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TOTAL DISASTER : REMAINING HALF OF MOL COMFORT IS ABANDONED @ SEA & LEFT TO FATE ...

IMO NOTE : 





This story is very strange on soo many levels!



FIRST... THE SPECULATION THAT THIS VESSEL WAS CARRYING WEAPONS FOR SYRIAN REBELS BRING INTO EFFECT MANY CONSPIRACY THEORIES...WAS THE VESSEL ACTUALLY HIT BY A TORPEDO??? ..FIRED BY WHOM???




SECOND...THE FACT THAT THE VESSEL ACTUALLY SURVIVED AFTER SPLITTING IN TWO AND FLOATING FOR DAYS...




THIRD...HOW SUSPICIOUS THAT HALF OF THE VESSEL SINKS IN 4,000 METERS OF WATER ONCE SALVAGE CREWS ARRIVE ON SITE ....





FOURTH ...THE REMAINING PART OF THE VESSEL CATCHES ON FIRE AND BURNS TO A CRISP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS....






FIFTH ... ALL ATTEMPTS AT SALVAGING ANY PORTION OF THE VESSEL ARE ABANDONED TODAY




This vessel was better off on it's own and would have probably survived on it's own and made landfall without any assistance !!!!



~IMO Commentary










MOL Comfort: Indian Coast Guard Departs Scene, Tug Engineer Evacuated





BY ROB ALMEIDA ON JULY 10, 2013



Un-dated image of the derelict MOL Comfort, via Ole, gCaptain contributor









The Indian Coast Guard has…

MOL Comfort and Her Cargo is a Total Loss [IMAGE]

BY ROB ALMEIDA ON JULY 10, 2013







It’s official folks, if you had cargo on the MOL Comfort, it’s either sitting underneath 4,000 meters of seawater, or it’s been burned to a crisp.




We just received the following exclusive image:





Image via anonymous gCaptain contributor, click for larger





The burned-out hulk still has 600 miles to go though before it reaches shore, but it seems rather improbable she’ll ever be in sight of land again.





But we’ll see.








Click HERE to read more about final, dramatic few weeks of the containership, MOL Comfort






http://gcaptain.com/mol-comfort-total-loss-image/

Del Monte Foods attracts interest from Fresh Del Monte, Pinnacle

By Olivia Oran, Soyoung Kim and Martinne GellerReuters

3:43 p.m. CDT, July 9, 2013







Pinnacle Foods and Fresh Del Monte are among the companies considering offers for Del Monte Foods' canned foods business, a deal that could be worth more than $1.5 billion, four people familiar with the process said on Tuesday.




San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods, which is backed by private equity firms including KKR & Co LP and Centerview Partners, has been exploring a sale of its slow-growing canned foods business as it looks to concentrate on its pet foods unit, the sources said.










Del Monte Foods is speaking to companies in the food industry about the sale and has not focused on talks with private equity buyers, the sources said, adding that the process is still in the early stages. A deal could be valued at over $1.5 billion, two sources said.










All the sources asked not to be named because the matter is not public. Del Monte Foods declined to comment. Fresh Del Monte, Pinnacle Foods, KKR and Center…

Miami chefs share mango memories, recipes

Chef Antonio Bachour shows off his Mango Mousse at the St.Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Bal Harbour. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff





IF YOU GO

International Mango Festival: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; admission free for members and children 5 and under, $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17; 305-667-1651, fairchildgarden.org.


Florida Cookery: The James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;

786-276-0333

Khong River House: 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8147

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort: 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-993-3300








MANGO MISCELLANY

• The mango is a member of the cashew family of flowering plants; relatives include the pistachio tree and poison ivy.

• Mangos were first grown in India more than 5,000 years ago, and that country remains the fruit’s leading producer. The paisley pattern, also developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango.

• More than 20 mill…

CHEF ALLEN SUSSER : Mango Madness at Jade Mountain

By gastrotraveling






Jul 08, 2013 @ 9:05 PM







“A huge advantage of being here in St. Lucia is the year round growing season”, says Allen Susser, Consulting Chef at Jade Mountain Resort





A twisting back country road leads from Soufriere, the closest village, traversing deep forest and steep cliffs overlooking the ocean and craggy jade colored peaks of Saint Lucia’s 2 signature mountains…Petit and Gran Piton.




Situated at the edge of a vast rainforest, Jade Mountain’s 650 acres include their Emerald Estate gardens blessed with perfect growing conditions fueled by strong tropical sun and intense spurts of rain moderated by the Caribbean Sea’s trade winds.







James Beard Award winning Chef Allen’s highly regarded obsession with mangoes is immediately apparent after talking with him for just a few moments. 






He did after all write The Great Mango Book outlining many of the 400 different mango varieties found across the globe with accompanying recipes. 




About 50 of these varieties, by the way, thrive all …

WHO INVENTED THE PIñA COLADA ??? ...

July 10th Is National Pina Colada Day!



July 10, 2013 by RumShopRyan










I’ve got two Piña Coladas, one for each hand…







Be prepared to dream about coconut, pineapple and rum all day because it’s National Piña Colada Day! I don’t know who makes up these crazy holidays, but I want to by them a drink.







Coconut, Pineapple and rum have been mixed together in one form or another for ages, but the concoction wasn’t perfected until one (or two) different bartenders in San Juan came up with the Piña Colada.









I think most people know the Pina Colada hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico and that two locations, the Caribe Hilton in 1954 and the Barrachina Restaurant in 1963, battle over the claim to be the rightful birth place of the Piña Colada. Regardless of which location first created the drink, the Pina Colada is pure paradise in a glass and the national drink of Puerto Rico.





The story says that Ramon ‘Monchito’ Marrero, the head bartender of Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in Puerto Rico, was tasked to conco…

AS MANY AS 3,000 MANGO CULTIVARS IN THE WORLD ...

FOR THE LOVE OF MANGOES




Mango lovers savor the fruits of their labor








Richard Campbell, senior curator of tropical fruit at The Fairchild Farm, shows off one of his Zerfin mangos, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The farm is home to hundreds of varieties of mangos, many of which will be available for tasting during the annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. DANIEL BOCK / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD






IF YOU GO

What: 21st Annual International Mango Festival

Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for adults; $18 for seniors (65 and older); $12 for children (6-17). Free for Fairchild members and kids 5 and under.











BY ELIZABETH DE ARMAS









In Florida, May through August is a big deal, and it isn’t because of summer vacation or ideal beach weather. 




It’s because the beginning of May means the beginning of mango season, and Floridians can’t wait to see those fruits in their local markets – or blossoming i…

INDIA : Forest department to grow mangoes in Bokaro

Divy Khare, TNN | 


Jul 10, 2013, 02.43 AM IST









BOKARO: In a bid to expand green cover in the district and boost the income of the farmers here, the forest department has planned to grow mango groves in the red zones of Bokaro. 





The plantation of high breed mango saplings would begin in few weeks time.






The district, comprising eight blocks, has geared up to become one of the major mango producers in the state.







"It will be not be wrong to say that in coming decade, the residents here can boast of successful mango plantations in the district," said K Manish Arvind, divisional forest officer, Bokaro.








The forest department has identified raiyati land in Chandankyari, Jaridih, Kasmar, Gomia and Nawadih blocks. 



The officials have already taken up the task of tutoring the farmers about the various advantages of growing mangoes here. 




In the first phase, the forest officials will distribute 3200 mango saplings among the farmers, the number of which will be increased in the second phase.






Arvin…

Brazil to build 50 port terminals worth $4.87B

Published on Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00 



Written by REUTERS



STATE-RUN OIL COMPANY PETROBRAS IS AMONG THE COMPANIES SEEKING PERMISSION TO BUILD NEW TERMINALS. (REUTERS PHOTO)






BRASILIA - Companies and private firms have asked for official authorization to invest an estimated 11 billion reais in 50 port terminals in the coming years under the country’s new infrastructure modernization drive, Brazilian Ports Minister José Leonidas said on Wednesday.






The new terminals to be built at different ports could move 105 million tons of cargo annually and 27 of them will be located in the country’s isolated north, closer to key export markets in the Northern Hemisphere, he said.





The terminals will have three years to start operating after gaining approval.






Brazil’s Congress approved legislation on May 16 that opens existing state-owned ports to private investment and lifts restrictions on the building of private ports.






State-run oil company Petrobras is among the companies seeking permission to build ne…