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Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Serbia Accedes to BWM Convention

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Seventy-four countries have now signed up to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Ballast Water Management Convention, with Serbia being the latest to accede to the treaty helping to protect the marine environment.The signatories represent more than 75% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage.Under the treaty, ships are required to manage their ballast water, which can contain thousands of aquatic or marine microbes, plants and organisms, which are then carried across the globe.Mrs.

Boats Pluck People from Roofs as Sloods Sweep Serbia and Bosnia

Boats sailed through the streets of a Serbian town on Friday on a mission to rescue people trapped by rising waters as the worst floods ever recorded swept Serbia and Bosnia. Some residents of Obrenovac, 30 km (20 miles) southwest of the capital Belgrade, were stranded on the roofs of their homes, calling for help. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said all 25,000 citizens would have to be evacuated. At least five people have died in the unfolding disaster this week. Thousands have been evacuated from homes in central and western areas of Serbia and in neighbouring Bosnia. Around 135,000 households were without power across Serbia and the government approved emergency electricity imports. Another 65,000 were without electricity in Bosnia. "This is a catastrophe.

EU Okays Operation Atalanta HQ Move to Spain

Photo: EU NAVFOR Somalia

The headquarters of the EU’s anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia will be moved from the UK to Spain next year as EU leaders revealed the latest consequence of Brexit."EU NAVFOR confirms that following the decision from the Council of the European Union the mandate of Operation ATALANTA will continue until 31 December 2020," said a press release. EU NAVFOR Somalia, also known as Operation Atalanta, is a current counter-piracy military operation at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean…

Two Killed In Kosovo Power Plant Blast, Supplies Hit

Kosovo Power Plant

A hydrogen tank exploded at Kosovo's second biggest power plant on Friday, killing two people and injuring 14, officials said. The 40-year-old Kosovo A plant, considered one of the worst polluters in Europe, was shut down following the blast that was heard in the capital, Pristina, some 10 km (6 miles) away. The explosion threatened electricity supplies in a country already plagued by blackouts. Power imports were increased to cover demand. "We have found two bodies," Edmond Nulleshi, a manager at the Kosovo's Energy Corporation (KEK), told Reuters.

Centrgaz to Construct South Stream in Serbia

Serbian section of South Stream

Today in Belgrad (Serbia) South Stream d.o.o. entered into a contract with Centrgaz, which won the bidding for the South Stream gas pipeline construction in the Republic of Serbia. Centrgaz, part of Gazprom Group, will focus on design, procurement, construction and installation activities, personnel training and commissioning of South Stream in Serbia. The contract stipulates involving Serbian subcontractors in carrying out certain operations. Taking part in the bidding procedure which started in March 2014 were four bidders, comprised of Russian and Serbian companies.

EU Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Targets Blue Growth

Better cooperation between countries in the Adriatic and Ionian regions is needed to address shared challenges and better exploit joint opportunities, the EU Fisheries department said today in a statement. The strategy was officially launched in June 2014 to help facilitate this coordination while also helping the regions' 70 million citizens to benefit from a boost in the maritime economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism. The Strategy will also provide a valuable opportunity for non EU-countries to work alongside EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.

Turkey Approves EIA Report for South Stream’s Offshore Section

South Stream’s offshore pipeline

The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning of Turkey approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report and issued a positive opinion of the EIA results for South Stream's offshore section in Turkey. The Report contains the assessment of potential environmental impacts caused by the gas pipeline construction, including the impact on the seabed geology, water quality and marine ecology. The document concludes that the project will have no considerable effect on the Black Sea environment or the regional fishing industry.

Rickmers-Linie Appoints Interliner Agencies

Photo courtesy of Rickmers-Linie

Hamburg based Rickmers-Linie has appointed Interliner Agencies as its new agent in South Central Europe. The agency contract covers Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. On September 1, 2014, Interliner Agencies took over all sales and agency activities in the above mentioned countries for and on behalf of Rickmers-Linie. Gerhard Janssen, Director Marketing and Sales Europe at Rickmers-Linie commented on the appointment of Interliner Agencies…

Dredgers for the World

Photo courtesy of IHC Beaver Dredgers B.V.

To call IHC Merwede a global manufacturer of dredges would be an understatement. With decades of research and development behind them the Netherlands-based firm is a global presence in the manufacture of dredges. They are well known for their innovation and quality leadership in their market. Their dredges are to be seen working whereever there is a need to deepen water depths. The firm has over 3,000 employees worldwide including: The Netherlands, China, Croatia, France, Nigeria, Serbia, the Middle East, Indian, Singapore, South Africa, Slovakia, the UK and the United States.

UN Urges EU to Help With Med Migrants

Island communities unable to cope with migrant flow, UN says. The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that Greece urgently needed help to cope with 1,000 migrants arriving each day and called on the European Union (EU) to step in before the humanitarian situation deteriorates further. More than 77,000 people have arrived by sea to Greece so far this year, more than 60 percent of them Syrians, with others fleeing Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia, it said. "The volatile economic situation, combined with the increasing numbers of new arrivals, is putting severe strain on small island communities," William Spindler of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a briefing.

Turkey Sets Import Tax on Thermal Coal

Turkey imposed a tax this week on imports of thermal coal from Colombia, Russia and other major exporters, for use in power generation, to support domestic coal production. The Turkish cabinet decided to impose the tax of $15/tonne on imports from the United States, Colombia, Russia and South Africa on July 18 and announced it in the Official Gazette this week. The tax hits the biggest exporters of thermal coal but does not apply to imports from the European Union, Israel, Macedonia, Bosnia, Morocco, West Bank, Tunisia, Egypt, Georgia, Albania, Jordan, Chile, Serbia, Kosovo, South Korea, Mauritius and Malaysia, the government said. The levy is equal to around a quarter of the current month's physical South African coal price of around $63.65 a tonne.

Wallem Adds Three Ship Simulators in Ukraine

Fared Khan

The Wallem Maritime Training Center in Odessa, Ukraine added three training simulators: bridge simulator (Transas NT-PRO 5000 5.25), engine room simulator (Transas Techsim 5000 8.3) and liquid cargo handling simulator (Transas LCHS 5000). The equipment will be used to simultaneously train deck and engine officers in handling all types of vessels including tankers, container and bulk carriers and car carriers. At the launch of the simulators, Wallem’s Fleet Personnel Director, Fared Khan…

Veka-Group Building Catamarans for Offshore Industry

Catamaran 19m

Veka-Group builds a series of catamarans for the offshore industry. The vessel has been specially developed for crew tendering and offers also enough deck space for transporting three 10 ft containers. The first vessel, destined for an operator of a wind farm, will be delivered mid September. ‘A monohull built without special devices, is far from stable on the waves’, says Veka project manager Robin Sijbrands. ‘The special characteristic of a multihull is that it hardly rolls. Aboard a multihull people don’t get seasick easily. Furthermore a catamaran sails much faster than a monohull.

Naval Vessel MRO Market Research Published

New report Added in ResearchMoz Reports Database –  'The Global Naval Vessels MRO [Maintenance, Repair, Operation] Market 2012-2022'. This report is the result of ICD Research / Strategic Defence Intelligence's extensive market and company research covering the global naval vessels MRO industry. It provides detailed analysis of both historic and forecast global industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by industry participants, analysis of the leading companies in the industry, and key news. "The Global Naval Vessels MRO Market 2012-2022" offers the reader detailed analysis of the global naval vessels MRO market over the next ten years, alongside potential market opportunities to enter the industry, using detailed market size forecasts.

Syrian Migrants Picked up from Italian Trawler

A group of migrants, including 11 Syrians, were rescued on Tuesday from an Italian fishing trawler in the Adriatic Sea and taken to Montenegro, police said. Montenegro's coastal security sent out a rescue team after Erica, a 15 metre-long (50 feet) vessel, put out a distress signal 17 nautical miles (31 km) off the coast, said Safet Kocan, director of maritime safety. The Italian ship with migrants on board was finally moored in the Montenegrin port of Zelenika, inside the Boka Kotorska bay. Police said there were 11 Syrian nationals on the vessel, two people from Morocco and two from Yemen, one person from Afghanistan and one from Pakistan. The group included four children. "The distress call was sent this morning ...

China, Kazakhstan to Ink $10 bln in Deals

Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China

China is expected to sign 30 cooperative agreements worth $10 billion with Kazakhstan as Premier Li Keqiang begins his first official visit to the country, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Xinhua did not give details, but quoted Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping as highlighting a joint-venture logistics base and urging interconnectivity with highways, railways, ports, air routes, oil and gas pipelines. "The Sino-Kazakh cooperation is developing rapidly.

EFIP Looks for a New Director

Image: ESPO

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) has announced the beginning of submission of applications for a new director post. The organization said the new EFIP Director will work at the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)-EFIP Secretariat, which is based in Brussels. EFIP brings together nearly 200 inland ports and port authorities in 17 countries of the European Union and Switzerland. Additionally, EFIP also has observer members in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of European inland ports to the European institutions.

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.

Veka-Group Builds Catamaran for Offshore Industry

Werkendam Aerial photo of multipurpose catamaran.

Veka-Group builds a series of catamarans for the offshore industry. The vessel has been specially developed for crew tendering and offers also enough deck space for transporting three 10 ft containers. The first vessel, destined for an operator of a wind farm, will be delivered mid September. ‘A monohull built without special devices, is far from stable on the waves’, says Veka project manager Robin Sijbrands. ‘The special characteristic of a multihull is that it hardly rolls. Aboard a multihull people don’t get seasick easily. Furthermore a catamaran sails much faster than a monohull.

Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority

Francesco Maria di Majo is Counsel in the corporate group, based in Rome Photo WFW

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy). The appointment was confirmed today by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr Graziano Delrio, following approval from the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Transport Commission on 15 November 2016. The Port Authority of Civitavecchia…

Cruise Ship Liability & Compensation Treaty Kicks In

Image credit IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs that substantially increased limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship apply from 23, April 2014, according to the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002. The 2002 Protocol to the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974, (PAL), revises and updates the 1974 Convention, which established a regime of liability for damage suffered by passengers carried on a seagoing vessel.

Rapp Marine Scores Two Contracts in China

Photo: Rapp Marine

Rapp Marine informs it has been chosen to supply equipment packages for two new oceanographic research vessels for the Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey, GMGS, and Polar Research Institute of China, PRIC. "The contracts were awarded in a highly competitive market against strong international competition. The choice fell on Rapp Marine since we can offer the best technological solutions, we have extensive experience with these types of deliveries, and because we were able to offer competitive terms,” explained CEO Helge Vatnehol.

Gazprom Ends Plan To Build Pipeline To Italy

South Stream gas pipeline

Gazprom has abandoned plans to build a section of its disputed South Stream gas pipeline to Italy, two sources close to the company said on Wednesday, a day after Gazprom announced a deal with OMV to build a branch to Austria. The memorandum of understanding with the Austrian oil and gas company foresees building a section of the giant pipeline from Hungary to OMV's Central European Gas Hub near Vienna. "The additional Italian spur option was effectively ditched. Gas will now be delivered to the Austrian hub…

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