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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Mediterranean Sea News

Jean Nicoli will be one of the three Corsica Linea ferries to benefit from ABB's shore connection technology. Image: ABB

ABB Enables Emission-free Port Visits

French ferry operator Corsica Linea is fitting out its ferries calling Port of Marseille with equipment necessary to use electricity for power at berth using  ABB’s shore connection technology.Instead of running diesel-fueled auxiliary engines, Paglia Orba, Jean Nicoli and Pascal Paoli ferrieswill use electricity for power at berth. Each of the three vessels is being modified to feature ABB’s power compensation solution Dynacomp, which allows electricity available from the local…

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30% of Sea Needs Protection by 2030

To keep the planet flourishing, 30 percent of Earth needs protection by 2030. Today about eight percent of the ocean and 15 percent of land is protected."We’re on track to reach a global goal of protecting 10 percent of the ocean and 17 percent of the land by 2020, but world leaders need to dramatically boost ambition if we are to protect our natural resources and the people and wildlife that depend on them," said Oceana, an ocean conservation and advocacy organization.Oceana has joined the world’s leading philanthropists and ocean conservation organizations…

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Cruise Meet at Posidonia Forum

The biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will be held from May 28-29, 2019, at the Domotel Kastri Conference Center, in Athens’ northern suburbs. Here there will be more than 30 senior cruise executives responsible for ports and destinations from the world’s biggest cruise lines, including MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Group, Disney Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Celestyal Cruises among others.Elisabetta De Nardo, VP Port Development…

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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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Cosco Shipping Ports Buys Stake in Beibu Gulf Port

Hong Kong-based Cosco Shipping Ports has purchased a 4.34% stake in Shenzhen-listed Beibu Gulf Port Co for a total consideration of approximately RMB 470 million (USD 68 mln)."By subscribing the shares, Cosco Shipping Ports aim to further strengthen the cooperation with Beibu Gulf Port, and lay a foundation for the Company to participate in the integration of Guangxi ports. At present, Cosco Shipping Ports teams up with Beibu Gulf Port in operating Qinzhou International Container Terminal Co.…

Hernan B. Ortiz. Photo: Glander International Bunkering

Glander International Bunkering Goes to Spain

The marine fuel and lubricant trading firm Glander International Bunkering has opened its  seventh office globally and third service point in Europe in Valencia, Spain, to  service clients in the Mediterranean and Spanish-speaking regions.As the new Managing Director of the Spain office, Hernan B. Ortiz has officially moved to Valencia from Dubai to assume this new important role.With more than 28 years of industry experience and 9 years within the company, Hernan will leverage…

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Rowan Gets New Contract by Turkish Petroleum

Offshore driller Rowan Companies has been awarded a two-well contract for its Rowan Norway jack-up rig in the Mediterranean Sea by Turkish Petroleum.Rowan Companies announced that the Rowan Norway, an N-Class ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig, has been awarded a two-well contract in the Mediterranean Sea by Turkish Petroleum with an estimated duration 100-140 days.The contract is expected to commence in late 2018. The Rowan Norway is currently warm-stacked in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea.

Francesco Di Sarcina secretary general port of La Spezia. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Port of La Spezia to Grow Container Handling Capacity 33%

Officials from the Italian Port of La Spezia and Contship Italia were in New York City today to discuss new investment in and strategic advantages of this historic port and facilities nestled in the Northwest corner of Italy.The second largest port in Italy, the Port of La Spezia counts geographic location as its first advantage, boasting a 48-ft. depth and situated on the Mediterranean Sea, the crossroads between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. While Asia dominates trade to and from La Spezia with nearly 45% of its business…

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DFDS: New Intermodal Link Between Sweden and Turkey

Denmark-headquartered shipping company DFDS is offering a new connection between Sweden and Turkey following its recent acquisition of Turkish company UN Ro-Ro.Through the Sweden – Turkey intermodal connection now in effect, the carrier offers connections from Gothenburg in Sweden to Trieste in Italy, Patras in Greece and Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin in Turkey.By connecting the existing DFDS network in northern Europe with the new routes in southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, DFDS is capable of offering transportation of cargo from North to South and back.

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IMO Supports Spill Preparedness in Northwest Pacific

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is supporting regional cooperation on oil and hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) spills in the Northwest Pacific region.IMO’s Roel Hoenders is taking part in meetings of the Marine Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre (MERRAC) taking place in Incheon, Republic of Korea (17-20 July).The Centre was originally established by IMO and UNEP to create effective cooperative measures to spill response under…

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Yilport Makes a Bid for Taranto Container Terminal

Yilport Holding has submitted its offer for Taranto Container Terminal concession in Italy. Ionian Sea Port Authority (AdSP), the managing institution of Port of Taranto has officially received the request of Yilport Holding to operate the entire set of multi-purpose port facilities in the Port of Taranto. These terminals in Southern Italy handle container traffic, bulk cargo and serve ro-ro traffic. Well located as a relay hub for the Mediterranean Sea, the terminals are integrated to intermodal networks, connecting Southern Italy to Northern Italy and finally to the center of Europe.

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…

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DFDS Completes Acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has completed the acquisition of 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. In April, DFDS signed an agreement with the owners of  U.N. Ro-Ro to acquire the shares in the company, said a press release from the company. “All relevant authorities have now approved the transaction and I am very pleased to announce that on 7 June we completed the deal. U.N.

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CMA CGM Launches Direct Service to Black Sea

In line with its strategy for the development of short lines in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the CMA CGM Group has rolled out the Black Sea Med Express service, which connects the major countries around the Black Sea (Turkey, Romania and Ukraine) to Algeria and Morocco. The service will be CMA CGM's first to offer a weekly connection between the main ports of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea with the North of Morocco (Tangier and Casablanca) and Algeria (Annaba) in order to develop the activity between The Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea with short lines.

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APM Terminals Tangier Celebrates 10 years in Morocco

APM Terminals Tangier welcomed the Munich Maersk, one of the world’s largest container vessels, as it made its maiden call to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the largest and most modern terminal facility in North Africa. APM Terminals Tangier is one of the most important transfer points of global trade. In addition to handling Moroccan import and export cargo, the terminal manages and transfers cargo for onward destinations in Africa, Latin America and beyond. Tangier's strategic…

Glander International Bunkering Announces Promotions

Marine fuel and lubricant trading firm Glander International Bunkering has internally promoted Bunker & Lubricant Traders in its Dubai office. In the Middle East and Indian subcontinent market, Abdur Rahman, who joined the Dubai office in 2013, has been promoted to Senior Bunker and Lubricant Trader. Laura Toplar joined the Glander International Bunkering group in 2014 as Bunker and Lubricant Trader in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the Black and Mediterranean Sea, and has now been promoted to Senior Bunker and Lubricant Trader.

Among those recognized, 65 vessels of Foss Maritime and its subsidiary companies were granted the 2016 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records. Pictured: Susan Hayman from Foss accepts the award. (Photo: Foss)

CSA Awards Vessel Safety

The U.S. maritime industry publicly recognized the merchant mariners responsible for safe ship operations at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held on June 7, 2017. In all, 211 people, representing 53 companies and their subsidiaries attended the annual industry-sponsored event where 1,582 vessels with 10,604 cumulative years of accident free operation were recognized. Since 1958, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has also sponsored the Safety Achievement Award program which recognizes outstanding feats of safety that contribute to saving a life, a ship or other property.

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CMA CGM Improves NC Levant Service

CMA CGM has announced the new upgraded service offer NC LEVANT, which directly links the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon) and Northern Europe (Belgium, England, Germany), via Malta, Spain and Italy. The NC Levant service will now provide extended port coverage with a new export call in Tanger Med towards the Levant Sea, and a new import call in Algeciras towards Northern Europe. Transit times offered will be among the best on the market. The upgraded service will also cover the significant ports in the region…

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CMA CGM Adds New MARMARA EXPRESS Line

CMA CGM upgrades its offer between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean Sea with the new MARMARA EXPRESS line. "We are pleased to announce the new service offer MARMARA EXPRESS which directly links Turkey, Spain, France, Greece and Italy," says a company statement. This fast and reliable service will answer the recent growth of trade between Turkey and the Western Mediterranean countries. The ports of the Sea of Marmara, which are located in the North of Turkey between the Aegean and the Black Sea…

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

CMA CGM, CNAN NORD Spa Partner in Algeria

Global container shipping company CMA CGM and Algerian national shipping company CNAN NORD Spa have signed a cooperation agreement on November 8 to develop shipping transportation in Algeria. The agreement focuses on three strategic axes, including operational cooperation for a common shipping line linking Northern Europe to the Algerian ports, operational and logistic cooperation between CMA CGM and CNAN NORD Spa (space allocation onboard oceanic CMA CGM vessels, provision of…

Port Bronka Performed Operational Start-up Phase

Port Bronka, the new deepwater port in St. Petersburg, was opened by mid of December 2015. Regular services started by January 2016. Meanwhile, the port offers a wide range of maritime logistics services including container- , RoRo- and general cargo handling and after little more than half a year the operational start-up phase is successfully completed. Regular container services directly connect Bronka to all main hub ports in North range ports (Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp).

A visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) approaches a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. navy photo by Chief Information Systems Technician Wesley R. Dickey)

USS Carney Rescues 97 Migrants in Mediterranean

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, July 29. Carney is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. Carney provided food and water to the migrants aboard the vessel before coordinating with a nearby merchant vessel to take them to safety. It also provided aid for the migrants until the SOS Mediterranee ship MS Aquarius arrived and took the migrants to safety.

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9.C1 with a foreign ship, but also the first combined Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial with that country's navy since 2007. Guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and Spanish frigate Cristobol Colon (F 105) participated in the testing.

Yaroslav Mudry. Photo from kaliningrad.kp.ru

U.S. Accuses Russian Warship of Aggressive Maneuvers

A Russian warship carried out aggressive and erratic maneuvers close to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the second such Cold War-style incident there in a matter of weeks, the U.S. military said on Saturday. The U.S. European Command said the Russian frigate, Yaroslav Mudry, came unnecessarily close to the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto on June 30 and maneuvered in its wake. In a statement, EUCOM said the U.S. ship had not been threatened and it maintained course and speed.

Yaroslav Mudry. Photo from kaliningrad.kp.ru

Russian Warship made 'unprofessional' Maneuver-U.S. Official

A Russian warship carried out "unprofessional" maritime operations in close proximity to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. Defense official said on Friday. This is the second time the same Russian vessel has come within close proximity of a U.S. Navy ship this month. On June 17, the Yaroslav Mudryy came within 315 yards (288 meters) of the USS Gravely, an incident U.S. officials called "unsafe and unprofessional," but which the Russian Defense Ministry disputed.