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Monday, December 17, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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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.

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), front, transits the Black Sea with Romanian Navy ship ROS Marasesti (F 111), rear, during exercise Sea Breeze 2015, Sept. 8. Sea Breeze is an air, land and maritime exercises

Sea Breeze 2015 Concludes in Odesa

The annual U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational training exercise Sea Breeze 2015 concluded in Odesa, Ukraine and the Black Sea Sept. 12, 2015. Maritime forces from 11 allied and partnering nations participated in the 14th iteration of Sea Breeze. This year’s exercise included training at Ukrainian naval bases, airfields, and land bases, training within the Black Sea, and an additional exercise relative construction military port. The annual exercise seeks to enhance interoperability and strengthen regional security.

KVH Launches Balkans NEWSlink Service

KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc.,  added several new titles to its NEWSlink portfolio with the launch of four new daily editions – Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro – focusing on the Balkans region. Each title covers the main daily political, general, financial, sporting and entertainment stories from those countries, and is available in the native language, namely Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Montenegrin. The new titles join NEWSlink’s roster of daily and weekly newspaper digests…

Trailing suction hopper dredger MAHURY

Royal IHC successfully launches TSHD MAHURY

On 14 August, Royal IHC successfully launched the MAHURY, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), at partner shipyard MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The vessel is being built for Baggerbedrijf de Boer - Dutch Dredging, whose Managing Director C.J. van de Graaf Jr, attended the launch. AMAZONE. The MAHURY is an upgraded version of the ALBATROS, which was delivered in 2013, and was well received by the customer. The MAHURY includes two dredging marks in its design that allows the vessel to operate at different distances from the shore…

Renewable Energy Generation Photo TIFR

Bulgaria Orders Green Energy Producers to Cut Output by 60%

Bulgaria's power grid operator ordered all renewable energy producers on Sunday to reduce their output by 60 percent in an attempt to balance production and consumption in the Balkan country, the state-owned company said. The grid operator has already imposed output cuts on  thermal power plants in the coal-fired Maritsa East complex and on Bulgaria's nuclear plant due to low domestic consumption and weak demand for power exports in the region. Reductions similar to the renewable energy cut have been imposed several times since late May.

Pierre-Yves Jullien, Group President and CEO, Hempel (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel Celebrates 100 Years

Hempel kicked off the group’s centenary celebrations and invited customers from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania to a party in Athens’ Acropolis Museum on Saturday, May 9. Hempel has had a permanent presence in Greece since 1952 as Hempel Hellas General Manager, Keld Laursen explained, “For 63 out of the 100 years we have had our feet on the ground in Piraeus and Athens and we are very proud of this. Hempel’s Group President and CEO Pierre-Yves Jullien expanded, “It is fitting – and a real pleasure - that the first significant centenary event is here in Athens . . .