Commercial ships coming from the Crimea will not be allowed to enter into port of Turkey. The measure has been approved by the Ministry of Transport in the country. On October 9, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Kyiv and said Ankara supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine. His comment is related to the annexation of the peninsula in 2014.
In addition, a day later, Turkey also announced restrictions on imports of agricultural products from Russia, which is a reaction to the ban on Turkish tomato imports in the country.
Russia has asked for clarifications on the announced restrictions on imports. Ankara has already provided the regulation, which is being analyzed by the Russian authorities. The measures concern wheat, unrefined sunflower oil, maize, peas and etc.
In recent months, relations between Russia and Turkey have improved significantly. As a result of the warming, Gazprom began to build a new gas pipeline along the Black Sea bottom to the Turkish coast. Ankara ordered Moscow’s C-400 missile system, risking problems in NATO.
Both sides also signed a number of economic agreements among themselves, including the construction of a nuclear power plant – Akkuy NPP.
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Russian government adopted a bill, giving them right to determine the order of procurement of aviation and marine equipment. The bill proposes to give the government commission on import substitution new functions. In particular, the commission is invited to assign the rights to determine the specific terms of procurement – a list of goods, works and services, as well as the maximum price of the contract, beyond which customers can not conclude a contract without the approval of the government commission.
According to the current norms, state companies must coordinate with the government commission on import substitution work on projects worth more than 10 billion rubles. At the same time, as noted by the government, the new bill do not concern the subsidiaries of such legal entities. In addition, some purchases of air and sea vessels do not meet government requirements for the cost of investment projects. Organizations purchase similar goods abroad, which has a negative impact on the development of the domestic aviation and shipbuilding industry, the government believes.
“If purchases exceed certain volumes, then they must pass the approval procedure through a government commission on import substitution”, said the Deputy Finance Minister, Alexey Lavrov.
At the same time, it is proposed to extend the same rules to subsidiaries of legal entities. Concerned are only companies with state share in the authorized capital exceeding 50%, and engaged in purchasing aviation and marine equipment.
“It is in these sectors that we believe it is necessary to strengthen the policy of import substitution, supporting domestic products”, added also Lavrov.
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Russian plans construction of environment protection fleet by 2021, which is part of the program of social and economic development of the Arctic. The total worth of the project is 3.1 billion rubles (53.20 million USD), according to Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, Sergey Donskoy.
“The state program of social and economic development of the Arctic, on the initiative of the Ministry, included an event for the construction of the nature protection fleet in order to ensure environmental supervision in the seas and on the continental shelf in 2021 with a funding volume of 3.1 billion rubles”, said Sergey Donskoy. According to him, such a fleet will increase the safety of maritime activities and will significantly level out possible environmental risks for marine ecosystems.
Another way to reduce environmental risks is also the transition to usage of ships running at liquefied natural gas (LNG), or Green Shipping, considers the Minister. He suggested starting with the Northern Sea Route.
“Construction of icebreakers using LNG as fuel has already begun. The first such vessel, Polaris, was built on the Finnish shipyard Arctech, owned by the Russian USC. In turn, the Ministry of Natural Resources, within the framework of implementing the projects of the Arctic Council, participates in the creation of three river tankers for LNG for Volgotrans”, added also Sergey Donskoy.
He noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources also initiated a project for the construction of ships and the preparation of safe from the point of view of the sea ecology of the GSHipping routes, under which the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a preferential credit line for 100 Russian environmental contribution to the global environmental fund millions of euro, which is currently frozen.
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The general cargo ship Islay Trader ran aground off the coast of Margate in UK. The vessel, which is full of broken glass for recycling, was anchored off the British coast, but dragged anchor and stuck on the beach at Turner Centre Margate. The crew was unable to prevent grounding and reported the accident to the local authorities. At the scene was sent towing tug, which assisted with refloating the vessel during the high tide. The freighter Islay Trader was anchored off Margate Harbor again for inspection and safety survey, but later allowed to resume voyage to Antwerp after was estimated that there were no hull damages.
Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries and water pollution. The investigation for the root cause is under way.
A coastguard spokeswoman said the fuel tanks had not been damaged.
The general cargo ship Islay Trader (IMO: 9030474) has overall length of 74.90 m, moulded beam of 11.40 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,386 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,512 GRT. The ship was built in 1992 by RSW Rosslauer Schiffswerft in Germany.
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The general cargo ship Fu Shun 67 sank off the southern tip of Lienchiang island at the Min river estuary in China. The crew of the freighter sent distress signal for water ingress and requested immediate assistance. All the 10 seamen abandoned the ship Fu Shun 67 into a life raft. The rescue coordination center received the distress signal and sent rescuers at the scene. All the 10 crew members were evacuated from the life raft without reported injuries. However, the salvage operation was not safe and the freighter Fu Shun 67 was allowed to sank in the Min river estuary.
Local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The water ingress started in the engine compartment, which started flooding and vessel lost propulsion power and electricity. The crew had no option to keep the vessel afloat and abandoned into the life raft.
The site of sinking is under monitoring for oil leak and water pollution.
The general cargo ship Fu Shun 67 has overall length of 84.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 5.60 m.
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The concession deal in the port of Thessaloniki is delaying, as the consortium between Deutsche Invest Equity Partners, Belterra Investments and Terminal Link, which was named by the privatization fund as the preferred buyer, is still hesitating to conclude the contract.
The procedure for choosing a concessionaire to acquire 67% of the port’s assets for the next 40 years ended in June. The consortium then declared its readiness to take over the facility. A few months later, however, the port is still part of the assets of the privatization fund of Greece.
According to unconfirmed information there is a conflict between two of the participants in the consortium – the French Terminal Link and Belterra Investments, which is controlled by Greek-Russian businessman. The two companies are in dispute over management rights over the harbor. The official position, however, is that the reason for the delay is bureaucracy.
A spokesman for the company says the reason for the delay is the complexity of the deal. It is expected that the contract for the port concession will be concluded by the end of October. A few months later – by mid-January 2018, have to be transferred 232 million EUR, as was the transaction price determined by the privatization agency.
One of the reasons for delay is the lack of a document for the creation of the consortium between the three companies. After a meeting with the Greek authorities, the representatives of the companies promised to submit this document to the National Audit Office. The company’s spokesman confirmed the incomplete documentation, but did not specify details.
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Twelve people are missing in Japan sea after Chinese fishing vessel sank in collision with Aframax tanker Brightoil Lucky. The both vessels collided on 200 nm off Oki islands in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Following the accident the fishing ship with 16 crew capsized and sank. In the first minutes of the collision four seamen were rescued and recovered from the water, but another twelve are still missing. The Japanese Coast Guard launched SAR and sent three patrol boats to collision site, but there is no result for now.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The Aframax tanker Brightoil Lucky was en route from Longkou in China to Kozmino oil terminal in Russia. The vessel was adrift near the collision site and will remain detained during the investigation.
The tanker Brightoil Lucky (IMO: 9402469) has overall length of 250.00 m, moulded beam of 44.20 m, depth of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 115,459 DWT and the gross tonnage is 63,294 GRT.
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Fire erupted in engine room of the Ro-Ro cargo vessel Maursund at the Fuglenes quay in the fishing port of Hammerfest, Norway. The engine crew raised alark and reported fire on board to the local authorities. At the scene of the accident attended three engines and six crews, police and ambulance. Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries among the crew and firefighters, but some seamen were checked by my medical teams. The fire was completely extinguished several hours later, but fire department sought for remaining hot spots with a thermal camera.
Further details about the root cause are unknown and under investigation by the fire inspectors. According to preliminary information, the fire erupted after short circuit in ship’s alliances, which extended to fire.
Ro-Ro cargo vessel Maursund (IMO: 8976798) has overall length of 61.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 903 GRT. The vessel was built in 1972 in Mjellem and Karlsen Verft in Bergen, Norway.
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Farstad Marine AS, which is wholly owned subsidiary of Solstad Farstad ASA, sold 1995-built PSV Far Service. The vessel was acquired by the French offshore operator SeaOwl Group and the delivery was completed already today in Alesund, where the ship was stacked. The finance details of the deal were not disclosed.
The latest sale will result in an insignificant accounting effect in Q4 2017, stated the company in stock exchange announcement. However, the share price of the company has fallen by 26% since the beginning of the year.
Farstad has got rid of a number of vessels in recent years. Both the PSV Lady Grete, as well as the anchor handling vessels Lady Sandra and Far Scandia were sold out last year.
The PSV Far Service (IMO: 9106431) has overall length of 83.80 m, moulded beam of 18.80 m and maximum draft of 4.40 m. The deadweight of the ship is 4,680 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,052 GRT. The vessel was built in 1995 by Vard Soviknes in Sovik, Norway.
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The river-sea type freighter Orkideh 1 was damaged after stuck with pier at Bandar Anzali port in Iran. The vessel was docked at the Caspian sea harbor, but the strong winds and waves pushed her to the concrete berth, causing breaches and water ingress at the cargo hold. The accident was reported to the local authorities and emergency rescue teams were sent at the scene to pump out the water from the sinking vessel. They succeeded to rescue the freighter Orkideh 1 and prevent her sinking. There were no other details and information for the accident.
Fortunately there were no reported injuries and water pollution. The salvors patched the breached hull and prevented additional flooding.
The local authorities are monitoring the condition of the freighter.
The river-sea general cargo ship Orkideh 1 (IMO: 8521907) has overall length of 82.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 2,112 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,570 GRT. The vessel was built in 1985 by RSW Rosslauer Schiffswerft in Rosslau, Germany.
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