• 2019 June 26 13:52

    EU NAVFOR Somalia takes part in Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in Western Indian Ocean and Plenary Session of CGPCS

    This past week, EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA attended the second Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean and the 22nd Plenary Session of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS). The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) organised the event with the European Union (EU) within the framework of the Maritime Security (MASE) Programme. In addition, EU NAVFOR met with representatives from Somalia during the “Maritime Security Coordination Committee” (MSCC).

    The Ministerial Meeting and the Plenary Sessions of the Contact Group provide a platform to focus on the shared objective of deterring piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and to exchange views on wider maritime security threats. Both events are of importance as they allow various dignitaries, ministers and high officials of as well as representatives from international organisations to discuss the state and progress of Maritime Security in the region.

    EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA, together with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), presented the military threat assessment to both the working groups and to the Plenary of the CGPCS. EU NAVFOR also took the opportunity to update Stakeholders on the status of the current judicial process with respect to the transfer and prosecution of the five suspected pirates arrested by EU NAVFOR Somalia in April 2019.

    In its conclusions, the CGPCS Plenary called upon EU NAVFOR, CMF and Independent Deployers to maintain their presence off the coast of Somalia to prevent resurgence of piracy and related crime. The CGPCS Members also welcomed the progress in the establishment of a regional architecture of maritime security with the operationalisation of the Regional Centre for Operations Coordination (RCOCC) and the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) in the Seychelles and in Madagascar. 

    It was decided at the 22nd CGPCS Plenary Sessions that Kenya will serve as chair of CGPCS for a period of two years beginning January 2020. As Chair, Kenya will coordinate regional and international efforts to manage the threat of piracy.

    The European Union funds the MASE Programme, a regional programme that supports the implementation of the Regional Strategy and Action Plan to fight piracy and promote maritime security in the Eastern and Southern Africa–Indian Ocean. The MASE countries involve four main regional organisations: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East Africa Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the IOC, and is also implemented in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    Through the MASE Programme, the EU supports the RCOC in Seychelles and the RMIFC in Madagascar with equipment and training. The two regional centres are crucial in organising a more effective and coordinated fight against piracy in the high-risk area off the Horn of Africa. In addition the MASE programme funds activities aimed to improve the livelihoods in Somalia such as the Coastal Communities against Piracy Project, which is implement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO).


2019 November 21

09:51 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.2% to 15.27 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’2019
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 21
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.32% to $62.2, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.25% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,260 points
08:29 Port of Hamburg cargo throughput grows 3.2 percent to 104 million tons in first three quarters of 2019

2019 November 20

18:10 FESCO provided transportation of nuclear submarines’ blocks and tanker from Kamchatka Territory to decommissioning site in Primorye
17:48 Cruise ship Mustay Karim returns from successful sea trials
17:06 ECOsubsea gets permission to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports
16:56 Tallinn Shipyard wins prestigious 2019 Safety4sea Europort Awards
16:19 Wärtsilä solutions chosen to upgrade efficiency and environmental performance of Norwegian fishing vessel
16:03 Oboronlogistics completed the delivery of inert materials and special equipment to the Novaya Zemlya
15:00 ESPO: TEN-T policy review must bring maritime links on equal footing with land links
14:09 RF Govt Transport Commission approved inclusion of 57 projects into comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
13:35 Ecosystem-based management and maritime spatial planning are furthered at HELCOM-VASAB meeting in St Petersburg
12:57 RS takes part in Transport of Russia 2019
12:02 The world’s largest wind turbine tested on Maasvlakte
11:44 WMU signs MoU with International Maritime Academy, Lebanon
11:23 Tariffs for LNG services provided by KN approved for 2020
11:02 Bureau Veritas certifies Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
10:28 Hydraulic engineering structures of Volga-Don Canal underwent reconstruction
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 20
10:05 Bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:02 Yang Ming to launch new Southeast Asia Services
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.11% to $60.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $55.37
09:41 Foreship launches Hamburg business to grow in Germany
09:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,304 points
09:14 CMA CGM reviewes Low Sulphur Surcharge for RoRo Med Lines

2019 November 19

18:03 Port of Piraeus throughput reaches 5 million TEU this year
17:50 BPO joins the “More EU budget for transport” coalition
17:22 Throughput of Russia’s seaports expected to grow by 3% to 850 million tonnes in 2019
17:03 Expro awarded contract extension with INPEX, offshore Australia
16:45 Gasum expands their maritime fuel supply by new Swedegas’ facility in the port of Gothenburg
16:24 IMO helps train future leaders in maritime policy
16:03 CSV Bourbon Oceanteam 101 extends charter contract with client for works in Angola
15:03 MSC appoints Soren Toft as CEO for container shipping & logistics
14:21 Shipment of half a billionth tonne of coal from Vostochny Port kicked off by Sergey Ivanov and Yevgeny Ditrikh
14:02 ICTSI proposal to develop Iloilo ports complete
13:23 Med Marine orders MAN 175D for Svitzer ice-breaking tugs
13:00 Havyard Ship Technology AS announces new general manager
12:38 Bunker prices are stable at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:02 ABP’s Port of Ipswich welcomes floating storytelling museum
11:44 Registration for the 16th International Transport Forum YugTrans 2020 is open
11:37 Port of Southampton investing in quayside to continue welcoming largest ships
10:59 Navigation season of 2019 closed in Baikal-Angara Basin of Russia’s IWW
10:31 EEC postponed consideration of amendments into Technical Regulation of the Customs Union in the part of sulphur content in bunker
10:05 Ports of Los Angeles and Copenhagen Malmö sign collaborative agreement on sustainability, environment
10:03 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spent over RUB 1 million under its social programme in 9M’19
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.14% to $62.35, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.02
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,338 points
09:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 19
09:08 Nexans secures a 5-year contract extension with Chantiers de l’Atlantique to supply cables and services
08:12 Shell Marine secures contract for Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers

2019 November 18

18:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to ISC
18:07 2020 Bulkers extends time charters for Bulk Santiago and Bulk Seoul
17:54 Rosmorport supports 3rd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its General Sponsor
17:35 Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Brittany Ferries reach agreement to acquire Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
17:21 Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Murmansk to host PORA discussion “Development of Water Transport Infrastructure in the Arctic” on Nov'26
17:05 ​Shearwater GeoServices awarded largest-ever 4D campaign in the Asia Pacific region by Woodside
16:35 HYUNDAI Merchant Marine joins “Getting to Zero Coalition”
16:20 Gazprom Neft reports 4.1-pct growth of bunker fuel production to 2.04 million tonnes in 9M’19