Azerbaijan News

23 Feb 2020

ASCO to Prevent Environmental Damage

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) considers environmental protection as one of the key criteria for sustainable development, claimed the company.ASCO constantly pays attention to minimizing the environmentally negative impact of oil sludge, used oils, other liquid and solid emissions resulting from the operation of ships and coastal facilities on water sources, soil and atmosphere. During operations, the ASCO takes necessary preventive measures within its own capabilities.According to the results for 2019…

16 Jan 2020

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

New model tool: the iCon inspection robot searches for cracks. CREDIT: OceanTech

From their base deep within a former World War II U-boat pen, Norwegian outfit, OceanTech, is developing a set of robot tools that cling to offshore structures in order to effect inspection, maintenance and repair, or IMR. Old submarine anchorages are now subsea testing and training sites, but the North Sea is still the target. Hundreds of aging platforms and subsea structures require IMR that’s too costly, complex or hazardous for divers or remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs.As he walks us through Dora II…

13 Jan 2020

ASCO Completes Irgiz Overhaul

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) announced that its towing and supply vessel Irgiz, belonging to the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet, has been accomplished major overhaul. The vessel was repaired at the “Bibiheybat” Ship Repair Yard.The main and auxiliary steering gears and engines, oil and water coolers, air cylinder fittings, pumps for various purposes, separators, and piping systems were repaired. Also, the necessary electrical equipment, main and emergency lighting were checked…

06 Jan 2020

P&O Ferrymasters Expands in Turkey

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European providers of transportation and logistics services P&O Ferrymasters has announced plans to open five new offices across Turkey over the next two years as it continues the expansion of its pan-European logistics services into Asia.In addition to its existing base in Istanbul, P&O Ferrymasters will develop a comprehensive network across the strategically vital country by opening offices in Izmir on the Aegean coast, the capital city Ankara, Mersin on the south coast, Bursa in the Marmara region and Gaziantep near the border with Syria.Murat Bog…

20 Dec 2019

First Tanker Built at Baku Shipyard Launched

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended a ceremony to launch the first tanker built at Baku Shipyard on the order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Shipping Closed Joint-Stock Company (ACSC).The first oil tanker 'Lachin' was built by local specialists on the design of the Odessa Bureau of Marine Engineering. The 7,875-ton tanker is 141 meters long and 16.9 meters wide.The tanker can pass through the Volga-Don canal and has the maximum load capacity. Unlike others…

26 Nov 2019

Baku Port Signs Major Asia-Europe Freight MoU

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The Port of Baku,  Austrian ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and Cabooter Group (NL) signed an agreement to strengthen and expand the freight traffic from Europe to Central Asia and China via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor). The Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria, Mr. Andreas Reichhardt, and Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Austria, Mr. Galib Israfilov were also present at the signing ceremony.The parties have decided…

17 Oct 2019

European Ports Get EcoPorts’ PERS

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European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) congratulates Port of Barcelona (Spain), Port of Vigo (Spain) and Port of Baku (Azerbaijan) for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS).Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s Secretary General, handed over the PERS certificates to the ports’ representatives during the Green Port Congress in Oslo.“I would like to congratulate Port of Barcelona and Port of Vigo for renewing EcoPorts’ environmental standard and Port of Baku for obtaining it for the first time.

11 Oct 2019

DSC Dredge Wins USACE Dredge Bid

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DSC Dredge, LLC wins bid for a new, non-propelled, cutter suction head dredge solicited by The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) earlier this month. When completed, the new cutter suction head dredge will operate out of Astara, Azerbaijan to not only maintain the harbor depth and harbor entrance but the US Government is purchasing this dredge for the country of Azerbaijan as a part of Azerbaijan’s support of the US in anti-terrorism efforts.

03 Oct 2019

ACS Completes Giant Crane Ship

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Overhaul of the hull of the General Aliaga Shikhlinsky crane vessel has been completed. The vessel is on the balance of the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping (ACS). It is one of the giant ships in the Caspian Sea and is.After completion of the repair work on the floating dock in the Bibi Eybat Ship Repair Yard, the ship was launched into the sea.The overhaul of the vessel with carrying capacity equal to 600 tons included the repair of the bottom and side fittings…

23 Sep 2019

Topaz Extended Drydocking Scheme with ABS

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Topaz Energy and Marine, the offshore support vessel company providing marine solutions to the global energy industry, and ABS have, together with the State Maritime Agency under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASMA), announced the implementation of a pioneering project enabling a condition-based survey approach."This achievement, which resulted from the visionary approach between Topaz, ABS and ASMA, marks a significant step in Topaz’s journey to transform its fleet to a condition-based class model…

17 Sep 2019

BP Awards Caspian ACG Contracts

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The upstream consortium, led by UK enerrgy giant major BP, announced that the Azeri-Central-East (ACE) project is moving forward at pace with the awards of key contracts.BP as operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field development, revealed that the contracts, covering engineering, fabrication and construction, project management and other services follow the project final investment decision (FID) announced on 19 April 2019.The contract awards underpin the schedule…

16 Sep 2019

ASCO Vessel Om Back in Operation

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Azerbaijani shipping company ASCO said that overhaul of the towing and supplying vessel Om, owned by its offshore fleet, has been completed.Repair work was carried out at the Bibi-Heybat Shipyard, said Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company.During the repair, the main and auxiliary engines of the vessel, pumps, pipelines, living quarters, sanitary facilities and a dining room were overhauled.In addition, two out-of-date 1LA4 280-4SA90-Z type air compressors have been replaced with modern MAS GA 75 type air compressors.During the dock repair…

10 Sep 2019

2nd Stage Of Pipe Laying in Absheron Field Over

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CSJC (ASCO) announced that its vessels - Suleiman Vazirov and Yarenga - have completed the second stage of pipe laying work in the Absheron gas and condensate field located in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.According to the Azerbaijani shipping company, at this stage, an 8-inch pipeline with a length of 11,459 meters was layed in the Absheron area between jackets No. 23 and No. 57.Next stage includes pipe laying works at the Gas Separation Station No. 2 of the Bulla-Deniz field.

06 Sep 2019

ASCO Ships Completes Pirshagi Wastewater Treatment Plant

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More than 90 percent of the construction works of the Pirshagi Wastewater Treatment Plant, funded by the Government of Azerbaijan and the Korea Export-Import Bank, has been completed.According to Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), this facility is the first modern wastewater treatment plant in Azerbaijan developed on the basis of new technologies.Given that 400 m of the exhaust line of the Pirshagi Wastewater Treatment Plant was installed on land, and a part with a length of 1300 m – at the sea, a route along the sea bottom was determined in advance.

22 Aug 2019

Azerbaijan Launches Feeder Service in Black Sea

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The Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) will launch a test voyage of a feeder vessel along the Black Sea container route Batumi-Constanta by September 20.The vessel will sail every 10 days (3 times a month). If cargo volumes increase, the growth in the number of vessels and the regularity of sailings on the line is also expected.Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, hosted  general meeting of an association of legal entities – the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor International Association.Rauf Valiyev…

22 Aug 2019

Topaz Revenue Climbs

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Revenue of Topaz Energy and Marine of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the six-month period of 2019 was $235 million, an increase of 56% compared to H1 2018.Dubai-based offshore vessel operator’s first-half net income also surged to $42 million from a $4m loss recorded at the end of first six months of 2018.Earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization rose by 83 percent to $141m in the first half.The global ports operator DP World acquired Topaz from Oman's…

16 Aug 2019

ASCO Overhauls Shair Vagif

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The multi-purpose dry cargo vessel Shair Vagif, owned by the Transport Fleet of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) and operated in external waters, was overhauled at the Chernomorsk Shiprepair Yard  shipyard in Ukraine.Within the implemented works from July 3 to August 12, hydraulic booster of the vessel, its main engines and separators, including fuel, radio navigation and rescue systems, were repaired.Moreover, all automated ship control systems were restored. Thus…

15 Aug 2019

Briggs Marine Gets SSE Hydro Contract

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UK-based marine services company Briggs Marine Contractors (BMC) has been awarded a framework agreement for the underwater inspection and maintenance of SSE Hydro and thermal power generation sites.Under the contract, the company will provide services throughout Scotland and the United Kingdom for three years.The Briggs Marine Dive Team, who are approved for in-water inspection by ABS, Lloyds Register, and DNV-GL, has extensive experience working in remote and challenging locations…

19 Jul 2019

ASCO Ships Lay Cable for Absheron Gas

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), the largest and oldest shipping company on the Caspian sea, informed that works on laying pipes in the Absheron gas condensate field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea are under way.“Aura” tow-vessel vessel and “Suleyman Vezirov” pipe- laying ship of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) were involved in the pipe laying operations.The first phase of the operations has already been completed. Thus, the 13299-meter pipeline between “Darwin Bank” and “Absheron Bank” was fully laid.At present…

12 Jul 2019

U.S. Oil Makes it to Ukraine, a blow to Moscow

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U.S. crude exports are gaining traction in Europe as even Ukraine turns into a significant consumer of American barrels at the expense of Russian supplies amid heightened U.S. political pressure on Moscow and problems over contaminated Russian oil.Ukraine this month received its first ever barrels from the United States, according to Refinitiv Eikon flows data, as the tanker Wisdom Venture unloaded 80,000 tonnes of Bakken crude in Odessa on July 6 for the Kremenchug refinery,…

02 Jul 2019

Tajikistan to Expand Multimodal Shipping

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The 14th Meeting of the Railway Leaders of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the 8th Meeting of the Railway Committee of the Transport Coordination Council of the ECO (TTCC) was held in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan.The meeting discussed various cooperation issues in the field of multi-modal shipping, including transit cargoes by sea transport.The event was attended by representatives of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan…

07 Jul 2019

Azerbaijan- U.S. Maritime Meet

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has hosted a meeting with the guests from the United States of America.The meeting was attended by Robert Sekuta, former US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan in 2015-2018, former Read Admiral Ron MacLaren, director of the US Joint Reserve Forces, and Afghan Niftiyev, Director of the Caspian Research Center.ASCO Chairman Rauf Veliyev informed the guests about crucial projects implemented in Azerbaijan for the development of the transport system in recent years.

15 May 2019

Topaz Installs FUELTRAX

Topaz  Energy and Marine is partnering with FUELTRAX on advanced fuel tracking and reporting.  Topaz installed FUELTRAX EFMS across 21  of its vessels operating between Nigeria and Azerbaijan for data storage and surveillance. FUELTRAX is designed to deliver an electronic record of activities using automated operational and fuel data collection, coupling it with precise in-transit efficiency recommendations for vessels located anywhere in the world.In  line  with  its  digital  transformation,  Topaz  has  also  adopted FUELTRAX Vision, a new onboard  surveillance  system which provides  a remote  view  of  onboard  surveillance footage, stored in a secure database and correlated with onboard fuel activities.

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