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EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi threat to BLOW UP oil tanker at major UK Port

June 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Port Services & Renewables

A TERRORIST sleeper cell is planning to seize an oil ­tanker and mount a ­spectacular suicide attack at a major UK port.

DANGER: A ship at Felixstowe in Suffolk, the UK’s biggest container port [ALAMY]

Special forces soldiers have been deployed in mainland Britain to support the police after intelligence experts picked up info on the plot.

Home Office chiefs called in the ­Ministry of Defence after uncovering the plan just days ago through a network of informants working for the ­intelligence services.

They warned an extremist unit in ­Britain is planning a “significant event”.

More than 40 personnel from the Special Boat Service’s maritime counter measures unit have been deployed to ports across the UK working with police to review security and mount ­surveillance operations on hundreds of arrivals and departures.

The SBS team is being supported by specialists from the Special ­Reconnaissance Regiment to monitor maritime movements across the UK around the clock.

Dressed in civilian clothes, special forces teams will blend in as workers, members of the port authority and other roles to avoid bringing any attention to themselves in a bid to foil any ­ opportunity for extremists to act.

A second force of heavily-armed personnel will be on stand-by out of public view and ready to intercept any potential threat, with bomb disposal and police anti-terrorist officers attached, all operating under police control. The SBS routinely carries out Home Office- directed exercises with the police and other organisations to prepare for any ship hijack in UK waters.

A senior source said: “We already have good security at most ports but this information is quite specific and that is about as much as we can say.

“There is a lot of extremist chatter in the UK at the moment and most of it is just pie in the sky. This looks like intent.”

Last week David Cameron warned that Isis extremists in Syria and Iraq posed a major threat to the UK and MI5 has confirmed it is now its top priority.

Yesterday came the first report of a British jihadi being killed in Iraq. The Prime Minister warned: “The people in that regime, as well as trying to take ­territory, are also planning to attack us here at home in the United Kingdom.”

 

Peel Ports Group has signed a multi-million pound deal with Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) for 17 ‘mega cranes’ for its new £300m Liverpool2 container port

ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) in phase 1 of the project and a further 3 three STS cranes and 10 CMRGs in phase 2.

The contract is a major step forward in the construction of what will be one of Europe’s most advanced container facilities, scheduled to open at the end of 2015.

The combined handling capacity of the five ‘megamax’ STS cranes and 12 CRMGs will dramatically increase the port’s productivity and efficiency, delivering major benefits and cost-savings for customers using the Port of Liverpool as their UK gateway.

Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports Group said:

“These cranes are a vital element in making Liverpool2 among the world’s fastest, most efficient container ports. The fact that we’ll be able to handle 90% of the global fleet at the Port of Liverpool will be a true game-changer for shipping lines. The cranes will help future-proof the UK’s most centrally positioned deep water port for growth. “Combined with our recent multi-million pound investment in the world-leading Navis N4 terminal operating system, the facility will dramatically cut transfer time from port to road or rail, maximising our productivity.

“It’s a significant investment for the long term and the most important development at the Port of Liverpool in the last 20 years.”

Mr. Liu Qizhong, Senior Vice President of ZPMC said:

“The specification set out by Peel Ports was extremely demanding. It is clear their ambition to set new standards in port handling technology is a serious one. The combination of deep water and cutting edge technologies sets a new standard for ports innovation in Europe.”

ZPMC, the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer in the world, has chosen to site its UK service centre in Liverpool, to coincide with the arrival of the cranes in 2015. Specialist engineers will provide round-the-clock operational support to ensure proactive and real-time service and maintenance, ensuring maximum productivity from the Liverpool2 terminal at all times. The world-leading megamax cranes will enable the port to simultaneously handle two post-Panamax vessels (up to 13,500 TEU) on the Liverpool2 berth.

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