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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Italy News

Libya Ships Propane Gas to Italy

Libya has exported its first shipment of propane gas from the eastern port of Zueitina to Italy for four years, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday. The cargo of 67,761 barrels was shipped on May 20 after a four-year stoppage at Zueitina's gas plant, NOC said. Writing by Aidan Lewis

Hannibal Doubles Connections To Switzerland

Hannibal, Contship Italia Group's multimodal transport operator, has launched a second rail link to Switzerland on July 2, 2018. The new daily connection to Zurich (Niederglatt) complements the existing link to Basel (Frenkendorf), which is also served daily.With the additional link to Zurich (Niederglatt), Contship Italia doubles its services covering the growing Swiss market. The new link between Contship’s Rail Hub Milano (RHM) in Melzo and Niederglatt features a three-day…

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Costa Cruises Seeks to Reassure Italy over Job Loss Fears

A unit of one of the world's biggest cruise operators sought to reassure Italy on Friday that plans to transfer some of its operations to Germany did not mean it would move abroad. Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corp, is based in the northern Italian port of Genoa, but transport workers union FIT-CISL fears the company's transfer plan spells job losses. Unions are concerned that the transfer of four Costa Cruises units to Hamburg would result in the loss of about 160 jobs and…

Australia’s Ambassador to Italy Dr Greg French, left, Flinders Professor Saint, the University of Genoa’s Professor Trucco, and Fincantieri’s Vice President Sales Sabrina Sanguineti at the MoU signing in Genoa.Flinders Univ

Italian Boosts to Flinders Shipbuilding Ambitions

Building on its partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced earlier this month, South Australia’s Flinders University has signed a supporting agreement with The University of Genoa to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime, naval architecture and shipbuilding. The agreement not only strengthens Flinders’ connection with Fincantieri – one of the shortlisted companies bidding to build Australia’s Future Frigates – but also opens…

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Italy’s First, Fully-Automated Gantry Cranes Reach Vado Ligure

Italy’s first ARMG (Automated rail mounted gantry cranes) have reached APM Terminals Vado Ligure. These will be used in the new Container Terminal due for completion in 2019. The long journey to Italy started in China in January and included stops in South Africa and the UK. These six cranes are the first of 21 cranes to be delivered. These fully automated Gantry Cranes are the most technologically advanced in the terminal. In addition to their considerable size (they can handle up to six stacked containers)…

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Cavotec Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Italy

Global engineering group Cavotec has officially opened its new production facility in Milan.Some 150 guests attended yesterday’s opening ceremony, among them key customers, suppliers, partners, local officials and dignitaries and members of the media. Cavotec board members and management team were also present.Cavotec CEO, Mikael Norin, opened the ceremony. Following a series of keynote addresses, guests were taken on a guided tour of the facility. The production plant features the latest in sustainable building materials and technologies…

Spain Offers to Take in Drifting Migrant Ship Aquarius

Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.The Aquarius picked up the migrants from inflatable boats and rafts off the coast of Libya at the weekend, and the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday it was running out of provisions.Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took office just over a week ago, has given instructions for the boat to be admitted to the eastern port of Valencia…

Uniper Hires Goldman to Sell Stake in Italy LNG Terminal

Germany's Uniper has hired Goldman Sachs to sell its stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Italy, a deal that could value the whole business at 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), three people familiar with the deal told Reuters. Books have been opened for due diligence on OLT Offshore LNG Toscana's business and a deal could materialise in the first half of 2017, the people said, also adding that there was no guarantee that a sale would take place. Energy firm Uniper holds a 48.24 percent stake in the OLT terminal, while Italian utility group Iren owns 49.07 percent.

Russian Gas Discounts Undermine Italy's Quest For New Routes

U.S. As Europe looks to wriggle free of Russia's energy grip, state-backed exporter Gazprom is working to convince Italy to stay the course with offers of cheap gas, potentially locking out rival supply from North Africa, the Caspian Sea and shipped LNG. The race to ring-fence European gas markets from rising competition has led Gazprom to drop its dogged defence of oil-linked gas deals and prompted a spree of price cuts, the latest of which went to Italy's Eni. "Gazprom, dead set on getting its South Stream gas pipeline project (to Europe) off the ground…

Marco Manzi, Chief Financial Officer presso Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services S.p.A.

CEVA Opens Distribution Center in Italy

CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, has today announced the opening of a local distribution center for Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services, a division dedicated to the independent spare parts network and after sales market, consisting of 1,600 sq m in Padua Interporto, Italy. The new center features 5,000 shelf locations and is entirely managed by RFID which is supported by CEVA's technology suite CEVA Matrix®. The infrastructure and strategically located site of Padua Interporto…

Palau, Italy Join Forces for Maritime Seminar

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) Flag Inspectors benefited from a seminar hosted between February 20 to 24 at Italian Coast Guard General Headquarters in Rome covering Port State Control, Safety of Navigation, Maritime Security, Prevention of Pollution (MARPOL) and Minimum training standards for seafarers (STCW Convention). The event was organized after a request by Palau International Ship Registry and was hosted by Rear Admiral Cristiano Aliperta, former Italian representative to the IMO and Head of 6th Department Safety of Navigation of the General Command.

Intermarine Expands Mediterranean to Americas Service

Transporter of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo Intermarine, LLC said it has expanded its liner service from the Mediterranean to the Americas with the appointment of Hugo Trumpy as exclusive commercial agent in Italy for this trade lane. Genoa-based Hugo Trumpy has more than 60 years of experience dedicated to this trade lane and customer base (as ex Nordana Line agent). Intermarine and Hugo Trumpy will increase the present liner service to the Americas and will ensure regular sailings from the Mediterranean to the Americas.

Italy Approves e-NPs, ADP as SOLAS-Compliant

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced that Italy now approves the use of e-Nautical Publications (e-NPs) and ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) in place of paper equivalents. This decision means that Italian-flagged ships can now take advantage of the greater efficiency and accuracy offered by e-NPs and ADP whilst continuing to meet their SOLAS carriage requirements. Benefits of these products include fast electronic updates and easier access to important information mariners need, reducing workload on board and the risk of human error during passage planning tasks.

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Snam in Talks to Buy LNG Terminal Stake from Edison

Italian gas group Snam is in exclusive talks with EDF's Italian unit Edison to buy a stake in a liquefied natural gas terminal in northern Italy as part of plans to develop its LNG business, two sources said. Snam, controlled by state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, is looking to buy Edison's 7.3 percent stake in Terminale LNG Adriatico and the gas pipeline that connects it to Italy's gas transmission backbone, the sources said. Adriatic LNG, which has a capacity of 8 billion cubic metres per year, is 70.7 percent owned by ExxonMobil and 22 percent by Qatar Petroleum.

Mediterranean migrants. Photo: The Respect Party

No more: Italy Refused to Take More Mediterranean Migrants

Italian politicians based in the north vowed not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress, reports AP. All of those rescued will be deposited at ports on Sicily or elsewhere in southern Italy in the coming days, lifting this year's total of new arrivals on Italian soil to more than 50,000. Lombardy president Roberto Maroni said he would be writing to local mayors and prefects in his region on Monday to warn them not to accept any more "illegal immigrants" allocated by the government.

In the Mediterranean Sea in 2014, Lt. Kathleen Kostka, from Memphis, Tenn., and Lt. John Yosay, from Boardman, Ohio, both attached to Fleet Surgical Team 4, provide medical attention to migrants aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released)

Italy Rescues 4,500 Migrants in Mediterranean in one day

ROME, July 5 (Reuters) - Some 4,500 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies and a wooden boat in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, Italy's coast guard said, as the sea calmed after a rough weekend. More than 67,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea so far this year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said before the coast guard reported the latest rescues. Arrivals are down from the same period of 2015, but the number of deaths on the perilous route has jumped. Ten women were found dead in the bottom of a rubber boat last week .

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WFW Advises BPM on Navigazione Refinancing

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised Banca Popolare di Milano S.p.A. (BPM) regarding a US$28.8m loan facility granted to L.G.R. di Navigazione and secured by, inter alia, mortgages over two medium range ice class tankers, the “Cenito” and “Posillipo”. Founded in 1865 by future Italian Prime Minister Luigi Luzzatti, BPM was Italy’s second co-operative bank. It merged with Banco Populare on 1 January 2017, to form Banco BPM, Italy’s third largest retail and corporate banking conglomerate. Naples-headquartered L.G.R.

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APM Terminals Vado Aims to be Gateway to Central Europe

APM Terminals Vado, Italy Managing Director Paolo Cornetto highlighted the future role of the deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility, now under construction, as a new southern gateway to Central Europe. “We designed our new port around liner customers - and our landside customers – the importers, exporters and truckers - to help them do more business by tapping into the 70 million-member consumer market of northern Italy, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern France within an eight hour proximity of our port," he said.

Eni in the Arctic. Image credit: ENI

Italy's Eni Arrives Arctic as Shell Departs

As Shell retreats from the Arctic, the Italian oil giant Eni is making final preparations for its own oil exploration venture in the Norwegian Arctic, reports the Guardian. Eni has vowed to press ahead with oil production - a $5.5bn (£3.6bn) project - in the Norwegian Arctic. in the Arctic by the end of the year, undeterred by Shell’s decision to abandon its quest for Arctic oil. The project - Goliat - is set to become the world’s northernmost offshore oil field to come on stream…

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Italy's LSCT Executives Tour Asian Logistics Hubs

In Singapore, senior executives from Italy's La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group will kick off a tour of key cargo hubs across south east and east Asia today to raise awareness and promote the benefits of La Spezia Homeport as the gateway to Northern Italy and its main cargo corridors. La Spezia is promoting the concept that La Spezia Container Terminal is a viable alternative for southern and central Europe for leading players in the region's supply chain sector.

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Migrant Influx Puts Greek Port on Edge

The migrants bolted across a street and clambered over a fence into the Greek port at Patras, scouting around for trucks to stow away in. Dozens at a time scaled a 2-km stretch of fence one afternoon last week, playing cat-and-mouse with police officers who pushed them back only for the men to try again hours later. They are part of a growing number of migrants in Greece trying daily to smuggle themselves onto ferries at Patras to get to Italy. It's a dangerous passage but it has become more appealing since the closure in 2016 of the overland Balkan route to northern Europe.

America's Cup World Series Contestant: Photo credit CCL Team NZ

Naples, Italy, Venue for 2013 America's Cup World Series

The best yacht sailors in the world will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the America’s Cup World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won the fleet racing and finished in second place in the match racing. The America’s Cup World Series features up to 11 of the top sailing teams in the world…

Francesco Maria di Majo is Counsel in the corporate group, based in Rome Photo WFW

Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy). The appointment was confirmed today by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr Graziano Delrio, following approval from the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Transport Commission on 15 November 2016. The Port Authority of Civitavecchia…

U.N. Ro-Ro operates five major routes between Turkey and the EU Image courtesy DFDS

DFDS to Acquire Turkey's Largest RoRo Operator

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has acquired Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. U.N. Ro-Ro operates five routes connecting Italy and France with Turkey, 12 ships and port terminals in Trieste and in Pendik, Istanbul. U.N. Ro-Ro employs 500 people. The deal is subject to approval by the authorities. ​Today, Danish shipping group DFDS signed an agreement to acquire 98.8 % of the shares in the shipping company U.N.

Courtesy INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA

Panama Sues Italy for Vessel Arrest, Detention

Panama today filed an application with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a dispute with Italy regarding the arrest and detention of the MV Norstar, a Panamanian-flagged vessel. According to the application, from 1994 until 1998 the MV Norstar was involved in supplying gasoil to mega yachts in international waters beyond the territorial seas of Italy, France and Spain. The application further states that the MV Norstar was arrested in the bay of Palma de Mallorca on 24 September 1998 by Spanish officials…

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Boston Carriers to Buy Nuova Abibes SRL

Boston Carriers announced that in April 24 2018, the company entered into an exclusivity agreement with Nuova. The agreement provides six months for the acquisition of Nuova and all its assets and liabilities including but not limited to the storage facility in Italy as well as all its business, licenses and trademarks. "Our preliminary assessment of Nuova’s property plant and equipment assets only without including any valuation on the business, licenses and trademarks is approximately…