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Monday, May 21, 2018

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Croatia Acts to Cut Red Tape for FSRU Terminal Project

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The Croatian government proposed a special law on Thursday to facilitate the construction of an EU-backed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the northern Adriatic.The floating terminal is expected to start operations in 2020.The European Union wants the facility to help diversify sources of supply and reduce dependence on Russian gas, most notably for countries in central Europe.Brussels will invest 101.4 million euros ($121 million), or 28 percent of the project's assessed value.The law…

Pollution Contingency Plan by Cyprus, Greece and Israel

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The latest sub-regional contingency plan to deal with any oil pollution incident in the Mediterranean Sea has been signed, following support from the International Maritime Organization (IMO)-administered Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC). An Implementation Agreement on the Sub-Regional Marine Oil Pollution Contingency Plan was signed in Nicosia, Cyprus (8 May) by Cyprus, Greece, and Israel, along with other instruments for cooperation among the three countries. The objective of the contingency plan is an effective reaction to spills.

Angelicoussis Shipping to Retrofit BWTS on 36 Ships

(Image: Ecochlor)

U.S.-based ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer Ecochlor, Inc. said it has been awarded a contract to retrofit 36 vessels, including Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, VLCCs, Minicapes and Capes for Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL). Installations are expected to take place between 2018 and 2020 in Singapore, Dubai, Qatar and China.Ecochlor CEO Steve Candito remarked, “Having both IMO and USCG Type Approval were very important factors in the selection process by ASGL.

Croatian FLNG Terminal Delayed

Image: LNG Croatia LLC

Croatia's FLNG terminal in the northern Adriatic will take a year longer to complete than initially expected, reports Reuters. The capacity of the terminal, now expected to be finished in 2019, is seen at around 2 billion m3 of gas a year, with Croatia targeting central European markets as well as domestic. The terminal, to be built on the northern Adriatic island of Krk, is among projects the EU sees as important to its efforts to enhance energy security and reduce dependence on Russian gas.

Transas Supplies Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator To Croatia

Transas has supplied a full-mission bridge simulator, Navi-Trainer Professional 3000, to the training center of Split Ship Management, Croatia, to be officially opened on March 1, 2001. This will be the most advanced simulator training facility of its type in the country. The focus of the new simulator will be the Main Bridge, which will be provided with seven visual channels permitting a 210-degree panoramic view. Other bridge equipment will consist of a maneuvering console with a conning display station and overhead panel; two ARPA/ radar stations; and an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) console. Also provided…

Croatia's Brodotrogir Shipyard May Have No Future

According to a report from www.balkans.com, after recent talks in Brussels between the European Union and Croatia on the matter of shipbuilding industry, Croatian Parliament representative Jerko Rosin of the ruling HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) has suggested the Brodotrogir Shipyard in the southern town of Trogir has no economic future. (Source: www.balkans.com)  

Croatia To Aid Exports By Subsidizing Shipbuilding

The Croatian will subsidize the ailing shipbuilding industry to boost the country's stagnating exports, officials said, adding that while Croatia has few products it can export, a product it does have is ships. Officials said that, given the new government's proclaimed goal of entering the EU, Croatia had to find a way of balancing its current and trade accounts. The country's trade gap in the first 11 months of 1999 stood at $3.2 billion, while the current account gap is forecast at around $1.5 billion or 6-7 percent of gross domestic product. The government was prepared to help put the ailing industry back on track, but will not pay for their current expenditures such as wages, which was a standard practice of the former government, officials said.

Croatia Approves Plans for Floating LNG Terminal

Croatia approved plans to install a floating liquefied natural gas terminal served by vessels to bridge the waiting time for a delayed LNG terminal project in the northern Adriatic. The project would be $65.7m. (Source: Bloomberg)

Croatia May Choose FLNG Terminal

Image: LNG terminal Krk

According to Reuters, Croatia may decide to construct a floating LNG (FLNG) vessel for the northern Adriatic – as opposed to an onshore liquefaction plant – in order to begin operations sooner. At the moment, it is unclear what would become of the plans for a land-based terminal on the northern Adriatic island, Krk. So far, seven non-binding bids from both industrial and financial investors have been made for the onshore project. Croatian First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko met in Zagreb with Amos J.

KMSS Wins Contract

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) has won the contract to supply its integrated monitoring and control system to two Suezmax tankers currently under construction at Split Shipyard, Croatia. The tankers are owned by Tankerska Plovidba d.d., of Zadar in Croatia. The delivery will include the KMSS AutroCargo GL-100 radar based cargo level gauging system. Ballast and service level gauging will be monitored by the KMSS GT302/303 pressure transmitters. The monitoring and control system will be managed from the KMSS DataChief C20 machinery automation system. The delivery also includes two Local Operator Stations (LOS) connected directly to the controller area network.

Croatia's Floating LNG Terminal Due in 2018

Croatia Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic. Photo: HINA

Croatia could complete its 2 billion cubic metre per year floating LNG facility in 2018, Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said. In an interview with Reuters Tomislav said that Croatia intends to complete the construction of a floating LNG terminal in the northern Adriatic by 2018, and the initial capacity would be about two billion cubic metres of gas annually. "That does not mean giving up on the land terminal, but at this point we believe that we can ensure the stability of the market with a floating terminal",  he said.

Croatia Ratifies Wreck Removal Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks has been ratified by Croatia, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 37. The Convention, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. The treaty was adopted in 2007 and its Contracting States currently represent just over 70% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage.

Croatia Mulls LNG Facility

Pic: LNG Croatia LLC

A floating terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Croatia would lower energy prices both for households and the business sector, Croatian President  Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said. The country’s key energy project is still the liquefied natural gas terminal on the Island of Krk, but a floating LNG facility is an option, Kolinda said. She added that Croatia can learn a lot from the Baltic countries. She recently met with the Lithuanian President Dalia GrybauskaitÄ— who supported the LNG terminal in Croatia.

Croatia Invites Bids for LNG Terminal Project

 Image: LNG Croatia LLC

LNG Croatia, the project developer of the LNG import terminal on the Island of Krk in Croatia, has called for bids for the provision of a floating storage & regasification unit (FSRU). The bids for EPC and FSRU procurement, setting a 29 September deadline for submissions will  revive Croatia’s long-stalled plans to diversify its energy supply and reduce its dependence on piped gas from Russia. LNG Hrvatska says it is inviting bids in two separate tenders for the delivery of a FSRU and procurement of civil engineering works.

100th ABB Turbocharging Station Opens

On December 12, the 100th ABB Turbocharging service station opened in Rijeka, Croatia. At the inauguration country manager of Croatia, Darko Eisenhuth, welcomed to the century celebration customers from the local maritime community, the Swiss Ambassador to Croatia and Rijekas Mayor, as well as members of senior management from ABB Turbocharging headquarters in Switzerland and from ABB Croatia. The new service station in Rijeka will allow ABB Turbocharging to expand its local activities in Croatia and in the region as a whole, where there has been increasing demand for premium turbocharger support. A station crew of four will ensure that customers can rely on a faster response and first-class, OEM service around the clock.

Croatia Resurrects LNG terminal Plans

Croatia prepares financial plan for LNG terminal; EU sees the Krk terminal helping Europe's energy independence. Croatia has reopened a feasibility study for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the northern Adriatic which should help diversify energy supplies for central Europe, economy minister Ivan Vrdoljak said on Tuesday. The idea is to make the terminal on the island of Krk the southern end of a gas pipeline corridor connecting Croatia and Poland's Baltic port of Swinoujscie to help diversify gas supply routes for central Europe and cut dependence on Russian imports. "The potential LNG terminal on Krk has been recognised by the European Commission as an important project for the European Union's energy independence.

Sri Lanka’s Dockyard Says Only Talks no Shipyards

Colombo Dockyard Ltd. (CDL) said it was in the preliminary stage of talks with Croatian shipbuilders on possible collaboration but says there is no joint venture plan for a yard in Hambantota. It said in a statement to the Colombo Stock Exchange that the idea of possible collaboration in shipbuilding between Croatia and Sri Lanka was mooted by the Sri Lanka mission in Vienna. Last Thursday, minister for enterprise development and investment promotion, Sarath Amunugama, said there had been talks between Sri Lanka and Croatia on setting up ship-building facilities in Hambantota and talks have started with Colombo Dockyard. His remarks were made at the opening of a supply chain hub for the supermarket chain Marks & Spencer at Global Park in Seeduwa.

HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting

history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. Presented on the ms Amsterdam, the event featured performances by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and a Dubrovnik children's choir. Special guests included His Excellency Robert A. Dubrovnik.

Multraship Recovers Sunken Fishing Vessel

Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship and Croatia-based diving specialist HidroinĹľinjering have recovered the fishing vessel Marinero 1, which sank in January 2009 off KomiĹľa, Vis Island, Croatia. The 31.75 m-long vessel sunk in a water depth of . An ROV inspection revealed that, although the vessel has suffered stern, rudder and propeller damage, there was no other visible damage to the hull. The ROV also showed that the vessel was lying on a sandy bottom with a 20-degree portside list which would allow lifting slings to be positioned beneath it.

Croatia to Speed up Building of LNG Terminal in Adriatic

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Croatia will pass a special law to speed up the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the northern Adriatic, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday. Croatia produces more than half of its gas consumption, some 2.5 billion cubic metres (bcm) a year. Once the LNG terminal is built it hopes to be able to supply both its own market as well as central and eastern European countries. "Our aim (is) to pass a special law as a key message that it is a strategic project for us.

Croatia Now Protecting World Food Program Vessel

Photo: EU Naval Force

After three months of operating with the European Union Naval Force, a maritime protection team from Serbia handed over its World Food Program (WFP) vessel protection duties to Croatia. The handover ceremony took place on December 28, 2014, in Djibouti. The Serbian team has spent the past three months embarked in WFP vessel, MV MSM Douro, providing protection at sea from pirate attacks along the Somali coast. Members of the Croatian Forces will be embarked in MV MSM Douro for up to four months. Since the EU Naval Force began protecting WFP vessels in 2009, none have been attacked or pirated.

Croatia Considers Cuts to Shipyard Aid

According to a Bloomberg report, Croatia's to EU negotiator indicated the country’s next government will have to cut subsidies to the shipbuilding industry to move on with efforts to join the European Union. With 11,000 jobs at stake at five main shipyards, Croatia has put off the subsidy cuts until after elections on Nov. 25. EU rules bar government bailouts of unprofitable businesses, subjecting Croatia to the same clampdown that still provokes resentment in the eastern European countries that joined in 2004. Poland last month protested an EU order to reclaim aid payments to the Gdansk shipyard, home of the Solidarity movement. Some of the $500m in cash and guarantees that Croatia offered the shipyards in 2006 breaks EU rules, the negotiator said.

Training for Better Ballast Water Management

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Work to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in developing countries is underway in Zagreb, Croatia this week, with two training activities under IMO’s GloBallast project. A seminar looking at risk assessment, and inventories of marine life in and around commercial ports – a concept also known as Port Biological Baseline Surveys – concluded November 17. Marine biologists, Port State Control Officers and maritime authorities from Croatia…

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