• 2018 December 7 15:37

    EU NAVFOR promotes maritime security dialogue in Somalia

    The Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR, Major General Charlie Stickland OBE, visited Mogadishu on 4-5 December 2018, to continue vital discussions on maritime with the Somali Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid.

    EU NAVFOR says the Operation Commander and Deputy Prime Minister discussed Somalia’s maritime security capabilities and priorities, as identified recently by the Federal Government.  The relationship between maritime security and a successful ‘blue economy‘ will be key to Somalia’s economic future. Gen Stickland then briefed the DPM on EU NAVFOR and its partners‘ operational activities to deter and disrupt piracy and armed robbery at sea, following the recent attack against the Hong Kong-flagged merchant vessel KSL Sydney in the Somali Basin on 16 October. In addition, the DPM was briefed on how warships and aircraft from EU NAVFOR have supported the implementation of EU policy by means of working through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) to the benefit of Somali fishing communities.  The Chargé d‘Affairs of the EU Delegation to Somalia, Mr Fulgencio Garrido-Ruiz, highlighted the EU‘s integrated approach towards Somalia and stressed that with the extension of the EU NAVFOR mandate of until December 2020, the EU remains committed to the country.

    The discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister were echoed in further meetings about Somalia’s exposed maritime flank, including with the Minister for Internal Security, Mohamed Abukar Islow, as well as with the National Security Advisor, Abdisaid Ali, and the Chief of Defence, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed.

    To complement these strategic discussions, a joint visit took place to Mogadishu Port, together with the EU’s civilian capacity-building mission, EUCAP Somalia.  This visit sought to enhance the operational and tactical relationships enjoyed by the EU with the Maritime Police Unit and the Coast Guard. EU NAVFOR regularly supports EUCAP Somalia in its work with Somali forces to increase security within the ports.

    With the longest coastline in continental Africa, Somalia has the potential to benefit greatly from its vast maritime domain. For the country to unlock this economic potential, however, safe and secure Somali seas, along with the guaranteed freedom of navigation, are a prerequisite.  Piracy, the smuggling of weapons and contraband, as well as human smuggling and trafficking, have all been identified by the Somali Federal Government as key security threats. Consequently, EU NAVFOR works alongside other EU instruments such as EUCAP Somalia – as well as UN and other international agencies – to support Somali Government efforts to enhance national maritime security capabilities.

    There was also time to meet with the Operation Commander of EUTM, Brigadier General Matteo Spreafico (Italian Army) and the Head of Mission for EUCAP Somalia, Maria-Cristina Stepanescu.




2019 February 20

18:13 Klaipėdos nafta carried out the 10th operation of reloading LNG from a gas carrier to ground storage tanks
17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel
16:46 VTMS, AIS and Pilotage Service on the Northern Sea Route to remain under Rosmorport’s control
16:25 NOVATEK eyes arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta
16:04 Maersk enhances Asia-Europe network to further improve schedule reliability
15:43 Decision made on transfer of FSUE Hydrographic Company to Rosatom Corporation
15:21 Euronav sells LR1 Genmar Сompatriot
14:54 SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga
14:30 NOVATEK announces consolidated IFRS results for year ended 31 December 2018
14:02 COSCO SHIPPING Lines and Bolloré Transport & Logistics sign a MoU to develop new synergies
13:39 ABP partners with Grimsby-based Maritime Academy
13:15 Toll unveils new Australian ship
12:48 Increasing numbers of cruise ships making their maiden calls to Southampton
12:22 Transport Week 2019 welcomes Kalmar among its sponsors
12:01 First diesel-electric Damen Shoalbuster 3514 DP2, IMO Tier 3 ordered by Herman Sr
11:50 20 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 19-20
11:33 DP World acquires leading European transportation and logistics provider P&O Ferries
11:09 Port of Oakland to get three new cranes
10:47 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.3% to $66.25, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.02% to $56.44
10:35 2nd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress kicks off in Moscow
10:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 635 points
10:00 IMO Secretary-General urges all aboard for GHG reduction
09:34 Baltiysky Zavod completed shaping ice belt of nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural of Project 22220
09:25 Keppel delivers jackup rig to Grupo R on sale and leaseback deal
09:15 FESCO new vessel starts working on a regular service among the ports of China and Far East of Russia

2019 February 19

18:03 San Vicente Terminal Internacional receives two state-of-the-art cranes to enhance operations
17:50 Throughput of port Kavkaz in Jan’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 1.82 million tonnes
17:26 Moody´s upgrades Hapag-Lloyd credit rating to B1
17:03 Jan De Nul's PDC and Bangladesh PPA to pick engineer services provider for Payra dredging project
16:29 TMA Logistics, CTU and VCL join forces to establish Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam-Corridor
16:21 NIBULON shipbuilders finish constructing a series of POSS-115 Project tugs
16:03 MOL conducts underwater drone demonstration test for vessel bottom inspection
15:25 Wärtsilä’s propeller cap EnergoProFin listed in EcoAction Program
15:02 ICTSI's Matadi Gateway Terminal unlocks shipping system benefits
14:40 2nd conference on transportation of dangerous cargoes to address application of IMDG Code and ADR Agreement in Russia
14:02 Havyard to deliver ship design for further two cargo vessels for Royal Arctic Line
13:33 Ecochlor announces BWMS retrofit contract with Alaskan Tanker Company
13:02 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Navigare
12:30 Gas4Sea partners and Equinor signed an LNG bunkering agreement
12:24 Social allocations of Multipurpose Reloading Complex grew by 22% YoY to RUB 3.8 million in 2018
12:01 Rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg up to 398,000 TEUs in 2018
11:43 International best practices are introduced at ASCO to protect sailors health
11:41 Port of Hamburg sets record for seaport-hinterland rail traffic in 2018
11:39 IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week
11:18 Concordia Damen celebrates naming of innovative Sendo Liner
11:15 ASCO hosted a training course for instructors
10:47 24 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 18-19
10:22 ABP bolsters business with paper company joining Port of Hull
09:58 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.42% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $56.19
09:40 BIMCO demands 4th IMO GHG Study based on realistic economic growth
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 643 points

2019 February 18

18:06 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
17:36 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:41 MAN Energy Solutions launches new TCT turbocharger series
16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting