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
Open Badminton tournament in CanadaGUYANA’s Narayan Ramdhani lifted the U-23 Men’s Singles title at this year’s VRC Remembrance Day Open Badminton Tournament in Vancouver, Canada, which was played at the Vancouver Racquets Club over the weekend.To win the Championship, Ramdhani, playing out of ShuttleSport and seeded No.1 in the Tournament, first defeated Zijian (John) Zhang 21-15, 21-7. He then went on to play and beat the No. 2 Seeded player,Jarin Allan Davison of North Central Badminton Academy, 25-23, 21-7.The Guyana Badminton Association (GBA), in a release, said that they were very pleased with Ramdhani’s great achievement in just over one year in Scholarship Programme at ShuttleSport Badminton Academy.“We do hope he will get the necessary support from the relevant sport authorities, as he is definitely a strong candidate to make the Olympics one Day with his continuous upwards achievements throughout the years,” the GBA said.The 19-year-old now hopes to attend the 2017 Yonex K&D Graphics International Challenge in Orange County, California, USA from December 19-22.
Olivier Giroud scored two goals in four minutes as Arsenal beat Newcastle to continue their pursuit of second-placed Manchester City.After City beat West Brom, the Gunners kept a point behind their rivals with a sixth successive win but they hung on as Newcastle improved after half-time.Giroud poked in from Santi Cazorla’s free-kick before heading in a corner.Moussa Sissoko’s finish sparked a response but Arsenal held on after David Ospina saved Remy Cabella’s shot.Key notes:* Arsenal hold on for sixth consecutive league win* Gunners remain one point behind Man City* Olivier Giroud scores ninth goal in nine games* Newcastle 10 points above relegation zone –