The captain and 1st engineer of a vessel involved in oil-spill cleanup efforts in Greece have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, Greek Merchant Ministry said.Namely, the Lassea vessel has been contracted to help clean the oil that spilled following the sinking of the oil tanker Agia Zoni II off the Port of Piraeus on September 10. The vessel had 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 tons of marine gas oil on board.The duo was arrested after significant quantities of fuel were found and seized from the vessel without proper documentation.The Piraeus Port Authority, which is in charge of the preliminary investigation, seized the vessel while the arrested are to be brought before the Prosecutor of Piraeus, the ministry said.The oil spill recovery efforts have been vehemently criticized as inadequate and delayed, with opposition parties asking for a resignation from the country’s Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.The minister refuted the allegations, saying that immediate mobilization of relevant assets was made to curb the spill.With regard to safety threats posed by the 1972-built Agia Zoni II, the minister said that the ship, according to the owner, passed all security checks before the incident.It is estimated that the oil recovery efforts might last for another month.World Maritime News Staff
targets LATEST targets Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports.Alderweireld, the Belgium international, has been linked with leaving the north Londoners since last season, when he was dropped from Spurs’ first team amid injury problems and a rumoured refusal to sign a new contract. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Jose Mourinho was said to be desperate to sign Alderweireld over the summer, and he could return for the Belgium centre-half in the winter window with United’s defenders – Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling – all struggling this term.If Spurs trigger the one-year extension in Alderweireld’s contract they are unlikely to lose him this season, though it means he will be available for just £25million next summer, due to a release clause written in his deal that is active for the final two weeks of the transfer window. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 Latest transfer news REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED IN DEMAND 2 Alderweireld made just four league appearances in the second half of last season Man United were linked with Alderweireld all summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, is reportedly ready to reopen contract talks with Alderweireld in a bid to keep him in north London, but the Mirror say Barcelona could swoop for the 29-year-old when the transfer window opens in January.They are joined in the race to sign Alderweireld by Manchester United, who have been long-term admirers of his. LIVING THE DREAM moving on three-way race His existing deal expires at the end of this season, though Tottenham can trigger a one-year extension to keep him around until summer 2020.However, the Lilywhites were believed to be open to selling Alderweireld prior to the start of this campaign, even if he is now back in favour, starting seven of the club’s eight league matches to date.