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An oil tanker, built in the 1970’s and banned from EU waters for not having passed official safety inspections, has been allowed to refuel in the port of Santa Cruz, according to Port Authorities.

The ship, named Blue Ice, is a small tanker of about 90 metres in length and registered Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

It was refused entry into the European Union after faults were detected during a series of inspections, although the Government sources have not revealed the exact nature of the defects. However, Blue Ice received authorisation to dock in Santa Cruz because it was low on fuel and it was deemed preferable to allow it to stay and refuel rather than it be left to drift.

The National Police supervised the tanker’s refuelling operation which took around 2 hours. The ship did not appear to be carrying any cargo.

After a number of high profile disasters off the coasts of Europe involving older single-skinned tankers, new regulations were introduced. Oil tankers are now required to have a second, inner skin which adds extra protection against an oil spill in the event of a collision.

The Canarian Government has expressed its surprise that the independent authorities were not informed. Its sources state that whilst they recognise that responsibility lies with the State, the Canary Islands were recently declared a “Zona Marítima Especialmente Sensible” (Special Maritime Area) by the International Maritime Organisation. They say they will therefore appeal to Capitanía Marítima (Marine Headquarters) – headed by the Ministry of Development – for more information on the matter.

Mayor gets tough on binmen

Posted by dolly diver on April 1, 2008
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Adeje rubbishJCBs have been ordered in to clear rubbish from Adeje, particularly in the coastal districts.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has risked an all-out confrontation with striking binmen by the order.

The strike, now in its second week, by refuse collection workers over pay escalated yesterday when, just minutes after the binmen staged a protest outside the town hall, the mayor sent in the bulldozers to clear the rubbish mountains and load the garbage onto lorries to be taken to the island’s dump.

The action was being taken because of the health risk posed by the more than 130 tons of rubbish, piled up over the last two weeks during strike.

The measure, widely applauded by local residents and businesses, has been criticised by the binmen as illegal. However, Rodríguez Fraga said he would not hesitate to do the same again if the situation worsens and has even threatened to cancel the tender awarded to the refuse company.

The mayor also stated that while acknowledging the right of workers to strike, he also had to consider the rights of local inhabitants and the tourists to a clean and healthy environment

Body discovered in abandoned ca

Posted by dolly diver on April 1, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife 

An English woman living in the Las Moraditas area of Adeje made a gruesome discovery when she went to investigate an abandoned car which had been parked near her house for over a week.

She approached the car, assuming it had been stolen, it to take registration details only to find a decomposed body slumped in the passenger seat. She called the police and the body was taken away a few hours later for a post-mortem.

No details have been released yet concerning the identity of the deceased.

Her cigarette smuggling career goes up in smoke

Posted by dolly diver on April 1, 2008
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Susan HowarthSerial cigarette smuggler Susan Howarth is finally behind bars.

Howarth, of Ivy Close, Elswick, Newcastle, was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after customs officers found her bags packed full with 24,580 fags at the city’s airport when she landed on a flight from Tenerife, on August 22.

Now, Howarth’s illicit career has been stubbed out after she was jailed for 2 years for her latest swindle.

The 52 year old, who used to earn a living caring for others, had a secret life as a serial tobacco trafficker, which has seen her sneak 800,000 cigarettes into the UK.

Senior HMRC officer Dave Gostelow said: “The illicit cigarette market breeds contempt for the law by encouraging otherwise honest people to trade with criminals. It costs the Treasury around £3bn a year in lost revenue, which could be funding vital public services such as hospitals and schools.”