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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Adriatic Sea News

CMA CGM Rolls out Adrimed Express Line

Map: CMA CGM

CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, has announced the new service offer Adrimed Express which directly links the ports of the Adriatic Sea and Egypt. This innovative, fast and reliable service links Egypt, Malta, Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia. Thanks to a call in Malta, a CMA CGM group’s hub, efficient transshipment connections are offered to worldwide markets. This service, which is especially designed for perishable goods transportation in reefer containers, offers the best transit times on the market between the Adriatic Sea and Egypt.

HMS Invincible Called Home

Britain has recalled the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible from the Adriatic Sea where it has been involved in the NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia. No direct replacement of the ship is currently planned.

New and amended TSSs

The IMO issued a Circular announcing three new and two amended traffic separation schemes (TSSs). The new TSSs are (1) “Off Ra’s al kuh”; (2) Approaches to the Port of Ra’s al Khafji”; and (3) “in the Adriatic Sea”. The amended TSSs are (a) Between Korsoer and Sprogoe” and (b) “In the Singapore Strait”. (HK Law)

Maersk New Service and General Rate Increase

Maersk announced a new service between East Med and Central Europe via the Adriatic Sea called Adriatic Levant Express or ALEX. Maersk is deploying two vessels on the new service to offer a solution to the East Mediterranean reefer market with departures from Alexandria (Egypt) and Ashdod (Israel) to Central Europe. ALEX will phase in from Ashdod, 18 November 2009. The rotation will be Alexandria (Egypt), Ashdod (Israel), Koper (Slovenia), Ravenna (Italy), Piraeus (Greece), Limassol (Cyprus), and Alexandria (Egypt). Maersk Line also announced a general rate increase effective 15 November 2009 in the South Asia/Middle East to Europe trade.

Minoan Mulls Route Expansions

Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines said on Monday it plans to expand into new sea routes linking the ports of West Italy with Malta and Tunisia and later expanding to French ports in the Mediterranean. The company's statement on its plans was issued after Minoan's chairman Costas Kleronomos announced the decision during the delivery ceremony of the operator's newest vessel, the 2,200 passenger Festos Palace, over the weekend at Fincantieri shipyards in Genoa, Italy. Minoan's expansion plans will take place through a strategic cooperation with Italy's Grimaldi group. "This step is providing new opportunities for Minoan's strategy to expand its core ferry operations in the new European sea routes outside the Adriatic Sea market…

Minoan Plans To Expand Routes

Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines will expand into new sea routes linking the ports of West Italy with Malta and Tunisia and later expanding to French ports in the Mediterranean. The company's statement on its plans was issued after Minoan's chairman Costas Kleronomos announced the decision during the delivery ceremony of the operator's newest vessel, Festos Palace, over the weekend at Fincantieri shipyards in Genoa, Italy. Minoan's expansion plans will take place through a strategic cooperation with Italy's Grimaldi group. "This step is providing new opportunities for Minoan's strategy to expand its core ferry operations in the new European sea routes outside the Adriatic Sea market…

Attica Applies For Route Expansion

Passenger shipping firm Attica Enterprises applied last week to Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry for operating licences on two domestic routes, promising hefty discounts on fares. The company plans to use its 28-knot Superfast Ferries for the Piraeus-Kos-Rhodes and Piraeus-Chania routes, offering discounts ranging between 10 and 23.5 percent to government-set fares. The Dodecanese routes have faced a deterioration of their service after the bankruptcy of local DANE Sea Lines and the failure of ANEK in providing the required guarantees to collaborate with DANE and take over its routes. It also filed with the Merchant Marine Ministry for the registration of its Superfast V and VI ferries which will be delivered in coming months and will be routed in the Adriatic Sea, adding around 200 jobs.

Attica Applies For Route Expansion

Passenger shipping firm Attica Enterprises applied last week to Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry for operating licenses on two domestic routes, promising hefty discounts on fares. The company plans to use its 28-knot Superfast Ferries for the Piraeus-Kos-Rhodes and Piraeus-Chania routes, offering discounts ranging between 10 and 23.5 percent to government-set fares. The Dodecanese routes have faced a deterioration of their service after the bankruptcy of local DANE Sea Lines and the failure of ANEK in providing the required guarantees to collaborate with DANE and take over its routes. It also filed with the Merchant Marine Ministry for the registration of its Superfast V and VI ferries…

Today in U.S. Naval History: September 12

Typhoon Iniki (Photo: NOAA)

Today in U.S. 1952 - USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) took Marshall Josip Tito for a one-day cruise in the Adriatic Sea where he was shown flight operations. 1966 - Launch of Gemini 11, piloted by CDR Charles Conrad Jr., USN and LCDR Richard F. Gordon Jr., USN. Their mission lasted 2 days and 23 hours and included 44 orbits at an altitude of 1,368.9 km.. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Today in U.S. Naval History: September 12

Today in U.S. 1952 - USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) took Marshall Josip Tito for a one-day cruise in the Adriatic Sea where he was shown flight operations. 1966 - Launch of Gemini 11, piloted by CDR Charles Conrad Jr., USN and LCDR Richard F. Gordon Jr., USN. Their mission lasted 2 days and 23 hours and included 44 orbits at an altitude of 1368.9 km.. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.

Austal Reports Record Breaking Season

The introduction of the 269-ft. Austal Auto Express catamaran Felix to a fast ferry service across the Adriatic Sea has reportedly been accompanied by an increase in traffic for its operators. Linking the Italian port of Ancona with Split in Croatia, the ‘Croazia Jet’ service was previously serviced by a 242.7 ft. Incat vessel. This has now been replaced by the Austal designed and built Felix.. Established in 2000, the ‘Croazia Jet’ service is jointly operated by the Italian ferry operator SNAV and Sea Containers’ subsidiary company Hoverspeed. Sea Containers operates the world’s largest fleet of fast vehicle-passenger ferries. Earlier this month, Sea Containers announced that “Felix” carried nearly 59,000 passengers and 13,250 vehicles during the seasonal service.

Hyundai Heavy Builds First Underwater LNG Tanks

The world's largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has built the world's first underwater liquefied natural gas tanks. Each is 155 m long and weighs 4,800 tons. The order was placed last year by ExxonMobil, and the tanks can store up to 260,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Hyundai declined to mention their cost. The two tanks will be deployed in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of northern Italy to enter into use in 2008. Hyundai says the tanks can withstand temperatures of -162 degrees Celsius. The tanks will be delivered in pieces to Spain, where they will be assembled. (Source: http://english.chosun.com)

Video: Mega Sailing Ship Docks in Greece

Photo: Konstantinos Mil. Anagnostou

One of the largest sailing ships in the world, the 636-foot-long Club Med 2 is a huge five-masted cruise ship owned and operated by Club Med. The impressively massive vessel recently called the port of Chios Island Greece, where Konstantinos Mil. Anagnostou was able to capture stunning aerial photos and video. Watch here. Built from 1992 to 1996 in Le Havre, France, Club Med 2 harnesses power from computer-operated sails combined with diesel-electric power. Seven sails and four diesel generators powering two electric motors propel the ship to speeds of 10-15 knots.

ExxonMobil Chief Touts Q-Max Advantage

Rex Tillerson, CEO, Exxon Mobil

Speaking at the 19 World Petroleum Congress in Madrid, Mr. Tillerson outlined the challenge of supplying growing energy needs while minimizing the impact on the environment. “New energy technologies for energy supply, such as those enabling an increase in world LNG supplies, together with technologies to improve energy efficiency, will be critical in meeting the world’s energy challenge,” Mr. Tillerson said. “On the supply side, technological breakthroughs in the production and…

K-Sea's OK Seas

Even on New York harbor, where the tugs range from burly to brutish, K-Sea's biggest are easy to pick out. Standing as tall as a seven-story house, they're the white ones. Their red trim makes them all the more conspicuous, like huge decorated lateens on the horizon as they move monster barges from the Kills. For giants like these, of course, harbor chores like bunkering would be almost recreational, something to keep them exercised between the coastal jaunts for which they're designed - and for which their owners are expanding. K-Sea has a dedicated harbor fleet too. They're as brawny as any but look a little moreso - muscular, almost hulking with those white superstructures stark against the sky. K-Sea also has a pushboat, the curious Odin, odd to the eye but insistently practical.

BLUE DADDY: Italian-Built, Italian-Owned

The Italian marine operator Bambini, based at the Port of Ravenna, operates an extensive fleet of vessels in support of the offshore industry. These range from tugs, to supply boats and crew boats. The latter, mostly in the 30 to 35-mrange, have been imported from US builders. Recently they launched their first Fast Supply Vessel, the 51.75 by 9.2-meter Blue Daddy, from the Cantieri Navail Vittoria in Adria on the Canal Bianco about 25 kilometers up from the Adriatic Sea along the River Po in north-eastern Italy.

Ocean Group Takes Delivery of First Damen Tug

Stan Tug 2608 (Photo: Damen)

Italian maritime service provider Ocean S.r.l. has welcomed its first Damen tug – a Stan Tug 2608 – into its fleet. The company, part of the Ocean-Team Group, will deploy the vessel in harbor towage operations in the ports of Monfalcone and Porto Nogaro in the northern reaches of the Adriatic Sea. The signing of the delivery protocol was attended by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, as part of a recent State Visit to Italy with a parallel Netherlands Economic Mission.

Trieste Terminal Selects N4 TOS

Trieste Marine Terminal (Photo: TMT)

Navis has announced a new N4 terminal operating system (TOS) licensing agreement with Italian terminal, Trieste Marine Terminal (TMT). TMT selected the Navis TOS to optimize the terminal’s operational cycle and lower costs. The ultimate goal is to increase TMT’s efficiencies so customers can experience improved productivity. Trieste Marine Terminal located in Trieste, Italy is the only specialized container terminal, providing unique services for container traffic that moves through the North Adriatic Sea.

Attica Maintains Leading Share In Adriatic

Ferry operator Attica Enterprises is maintaining its leading market share in the passenger and truck traffic in the sea routes from all ports of Greece to Italy. Attica, with its fleet of Superfast ferries, had respective market shares of 23.4 and 27.1 percent in passengers and trucks carried to Italian ports from Greece in the first nine months of the year. In the same period in 1998, the ferry operator's market shares in the Adriatic Sea were 21.4 percent for passengers and 24.1 percent for trucks, it said. Attica Enterprises carried a total of 437,000 passengers and 77,900 trucks and 87,000 cars between January and September with respective growth rates of 12.4, 28.5 and 14.8 percent.

Blaze on Turkish Ship in Adriatic Sea Extinguished

Firefighters extinguished a blaze that erupted aboard a Turkish cargo ship off Croatia's coast three days ago and had raised fears of major pollution, AFP reported. A team of Dutch firefighters and their Croatian counterparts were aboard the ship to assess the situation and inspect the vessel. The Und Adriyatik ship was being kept four miles away from Croatia's northern coast by tugboats. According to reports, the Turkish company that owns the ship said the vessel was likely to be towed to the Italian Adriatic port of Trieste. The authorities said earlier the ship, which was transporting 200 trucks and nine tonnes of oil derivatives, would not be allowed to leave Croatian waters before it is completely cleaned up.

Mount Whitney Dry Docking Nears Completion

Sailors stationed aboard the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), paint the ship’s anchor gold during the golden anchor ceremony March 19, 2015.

The U.S. 6th fleet’s command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), entered the final stages of its renovation and overhaul at the Viktor Lenac shipyard, in Rijeka, Croatia, July 11, 2015. After successfully completing the majority of a seven-month docking, renovation, overhaul, and at sea trial, Mount Whitney is weeks from returning to its forward deployed port of Gaeta, Italy. Mount Whitney underwent a three-day sea trial in the Adriatic Sea to test the operational capability of the vessel.

ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group Welcomes New Member

On Friday, June 6, 2014, German shipyard NCP-Repair Shipyard Šibenik Ltd. joined the ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group as its 11th member. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) Superyacht Refit Group represents quality refit, repair and maintenance yards. Working towards maintaining and improving global superyacht quality, the Refit Group follows professional working standards and specified environmental practices. Founded in 1905 as a central Austro-Hungarian naval base…

InterMoor Completes Saipem UK Contract

InterMoor Services/Image: InterMoor

InterMoor Marine Services Ltd., an Acteon company, has completed a Saipem UK Ltd. (Sonsub Division) contract to perform positioning and heading control for the hook-up operations of a new floating production, storage and offloading(FPSO) unit in a depth of 815 meters in the Aquila Field, Adriatic Sea, Italy. Initiated in August 2010, the agreement included carrying out FPSO positioning and heading control analyses; analyzing optimized anchor handling scenarios for the FPSO mooring hook-up; and producing marine and survey procedures.

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