• 2019 May 23 13:36

    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini visits ITS Carlo Margottini

    EU NAVFOR says this week, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini paid a visit to the Horn of Africa. After stopping in Mogadishu and meeting with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, she visited Kenya and then Djibouti. In Djibouti, she visited Operation Atalanta forces on board the ITS Carlo Margottini.

    On board ITS Carlo Margottini, Madame Mogherini delivered a speech in which she acknowledged the challenges that Djibouti currently faces including the war in Yemen in the North, the persistence of the Al-Shabab threat in the South and consistent maritime insecurity offshore.

    In regards to maritime security, Madame Mogherini explained: “We committed ourselves ten years ago with the launch of Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. It was then the first time that the naval assets of the European Union member states were united to work under the European flag, with a common objective: to fight against maritime piracy and restore the freedom of navigation which is so fundamental, to the region, for the European Union and the rest of the world.”

    “We cannot stop reminding ourselves that lowering our guard in the name of exceptional results in deterring piracy would be a mistake,” stressed Madame Mogherini. “The recent attacks from last month serve as proof of this.”

    In his own speech, Operation Atalanta Commander Rear Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave thanked Madame Mogherini for her visit, and thanked Djibouti authorities for their ongoing support and contribution.

    He stressed in his address that if today the impact of Somali piracy is minimal, this is the result of the industry’s implementation of best management practices along with the combined action of different actors and organisations, notably the states in the region.

    The Rear Admiral also had the opportunity to provide an update on the last developments in the mission: two months ago, the Operation Headquarters were relocated from Northwood (UK) to Rota (Spain), and the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa also was relocated to Brest, France. The Rear Admiral Mortorell Lacave emphasized that despite these significant changes, the transfer of command will not affect the success of Operation Atalanta. His objective remains to “ensure that what has been achieved operationally over the last decade is maintained and that EU NAVFOR continues to be regarded as a key provider of maritime security in the Horn of African region and in the Western Indian Ocean.” Apart from its involvement in security in the Horn of Africa, the European Union works diligently to strengthen its partnership with the region in many areas. These areas include common interests the EU shares with the Horn of Africa such as addressing climate change, boosting investment, improving management of migration and creating more opportunity for youth. Concluding her visit in the Horn of Africa, HR/VP Mogherini will next visit Ethiopia.


2019 June 25

18:06 VARD orders seawater cooling for newbuild cable layer
17:34 ABP Humber Estuary Services (HES) purchased new £600,000 survey vessel
17:06 Q-Flex vessel sets delivery benchmark in Turkey
16:28 Awilco LNG posts vessel and contract update
16:22 Zhatai Shipyard to be provided with RUB 4.1 billion of budget investments in 2019–2021
15:59 Maersk introduces Maersk Spot, a new fully online product that simplifies the buying process for customers
15:15 NCSP Group announced decisions made at annual general shareholders' meeting
14:51 IMO: committed to implementation
14:20 ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer
13:37 MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone
12:59 ECSA celebrates the Day of the Seafarer
12:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:58 Fuel technologies in the spotlight at ABS Hellenic Technical Committee
11:39 Dickson obtains status of international port
10:58 MEYER WERFT hands over Spirit of Discovery to the British cruise line Saga Cruises
10:42 Concordia Damen ships 18 hulls from Shanghai to Rotterdam
10:24 Gender equality is the theme of Day of the Seafarer 2019
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.81% to $63.66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.88% to $57.39
09:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 25
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,258 points

2019 June 24

18:05 Training Montenegro to combat oil spills
17:50 Four cruise ships visit the Port of Riga at the same time
17:27 Finnish Government proposes supplementary appropriation of EUR 40 million for basic infrastructure management
17:05 Austal delivers third guardian class patrol boat to the Australian Department of Defence
16:47 Incat Crowther announces contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry
16:46 Construction and operation of dual-fuel ships has low economic efficiency – USC President
16:45 Maersk Drilling completes sale of jack-up Mærsk Giant
16:24 USC set to build floating electricity-generating facilities running on LNG supplied by bunkering ships
16:03 Van Oord and Mammoet enter into cooperation with scale-up Verton
15:45 United Shipbuilding Corporation to launch the first LNG-powered ferry for Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line in late July
15:30 United Shipbuilding Corporation establishes USC-Propulsion and USC-Interior subdivisions
15:03 MOL signs deal on a long-term charter contract to utilize "MOL FSRU Challenger" for Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project
14:42 New USC Vice-President, Civil Shipbuilding, to get into office on 10 July 2019
14:21 USC expects its Astrakhan cluster to build 12 river-sea class ships per year
14:03 Yang Ming announces new China-Thailand direct service
13:37 Port of Rotterdam Authority to collaborate with four new companies
13:25 Igor Vasilyev appointed as Acting General Director of FTI Rostransmodernizatsiya
13:02 ARIES gained ABS Certification: Middle East 1 st Remote Inspection Techniques specialist
12:20 BC Ferries releases year-end results
12:10 Keel laid for the first of Damen’s revolutionary new FCS 7011 Crew Change
11:56 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,377 in RF spot market
11:29 FESCO to launch new container train to China via Far East overland route
10:58 Southern Center of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair acquired property of Krasniye Barrikady plant
10:35 Satti floating drilling unit owned by Kazmortransflot delivered to Azerbaijan
10:13 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.1% to 5.5 billion tonnes in Jan-May’2019
09:53 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning June, 24
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.4% to $64.71, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $57.82
09:34 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.7% to 7.55 million TEUs in Jan-May’2019
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,239 points

2019 June 23

16:29 INPEX submits revised plan of development for Abadi LNG Project
15:13 Oceanwide Expeditions: Hondius sister ship m/v Janssonius ordered for 2021
14:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates on Asia - Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka service
13:46 Coast Guard rescues five from capsized boat in Chesapeake Bay
12:43 Danske Commodities signs 20-year PPA with Hywind Scotland wind farm
10:29 TMC sets up office to support Chinese yards

2019 June 22

15:24 AAPA selects Christopher Connor as its new CEO
12:37 TMC contracted by VARD to supply marine compressors for Viking Cruises' vessels
11:23 ABS to class first ‘tri-fueled’ vessel for Harvey Gulf
10:13 Port of Oakland steps up as ships carry bigger loads than ever
10:05 Coast Guard responds to barge aground in Naknek, Alaska