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hart1IN AN attempt to maintain secrecy over the collapse of Mustang Marine in March of this year, Milford Haven Port Authority has told Simon Hart MP that he must sign a non-disclosure agreement before seeing a report handed to Transport Minister Stephen Hammond. Following a meeting on July 3, Mr Hammond asked the Port Authority to prepare and deliver a report to him about events leading to the boatbuilder’s insolvency. The Herald believes that the Transport Minister has told Mr Hart that the DoT has no objections to the publication of the report or its content being made public. The Port Authority, which is a public body, has, however, taken a different view.

It has asked Mr Hart to sign a gagging order before even allowing him to see the report’s contents. Mr Hart has reacted furiously to the Port Authority’s attempt at a cover up: “The report is worthless if it is ‘top secret’,” he said. “The more information placed in the public domain the better. I have asked the Board to reconsider. It is in their interests and everyone else’s interests to have this report made public. “I particularly don’t like the fact that this affair is being carried out in a way that means the public and local companies are being denied access to information they need. “I don’t know why that report and its findings should not be a matter of public record.” Mark Andrews, Corporate Affairs Director for the Port of Milford Haven, said: “The report to which Simon Hart refers was produced by the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Port of Milford Haven, at the request of the former Parliamentary Undersecretary of State, Stephen Hammond and was intended for his eyes only.

“The report relies heavily on commercially sensitive information. Importantly, it also includes the views of named individuals who contributed their comments on the understanding the report would be for the Minister’s sole use. “The Port has taken advice as to how we should properly respond to Mr Hart’s request to sight a report that was clearly not requested nor prepared for his benefit or external publication. The advice received was to require a Non- Disclosure Agreement to be signed prior to a copy of the report being forwarded to Mr Hart.” The collapse of Mustang Marine left local firms out of pocket to the tune of £600,000. Many of the firm’s local creditors have claimed that they were repeatedly persuaded to extend credit to Mustang Marine on the basis that the Port Authority would cover the troubled firm’s debts. Those traders were left out of pocket when – they allege – the Port Authority reneged on its promises to them. The Herald understands that several creditors are contemplating legal action against the Port Authority about events leading to Mustang Marine’s collapse and the Authority’s subsequent conduct.

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Blue Gem Wind begins digital aerial surveys for 300MW Valorous floating wind project

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BLUE GEM WIND, the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Energy, has begun offshore digital aerial surveys for a proposed 300MW floating wind project.

APEM Ltd have been chosen by Blue Gem Wind to deliver 24 consecutive monthly bird and marine mammal surveys of the early-commercial scale Valorous site. The high resolution data obtained will support baseline environmental characterisation of the site and environmental impact assessments for key ecological receptors.

The survey programme commenced in March 2021 and four of the 24 monthly surveys have been completed
to date.

Sean Evans, Environmental Specialist at Blue Gem Wind said, “It is important for us to begin long-lead in items
such as bird and marine mammal surveys as early as possible. These surveys will provide crucial species specific
data on the number, spatial distribution and activity of individuals across the Valorous site. This enables us to
undertake robust environmental impact assessments ahead of our planned consent application submission in
2023.”

Matt Rohner, Senior Consultant at APEM, “APEM Ltd are delighted to be able to support Blue Gem Wind’s
proposed Valorous offshore wind farm with our best-in-class survey design approach. Imagery captured using
state-of-the-art cameras is of ultra-high (1.6cm) resolution, providing industry leading image quality that is
essential for species level identification.”

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100GW offshore
wind target, and crucially, the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. The ORE Catapult also
estimated that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and
£682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030.

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Three arrests as suspected cocaine worth £12,000 seized in Milford Haven

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POLICE in Milford Haven have disrupted the supply of cocaine in the town in a major operation which saw people detained and a large quantity of drugs found.

Three people were arrested and suspected cocaine worth up to £12,200 was seized, police said.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out a warrant at a house in Hubberston on the evening of Friday, June 11, “where 122g of what is believed to be cocaine was found.”

This is estimated to have a street value of between £9,760 and £12,200 depending on its purity.

The occupant of the address – a 59-year-old man – was not present at the time, however he was later arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

He has been released under investigation pending the result of forensic, digital and financial enquiries.

As enquiries progressed, officers made two further arrests over the weekend.

A 33-year-old man from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon after police stopped the car he was driving.

A quantity of white powder was seized by Greater Manchester Police during a warrant at the address he gave officers in custody.

A 27-year-old woman from the Stockport area was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Both have been released on bail with the condition not to enter Pembrokeshire.

Detective Constable Phillip Jones said: “This was a significant drugs seizure, and we will continue our enquiries with the view to securing a swift outcome.

“I would like to thank all officers involved over the weekend for their dedication and diligence.”

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Major blaze destroys well known Tenby chip shop

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EMERGENCY services have sealed off part of Tenby following a major fire at a chip shop.

Fire fighters rushed to Park Road Fish & Chip Shop after a blaze broke out late on Tuesday morning (Jun 15).

Emergency services are still at the scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Diversions for traffic are in place.

Four fire appliances responded to the blaze at the Tenby chip shop (Image G Davies Photography)
Fire fighters take off BA kits after the blaze was put out (Image G Davies Photography)

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