• 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 July 17

18:13 USCG responds to boat collision, assists 4 injured
17:55 LNG vessels to protect environment and increase container turnover at the Port of Riga
17:32 YAMAL LNG obtains certification for the new ISO 45001:2018 and confirms compliance with ISO 14001:2015
17:03 Qatargas delivers 3000th LNG cargo to Japan
16:48 Maslovoz-2 tanker left floating dock of Novorossiysk Ship Repair Yard
16:21 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers the Aleksandr Zuyev, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, to STLC
16:03 Safe Bulkers, Inc. announces installation and commissioning of the first scrubber on MV Martine
15:44 Germany accedes to ship recycling convention
15:27 South Africa accedes to compensation regime for hazardous and noxious cargoes
15:02 BHP to introduce low emissions LNG freight
14:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
13:32 McDermott awarded FEED contract for Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman
13:15 Pilbara Ports Authority delivers a total annual throughput of 697.2 million tonnes for the 2018/19 financial year
12:39 Exports of Russian oil products from Kambarka oil tank farm resumed by river route via RPK-Vysotsk-LUKOIL-II
12:01 Aker Solutions announces Second-Quarter and Half-Year results 2019
11:51 New edition of Rules for Classification and Construction of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk published by RS
11:44 Port of Oakland’s keystone project set to be delivered in 2020
11:26 NIBULON shipyard continues forming the hull of its 140-m NIBULON MAX floating crane
11:02 The President of the European Council visits the new Port of Baku
10:40 Gasum Group reports its financial results for Q2 2019
10:30 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 17
10:17 AS Tallinna Sadam reports its 2019 Q2 passenger and cargo flows
09:54 Bunker prices increase at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.25% to $64.51, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.03% to $57.64
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,011 points

2019 July 16

18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
17:49 Marine Recruiting Agency to recruit personnel for Petrolesport
17:36 Hapag-Lloyd adds vessel to its North America Westcoast / Oceania Service
17:24 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 1H’19 decreased by 25% YoY to 3.2 mln tonnes
17:06 Odfjell SE sells its ownership share of terminal in Jiangyin, China
16:30 Keppel secures contract from Yinson for the modification of FPSO
16:01 More than 100,000 containers shipped via Intercity Barge at the Port of Rotterdam
15:56 Van Oord orders third trailing suction hopper dredger from Keppel
15:35 Rostransnadzor launches pilot project on remote monitoring of water transport companies’ compliance with mandatory requirements
15:10 Hapag-Lloyd announces rate restoration from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
14:51 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:29 Baltic Transport Forum - development momentum for the region
14:10 Hapag-Lloyd launches new Africa service
13:46 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg puts into operation new ecological equipment
13:25 Leading Port Planning & Development World Summit comes to Brussels, Belgium this October
13:01 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
12:37 Naval Group launches first in Barracuda-class series of six nuclear submarines
12:10 Port of Oakland exports up 4.2 percent in June 2019
11:26 Nefteflot CJSC lays down third 4,800DWT barge of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
11:01 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
10:40 Scope of repair dredging performed by FSUE Rosmorport in 2019 to total about 10 million cbm
10:17 Investment dues collected in Russia’s seaports in 2019-20 to be used for four projects
10:14 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 16
10:14 Wärtsilä chosen for another environmentally sustainable hopper dredger from Damen Shipyards
09:54 Icebreaking and Support Fleet conference to be held in Saint-Petersburg on September 16 as part of NEVA-2019 exhibition’s zero day
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.06% to $66.52, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $59.55
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,928 points

2019 July 15

17:58 IAPH welcomes new Associate Member from Switzerland
17:33 NIBULON transported 3.5 million tonnes of cargoes by water transport
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd to introduce new Middle East-India-Africa Express Service
16:07 Desktop Just-In-Time trial yields positive results in cutting emissions
15:44 Prevention of marine pollution in South Asia discussed at regional workshop
15:15 Cargotec’s MacGregor receives clearance from the Chinese competition regulator for the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group
14:56 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 116,000 tonnes of cargo in 6M’2019, down 35.5% Y-o-Y
14:39 RS issues revised Rules for Classification and Construction of ships carrying liquefied gas