Azerbaijan News

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,…

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.

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…

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.

13 May 2019

One Dead After Saipem Vessel Blast

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One of the 14 people injured after an explosion on a pipe-laying vessel in the Caspian Sea operated by Italian oil service group Saipem has died, a Saipem spokeswoman said on Monday.The explosion took place on May 8."Saipem deeply regrets to advise that one person who has been in most critical conditions has passed away," an Azerbaijan-based spokeswoman said.(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Mark Potter)

10 May 2019

Pipelayer Blast Injures 14

The pipelayer vessel Israfil Huseynov (File Image: © Maxwel / MarineTraffic.com)

An explosion has struck an oil-industry vessel in the Caspian Sea, injuring 14 people, the ship's operator, Italian engineering firm Saipem, said on Thursday.The ship, the Israfil Huseynov, was involved in maintenance work linked to the Shah Deniz II project, part of the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline stretching from Azerbaijan to Europe.Saipem said seven of those injured in Wednesday night's explosion were being treated in intensive care for burns.Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari

01 May 2019

Oil Shipments from Georgia's Batumi Port Drop

Oil and oil-related shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi dropped 24 percent in the first four months of 2019 from a year earlier, an official at a KazMunaiGas-operated terminal at the port said on Wednesday.Shipments of crude oil and refined oil products from Batumi have fallen in recent years, partly because Azerbaijan prefers to send its oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline or via its own terminal at the Georgian port of Kulevi, rather than from Batumi, which is operated by a Kazakh company.There were no shipments of crude oil, naphtha, jet fuel or vacuum gasoil from Batumi in January-April, the official, who did not want to be identified…

01 May 2019

Port of Baku Pact with European Logistics Hub

Port of Baku begins cooperation with leading European logistics hub. Photo: Port of Baku

The leading companies operating in the city of Venlo in the Dutch province of Limburg, which is one of the largest logistics and transport hubs in Europe, have started cooperation with Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC.Last week, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the government of the state of Limburg, which includes the city of Venlo and leading companies with the Port of Baku.The Memo envisages cooperation with the government of the province of Limburg, companies Cabooter Group…

18 Apr 2019

Largest Barge of Caspian Sea Undergone Overhaul

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The barge of STB-1 owned by the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet of the CJSC Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has undergone an overhaul. The overhaul has been carried out at the Bibi-Heybat Shipyard.As part of the overhaul, the underwater and surface parts of the barge were cleaned and painted. Along with this, the bottom-side reinforcement of the barge was repaired.At the end of the overhaul, the barge “STB-1” was handed over to the crew members and Registry Classification representatives.

29 Mar 2019

ASCO Overhauls 'Zangazur' Tanker

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) said that “Zangezur”, a tanker owned by Marine Transport Fleet, has been overhauled.The overhaul of the vessel at the Zykh Shipyard has been successfully completed, said the Azerbaijani shipping company in a press release.The submersible and surface parts of the ship, the head deck, engine (machine) room and upper body were cleaned and painted in the course of overhaul.Head and auxiliary engines, auxiliary mechanisms, and equipment of Engine (machine) room were repaired.

19 Feb 2019

As Traders Tussle Turkmenistan Cuts Exports

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A clash between trading house Vitol and Azerbaijan's SOCAR over Caspian Sea oil shipments is forcing Turkmenistan to slash exports of crude due to a lack of tankers.Turkmenistan typically exports about 200,000 tonnes of oil per month via the Caspian to world markets, mainly from fields operated by the UAE's ENOC and Italy's Eni, but flows have halved in recent weeks, six traders involved in operations said.That happened after Turkmen producers decided to export oil via Russia with the help of Swiss trader Vitol and ditch the previous Azeri route…

15 Feb 2019

EIA: Azerbaijan Surges in Natural Gas

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Azerbaijan is an important supplier of crude oil and natural gas in the Caspian Sea region, particularly to European markets, the US Energy Information Administration said in its report.The EIA’s report notes that Azerbaijan’s exports of natural gas are poised to become a more significant part of the country’s economy.Azerbaijan produced about 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of dry natural gas in 2017 and exported about 210 Bcf, according to EIA’s International Energy Statistics.“Azerbaijan is planning to expand its natural gas exports to Europe.

10 Jan 2019

APM Terminals Makes Progess in Poti Sea Port Expansion

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In Georgia, APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium have submitted a conceptual design for a first stage construction permit for the expansion of the Poti Sea Port.The plans were received by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia., said a release from international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.“After high-level and in-depth negotiations with authorities, cargo owners, equity partners and financial…

07 Jan 2019

Six Killed as Cargo Ship Sinks Off Turkey's Coast

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A cargo ship sank in rough waters off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Monday, killing six crew members including its captain, officials and media reports said.Seven other crew members were rescued  by Turkish Coast Guard teams after a Panama-flagged vessel sank in the Black Sea off Turkey's northern Samsun province.According to a statement released by the Interior Ministry, coastguard teams were dispatched off 77 miles Samsun after receiving a distress call from the Volgo Balt 214.Thirteen crew members…

07 Jan 2019

Two Dead as Bulker in Distress in the Black Sea

Two people died and another four were missing on Monday after a ship carrying coal sent a distress signal off the northern coast of Turkey, the coast guard and the local governor's office said.The Panama-flagged vessel, which departed from Russia's Azov port, sent out a distress signal around 148 kilometers (92 miles) off the northeastern Black Sea province of Samsun, the coast guard said.Thirteen crew members were on the bulk carrier including nine Ukraine nationals, two Azerbaijan nationals and two Russians, the Samsun governor's office said.The coast guard said the distress signal was received regarding a "possible sinking" of the ship.Seven members of the crew had been rescued so far while a search and rescue operation continued for the other four, the coast guard said.

03 Jan 2019

Oil Shipments from Georgia's Batumi Port Drop 51 pct in 2018

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Oil and oil-related shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi fell 51.2 percent in 2018 from a year earlier, an official at a KazMunaiGas-operated terminal at the port said on Thursday.Some crude oil was re-routed to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium last year, the official added, while some fuel oil was sent to the port of Taman in Russia and Georgia's other Black Sea port of Kulevi.The fall in shipments is partly because Azerbaijan prefers to send its oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline or via its own terminal in Kulevi, rather than from

18 Dec 2018

ASCO Shipyard Overhauls Turkmen Ship

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“Bibi-Heybat” Shipyard of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has overhauled the towing-supply vessel “CM. Rahil” owned by Turkmenistan. ASCO claimed that the overhaul was completed on time and with high quality.According to a press release, the main and auxiliary engine coolers, air pipes, engine generators, the electrical engine of auxiliary steering unit was repaired at the plant in the course of the works, and the testing of crane-beam of the lifeboat was undertaken.Along with this…

10 Dec 2018

ASCO Completes Overhaul of Shirvan-3

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has completed the overhaul of the crane vessel Shirvan-3 of the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet. The overhaul was carried out at “Bibi-Heybat” Shipyard.The ropes with a lifting capacity of 100 tons were replaced during the overhaul of the vessel. Besides, the routine maintenance of the main and auxiliary engines, pumps, piping systems, sanitary facilities and electric motors was performed.During the dock repair of the ship “Shirvan-3”, damaged underwater and surface sections of the hull were replaced, painting work was completed.

27 Nov 2018

Azerbaijan Shipping to Fight Environmental Pollution

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Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) said that environmental protection ihas been one of its main criteria of sustainable development.The Azerbaijani shipping company said in a press release that it keeps in the center of constant attention the minimization of environmental impacts of sludges, waste oil, fuel, other liquid and solid wastes obtained during the operation of vessels and the functioning of onshore facilities, on water basins, ground and air.Preventive measures…

25 Oct 2018

ASCO Establishes JV with Columbia Shipmanagement

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The Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) and Columbia Shipmanagement will create a joint venture, the ASCO said in a press release.Rauf Valiyev, the Chairman of ASCO and Heinrich Schuller, the Chairman of Columbia Shipmanagement  signed a memorandum of cooperation in this regard, it said.The new joint venture will further enhance bilateral cooperation. Thus, the company will create a solid basis for the exchange of experience on the operation of large tankers in international waters…

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