New Chair to Take Helm at Team Tankers

first_imgzoom Team Tankers International, a company established by Eitzen Chemical within its restructuring process, has entered into an agreement to name Morten Arntzen as chairman of the company.The agreement is subject to Mr. Arntzen being voted onto the Board of Directors by a special general meeting, which is to take place in the company’s office in Bermuda on or about 23 April 2015.Concurrent with Mr. Arntzen’s appointment, Mads Meldgaard will resign from his current role as chairman and will continue on as a director. Mr. Meldgaard had been made the temporary chairman following the closing of the Eitzen Chemical restructuring in January of this year. Mr. Meldgaard will also resign as the managing director of the company, which role will be taken over by Mr. Arntzen.Mr. Arntzen has been involved in the global shipping industry continuously since 1979 and has acted in a variety of capacities including banker, underwriter, advisor, investor, and chief executive officer.“I am excited to join Team Tankers following their very successful financial restructuring and look forward to working with the Board, Senior Management and the employees of the company worldwide to build a stronger and more prosperous shipping company,” said Mr. Arntzen.last_img read more

300 million in pledges good beginning towards assisting African Union in Darfur

Just back from a week long visit to Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that nearly $300 million pledged by international donors to expand an African-led peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region is “a good beginning” for the next phase of the programme to stem the ongoing crisis there. On his way into UN Headquarters this afternoon, the Secretary-General told reporters that that the situation in some areas of Sudan has stabilized. “But we still have serious security problems outside the camps, and that is one of the reasons why I was in Addis Ababa working with the African Union (AU), NATO, the European Union and other donor states to provide the necessary support to allow the African Union to expand its forces in Darfur from the current 2,000-plus to about 8,000,” he said.Last Thursday, in the Ethiopian capital of in Addis Ababa, Mr. Annan co-hosted with AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré a donors’ conference to provide the financing, equipment and political backing for an expanded AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS). Today he said that about $300 million was raised in cash and in kind, which would be a good beginning for the next phase of the operation. Mr. Annan is expected to brief the Security Council on this trip on Thursday.In other news, regarding reports of the arrest of a person who interpreted for the Secretary-General during his visit to a camp in Darfur, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, says that after talks with the Sudanese Government, the local authorities in South Darfur have dropped the request that the interpreter report to them. The Sudanese national had been requested to report to the authorities in Nyala a couple of times. Regarding the arrest of two senior officials from the Dutch branch of Medécins Sans Frontieres, Mr. Pronk, said that the pair have been released on bail after he intervened at the highest level with government officials. The UN is closely monitoring the situation, he added. read more

Peace incomplete without demining UN chief says on World Mine Awareness Day

“Peace without mine action is incomplete peace,” the Secretary-General said in his message for the Day, which is centred this year on the theme of ‘Needs driven. People centred.’ “I urge all Member States to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda when negotiating peace, when seeking to prevent harm during conflicts and when deploying emergency humanitarian responses in war zones,” he added.Each year, landmines and other explosive hazards kill or maim thousands of people around the world.“Mine action establishes the foundations for lasting recovery and development,” added Mr. Guterres. “No one should have to live in fear of dying even after the fighting stops.” This year marks 20 years since the creation of the UN Mine Action Service, a collaboration of UN departments, agencies, programmes and funds. Known as UNMAS for short, the entity currently works in 18 countries and territories to save lives and rebuilds communities.To promote mine action and raise funds for its work, the UN Global Advocate, actor Daniel Craig – aka James Bond – has lent his likeness to a campaign to give away a customized Skyfall Silver 2016 Aston Martin Vantage car. The winner will also have an opportunity to chat with Mr. Craig in a secret location. In his message for the Day, Mr. Guterres applauded UNMAS for “its leadership, courage and commitment to peace.” He also commended the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action – which brings together representatives from all UN mine-action entities – for its “needs-driven, people centred approach.” So far, UNMAS and its partners – much of the demining and mine-risk education is carried out by non-governmental organizations and commercial contractors – have cleared and returned 72 per cent of known contaminated land to communities, and cleared 31 hospitals and 35 educations sites, as well as markets and water wells. To honour this work and raise awareness about eradicating landmines and unexploded ordinance, the UN General Assembly, in 2005, established 4 April as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. AUDIO: The Ordnance Disposal Office at the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been locating and destroying these hazards, as well as educating people about the danger they pose. UNAMID Radio prepared this report on the International Day of Mine Awareness. read more