Eastern Mediterranean News

28 Feb 2019

Turkey Launches Largest Naval Exercise

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Turkey's military launched the largest naval exercise in its history on Thursday, February 28, carrying out drills with frigates, corvettes and submarines in the Black Sea, Aegean and eastern Mediterranean.The nine-day exercise is aimed at testing the readiness of command bases and operation centers throughout Turkey's territorial waters, the defense ministry said.On board the frigate TCG Barbaros, gunners fired live ammunition at mock targets floating on the waves. Nearby, helicopters lowered soldiers onto a ship's deck…

12 Feb 2019

Piraeus Port Signs MoU with Italian Ports

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The Greek port of Piraeus signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italy’s port authorities from the cities of Venice and Chioggia.The agreement seeks to develop port services and promote increased trade flow between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East.The MoU was signed during a meeting between the chairman and CEO of Piraeus port Fu Chengqiu and the president of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority (Venice and Chioggia) Pino Musolino.The MoU envisages cooperation in improving the exchange of best practices and knowhow in port management…

02 Jan 2019

First Shore-to-Ship Cold Ironing Connection In Eastern Med

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Eastern Mediterranean achieved reduced environmental footprint at the port of Killini, which on December 20th, 2018 held an inauguration event of the first pilot shore installation for the electrification of ships with an overwhelming ceremony that shed light to the endeavor that was accomplished by the EU co-funded Action ‘elemed’ and the shipping company Levante Ferries, who experienced the plug in of its passenger ro-ro ferry Fior Di Levante to the new electrification position on shore.The event was opened by Mr Nabil-Iosif Morant…

22 Dec 2018

Poseidon Med II Conducts Workshop

The European co-funded Poseidon Med II programme (PMII), organised a workshop at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI) in the context of its dissemination activities.The subject of the workshop, which took place on December 17th, 2018 was to present the appropriate framework for the adoption of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel in the Eastern Mediterranean.The event was opened by the Rector,  N. Katsarakis, followed by a welcome note by the President and Managing Director of the port of Heraklion,  A. Philippis. The event was attended by Professors and students of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete…

10 Dec 2018

Egypt Okays BP, Mubadala Acquisition of Stake in Eni's Noor Concession

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Egypt’s petroleum ministry has signed an agreement for UK Petroleum giant British Petroleum (BP) and UAE investment fund Mubadala to buy a 45 percent stake in the country's Noor offshore natural gas concesion in the Mediterannean from Italy’s Eni.In the concession, which is in participation with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), Eni as operator through its subsidiary, IEOC, now holds a 40 percent interest. The other partners in the concession are BP with 25 percent…

27 Nov 2018

First Steel Cut for Karish and Tanin FPSO

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Energean Oil and Gas announced that first steel was cut on the Karish and Tanin floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at the COSCO yard in Zhoushan, China, on Monday. The FPSO is scheduled to be delivered to the Karish field offshore Israel in late 2020, ahead of first production in the first quarter of 2021.The FPSO, which will be installed 90 kilometers offshore, will be the first FPSO to operate in the Eastern Mediterranean. It will have a gas treatment capacity of 800 MMscf/day (8 BCM/per annum) and liquids storage capacity of 800…

12 Nov 2018

Contship Expands Intermodal Service

Contship gateway terminal in La Spezia. Photo: Contship

Contship Italia Group has been pulling all the stops to increase its intermodal offering during the past months.Italy’s leading service provider for integrated global supply chains said that its Rail Hub Milano (RHM) and its gateway ports La Spezia and Ravenna serve as backbone of the Group’s growing intermodal network.La Spezia is geographically located within a range of 320 km from the key economic regions in Italy, accounting for over 47% of the total Italian GDP. RHM is located in Melzo, just outside the city of Milan at the heart of consumer and industrial regions.

21 Oct 2018

Arkas Bunkering, Sumitomo Corporation in LNG Bunkering Deal

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Arkas Bunkering have signed a protocol with Japan-based Sumitomo Corporation for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as bunker fuel in Turkish and nearby seas. As environmentally-friendly buildings, vessels and fuels have become more popular than ever, new applications acting as reminders for both states and civil initiatives of their environmental responsibilities continue to emerge. With International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) global sulphur cap set to enter into force in 2020, the maximum amount of sulphur allowed to be contained in bunker fuel will be reduced worldwide.

16 Oct 2018

Lloyd's Register Updates East Mediterranean Projects on Alternative Fuels

Pic: Poseidon Med II

Three European Commission co-funded initiatives – Poseidon Med II, CYnergy and Elemed – are driving forward the uptake of alternative fuels in the Eastern Mediterranean region.Poseidon Med II: Creating a comprehensive and sustainable supply chain for LNG bunkeringThe Poseidon Med II project is a practical roadmap that aims to promote wide adoption of LNG as a safe, environmentally efficient and viable alternative fuel for shipping and help the East Mediterranean marine transportation propel towards a low carbon future.The project…

30 Aug 2018

ZIM Upgrades India-Med Express Line (IMX)

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ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has announced that starting September, ZIM India-Med Express Line (IMX) will have a new rotation, with significantly faster transit time, making the fastest on the trade.A press release from the company claimed that ZIM Customers will benefit from fast transit time and improved port rotationIt said: "In order to improve our service to customers and cater for market needs, ZIM will introduce changes to IMX service, as follows: the line will operate 5 vessels, and the round-trip will be shortened to 35 days.

06 May 2018

DP World Opens Limassol Passenger Terminal

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The new cruise passenger terminal at DP World Limassol was inaugurated today by Cyprus President, His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades; Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mrs. Vassiliki Anastassiadou; the Mayor of Limassol, Nicos Nicolaides and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. The operational opening of the terminal was attended by almost 300 guests and will enable the largest cruise ships in the world to visit the country for the first time.

24 Mar 2018

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE Partner

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE have combined forces to form a partnership for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters Photo Ardent Global

Ardent, Vernicos Tugs and Salvage, a Greek-based tug & salvage service provider and Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) a Greek-based Oil Spill Response provider, have formally partnered for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters. The three companies signed a cooperation agreement on 20th March 2018 to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities. Ardent, announces the formation of a partnership with Vernicos Tugs and Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE).

26 Feb 2018

Falling Rocks Closes Corinth Canal for Ships

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Greece on Monday closed the Corinth canal after a rockfall that followed heavy rain, temporarily blocking a transit route used mainly by commercial ships and pleasure yachts. The 6.4-km canal serves about 11,000 ships a year, offering a short transit from southern Italy to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, saving mariners a 700-km (434-mile) journey around the Peloponnese Peninsula. But its 21.5-metre (64-foot) width means it is not a key waterway for ocean-going vessels.

23 Feb 2018

Cyprus Accuses Turkey of Blocking Drillship Again

Cyprus accused Turkey on Friday of threatening to use force against a drillship chartered by Italy's Eni, in a standoff over hydrocarbons rights in the eastern Mediterranean. There was no immediate reaction from Turkey, which has vowed to prevent Greek Cypriots from exploring for oil or gas around the ethnically-split island and says some areas of Cyprus's offshore maritime zone fall under its jurisdiction. On Feb. 9, the Turkish navy on manoeuvres in the Mediterranean stopped the Saipem 12000 vessel on its way to drill for gas in the waters off Cyprus, triggering a diplomatic standoff which has underscored tensions in the region over competing claims for offshore resources.

12 Feb 2018

EU Tells Turkey to Avoid Damaging Actions after Cyprus Ship Incident

The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus, a member of the bloc, accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas. Cyprus is one of several states, also including Israel and Lebanon, racing to tap gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean. Greek Cypriots run Cyprus's internationally recognised government, while Turkish Cypriots have a breakaway state in the north - recognised only by Ankara - and say resources around the island belong to them too. Cyprus said on Sunday the Turkish military had obstructed a vessel contracted by Italian oil company Eni which was approaching an area to explore for natural gas.

04 Dec 2017

WFW Advises Italian Shipowners on Partnership with Gigilinis

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International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised three leading Italian shipowners -Rimorchiatori Mediterranei, Gesmar and Fratelli Neri – on their partnership agreement with Thessaloniki-based Greek maritime operator Gigilinis Shipping Group. The deal closed on 29 November. The deal represents a strategic milestone in Italian ship owners’ expansion into the Greek and broader Eastern Mediterranean markets, most notably into the key port of Thessaloniki. Rimorchiatori Mediterranei is the leading player in the harbour towage sector in Italy…

14 Nov 2017

MV Kobi Ruegg Joins Fugro Survey Fleet

MV Kobi Ruegg (Photo: Fugro)

A 58-meter, multi-role survey vessel MV Kobi Ruegg has joined Fugro’s fleet and is set to begin her first project in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea. Working on behalf of Saipem, Fugro will deploy its large diameter piston core system to collect soil samples in the Zohr gas field; geophysical surveys for Pico and Shell will follow. Having previously operated in the Gulf of Mexico for Fugro, the three-year-old vessel has recently been renamed in honor of a former member of Fugro’s management board who passed away in March 2017.

25 Oct 2017

MES Delivers 60,000 DWT Bulk Carrier

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) said it has completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt bulk carrier M.V. Venezia (MES Hull No. 1959) at its Tamano Works on October 25, 2017 to Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, Hellenic Republic.   This is the 26th ship of the builder's “neo60BC”, and the third Eco-Ship line up of its “neo series”. Length overall: 199.99 m Breadth (molded): 32.25 m Depth (molded): 18.50 m Gross Tonnage: 34,094 Deadweight: 60,388 metric tons Main Engine: MITSUI-MAN B&W 6S50ME-B9.3 Diesel Engine x1set Service Speed: abt. 14.5 knots Complement: 24 persons Classification Society: NK Flag: Republic of Malta Date of Delivery: October 25, 2017

17 Oct 2017

Interferry Conference Reviews Issues with Financial Impact

The challenges and opportunities posed by alternative fuels, safety management and social media dominated Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, where a record 370 delegates shared insights on ship technologies, safety issues including cyber security and the customer experience. Attendance at last week’s conference represented 210 ferry operators and suppliers from 27 countries. Mediterranean ferry operators voiced their concerns on meeting the 0.5 percent sulphur emissions cap due in 2020. Minoan Lines managing director Antonios Maniadakis complained that using low sulphur fuel would increase costs by €2 million per year.

24 Aug 2017

CMA CGM to Strengthen its Presence in South America

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The CMA CGM group, a world leader in container shipping, announces the reshuffling of two services in addition to the MERCOSUL buyout project and pursues its development strategy in South America, with SAFRAN and SIRIUS. These two services between South America and Europe are: SAFRAN for Northern Europe and SIRIUS for the Mediterranean. SAFRAN will be starting in Rotterdam on September 27, 2017. With this service, the CMA CGM Group offers the fastest service on the trade to its customers.

17 Aug 2017

MES Delivers Another Bulk Carrier

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. "Cyclades" (MES Hull No. 1958) at its Tamano Works on August 17th, 2017 to Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, Hellenic Republic.   This is the 25th ship of the "neo60BC”, the third Eco-Ship line up of our “neo series”.   Principal Particulars Length overall - 199.99 m Breadth (molded) - 32.25 m Depth (molded)  - 18.50 m Gross Tonnage - 34,094 Deadweight - 60,384 metric tons Main Engine -  MITSUI-MAN B&W Diesel Engine 6S50ME-B9.3 x1set Service Speed -  abt. 14.5 knots Complement - 24 persons Classification Society - NK Flag -  Republic of Malta Date of Delivery - 17th August, 2017

13 Jul 2017

Turkish Navy Monitoring Drilling Vessel near Cyprus

Turkey has sent two ships and a submarine to monitor a drilling vessel in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the military said on Thursday, in a move likely to increase tension with Cyprus after reunification talks failed last week. The drilling work, a contractual obligation between Cyprus and France's Total, comes a week after the collapse of talks to reunify the divided island nation, split between ethnic Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Ankara has said it will take measures against Cyprus for engaging in gas and oil exploration around the island. It says that hydrocarbon resources in the waters around the divided island should belong to both sides. The military said it had deployed the frigates and a submarine to the eastern Mediterranean to "guarantee the security of oil transportation".

05 Jun 2017

Strike Disrupts Spanish Ports and Trade Routes

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Some of Spain's biggest port terminals came to a standstill on Monday as shipping companies redirected cargos to avoid a dockers' strike. After months of talks between unions, companies and the Spanish government over a reform of port hiring practices, dockers held the first of several planned strikes to protest against possible job losses. Some container shipping firms such as Maersk re-routed boats destined for the southern port of Algeciras to get around the strike, during which dockers will stop working every other hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week.

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