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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lebanon News

First Arkas Line Ship To Dock In Contship Ravenna

Natalia A Photo: Contship Italia Group

Natalia A container ship that belongs to Turkish ARKAS shipping line is docked in Contship Ravenna – the Contship Italia Group gateway on the Adriatic Sea. The Natalia A is deployed on the ADS service (Adriatic Service) that connects Ravenna with Istanbul, Gemlik, Piraeus, Izmir, Beirut, Mersin, Aleksandria and Lattakia, on a weekly basis. “We are delighted to see that a shipping line such as Arkas has chosen the Ravenna Terminal as a partner to expand container traffic, offering fundamental connections with Turkey…

U.S. and British Navies Aid Evacuation Efforts

The International Tribune has reported that a five-ship United States naval group and a British flotilla were en route to Lebanon today to aid in evacuation efforts. The Navy said it was sending a strike group led by the amphibious-assault ship Iwo Jima to assist in the departure of some of the 25,000 Americans in Lebanon. The ships have hospital facilities, and carry 2,200 marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. That unit includes a helicopter squadron that has already ferried scores of Americans to safety from Beirut, beginning with children, the elderly and those with medical problems. The marine unit is “special operations-capable,” the Navy said.

EPE SA Wins Lebanese Contract, Oil Spill Cleanup

After several successful environmental projects in Lebanon, Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE SA ) recently won an international bid for offers and has been awarded a contract from the Higher Relief Commission of Lebanon (HRC) to provide oil spill cleanup services for the Lebanese coastline. The signature of the contract was held under the auspices of his Excellency Mohammad Rahal, Minister of Environment of Lebanon. Dr.Vassilios Mamaloukas-Frangoulis, Director of Marine Environment Protection Dept. represented EPE SA, whereas General Yehia Raad, Secretary General, signed on behalf of the HRC. Rahal highlighted the fact that the Lebanon oil spill cleanup project has reached its final phase with this project financed by a donation from the Norwegian Government.

US Navy Ship Anchors Off Coast of Lebanon

The USS Nashville anchored off the coast of Lebanon on July 20 to receive some 1,200 Americans fleeing fighting to take them to Cyprus. The Nashville was deployed as the United States and other countries ramp up their evacuation operations from the war-torn country. Early on July 20, some 900 Americans arrived safely in Cyprus aboard a luxury cruise ship the Orient Queen. Around 8,000 of the 25,000 Americans in Lebanon have asked to be evacuated. The Nashville was one of several Navy ships that headed to Lebanon late July 19 to assist with the evacuation. Most evacuees are leaving by sea as officials from several countries deemed the overland route to Syria too dangerous and Israel knocked Beirut's airport out of service last week by bombing its runways. (Source:

Ship Seized Carrying Arms for Syria

Syria's ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali expressed his government's gratitude to the Lebanese Army and security apparatuses for seizing the ship suspected of smuggling weapons for the Syrian rebels, the National News Agency (NNA) informed the official Chinese News Agency. Lutfallah II, a Sierra Leonean-flagged vessel was intercepted by the Lebanese Navy on April 27. Weapons were found aboard its three containers. As a result, 21 people were charged and 14 are in custody. "However, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in the words of their own foreign ministers, announced backing the (Syrian) fighters and the opposition," he added.

Total Lubmarine Expands Product Availability

Marine lubricant provider, Total Lubmarine announced an expansion in availability of its marine lubricants, which will see key products from its portfolio supplied at Lebanon’s major ports. Total Lubmarine’s cylinder, trunk piston engine and system oils, including the ATLANTA, AURELIA and TALUSIA Range, are now available at the ports of Tripoli and Beirut. The expansion makes Total Lubmarine the first major lubricant provider to supply products in Lebanon, and the decision to expand availability comes amid a significant increase in the country’s shipping activity during the last two years. Andrew Know, Commercial Director Middle East at Total Lubmarine said…

Lebanon Rejects U.S. Proposal on Disputed Waters with Israel

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told a U.S. envoy on Friday that Lebanon rejects current proposals over the disputed marine borders with Israel, state media said. U.S. diplomats have been mediating between Lebanon and Israel over tensions including an Israeli border wall and Lebanon's decision to begin exploring for offshore energy near a disputed patch of water, officials said. Acting Assistant U.S. Secretary of State David Satterfield also met Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Friday. "What is proposed is unacceptable," Lebanon's NNA cited Berri as saying in a meeting with Satterfield. This was an apparent reference to a maritime demarcation line proposed by U.S. diplomat Frederic Hof in 2012.

Admiral: Navy Task Force Ready for Any Contingency in Lebanon

While U.S. authorities in Cyprus are expecting to evacuate at least 5,000 Americans from Lebanon, they are preparing for any contingency, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said July 18. Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, who also commands the U.S. 5th Fleet, briefed Pentagon reporters from his headquarters in Bahrain. Nine U.S. Navy ships are converging on Lebanon from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and from U.S. European Command. The European Command ships are arriving in the "joint operating area" already, Walsh said. The CENTCOM ships are expected over the next few days. DoD also has contracted with the Greek-flagged Orient Queen to evacuate Americans from the Lebanese capital.

UN, Agencies to Help Lebanon Clear Spill

The United Nations and maritime agencies promised help to Lebanon to clean up an oil slick caused by Israeli bombing during the monthlong fighting. The spill has been described as Lebanon's worst-ever environmental disaster, and experts say it could take up to a year to clean it up at a cost of more than $65m. The slick, according to UN estimates, was caused by the bombing of a power station near Beirut July 13-15, spilling about 15,000 tons of oil into the sea - threatening marine life and the local fishing and tourism industries. Officials from IMO, the UN Environment Program, or UNEP, and the European Union said they would appeal for international financial assistance to contain the spill. Source: CNews

Lebanon Plans for Floating LNG Plant

Lebanon is planning to establish a floating Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant to feed natural gas directly to the country's power stations. Lebanon has been trying to adopt an alternative energy program for years, by diversifying its fuel sources and reducing its dependence on imported oil. With the government shouldering the mounting losses of ElectricitŽ du Liban - which meets Lebanon's annual energy consumption requirements using oil imports - the need to switch to switch to gas has become even more pressing. As part of the new energy strategy, Lebanon plans to build a natural gas pipeline along the coast to feed all its power plants. Up to 2004 the government did a lot of preparatory work to establish an off-shore national gas transmission pipeline from the North to the South.

Iwo Jima ESG to Assist in Evacuation Efforts

U.S. Navy photo by Lithographer Shanika L. U.S. Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have been directed to assist in the authorized departure of American citizens from Lebanon. The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon has requested military assistance to help American citizens who wish to depart Lebanon to leave in a secure and orderly manner. Commander, Task Force 59, Marine Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, is in Cyprus directing military efforts to provide support to the Embassy. The ESG and MEU are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and expect to be in place to provide assistance later this week.

Kalmar Bags Gulftainer Order

Kalmar T2 terminal tractor Photo Cargotec

Kalmar signed an agreement with Gulftainer Lebanon SAL to supply six Kalmar T2 terminal tractors and one Kalmar DCF80-45E7 empty container handler. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 third quarter order intake and the first delivery will take place in October 2016. The rest of the order will be delivered during the first quarter of 2017. Established in 1976, Gulftainer is a privately owned, independent port management and third-party logistics company based in the United Arab Emirates.

IRClass Authorised RO for Oman, Nigeria, Lebanon flags

Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director. Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has obtained authorisation to act as ‘Recognised Organisation’ (RO), to carry out statutory survey, audit and certification on behalf of Nigeria, Oman and Lebanon flag states. With this developmental progress to-date, IRClass has been approved as a RO by 29 flag registries across the globe. The Middle East and Africa, among the fastest growing regions in the world, is a key gateway into the region for IRClass. Nigeria, Oman and Lebanon all have important maritime links to the Middle East.

Weapon-smuggling Ship Held in Lebanon

The Lebanese Army recently confiscated weapons on board a ship carrying used cars in the port of Tripoli, according to a news report in Lebanon's 'The Daily Star'. While the port of origin and the ship’s final destination remain unknown, security sources said the Lebanese Army found weapons in one of the used cars aboard the vessel. The confiscated weapons included assault rifles, and the sources said the army was also working on dismantling heavy and medium weapons. The news comes one week after the Lebanese Army intercepted a ship carrying weapons allegedly bound for Syria. Damascus says Tripoli is a hotbed of support for the Syrian opposition and complains about arms being smuggled from the area into Syria.

IMO to Help Coordinate MidEast Oil Spill Clean Up

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is to collaborate in efforts to mount a coordinated response from UN agencies and other concerned parties, including regional Governments, to the oil spill currently affecting the coastal and marine environments of Lebanon and Syria. The spill, estimated to be one of the largest ever to affect the Mediterranean, follows an incident in mid-July in which an oil storage unit at a power plant in Jiyyeh, 30 km south of Beirut, sustained bombing damage during the current conflict. Theme: --Select Story Tmeme-- Anchor Handling Tugs Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Ballast Water Management Barges Bulk…

Military Sealift Wins Award forCommand Contracting Team

Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced Feb. 1 that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) contracting team won a 2006 Navy Competition and Procurement Excellence Award for chartering ships to rescue Americans stranded in Lebanon last year. The team -- Ken Allen, Lee Anderson, Olivia Bradley, Tim Pickering, Lance Nyman, and Dan Wentzell -- worked with companies and brokers from around the world to ensure that more than 6,700 Americans were rescued and moved from war-torn Lebanon to safety in Cyprus during the July 2006 Israeli offensive against Hezbollah militants. Though U.S. military ships also took part in the effort that eventually rescued more than 13,000 people, the MSC-chartered cruise ship Orient Queen was the first to arrive in Lebanon.

Shipowners Raise Onboard Security Amidst Mideast Fighting

With the worsening conflagration in Lebanon-Israel and the resulting consequences for maritime traffic, ship operators are bracing themselves for a hike in war risk insurance premiums for vessels that transit the Eastern Mediterranean. The 12-member Europe Mediterranean Trade Agreement that includes A.P. Moller-Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM issued a statement: "In the event that extra costs do arise for war risk insurance, the lines wish to inform their customers that they will have no option but to pass these on to customers by way of a war risk surcharge with immediate effect.” According to Gulf News, a number of Flag-states have also issued directives…

Report: Turkey Plans Oil-Gas Exploration

Turkey will start oil-and-gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, the energy minister said, according to a TV station, weeks after Cyprus announced similar plans in deals with Egypt and Lebanon. Turkey had warned Cyprus not to search for oil and gas in the area, where it said it also has legal rights and interests. Turkey also insisted that Turkish Cypriots should have a say in the island's oil-and-gas rights. Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos ignored the warnings, and in remarks published Sunday said the exploration deals with Egypt and Lebanon would go ahead. Turkey's Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said Monday during an interview with NTV that Turkey would also seek oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean…

CMA CGM Launches New WEMED Service


CMA CGM strengthens its historical presence on the Mediterranean market by connecting France, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta and Algeria direct. CMA CGM offers a direct connection between East Med and West Med. CMA CGM has announced the launch of the first Group’s service dedicated to intra Mediterranean trades. The WEMED service (West Med – East Med) was launched on March 11th 2016 and offers the Group’s clients direct transport solutions to Eastern Mediterranean countries (France, Spain, Algeria) and Western Mediterranean countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt).

Cruise Ship to Be Used to Evacuate Americans From Lebanon

A small cruise ship, the Orient Queen, has been chartered by the U.S. government to evacuate Americans from war-torn Lebanon and ferry them about 130 miles to the nearby island of Cyprus, the Pentagon announced July 17th. The Lebanese owned cruise ship, which can carry up to 750 passengers, is expected to arrive in Beirut on Tuesday and will be escorted in its evacuation mission by a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, the USS Gonzalez. The cruise ship is expected to make its initial evacuation crossing from Beirut to Cyprus later Tuesday. Sources said the ship probably would take the evacuees to the southern coastal port of Larnaca, which is only a few miles from Larnaca International Airport, the island's main international gateway.

NOAA Responding to International Oil Spills

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that its Office of Response and Restoration is working with the State Department and the Coast Guard to respond to recent oil spill emergencies in Lebanon and the Philippines. Source: HK Law

NGA Issues Eastern Mediterranean Sea Warning

The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) issued a Memorandum stating, among other things, that Israeli naval ships have established a closure area in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon (between 34-05N and 33-06N and between 034-00E and the coastline). Ships will not be allowed to enter or exit this area. Note: Due to armed conflict in this area, it is recommended that all commercial vessels give this vicinity a wide berth. Source: HK Law

International Boycotts – Countries Requiring Cooperation

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the current list of countries which may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott that is inconsistent with U.S. law. The current list consists of: Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Yemen. 69 Fed. Reg. 42085 (HK Law).

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