On Watch: International Coalition Monitors, Protects Middle East Shipping Lanes
The International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) was created July 2019 as a way to deter unprofessional behavior in the waters of the Middle East region through its operational arm, Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel.The IMSC comprises eight nations – Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States – who deploy personnel, ships and aircraft throughout the region as part of the international surveillance and detection effort.Since establishing CTF Sentinel…
EU Invests in Border Security, Coast Guard
The European Union Council officially adopted the Commission's proposal to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, an agency that will acquire its own equipment, such as vessels, planes and vehicles, a will have a standing corps of 10,000 border guards. The move was announced to respond to the challenges facing Europe in managing migration and its external borders.“Today the European Union has achieved an ambitious task of transforming the EU border agency, Frontex, into a fully-fledged European Border and Coast Guard.
Durres Port H1 Cargo Traffic Up 11%
Albania's largest sea port of Durres handled 11% more goods during January-June this year (H1 2019), than the same period of 2018, said Durres Port Authority (DPA).The DPA Statistics Sector noticed that over the first six months of 2019, more than 2 million tons of different goods have been handled, a figure 11% higher than last year.From port statistics it is also learned that most of the goods are transported by commercial vessels, 1,559,017 tons of total goods; while the rest…
Barge Frequency to Rise at Marseille Fos
Frequency on the three-per-week container barge service between Fos and Lyon is to be increased to five departures each way, five days per week, from October 1 to meet growing demand for pre- and post-forwarding river links between the French Mediterranean and the Rhone-Saone hinterland. Backed by container lines CMA CGM, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, the enhancement follows collaboration between the Marseille Fos and Lyon Terminal port authorities, Fos container terminal operators Port Synergy-Eurofos and Seayard…
APL Adds Port Calls to Asia-Europe Services
APL has added Durres, Albania and Thessaloniki, Greece as new ports of call to its Mediterranean Express 1 (MX1) service; as well as Novorossiysk, Russia Black Sea and Poti, Georgia to the seaports which its Mediterranean Express 2 (MX2) service is calling. Currently, the MX1 service is calling the ports of Qingdao, Busan, Yangshan, Ningbo, Xiamen, Nansha, Yantian, Singapore and Malta where shipments are trans-shipped to Durres and Thessaloniki. The MX2 service is now calling Qingdao…
USS Porter Hosts Career Day
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a group of 9th and 10th grade students from the International School of Vlore, Albania for a career day and cultural learning event Sept. 26, 2015. The community relations (COMREL) event was intended to strengthen relationships with the nation of Albania and give the Sailors and students an opportunity to interact and learn more about each other’s cultures. Sailors, all of who volunteered their time to provide service…
New CMA CGM Agency in Albania
CMA CGM has opened CMA CGM Albania, a new group agency in Durres, to replace its former third-party agent with immediate effect.
“Intra-Mediterranean Container Trades” Update
Dynamar has published “INTRA-MEDITERRANEAN CONTAINER TRADES”, the latest report in its Container Trades and Markets series. Salient details and interesting findings of the new report are discussed here below. Intra-Mediterranean (2014) Container Trades is all about the 170 services operated by 40 different shipping companies deploying 275 container, Ro/Ro and multipurpose ships with container capacities of 400 to 3,000 TEU that populate the intra and coastal all Mediterranean waters.
EU Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Targets Blue Growth
Better cooperation between countries in the Adriatic and Ionian regions is needed to address shared challenges and better exploit joint opportunities, the EU Fisheries department said today in a statement. The strategy was officially launched in June 2014 to help facilitate this coordination while also helping the regions' 70 million citizens to benefit from a boost in the maritime economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism.
Paris MoU Issues Report on Port State Control
The Paris MoU published its report on 2013’s worldwide flag performance, “White, Grey and Black Lists.” The report indicates further improvements towards quality shipping. Last year Thailand and the United States of America were moved up to the White List. This year Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland moved from the Grey List to the White List. Georgia, Lebanon, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Libya and Albania moved from the Black List to the Grey List. There are now 46 flags on the White List, one more than last year. The Paris MoU has France leading the list, followed by Norway and Sweden.
Cruise Ship Liability & Compensation Treaty Kicks In
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs that substantially increased limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship apply from 23, April 2014, according to the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002. The 2002 Protocol to the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974, (PAL), revises and updates the 1974 Convention, which established a regime of liability for damage suffered by passengers carried on a seagoing vessel.
Passenger Ship Liability Treaty Takes Effect
The Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002, which substantially raises the limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship, enters into force today, April 23, 2014. The higher limits of liability will apply to ships registered in the following States which have ratified the 2002 treaty: Albania, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic and the United Kingdom.
This Day in Coast Guard History – May 20, 2010
1882-The lookout of Station No. 10 (Louisville, Kentucky), 9th District, spotted two men and a skiff being swept toward the dam and falls of the Ohio River. He sounded the alarm and "a boat at once shot out from the station, and reached the men in time to save them. They were quite ignorant of rowing . . . and were at the mercy of the flood sweeping towards the dam. 1999- The CGC Bear arrived in Rota, Spain. She was deployed to the Adriatic Sea in support of “Operation Allied Force” and “Operation Noble Anvil”…