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CMA CGM Launches Direct Service to Black Sea

Map: CMA CGM

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. Transit times are as follows: Constanta is connected to Casablanca (Morocco) in 16 days, Ambarli (Turkey) to Annaba (Algeria) in six days, Malta to Odessa (Ukraine) in four days and Izmir (Turkey) to Malta in two days. The proposed stopover in Malta, aCMA CGM hub, affects all of the world's markets and offers multiple opportunities for transshipment and intermodal transport thanks to efficient connections with other Group services, th French container shipping company said. The Black Sea Med Express service will begin August 21 in Malta with a fleet of four vessels with a capacity of 1,700 TEU, which will operate in Casablanca, Tangier, Malta, Odessa, Constanta, Ambarli, Izmir, Malta and Annaba.  


US Navy Helps Secure Olympic Games

USS Taylor (U.S. Navy photo: Marcus L. Stanley)

With the threat of terror at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the United States is prepped with vessels in the Black Sea. The U.S. Navy deployed two ships to the Black Sea to help protect against the threat of terror attacks surrounding the Games. According to a Navy release, the U.S. 6th Fleet flag ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), with 300 Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners onboard, arrived in the Black Sea Feb


Trinity Industries to Construct Tank Barges for Kirby

Kirby Corporation has signed a contract with Trinity Industries, Inc. for the construction of 16 double-hull, 30,000 barrel capacity, inland black oil tank barges. Kirby plans to take delivery of seven of the tank barges in 2003 and nine in the first half of 2004. The total purchase price of the 16 barges is approximately $29 million, with an estimated $12.6 million to be expended in 2003 and $16.4 million in 2004. Under the terms of the contract


EC Modifies Black List

The European Commission (EC) issued a document entitled Additional information concerning the Indicative Black List of Ships


USS Cole (DDG 67) to Enter Black Sea Today

Cole (DDG 67) approaches the outer harbor breakwater as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. natio

USS Cole (DDG 67) will enter the Black Sea, Feb. 8, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region. Cole’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication to commitment towards strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S., NATO and regional Black Sea partners. “The United States remains fully committed to our NATO Allies and regional partners throughout Europe


Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning

Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.   Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist resorts, at a joint press conference with President Rosen Plevneliev who described Bulgaria as a peaceful country.   Tensions between Russia and the alliance have risen


USS Mount Whitney Visits Varna

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Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria Nov. 8 to officially kick off the multinational Black Sea Partnership Cruise (BSPC), set to commence Nov. 10. Representatives from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and the United States will come together to participate in the six-day, at-sea, interactive trainer


Russian Warship's Syrian Role Clarified

Caesar Kunikov: Photo credit Russian Navy

Russian warship on routine exercise – Moscow denies a  role in Syrian crisis A Russian amphibious landing ship, the Caesar Kunikov left the Black Sea port of Sevastopol for what a Black Sea Fleet officer said was a routine exercise at a training base, in response to media reports earlier this week that it could be heading for Syria. Some Ukrainian media sources also reported, referring to CNN and other western media


Navy Names Next Destroyer Delbert D. Black

The U.S. Navy’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Delbert D. Black.

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial that the next Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG-119, will be named Delbert D. Black. The future USS Delbert D. Black was named in honor of the first master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON). During his time as MCPON, Black served as an advisor to many boards dealing with enlisted personnel issues and as the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy


Army Helicopter Reported Down in Waters off Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army personnel are responding to a report of a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with five crew aboard approximately two miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu, Wednesday. Responding are: HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364) and crew


Bulk Carrier Splits in Two in the Black Sea

A dry cargo vessel broke in two in the Black Sea off Turkey's northwest coast, television images showed early on Sunday, while the 11-man crew was rescued. Mongolian flag carrying Leonardo, a 114-meter-long dry cargo ship, started buckling and broke in two while on anchor off Istanbul's Kilyos


Kelvin Hughes Rolls Out Its New ECDIS

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Kelvin Hughes has introduced its latest Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) designed for commercial ships as well as naval and coastguard patrol vessels.   Available as a standalone ECDIS or as part of a truly multifunction bridge display network with multiple operator


Ingalls Launches Guided Missile Destroyer DDG 51

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on Friday, September 8, 2017. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

The new Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) was launched by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Friday, September 8, in Pascagoula, Miss.   “A quality launch is a critical milestone in a ship’s


Oil from Sunken Tanker Spreads to Athens Riviera

Crews scrambled on Wednesday to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker which had spread to some of Athens's most popular beaches.   The 45-year-old vessel, Agia Zoni II, was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel when it sank off the island of Salamis on Sunday


Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

 The following statement was issued by Sarah Bobbe, Arctic Program Specialist at Ocean Conservancy, at the conclusion today of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting where member states supported a proposal to identify mitigation


Acorus Denied Access to Paris MoU Region

Photo: Paris MoU

 M/V Acorus vessel was detained in Port of Asprogirpos (Elefsis) - Greece on 6 July 2017. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months.    The ship flies the flag of Moldova Republic, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.  


Weather Suspends Bosphorus Marine Traffic

File Image: Bosphorous Strait (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Mklyxa

Traffic in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, was suspended on Tuesday due to poor visibility and heavy rain, shipping agent GAC said.   It said shipping was suspended at 830 am (0530 GMT).  


Crowley Names Vargas VP, Business Development

Daniel Vargas (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley names Daniel Vargas new Vice President of International Business Development, prtnering with Jeffrey de la Combe to enhance Caribbean services   Veteran sales executive in ocean transportation and logistics Daniel Vargas has been appointed vice president of international business


Samsung Heavy Back in Black in Q2

File Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Cost reductions paved the way for South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to swung to the black in the second quarter of 2017, though sales income decreased in the period reported Yonhap.  SHI reported that it has turned to black in Q2 with 20.6 billion won (US$18


Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in Arabian Gulf

Photo: United States Navy

 The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is carrying out strike sorties from the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).    The first aircraft launched from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter


Novorossiisk Port Resumes Oil Loadings

(File photo: Transneft)

Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Friday that oil loadings from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk had resumed after a storm.   Transneft added in a statement, however, that weather conditions at the port remained unstable.


Shipping Suspended in Turkey's Bosphorus

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Artur)

Traffic in the Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, was suspended on Thursday morning, data from Turkey's coastal safety agency showed.   The suspension started at 8:45 a.m. (0545 GMT), the agency said, without giving a reason


Golar LNG Partners in FLNG Hilli Episeyo Stake Acquisition

Photo: Golar LNG Partners

 Golar LNG Partners announced that it has entered into a purchase and sale for the acquisition from Golar LNG Limited and affiliates of Keppel Shipyard and Black and Veatch of equity interests in Golar Hilli LLC, which will, on the closing date of the Acquisition, indirectly own the FLNG


Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators

The search and rescue effort continues off the coast of Oahu (Photo CREDIT: U.S. Coast Guard)

Responders are continuing the search for five missing Army aviators from a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, Oahu, Wednesday.    Searching are: HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point


Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators off Hawaii

Responders continue the search for five Army aviators who went missing Tuesday night approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, the westernmost tip of land on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu.   The search began late Tuesday following notification to the Coast Guard from personnel at Wheeler






 
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