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Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Georgia Allowing Crew Changes

Georgia has become the latest nation to say it will facilitate crew changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the country's Maritime Transport Agency said.“It’s been more than a month since Georgia has been actively cooperating with the maritime industry worldwide and is involved in the facilitation of crew change process and repatriation of Georgian seafarers. Therefore, the time has come to move to the next stage and become more efficient in the process of seafarers’ rotation,”…

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COVID-19: CMA CGM Launches the Business Continuity Pack

As the COVID-19 pandemic affects all sectors of the world economy, the CMA CGM Group is taking action by launching the Business Continuity Pack, a range of solutions to adapt and protect the supply chains of its customers.Business Continuity Pack: a new global range of adapted solutions during the COVID-19 pandemicWith the Business Continuity Pack, the CMA CGM Group provides comprehensive and customized solutions to:Adjust the pace of shipments by prioritizing the fast transportation of urgent shipments…

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Coronavirus Upends Global Food Supply Chains

In the fertile Satara district in western India, farmers are putting their cattle on an unorthodox diet: Some feed iceberg lettuce to buffalo. Others feed strawberries to cows.It’s not a treat. They can either feed their crops to animals or let them spoil. And other farmers are doing just that - dumping truck loads of fresh grapes to rot on compost heaps.The farmers cannot get their produce to consumers because of lockdowns that aim to stop the spread of coronavirus. In India…

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Russia to Disinfect Ships from Iran, Italy and South Korea

Russia has ordered the mandatorydisinfection of ships arriving at the Black Sea ports of Novorossiisk and Yuzhnaya Ozereyevka from Iran, Italy and South Korea because of the coronavirus, a  document seen by Reuters showed.A branch of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's consumer safety watchdog, has ordered port agents "to arrange the disinfectionof ships arriving from these countries before the border is opened" in the city of Novorossiisk, the document showed.Novorossiisk port is one of the biggest on the Black Sea.

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Liberian Registry Opens Oslo Office

The Liberian Registry announced it has opened a new full-service office in Oslo, its fourth new office opened since 2019, as the Registry continues to grow its global network.The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said Hege Solstad has been named General Manager of the Norwegian office.Hege Solstad brings to maritime experience to the role, both in Norway and internationally, after a career with Wilhelmsen Ships Service as Regional Director in Norway…

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QTerminals to develop, operate Ukrainian sea port

Qatari sea port operator QTerminals has won a concession tender to develop and operate Ukraine's Black Sea port of Olvia, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said on Friday.QTerminals, a joint venture between state-owned Qatar Ports Management (Mwani Qatar) and shipping and logistics group Qatar Navigation (Milaha), is due to invest 3.4 billion hryvnias ($133 million) in the next five years.It will also pay an 80 million hryvnia ($3.27 million) concession fee annually, Honcharuk said…

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ZIM Starts Seasonal Reefer Service

Israeli shipping company ZIM said it has commenced a seasonal reefer service from Egypt starting January 10.The weekly, fixed-day ZIM Egypt - Black Sea Express (EBX) 2020 seasonal reefer service provides a direct link from Alexandria to Novorossiysk NUTEP modern terminal, with a four-day transit time.Rani Ben-Yehuda, EVP Cross Suez and Atlantic Business Unit, said, “The service is specifically designed for the needs of our customers shipping perishable cargo, as part of our strategy aimed at providing solutions to our customers’ needs.”

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Georgia Scraps Deal on Major Port Project

Georgia has ended an investment agreement with an international consortium for one of the biggest projects in the former Soviet country, the construction of a major deep sea port on the Black Sea coast, its infrastructure minister said on Thursday.The nine-phase project to improve access to Central Asia and the Middle East had received support from Georgia's strategic partner, the United States, as well as the European Union, which had labelled the planned port at Anaklia a priority project."The government discussed this issue and decided that further postponement does not make sense…

Containership Grounds in the Bosphorus Strait

A foreign cargo ship ran aground in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Friday, requiring a rescue operation and prompting authorities to temporarily close the picturesque and crowded waterway running through Turkey's largest city.There were no injuries or casualties, the governor's office said, adding that the ship had reported engine failure shortly before its grounding near the shore.There was no damage to the concrete walkway running along the shore, Reuters witnesses said.The Bosphorus…

Hundreds Petition Against Erdogan's Canal Project

Hundreds of people in Istanbul have signed petitions in the past two days opposing a massive canal project championed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, which they say will wreak environmental havoc in the city.The proposed 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul on the western fringes of Turkey's largest city would connect the Black Sea to the north and the Marmara Sea to the south.Erdogan says it will ease traffic and prevent accidents on the natural Bosphorus strait, one of the world's busiest waterways…

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Cargo Ship Aground in Bosphorus Straight

A cargo ship collided with the shore in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Friday, according to the governor's office and a witness, prompting authorities to close the picturesque and crowded waterway running through Turkey's largest city.There were no injuries or casualties, the governor's office said, adding that the ship reported engine failure shortly before the collision.

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Russia to Invest $500 mln in Syrian Port

Russia plans to invest $500 million in the Syrian port of Tartus and build a grain hub there to boost its presence on Middle East markets, Interfax news agency cited Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov as saying on Tuesday.Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, has stepped up grain supplies to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in recent years since Moscow's 2015 military intervention on his behalf in Syria's civil war.Construction of the necessary infrastructure at the port…

Romania Tries to Free Trapped Sheep on Capsized Ship

Port authorities tried to right a capsized ship on Monday to rescue thousands of sheep trapped below deck in the Black Sea off Romania.The Palau-registered Queen Hind flipped onto its side shortly after leaving Romania's Midia port en route to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Its crew, most of them Syrians, were rescued."There are hopes to rescue many sheep, as they are trapped under the deck in air pockets," an officer from Romania's naval authority said, speaking on condition of anonymity."But operations to lighten the ship and refloat it are very difficult and may last several days…

Russia Returns Ukraine Naval Ships before Summit

Russia on Monday handed back three naval ships it captured last year to Ukraine, something Kiev wanted to happen before a four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month in Paris.The handover, confirmed by the two countries' foreign ministries, occurred in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.Russia seized the ships in the same area in November last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Moscow said the ships - two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat - had illegally entered its territorial waters.

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AWT Becomes PKP Cargo International

Polish rail freight operator PKP Cargo has rebranded its Czech subsidiary Advanced World Transport (AWT) to PKP Cargo International. Besides the new name, the Czech company has obtained a new corporate logo and colours.Advanced World Transport is the second largest rail freight carrier in the Czech Republic. In May 2015, PKP Cargo S.A. took over 80 percent shares in the company, and in November 2017 the remaining 20 percent.In December 2018, AWT acquired 80 percent shares in the company Primol-Rail d.o.o.…

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Russia's Rosneft Tenders marine bunkers in euros

Top Russian oil producer Rosneft has put up marine fuel cargos for sale with the euro as the default currency, a tender document showed on Monday, in line with its plan to sell oil products in the single currency instead of the U.S. dollar.Rosneft said it had tendered to sell up to 70,000 tonnes of low-viscosity marine fuel with sulphur content of up to 1% from its oil refineries with delivery between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 on a freight-on-board (FOB) Black Sea basis or FOB St Petersburg…

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Azerbaijan Launches Feeder Service in Black Sea

The Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) will launch a test voyage of a feeder vessel along the Black Sea container route Batumi-Constanta by September 20.The vessel will sail every 10 days (3 times a month). If cargo volumes increase, the growth in the number of vessels and the regularity of sailings on the line is also expected.Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, hosted  general meeting of an association of legal entities – the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor International Association.Rauf Valiyev…

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Pacific Basin Hopeful on Dry Bulkers

The dry bulk freight market is expected to benefit in the second half of 2019 and early 2020 from many larger ships being taken out of service for several weeks for scrubber installation, said Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Shipping Limited.The maritime transport company engaged in international dry bulk shipping through the operation of a fleet of vessels to carry diverse cargoes for many of the world's leading commodity groups said: "We believe the market for smaller dry bulk ships like ours will benefit also over the longer term…

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Azerbaijan- U.S. Maritime Meet

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has hosted a meeting with the guests from the United States of America.The meeting was attended by Robert Sekuta, former US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan in 2015-2018, former Read Admiral Ron MacLaren, director of the US Joint Reserve Forces, and Afghan Niftiyev, Director of the Caspian Research Center.ASCO Chairman Rauf Veliyev informed the guests about crucial projects implemented in Azerbaijan for the development of the transport system in recent years.

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Equipment For Deepwater Berth Delivered at NUTEP

A cargo of handling equipment for NUTEP terminal in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk  was successfully delivered on board M/V Zhen Hua 19 to the Port of Novorossiysk.The equipment was supplied by Chinese producer ZPMC. The shipment include 3 STS cranes, 4 RTGs and 2 reachstackers. The terminal operator said the equipment is intended for the new deep-water Berth No. 38 built by NUTEP in 2019.The contracts for the supply of the three STS and four RTG were signed in June 2017; the reach stackers were ordered in January 2019.

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Black Sea Container Exports on the Rise

Ukraine-based Informall Business Group in its latest Black Sea Container Market review reports a rise of 8.70% in loaded containers handling in the Black Sea container ports of Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia in 2018 as compared to 2017.Black Sea container terminals of the five countries handled 2927016 TEU in 2018, including empty containers, excluding transshipment. This review observes only full containers of the region – 2188153 TEU.In 2018, there was a laden container turnover increase in all countries of the Black Sea region.

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Milaha Launches BSX

Middle East's maritime and logistics company Milaha (Qatar Navigation) will start a direct container shipping service connecting the Black Sea and the Mediterranean in its first foray into Europe.According to a press release from the Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate the new feeder service marks Milaha’s first European service linking the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The BSX demonstrates Milaha’s commitment to deliver reliable and agile services to its customers and partners globally.The BSX rotation is Piraeus (Greece)…

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Turkmen Oil Exports via Russia’s Novorossiisk Port to Resume

Exports of Turkmen oil via Russia's Black sea port of Novorossiisk will resume in February, four market sources said.Turkmenistan stopped transit of its oil via Russia in 2016 and has been exporting all its crude via the Azeri Caspian port of Baku.Pumping Turkmen oil through the Makhachkala-Novorossiisk pipeline could add as much as 200,000 tonnes of crude per month into Russia’s Transneft system. Turkmenistan is currently shipping oil via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline…

Cargo Ships Caught in Russia-Ukraine Storm

Russia-Ukraine naval clash followed shipping holdups Ships bound for Ukrainian ports say they are held up while those bound for Russian ports go through.When the Island Bay cargo ship arrived from Beirut at the Kerch Strait, gateway to the Azov Sea, it sailed into a perfect storm of geopolitics and bad weather.The following day, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian naval ships, impounded them and detained their sailors, some of them wounded. It then blocked the strait by putting…

ZIM and MSC Continue Black Sea Service

Container carriers ZIM and MSC  announced that the joint Black Sea Service, to meet agricultural season demand, will continue during 2018-19. The service will commence in Ashdod on week 46, November 15, 2018, operating on the following rotation: Alexandria – Ashdod – Novorossiysk – Alexandria.The weekly service, operating two vessels, will have a fixed Ashdod Friday departure.

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Dan-Bunkering Hires Five in Denamrk

A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. has announced the employment of below five Bunker Traders in the office in Middelfart, Denmark, as of September 2018.Matea Jelicic was born and raised in Croatia and holds a double degree in Petroleum Engineering and Supply Chain Management. Additionally, she brings along a vast amount of experience from different parts of the industry.Yevheniia Karyndzha is of Ukranian origin and has been living and working in Turkey for a period, providing her with great…

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