Shortage of skilled labour serious issue for Falklands businesses

SHORTAGE of skilled labour is a big impediment to business growth in the Falklands and a serious issue, according to the private sector. 

The recently released Business Climate Survey 2016 results report revealed respondents concerns about the  barrier to commercial progress. It was also identified as a barrier in the 2012 and 2014 editions but is now much more prominent. 

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UK company to assist Falklands developing horticulture

TECHNICAL advice leading to the development of horticultural products to supply the Falklands market is to be provided by a UK company

Martin Emmett Horticultural Training, offers independent consultancy services specialising in horticulture.

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Falklands longliner CFL Hunter launched in Spain

 

CONSOLIDATED Fisheries Ltd's new longliner, the CFL Hunter, was launched in Marin, Spain, on July 20 at an event attended by a number of CFL staff and directors.

Built to CFL's specification by Nodosa Shipyard, the CFL Hunter will be fitted out in the next six months and will be officially handed over to CFL sometime in February 2017. 

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Birds ingesting plastic 'no cause for alarm'

THE Eliza Cove rubbish tip plastic waste is being ingested by wildlife according to a report by Dr Amélie Augé of the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI).
However the Falkland Islands Government Waste Management Coordinator does not see it as a major problem.

“Abstract plastic pollution is becoming an increasing issue for wildlife throughout the world. Even remote areas with relatively little human activity are affected,” writes Dr Augé.
She told Penguin News that last winter she  analysed pellets from turkey vultures in Stanley to determine how much plastic (and other human products) they ingested. 

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Fire on Le Boreal was due to human error

FRENCH maritime authorities BEAmer have released their final report into the fire on the cruise ship Le Boreal last year in Falklands waters, which forced the evacuation of nearly 350 passengers and crew.

On the night of November 17, Le Boreal was under way near East Falklands, making 15 knots in rough seas with winds 40 to 45 knots. 
At the end of the 8-12 watch, the hotel officer (a licensed second engineer) was doing his regular round of the engine room and observed that the fuel filter clogging indicator on the #4 diesel generator had gone to red, indicating that it was time to change the filter out. He turned a valve to switch the fuel supply over to the alternate filter element, then proceeded to the control room to fill out the logbook. He talked briefly with his relief, and at about 0010 hours, he returned to the generator compartment - and opened the filter housing on the #3 diesel generator instead of the #4. 

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