• 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 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities
13:31 Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
12:28 CMA CGM announces rate restoration for Asia to West Africa trade
11:32 APL informs on voil sailing on Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service in August
10:58 Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

2019 August 16

18:16 Port of Vyborg volumes in Jan-Jul plummet 29% to 687,700 tons
18:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:36 Norwegian Encore leaves MEYER WERFT's building dock
17:06 Balltec secures North Sea decommissioning contract from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland
16:35 Canada Infrastructure Bank signs MoU with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur port expansion project
16:05 Vår Energi AS awarded an EPCI contract to Rosenberg Worley AS
16:03 Low-sulphur marine fuel sales by Gazprom Neft in the first half of the year increased by 11% to 121,400 tonnes
15:48 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
15:36 Throughout of oil port Primorsk in Jan-Jul 2019 increased 14% to 35.74 million tonnes
15:14 New mid-year record for container volumes through the Port of Vancouver
15:11 USCG repatriates 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic
14:27 Port of Vysotsk throughput in January-July rose 7% to 11.14 million tonnes
14:10 Austal signs A$126 mln contract to export two Cape Class Patrol Boats
13:14 Seven-month cargo volumes of Port of Ust-Luga increase 10% to 62 million tonnes (update)
13:05 NORDEN signs multiple long-term global contracts
12:05 APM Terminals Poti to implement uninterrupted 24/7 operations
11:39 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes rise 2% to 35 million tonnes (update)
11:05 Steel cutting ceremony for the next AIDA LNG cruise ship at MEYER WERFT
10:48 Tekmar Energy selected for Formosa 1 Phase 2
10:44 Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo throughput up 4.1 percent to 69.4 million tons in H1 2019
09:55 Crude futures prices tend upward again: Brent Crude rises to $ 58,88, WTI – to $ 55,16
09:34 Baltic Dry Index leaps 97pts to 2047 points
09:27 Bunker prices show mixed movements at Port of St. Petersburg
08:41 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 16

2019 August 15

18:48 Seven-month box throughput of Ukraine’s seaports leaps 20% to 545.800 TEUs
18:05 Huntington Ingalls Industries announces leadership changes at shipyards
17:05 Scandlines installs Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution on board hybrid ferry
16:43 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel facilities
16:35 Kalmar service expertise to enhance safety, performance and productivity at OPCSA’s Las Palmas terminal
16:33 Global Dredging Forum in London to address all current aspects of capital and maintenance dredging as expansion opportunity
16:05 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS
15:47 Neste introduces a new IMO2020-compliant low-sulphur marine fuel
15:43 Stena Bulk's CEO appeals directly to the Leaders of India, Russia, Latvia & the Philippines
14:33 Rotterdam Polymer Hub construction starts
14:20 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports strong improvements in earnings in Q2
14:01 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port JSC 1H net profit drops 3.3 times to RUB 1bn
13:52 Port of Oslo speaker to join Int'l Baltic Transport Forum, Sept. 11
13:05 RS supports PortNews сonference on icebreaking and service fleet, to be held prior to NEVA-2019 trade fair
13:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
12:06 LUGAPORT terminal construction kicks off at Port of Ust-Luga
12:03 MOL transports fire engines to Paraguay
11:03 Jan De Nul bags 600MW Kriegers Flak contract
10:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
10:01 Crude futures prices continue to decline: Brent Crude – to $ 59,09, WTI – to $ 54,92
09:57 Latest frigate Admiral Kasatonov enters shipbuilder’s trials final phase
09:12 Baltic Dry Index leaps by 4.61% to hit 1950-pts mark
08:42 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 15

2019 August 14

23:00 Sergey Mazokhin takes helm at Nordic Engineering JSC
18:09 Icebreaker Novorossiysk escorts Silver Explorer along the Northern Sea Route
18:05 OOCL revises Trans-Pacific service
17:23 Moscord to add Schneider Electric Marine Product Line
16:35 Wärtsilä turns to startups to help solve some of the biggest problems in the maritime industry
16:05 Round table on import substitution in Russian shipbuilding sector slated to be held on August 29 in St. Petersburg
16:04 HHLA H1 2019 performance report: growth with sustainable success
15:33 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS