Romania Reopens Black Sea Ports, Weather Improves
Romania's Black Sea ports including the main port of Constanta reopened on Tuesday after a two-day stoppage as snowfalls and winds eased, a port official said. "Constanta reopened at 9:15 a.m. (0715 GMT)," the duty port officer told Reuters. Snow is not forecast for the next few days but temperatures are set to remain around minus 15 degrees Celsius. Blizzards dropped up to a metre of snow on Sunday, disrupting trains and forcing authorities to shut down all schools in Bucharest and nearby counties. Reporting by Maria Gerth-Niculescu
Prysmian Opens Plant in Romania
Prysmian announced the opening of a new plant for the production of optical fiber cable in Slatina, Romania. The Slatina factory celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, having started its manufacturing activity in 1973 with production of energy cables, while in 2009 it introduced the first module for the production of optical fiber cables. The factory boasts a number of quality certifications such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and IMQ, and the new plant will triple its production, from 500,000 kilometers up to 1.5 million kilometres of cables per year, with the potential of reaching 3 million. The Slatina plant stretches across almost 100.000 square meters, with a covered area of around 42,000 square meters.
USS Carter Hall enters Black Sea
The amphibious Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall has entered the Black Sea, the Naples-headquartered US 6th fleet press service said. "The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in the Black Sea March 17, to participate in bilateral training exercise Spring Storm 17 with Romania," the press service said in a statement. Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) is participating in the Romanian-led maritime exercise SPRING STORM 17…
Fire-damaged MSC Flaminia Docks in Romania
After six weeks of waiting at Constanza/Romania, MSC FLAMINIA has put into the port of Constanza; cause of fire still not ascertained. MV MSC Flaminia caught fire on 14 July 2012, claiming three lives (two confirmed dead and one missing) and forcing the crew to abandon ship in the middle of the Atlantic. After the fire had been brought under control, the stricken container ship was towed to Germany and in March 2013, she departed Wilhelmshaven for Mangalia, Romania for repairs.
Steel Cut for Hapag-Lloyd’s New Expedition Ship
The first steel cut on May 9, 2017 at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania marks the official start of the construction of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first of two new-build expedition ships. In an official ceremony Karl J. Pojer, CEO of the luxury cruise operator, gave the official start signal for the construction process of HANSEATIC nature, and Roger Vassdal, Senior Vice President for VARD’s operations in Romania, handed over a symbolic steel silhouette of HANSEATIC nature to the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ board of directors.
Netherlands-bound Support Ship Departs Romania
Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman departed Romania and en route to its last stage of execution in The Netherlands. The vessel departed Galati on July 22, 2013, and it is expected to reach Vlissingen in three weeks. It has been two years and a half since the keel was laid and the works on the vessel started in Damen Shipyards Galati. For the size of the project that meant a tight schedule. The vessel measures 205 meters in length and 30 meters in breadth, with a total displacement of 28,000 tons, accommodation for 175 crew persons and up to 125 non-listed persons.
Port Accident in Romania Kills Five
According to reports, five people were killed when a floating crane crashed and hit a tugboat in Romania's Black Port of Constanta. An inspector in Constanta said police and port emergency experts were investigating the cause of the accident, Romania's NineO'Clock daily reported Friday. The accident, which occurred Thursday, was the biggest in the busy freight port of Constanta in two years. Source: UPI
Romania Allocates Funds For Ship Maintenance
Romania's government reportedly allocated funds for the safe operation of ships belonging to state-run Navrom and Romline shipping companies and to rotate and repatriate their crews.
Daewoo May Sell Mangalia Shipyard to Damen
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) will sell the subsidiary of Mangalia Shipyard Romania to a Dutch builder Damen Shipyard Group, reported local media. Damen already owns in Romania a shipyard in Galati. Korea Economic Daily also said that Damen is in talks to purchase the local shipyard from South Korean group DSME. Quoting unnamed sources, the reports say that on June 20, DSME completed its final talk with the largest shipbuilder of the Netherlands, on the sale of Mangalia Shipyards.
Romania and Britain Investigate Ship Deal
According to reports, Romanian and British anti-fraud officials said on Friday they were investigating a 2003 deal in which two used British naval ships were refurbished by defence company BAE Systems and sold to Romania. Romania's anti-graft watchdog said it launched an inquiry into the $214m deal to buy former Royal Navy type 22 frigates, HMS Coventry and HMS London, but did not specify which part of the deal was under investigation. It is said that British officials were looking into suspected corruption linked to the refurbishment deal for the ships, noting that in connection with its probe two people had been arrested and released without charge this week in London. Source: Reuters
MOL Appoints Agents in Romania and Ukraine
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), one of the world's largest global multimodal transportation companies, announced the appointment of a new shipping agent in Romania and Ukraine. As of March 1, Amity Shipping will manage all MOL liner agency activities in Romania and the Ukraine.
IMO Secretary-General Goes to Romania
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the crucial work of maritime training institutes to train and equip new generations of seafarers and other shipping personnel, during a visit (16 June) to the Romanian Maritime Training Centre CERONAV, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. During the formal festivities, Mr Lim congratulated CERONAV for its work in training seafarers during the past four decades and commended Romania for its active and enthusiastic participation in the IMO Maritime Ambassadors Scheme…
Navy Sets Up Base in Romania
Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) established Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu Friday, Oct. 10, during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony on base. NSF Deveselu, formerly a disused Romanian airfield, is the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station (NS) Everett in Washington, whose official groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 9, 1987. The installation, scheduled to be operational in 2015, will be part of a NATO's overall ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. Rear Adm.
Fire-fighting ASD Tugs Sail to Argentina
At the end of June, two Damen ASD Tugs 2810 set sail from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania to Puerto General de San Martin (Argentina) for towing, mooring, and fire-fighting operations in the Argentinian region around Rosario on the Paraná river. Built at Damen Galati Shipyards (Romania), the vessels will be delivered on time, having met the expectations of Cooperativa De Trabajos Portuarios Limitada de San Martín. This was a first-time order for the Argentinian company who also purchased a Cutter Suction Dredger 500 from Damen Dredging Equipment…
SNMCMG2 Completes Third Black Sea Deployment
Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) has completed its third deployment into the Black Sea under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy. SNMCMG2 started its deployment on July 8 in support of NATO’s assurance measures regarding Alliance resolve and commitment to collective defense, and to enhance maritime security in the region. SNMCMG2 included the flagship TCG CEZAYIRLI GAZI HASAN PASA (Turkey) and the mine counter-measures vessels TCG EDINCIK (Turkey), ESPS TURIA (Spain) and the ROS SLT. ALEXANDRU AXENTE (Romania).
Damen Buys shares in Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries
Damen Shipyards Group has entered into a share purchase agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the acquisition of its majority share in Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI). The Daewoo shipyard in Mangalia, Romania was established in 1997 as a joint venture between Daewoo and 2 Mai Mangalia Shipyard with Daewoo as majority shareholder. With the acquisition of the majority share in the shipyard in Mangalia, Damen takes the next step in strengthening its international shipbuilding and ship repair activities. The Mangalia shipyard is located on the Black Sea coast.
SAAB Transponder Tech Supplies AIS to Romania
Saab TransponderTech AB has been awarded a contract from the Romanian Naval Authority to upgrade and expand the country’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) network along the Black Sea Coast. Under the contract, Saab will deliver, install and commission four new AIS base stations along the Black Sea Coast. The AIS base stations will be integrated with the Vessel Traffic Management and Information System (VTMIS) in the Romanian Naval Authority headquarters in Constanta. The system will exchange AIS data and be integrated with the existing Romanian River Information System (RORIS), which was earlier supplied by Saab. RORIS utilizes AIS and other sensors to provide VTMIS coverage over the Romanian portion of the Danube waterway.
Ocean Endeavor Repair Completed
Harris Pye Engineering Group completed repair works during the two-stage multi-million dollar Diamond Offshore demobilization project for its semi-sub rig Ocean Endeavor from the Black Sea, which completed its contract in January 2016. The initial phase of the repair work, which started in December 2015, while the rig was offshore Constanta, Romania involved cleaning of mud, brine, base oil and skimmer tanks. Steel repairs were carried out on a main column blister. The removal of three Seatrax crane pedestals…
KOC Names Tug Newbuild in Romania
A naming ceremony for the Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) new ASD 3212 tug vessel, KOC Shahem, was held October 30 at Damen Shipyards Galaţi. The KOC Shahem is the second in a series of 14 tugs that Damen is building for KOC to assist tankers at near shore loading terminals and at new single point moorings offshore. The two companies have a lasting relationship that spans over 25 years. KOC awarded Damen the contract to design, construct and deliver the series of tugs in September 2012. Damen Shipyards Galaţi is constructing all the vessels.
Tug KOC Shahem Named in Romania
On 30 October Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) CEO Mr Hashem Sayed Hashem attended the naming ceremony of the ASD 3212 tug vessel KOC Shahem at Damen Shipyards Galati. The KOC Shahem is the second in a series of 14 tugs that Damen is building for KOC. KOC will use the tugs to assist tankers at near shore loading terminals and at new single point moorings offshore. The two companies have a lasting relationship that spans over 25 years. KOC awarded Damen the contract to design, construct and deliver the series of tugs in September 2012. Damen Shipyards Galati is constructing all the vessels.
Vard Order Intake Zooms
With 13 new contracts secured in Q4 2017, VARD Holdings Limited's order intake of NOK 3.79 billion in the quarter increased the full year order intake ended December 31, 2017 to NOK 8.28 billion. The new contracts include a luxury polar expedition cruise vessel for a return customer, PONANT. The vessel is the first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board. The vessel is specially designed to take passengers to polar destinations.
Romania: Another U.S. warship to come to Black Sea
Another U.S. warship will come to the Black Sea after destroyer USS Donald Cook will leave, Romanian president Traian Basescu told reporters in the Black Sea port of Constanta on Monday. Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea last week for exercises and operations to improve interoperability, increase readiness and enhance relationships. A French vessel is also in Constanta to show support, Basescu said. Last month, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer conducted naval drills with Romania and Bulgaria in the Black Sea, in a show of Washington's military reach, in operations officials said were planned before Russia's annexation of Crimea. Reporting by Matthias Williams
US Navy Ship Welcomes President of Romania
The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian Bsescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14. Bsescu was met by members of the U.S. Embassy and Donald Cook's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Jones. He was then given a tour of the ship, including the Navigation Bridge, Combat Information Center and Engineering Control. "Operating in the Black Sea has been an incredible opportunity for us to further strengthen our ties and improve our interoperability with an important strategic partner…