Mediterranean Sea News

30 Oct 2019

Med Countries Address Pollution

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Pollution response can be faster and more effective when there is an established emergency communications and emergency system.Mediterranean Countries recently met at a regional workshop held in Brussels, Belgium (22-23 October), to explore the set-up of a common emergency communication system for marine pollution incidents that connects the entire Mediterranean region. During the event, representatives from 12 Mediterranean countries - Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt…

12 Sep 2019

ABB Enables Emission-free Port Visits

Jean Nicoli will be one of the three Corsica Linea ferries to benefit from ABB's shore connection technology. Image: ABB

French ferry operator Corsica Linea is fitting out its ferries calling Port of Marseille with equipment necessary to use electricity for power at berth using  ABB’s shore connection technology.Instead of running diesel-fueled auxiliary engines, Paglia Orba, Jean Nicoli and Pascal Paoli ferrieswill use electricity for power at berth. Each of the three vessels is being modified to feature ABB’s power compensation solution Dynacomp, which allows electricity available from the local…

30 Aug 2019

Turkey: Iranian Tanker Headed to Lebanon

File Imade of the former 'Grace 1.'CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com

Turkey said on Friday that an Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran was headed to Lebanon after changing course several times, although Beirut said it was not informed of the plan.According to Refinitiv tracking data, the Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, made a U-turn on Friday and headed for Turkey's Iskenderun port - 200 km (124 miles) north of Syria's Baniyas refinery, the tanker's suspected original destination.However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the tanker…

06 Aug 2019

RENK Wins Order for Hybrid Drive “MARHY”

Photo: RENK

At the end of March 2019, the maritime sales team of RENK’s Rheine plant managed to win its first new construction project for the maritime hybrid system called MARHY. This system enables ships with 2-stroke engines to efficiently generate on-board power supply by using the main engine (PTO-operation). In addition, a fully electric drive (PTH- operation) is available for zones with low emissions zones (port areas) and for emergencies.The newbuild is a 30,000 cbm LNG carrier owned by Knutsen OAS. It is equipped with a 6,00 kW strong 2-stroke main engine and is the first ofthis size.

25 Jul 2019

Shipwreck Kills 150 Off Coast of Libya

Pic: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (Doctors without Borders)

Up to 150 people have died in a large shipwreck off the coast of Libya, officially confirmed the UN's refugee agency International Rescue Committee (IRC).The incident in a line of tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea is a stark reminder of the humanitarian crisis emerging out of the country, and of the urgent need for search and rescue missions to be resumed in the Mediterranean Sea, IRC said.While the battle in Tripoli rages against a backdrop of dysfunctional governance, more than 5,000 people remain trapped in detention centers.

24 Jul 2019

Suez Canal Accounts for 8% of LNG Trade

Map: Energy Information Administration

Total oil flows through the Suez Canal and the SUMED pipeline accounted for about 9% of total seaborne traded petroleum in 2017, and LNG flows through the Suez Canal and the SUMED pipeline accounted for about 8% of global LNG trade."The Suez Canal and the SUMED Pipeline are strategic routes for Persian Gulf crude oil, petroleum products, and LNG shipments to Europe and North America," U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.Located in Egypt, the Suez Canal connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea…

19 Jul 2019

Operation Atalanta Welcomes ESPS Canarias

Image: EUNAVFOR

European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia officially welcomed the ESPS Canarias as she began her most recent deployment with Operation Atalanta.The ESPS Canarias will sail with Operation Atalanta alongside the ITS Marceglia from the end of July 2019 until early November 2019, countering piracy and monitoring fishing activity off the Somali coast.Spain continues to show its commitment to the defense of international rights in the Area of Operations and has contributed naval assets…

04 Jul 2019

Grimaldi Installs Corvus Mega Batteries

Two Ro-Pax cruise ferries “Cruise Barcelona” and “Cruise Roma” owned by Italian Grimaldi Group have each been retrofitted with 5,5 MWh energy storage systems to enable zero-emissions operation in port stay. Photo: Grimaldi Group/Corvus Energy.

Corvus Energy, a provider high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems to the maritime industry, has completed the installation of a 5.5 MWh battery energy storage systems (ESS) in each of the two Grimaldi Group RoPax cruise ferries Cruise Barcelona and Cruise Roma.The energy storage solutions supplier said in a press release that the ‘mega batteries’ will allow the Grimaldi cruise ferries to turn off the diesel engines and operate solely on battery…

27 Jun 2019

Damen to Build Eco-efficient Tug for Baleària

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Spain-based major ferry operator Baleària for the delivery of a Stan Tug 1606 E3.The contract was signed by Mr. Ettore Morace and Mr. Guillermo Alomar, executive director of operations and fleet director of Baleària respectively and Carlos Gonzalez Martin on behalf of Damen. The vessel is an answer to increasing demands for sustainability in the maritime industry. It will be the first IMO Tier III compliant tug to operate in the…

24 Jun 2019

Oil Spill Response Training at Montenegro

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC),  the IMO-administered pollution emergency response centre in the Mediterranean, has delivered a national training course in oil spill response in Montenegro.International Maritime Organization (IMO) said in a press release that the course was designed to prepare the competent national authorities to co-ordinate and manage responses and make decisions on strategies and tactics to be used in clean-up operations.It was aimed at supervisors and on-scene commanders…

21 Jun 2019

NBS Maritime Rolls out New VSAT Service

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NBS Maritime, the ship supply company that provides mobile satellite communications for the maritime sector, has announced  a new complete solution 'SeaDirect' for satellite communications with unlimited Internet connection onboard different types of vessels.Among the first NBS Maritime customers using SeaDirect are international shipping companies as well as superyachts, it said.SeaDirect is now available over the areas of the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea…

14 Jun 2019

Shawcor Bags $49m in Pipe Coating Contracts

(Photo: Shawcor)

Energy services company Shawcor’s pipe coating division has entered into several contracts with an international EPC contractor to provide coating services for offshore pipeline projects.The projects include: Petrobras’ Mero in Brazil; ConocoPhillips’ Tor 2 in Norway; BP’s Atlantis in the Gulf of Mexico; Energean’s Karish in the Mediterranean Sea; Shell’s Powernap in the Gulf of Mexico; Equinor’s P1 and Duva in Norway.These projects will be executed within Shawcor’s network of coating facilities…

03 Jun 2019

Oil Spill Conference Held in Adriatic

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)-supported 4th edition of the Adriatic Oil Spill Conference (ADRIASPILLCON 2019), was held in Opatija, Croatia (28-30 May)."Planning for any marine pollution incident requires ongoing communication, collaboration and cooperation. Regional and sub-regional contingency planning is an effective way to share resources and expertise," said the UN body in a press release.The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC)…

31 May 2019

Adriatic Oil Spill Event Held in Croatia

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Planning for any marine pollution incident requires ongoing communication, collaboration and cooperation, points out the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Regional and sub-regional contingency planning is an effective way to share resources and expertise. This was in evidence at the IMO-supported 4th edition of the Adriatic Oil Spill Conference (ADRIASPILLCON 2019), held in Opatija, Croatia (28-30 May), said the UN body.Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC)…

30 May 2019

30% of Sea Needs Protection by 2030

Image: Oceana

To keep the planet flourishing, 30 percent of Earth needs protection by 2030. Today about eight percent of the ocean and 15 percent of land is protected."We’re on track to reach a global goal of protecting 10 percent of the ocean and 17 percent of the land by 2020, but world leaders need to dramatically boost ambition if we are to protect our natural resources and the people and wildlife that depend on them," said Oceana, an ocean conservation and advocacy organization.Oceana has joined the world’s leading philanthropists and ocean conservation organizations…

21 Apr 2019

Socarenam Delivers Mistral to France

Pic: Mauric

Socarenam, French shipyard specialized in the construction of all types of ships up to 110 meters long, has delivered Mistral, the final one of four patrol boats in a series designed by the maritime solution provider Mauric and ordered by the French Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes.Mistral joins sisters Libecciu, Cers, and Vent d’Amont, which were delivered between September 2017 and May 2018.Since 2007, Socarenam and Mauric are involved in the design and construction…

10 Apr 2019

Algeria to Protect Marine Environment

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) training on the international treaty covering waste dumping at sea, the London Protocol, is underway for Algerian government officials and participants from shipping companies and port authorities.The workshop, held in Alger (9-10 April), is enabling cooperation between different sectors – allowing effective implementation of measures aimed at protecting the marine environment from dumping of harmful wastes at sea.As set out in the London…

29 Mar 2019

ICS Perturbed on Migrant Incident

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is very concerned by reports that a merchant ship, the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, had been taken over by migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, reportedly because the ship was going to return the some 100 rescued persons to Libya.The representative body of the global shipping industry said that it is still establishing the details of the ongoing incident, but welcomes initial reports that the Maltese authorities have taken action to ensure that the situation is safely resolved.ICS Secretary General…

19 Mar 2019

Cruise Meet at Posidonia Forum

Photo: Posidonia

The biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will be held from May 28-29, 2019, at the Domotel Kastri Conference Center, in Athens’ northern suburbs. Here there will be more than 30 senior cruise executives responsible for ports and destinations from the world’s biggest cruise lines, including MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Group, Disney Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Celestyal Cruises among others.Elisabetta De Nardo, VP Port Development…

11 Feb 2019

Grimaldi: 18 Engines Ordered for 9 Ships

MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply 18 × MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 TIER II-compliant main engines for 9 × 7,800 lane-meter RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Mediterranean Sea. The customer is the Grimaldi Group, the Naples, Italy-based shipping company and leading operator within the RoRo segment. MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke licensee – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Engine & Machinery Business Unit) – will build the engines in Korea, while Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard Co. Ltd. will construct the vessels in Nanjing, China. Delivery of the first vessels is expected from 2020. MAN will also supply 1 × MAN TCA66 turbocharger for each engine.The new RoRos are the first examples of a new series of hybrid vessels…

04 Feb 2019

Milaha Launches BSX

Image: Milaha

Middle East's maritime and logistics company Milaha (Qatar Navigation) will start a direct container shipping service connecting the Black Sea and the Mediterranean in its first foray into Europe.According to a press release from the Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate the new feeder service marks Milaha’s first European service linking the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The BSX demonstrates Milaha’s commitment to deliver reliable and agile services to its customers and partners globally.The BSX rotation is Piraeus (Greece)…

07 Jan 2019

Egypt Reopens 5 Ports, 2 Remain Closed Due Weather

A boxship in the Suez Canal (AdobeStock / Andriy Kovach

Egyptian authorities reopened five ports on the Red Sea on Monday, a day after they were closed due to bad weather conditions, the Red Sea Ports Authority said.The two major ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean Sea remained closed, said Reda al-Ghandour, spokesman for the Alexandria Port Authority."Strong winds and high waves do not allow the safe passage of speedboats and the ascent and descent of the guide onto ships," Ghandour said on Sunday, adding it affected the arrival and departure of ships in the two ports.By Lena Masri

02 Jan 2019

Cosco Shipping Ports Buys Stake in Beibu Gulf Port

Pic: Cosco Shipping Ports

Hong Kong-based Cosco Shipping Ports has purchased a 4.34% stake in Shenzhen-listed Beibu Gulf Port Co for a total consideration of approximately RMB 470 million (USD 68 mln)."By subscribing the shares, Cosco Shipping Ports aim to further strengthen the cooperation with Beibu Gulf Port, and lay a foundation for the Company to participate in the integration of Guangxi ports. At present, Cosco Shipping Ports teams up with Beibu Gulf Port in operating Qinzhou International Container Terminal Co.…

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