Malta Drydocks, USN Contract Under Scrutiny

Monday, January 15, 2001
Malta's powerful General Workers' Union was scheduled to meet on Monday, January 15, 2001, on whether a contract between Malta Drydocks and the U.S. Navy violates a constitutional ban on allowing superpowers' ships access to Maltese shipyards. Union president James Pearsall refused to be drawn into the controversy over the contract when questioned by the Maltese media, and said Monday's meeting may not necessarily end with the union taking a stand. The Navy announced the $6 million contract for Malta Drydocks to work on the U.S. Sixth Fleet's flagship La Salle late on Friday. The ship is due in Malta in April. The left-leaning GWU has strong support among Malta Drydocks workers. Opposition Labor Party foreign affairs spokesman George Vella on Saturday said the contract violated the spirit and the word of the Maltese constitution, which says Malta is a non-aligned country and its shipyards should be denied to the military vessels of the "two superpowers". Vella also said the U.S. Navy contract could mean an end to work orders from countries such as Libya and Iran. The government denies that the contract violates the constitution. "In whether or not we should carry out work on U.S. Navy ships, we should be guided by our common sense. Common sense dictates that we should go for it." - (Reuters)
Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Bids Placed for Novy Port Icebreaker Contract

Seven companies submit bids for contract for Yamal Novy Port terminal icebreaker   The tendering process for the Yamal Novy Port terminal icebreaker design and build contract has kicked off,

Alewijnse Success at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

Electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems is celebrating the first anniversary of delivering electrical services and maintenance to vessels at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque.

GE Gas Turbine to Power USCG Cutter

GE LM2500 gas turbine to power United States Coast Guard‘s eighth National Security Cutter   GE Marine reports that its LM2500 gas turbine will power the United

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1102 sec (9 req/sec)