adding political momentum to the project. The Transport Committee, which includes members of Parliament from the three main political parties...
  • UK car sales rise by 57.6% in November
    UK car sales rise by 57.6% in November
    4 Dec 2009 | Transport
    UK car sales rose by 57.6% in November compared with a year earlier, industry figures have shown. There were 158,082 cars registered last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said, up from a "weak" November 2008. So far this year, 1.84 million cars have been sold in the UK, 8.8%...
  • CVC Scraps National Express Bid; Stagecoach Still Interested
    CVC Scraps National Express Bid; Stagecoach Still Interested
    16 Oct 2009 | Transport
    CVC Capital Partners Ltd. scrapped a 765 million-pound ($1.3 billion) bid for National Express Group Plc, sparking the biggest decline in the U.K. bus and rail company’s stock for eight years. The buyout firm, which had made the offer in tandem with Spain’s Cosmen family, London-based National Express’s...
  • Don't 'price us off' London transport, warns passenger group
    Don't 'price us off' London transport, warns passenger group
    16 Oct 2009 | Transport
    Londoners must not be "priced off" public transport by new year fare rises, a passenger group said today. London mayor Boris Johnson is set to announce the 2010 Tube and London bus fare levels tomorrow, with the new fares due to take effect from January. "We certainly do not want to see fares rising...
  • Banker Bashing Joins U.K. Leaders Gearing Up for Vote (Update2)
    Banker Bashing Joins U.K. Leaders Gearing Up for Vote (Update2)
    24 Sep 2009 | Transport
    U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative opposition leader David Cameron have one thing in common. Both say Britain’s financiers need to be reined in and punished. Brown’s Labour government is tightening bank rules and curbing bonus pay, part of a crackdown coordinated with the Group of 20...
  • 22 Aug 2009 08:19
    Government wants nationwide smart ticketing
    22 Aug 2009 | Transport
    Smart ticketing for public transport could be rolled out across the country if a new government initiative gets the go ahead. The system, similar to that of London’s Oyster card, would see mobile phones and bank cards featuring universal integrated smart ticketing technology. This would enable them...
  • Brit Insurance Makes Share Offer for Chaucer Holdings (Update2)
    Brit Insurance Makes Share Offer for Chaucer Holdings (Update2)
    22 Jun 2009 | Transport
    Brit Insurance Holdings Plc, the insurer that sponsors the Oval cricket ground in London, made an all-share offer to buy Chaucer Holdings Plc, in a bid that values the company at about 221 million pounds ($363 million) Brit will pay 0.23 new shares for every Chaucer share, the London-based company said...
  • 8 May 2009 07:10
    3i launches £700m rights issue as deficit widens
    8 May 2009 | Transport
    3i, the UK's oldest private equity fund, is to raise £732 million in a rights issue after it lost £1.9 billion last year. The fund, which owns brands such as Agent Provocateur, the lingerie group, and Foster and Partners, the architectural practice, said that the rights issue would enable it to cut...
  • Fiat May Spin Off Auto Division If It Buys GM Europe (Update4)
    Fiat May Spin Off Auto Division If It Buys GM Europe (Update4)
    5 May 2009 | Transport
    Fiat SpA, which is taking a stake in Chrysler LLC, may spin off its automobile division following a purchase of General Motors Corp.’s European unit, sending the Italian carmaker’s shares to a seven-month high in Milan. Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne will seek “over the next few weeks” to...
  • British Airways, Air China, AMR Fall on Concern Over Swine Flu
    British Airways, Air China, AMR Fall on Concern Over Swine Flu
    27 Apr 2009 | Transport
    British Airways Plc fell the most since 2001 and Air China Ltd. had the biggest drop in six months as airline stocks worldwide tumbled on concern that an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico will depress travel demand. British Airways lost as much as 17 percent and Air China, the No. 1 airline by market...
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