Clean-up un­der way after loss of nearly 300 con­tain­ers from MSC cargo ves­sel

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In one such US deal, QIA and hedge fund El­liott Man­age­ment in De­cem­ber 2017 took Gig­a­mon, the US net­work­ing soft­ware com­pany, pri­vate for $1.6bn.

Mah­moud was speak­ing as US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo vis­ited Qatar on a tour of the re­gion.

Qatar is at log­ger­heads with Saudi Ara­bia, United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt, which have cut off diplo­matic and trans­port ties with Doha, ac­cus­ing it of back­ing ter­ror­ism and cosy­ing up to Iran.

Qatar de­nies sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and its gov­ern­ment is seek­ing to use the sanc­tions en­forced by its neigh­bours as an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop its own in­dus­try and its re­la­tions with other coun­tries.

The value of bi­lat­eral trade be­tween Qatar and the US has dou­bled in 10 years, Qatar’s trade min­is­ter Ali al-Kuwairi said at the US-Qatar Strate­gic Di­a­logue con­fer­ence. He said the US tops the list of ex­porters to the Gulf na­tion. | Reuters SWISS ship­ping line MSC has started clean­ing up Dutch sea wa­ters, 10 days after it lost nearly 300 con­tain­ers from one of its largest cargo ves­sels in a storm.

“The clean-up will likely take months”, Dutch wa­ter au­thor­i­ties spokesper­son Ed­win de Fei­jter said at the week­end. “The largest part of the de­bris has been lo­cated, but there are still parts miss­ing.”

At least 291 con­tain­ers, some hold­ing haz­ardous chem­i­cals, fell off one of the world’s largest con­tainer ships, the MSC Zoe, on Jan­uary 2 in Ger­man wa­ters near the is­land of Borkum dur­ing a North Sea storm.

Two sal­vage ships left the har­bour at IJ­muiden, near Am­s­ter­dam, on Fri­day night, head­ing to­wards a con­tainer north of the tiny Rot­tumer­plaat is­land, which is block­ing an im­por­tant ship­ping route be­tween Ger­many and the Nether­lands. Work was planned to start at mid­day on Satur­day, but rough weather looked set to de­lay the op­er­a­tion, De Fei­jter said, adding that 238 ob­jects had been iden­ti­fied in the wa­ter so far.

“Those ob­jects are not all en­tire con­tain­ers, they can also be part of the cargo lost from bro­ken ones.”

Seven­teen con­tain­ers washed up on shore on the Dutch is­lands of Ter­schelling, Vlieland, Ame­land and Schier­mon­nikoog. Reuters

AN­DREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS Reuters

US SEC­RE­TARY of State Mike Pom­peo with Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man bin Jas­sim Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Qatari Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, at the Sher­a­ton Grand in Doha, Qatar, yes­ter­day. |

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