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Thursday, August 13, 2020

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Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman. Photo: IRClass

IRClass Foreign Flag Fleet Reg. Up 16%

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) said that the classed fleet registered approx. 3% growth in the past year.The ship classification society said that its foreign flag fleet continued to grow at a robust pace with 16% more vessels added during 2019 demonstrating strong global acceptance of IRClass services.IRClass received several flag authorizations in 2019 including key flags like Cyprus and Denmark and is now recognized by 45 flag states worldwide. It opened a new office in the Netherlands to add to its other European offices in the UK…

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club.

Interview: Boriana Farrar, Ship Owners Claims Bureau

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club. We met with her in her NYC office to discuss her path from her native Bulgaria to a top maritime professional position.When Boriana Farrar moved from her native Bulgaria to the United States in 2001, she did so to be close to family, her mother and her sister who had already established a life in the U.S., some 5,000 miles from her homeland.

Pic: © METRANS Rail (Deutschland) GmbH

First Metrans Vectron Released

Rail freight operator Metrans received the first Vectron multi-system locomotive at its container terminal in Prague.The vehicle is part of an order of ten multi-system locomotives. They are being manufactured in the Siemens Mobility factory in Munich-Allach and will be delivered in full by spring 2020.Metrans will deploy the new Vectron locomotives in transnational freight traffic across Central and Eastern Europe.“We are very happy to have received the first of ten Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility at our location in Prague.

Pic: Clean Marine AS

Clean Marine, FMSI to Merge

Scrubber manufacturers and suppliers Clean Marine and FMSI have unveiled their intention to merge in order to create a bigger market share in the exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) segment.The combined entity, which will operate under the name Clean Marine, will provide a fully integrated offering, including Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) expertise, significant capacity, fast production times, project management and global after-sales services.Further announcements will…

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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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Monitoring and Enforcement of Ballast Water Convention

Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty entered into force globally on 8 September 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. A regional workshop in Batumi, Georgia (3-5 July)…

IRClass pic on RO from Netherlands Photo courtesy IRClass PR

IRClass is Authorized RO for Netherlands

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) classification society has received authorization as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Netherlands’ flag administration. The authorization comes just months after IRClass received authorization from Europe’s largest flag Malta in December last year. Netherlands ranks fourth according to performance ranking released by Paris MOU. To date, IRClass has secured authorization from four European flags including Latvia and Bulgaria – all within the past year or so.

Transmetrics Welcomed NileDutch Team for the Data Workshop. From left to right: Marcel van Essen, Anna Shaposhnikova, Carlo Zaalberg, Asparuh Koev and Tjardo Boom. Photo: Transmetrics

NileDutch Implements Transmetrics Predictive Optimisation Software

In order to streamline our empty container flows and increase efficiency, NileDutch has started working with Transmetrics of Bulgaria, a tech startup that provides predictive logistics solutions. Transmetrics already has extensive experience in demand forecasting and predictive optimisation for the cargo transport industry, and as a result of this collaboration with NileDutch, it will also launch its new product, AssetMetrics. “With machine learning and intelligent algorithms we want to revolutionise how empty container handling and relocation is organised.

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Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping

Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island. Work on the 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara west of the Bosphorus, will begin this year, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said, adding it formed part of Turkey's most expensive construction project. The Bosphorus is one of the world's busiest waterways with 42,000 vessels passing through in 2016 - compared with 16,800 that transited the Suez Canal in the same year.

MET International Plans to Boost LNG Trades

Switzerland-based MET International AG plans to boost its liquefied natural gas (LNG) trades in Europe by 50 to 100 percent next year, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday. Gyorgy Vargha said that while the company had traded one cargo, or 60,000 tonnes of LNG, per month this year, this is expected to rise to between 1.5 and two cargoes per month in 2018 as MET seeks to increase its role in that segment. MET International was established in 2010 as the natural gas trading arm of parent MET Group…

Gastrade Signs LNG Deal with State-owned DEPA

Greece's state controlled natural gas firm DEPA signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday with natural gas company Gastrade to participate in the development of a liquified natural gas terminal in northern Greece, DEPA said. Greece currently has one LNG terminal on an islet off Athens. Gastrade, part of Greek energy group Copelouzos, is planning a second LNG terminal near the northern city of Alexandroupolis. The project has been described as a 'project of common interest' by the European Union.

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Greece, Bulgaria to Create Multimodal Corridor Between Ports

Bulgaria and Greece agreed to expand Multimodal Freight Corridor Between Black Sea, Aegen Sea and Dunabe. Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Ivaylo Moskovski and Greek Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Christos Spirtzis have agreed to extend the multimodal transport corridor between the two countries connecting the ports of Varna, Burgas, Kavala and Alexandroupoli. The Greek part accepted Bulgaria’s proposal to include a connection with the port of Ruse in the joint project.

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Gulf Navigation forms JV with Polimar Turkish

Dubai-listed Gulf Navigation Holding has announced a partnership with Polimar Turkish Holding to grow its fleet and increase its global reach. Under the agreement, Gulf Navigation said it would be able to serve customers in major trading ports worldwide. The Gulf Navigation fleet is expected to grow from four service boats to 10 crews, tugs and offshore support vessels with a value of US$3 million per vessel as part of the deal. The revenue from the partnership is expected to be about $27m a year, according to Gulf Navigation.

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Five Large Cranes Delivered to Bulgaria and Egypt

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has transported five Gottwald mobile harbor cranes, weighing a total of 1,400 metric tonnes, loading them in Denmark and Belgium and delivering them to Bulgaria and Egypt. All five cranes were lifted and stowed fully-erected on deck, which limited the line of sight for the crew aboard HHL Rio de Janeiro, requiring an extra radar scanner to be installed on the foremast. Extra risk assessments were also carried out prior to commencing the voyage, in order to fully comply with all local and flag regulations.

EC Launches European Border and Coast Guard Agency Photo EC

EC Launches European Border and Coast Guard Agency

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched today less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission. The launch event takes place at the Kapitan Andreevo Border Checkpoint at the Bulgarian external border with Turkey and includes a presentation of the vehicles, equipment and teams of the new Agency, as well as a press conference attended by Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov…

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SHIPLYS to Advance Ship Design, Production Process

The European Commission has granted 6.2 Million Euros ($6.9mln) for a new research project called SHIPLYS (Ship Lifecycle Software Solutions). The project gathers a team of 12 leading maritime companies and research facilities from several European countries in order to develop simulation and modelling tools that will minimise the time and costs involved in ship design and production. Calculation and modelling tools currently used to overcome these needs are difficult to use and time consuming, especially for SMEs.

The Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, based in Oceana, Va., perform a fly-by before the Class of 2020 oath of office at the end of Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy. All of the pilots in the formation are U.S. Naval Academy graduates. Induction Day marks the beginning of Plebe Summer, the six week indoctrination that transitions civilian students to military life. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Anthony KochReleased)

US Naval Academy Inducts Class of 2020

The U.S. Naval Academy welcomed the 1,184 men and women of the incoming Class of 2020 in Annapolis June 30 during Induction Day. Induction Day--or I-Day--marks the beginning of a demanding six-week indoctrination period called Plebe Summer, during which civilian students are indoctrinated into military life. This indoctrination period is meant to help plebes develop discipline, honor, self-reliance and organization. These attributes will provide them with the foundation they will need to be successful midshipmen and throughout their military careers.

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NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea

The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik. Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S. naval destroyer, had entered the Black Sea on a routine deployment, a move it said raised hackles in Moscow because it had recently been fitted with a new missile system. Under the Montreux Convention, countries which don't have a Black Sea coastline cannot keep their warships there for more than 21 days.

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Photo USN

1,076 Graduate from U.S. Naval Academy

The U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 men and women at the annual graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. The Class of 2016 boasts an 89 percent graduation rate and, according to Carter, "unprecedented" academic and athletic success. Eight midshipmen received prestigious graduate scholarships, including one Rhodes Scholarship, one Mitchell Scholarship, two Truman Scholarships, three Gates Scholarships and one Schwarzman Scholarship.

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Maritime Cluster Concept Blooming Across Europe

Given the success of the first meeting he had in 2015 with the chairmen of the national maritime clusters forming the ENMC, Commissioner Vella expressed the wish to reiterate this high-level forum every year. In that spirit, the 2016 two-hours meeting took place in Luxembourg last week in the presence of eleven maritime clusters from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Main topics of the agenda discussed with Commissioner Vella were the follow-up of the International Ocean Governance…

Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov with Qatar's Transport Minister Al Sulaiti. Photo by GIS

Bulgaria to Develop Ports with Quatar

Bulgaria will develop its port infrastructure in cooperation with Qatar, reports Standartnews. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov held a meeting with Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti in this regards. The major topic of discussion was the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company and the Qatar Ports Management Company. The official visit of Al-Sulaiti in Bulgaria is at the invitation of the native transport minister Ivaylo Moskovski.

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Sanmar Celebrates 40 Years

Tugboat builder and operator Sanmar Denizcilik is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. More than 150 tugboats benefiting from its wealth of experience are presently in operation on international seas, the company says. It was in the year 1976 that Orhan Gürün, today’s company chairman, together with his dear friend, the late Gökçen Seven, incorporated Sanmar Denizcilik. Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Sanmar has developed into a force on two fronts, firstly as a tugboat…

Sanmar Celebrates Forty Years

Sanmar Denizcilik,  tugboat builder & tugboat operator is celebrating its ‘40th Anniversary’ this year. More than 150 tugboats are presently in operation on international seas. In 1976 Orhan Gürün, today’s company chairman, together with his dear friend, the late Gökçen Seven, incorporated Sanmar Denizcilik. Sanmar has developed into a major force on two fronts – firstly as an efficient and much respected tugboat operator and secondly as a world renowned tugboat builder with two modern custom built shipyards producing vessels for six continents.

Photo: Gastrade SA

Greek-US Plan for an LNG Terminal

Greece and the US are likely to reveal a joint venture to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal when US Secretary of State John Kerry makes an official visit to Athens in November. According to a local news report in eKathimerini, Kerry dropped a hint about the plan during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the United States at the end of September, referring to the prospect of northern Greece evolving into an energy hub with the construction of an LNG terminal.

GAC coordinates delivery of Swedish boats for Eastern Mediterranean sea rescue effort

GAC Facilitates Swedish Boats Delivery for Sea Rescue

Two high-speed boats from Sweden have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean, and it was GAC that coordinated their delivery to Greece. The craft were sent by the not-for-profit NGO, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), in response to the growing humanitarian crisis that has seen thousands of refugees attempting to cross the sea to enter Europe through the islands of Eastern Greece. According to figures from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, in July 2015 alone 50,000 new arrivals were reported, mainly to the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos, Samos and Leros.

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City of Burgas Opens Maritime Simulator Center

The City of Burgas and its association of environmental organizations have opened a new simulator center for maritime training in the region in line with the expansion of the port of Burgas. The maritime simulator center was developed as part of a EU project to provide enhanced training of fishermen and post graduation of mariners in Bulgaria. As the second-largest city and important port on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Burgas serves as an important industrial and economical hub.