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Greek seamen to strike in September

Greek seamen to strike in September

Piraeus - Ferries will remain moored at Greek ports on Monday,3 September, after the union representing the country’s seamen called a 24-hour strike following fruitless talks with ship operators to renew a collective pay agreement

Greek owners to be affected by sanctions on Iran

Greek owners to be affected by sanctions on Iran

London - A significant increase in trade volumes can be seen following on from the lifting of US sanctions in January 2016. A seasonal pattern can be observed in ton-mile exports post January 2016, with total volumes rising in the Autumn months in preparation for higher Winter demand

“STI Poplar” damages dock at Ploce Port

“STI Poplar” damages dock at Ploce Port

Ploce - A tanker loaded with oil rammed into a dock in the Croatian Port of Ploce, causing significant damage that left the port’s liquid cargo terminal inoperable. According to local media, the tanker smashed into the dock causing a portion of the quay wall and the unloading infrastructure to fall into the sea and sink

Hundreds injured as platform collapses into sea

Hundreds injured as platform collapses into sea

Madrid - Hundreds of people were hurt, five seriously, when a wooden platform collapsed at a seaside music festival in northwestern Spain on Sunday night, state television RTVE reported. There were no reports of any fatalities from the incident

ENAC warns Volotea: “Too many delays”

ENAC warns Volotea: “Too many delays”

Genoa - Should current disruptions persist, and in the face of a lack of remedial plans, starting September 15, Catalan airline Volotea, the main operator at the Genoa airport, will be obliged to suspend all ticket sales and flight operations in Italy

North Africa

Libya: Tripoli Port resumes operations after a 6-year hiatus

Libya: Tripoli Port resumes operations after a 6-year hiatus

CAIRO – The first ship to arrive at the Libyan port since 2012 bore an Italian name; and with it the resumption of Tripoli Port’s sea traffic. The news appeared in the online media source The Libya Observer. The docking of the Grande Sicilia, which sailed from Belgium with 1,457 vehicles on board, took place on Wednesday

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Three kidnapped Turkish engineers released in Libya
Tunisians to vote in first free municipal elections amid economic gloom
Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Ansaldo Energia signs contracts worth €240 million in Tunisia

Genoa - Ansaldo Energia has signed contracts in Tunisia for the construction of an electricity power plant and related services for a total of €240 million. The contract, signed with the Société Tunisienne de l’Élecriticité et du Gaz (STEG), relates to the construction of an open-cycle gas-fired power plant

Middle East

Israel seeks re-tender of mining rights into Dead Sea / GALLERY
Erdogan tells Turks to buy free-falling lira as Trump doubles metals tariffs
UAE’s Stanford Marine creditors in talks about sale of business

UAE’s Stanford Marine creditors in talks about sale of business

DUBAI/ABU DHABI - Creditors of Stanford Marine Group (SMG), which has links to troubled private equity firm Abraaj, are in talks with three potential buyers, sources familiar with the matter say. Banks are overseeing control of Dubai-based SMG after it failed to meet the terms of its debt obligations

“Trump wrong to expect Saudis to cover loss of Iran oil supply”
Fincantieri: new defence logistics division / GALLERY

Black Sea

Russia, Iran, and 3 others agree Caspian status
Yilport closest to landing the port of Taranto

Yilport closest to landing the port of Taranto

Taranto - The port of Taranto and the container terminal have their eyes set on Turkey’s Yilport Holding AS. On Tuesday, the Port System Authority of the Ionian Sea, whose president is Sergio Prete, acknowledging the “preliminary positive evaluation by the Permanent Internal Commission”

Putin gives Russian army a political wing

Putin gives Russian army a political wing

Moscow - Vladimir Putin has created a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism, evoking memories of a Soviet practice that once saw soldiers taught the precepts of Marxism and Leninism by political commissars

EU slaps sanctions on six Russian groups over Crimea bridge
Damen assumes control at Mangalia shipyard

Damen assumes control at Mangalia shipyard

Mangalia - To signify its first day of operations at Damen Shipyards Mangalia in Romania, Damen held a modest ceremony at the yard on Monday, July 23rd. The celebrations mark Damen’s successful completion of the transaction with Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) for the Mangalia shipyard