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Bulgaria rules out joining NATO flotilla in Black Sea

Bulgaria’s prime minister ruled out participation in plans to form a united NATO Black Sea naval task force to counter the Russian Navy in the region. The president of Romania said the initiative is about joint drills, not maintaining a separate fleet. “I always say that I want the Black Sea to see sailboats, yachts, […]

Alert: Drones launched from vessels

Shortly after the drone had been launched from a vessel transiting the Suez Canal, the Master was requested by the Canal Authorities (SCA) to drop anchor. During the SCA’s subsequent inspection, they confiscated the drone and its memory card and the vessel was detained in anticipation of further investigations by the Egyptian authorities. There are […]

US Destroyer Porter Docks in Bulgaria’s Varna

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter has docked in the Bulgarian port of Varna for a scheduled port visit in an effort to strengthen ties between sailors of the United States and Bulgaria, the US Navy said in a press release on Wednesday. Shortly before the arrival of the USS Porter, an anti-NATO placard was placed […]

New performance lists Paris MoU

At its 49th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2015 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from 1 July 2016. The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that […]

Black Sea Container Market Review 2016

Black Sea container terminals of Ukraine, Romania, Russia, and Bulgaria handled 587 168 TEU in Q1 2016, including empty containers, excluding transshipment. This review observes only full containers of the region – 425 953 TEU. Total drop suffered by these five countries in Q1 2016 was 2,94%, compared to the same period last year. In […]

Navigation Maritime Bulgare acquires a new vessel

The m/v Slavyanka (ex CABOT AVIVA – ІМО 9496276) transfer of flag ceremony was held on May 11, 2016 in Qingdao, China. The first captain of the ship is Victor Stanev and the first chief engineer – Dimitar Ganchev. The ship was built in June 2012 at the Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, China. The length […]

Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company signed Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar Ports Management Company “Mwani Qatar“

Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) and Qatar Ports Management Company «Mwani Qatar» signed Memorandum of Understanding today, April 19, 2016, in the presence of Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria Ivaylo Moskovski and Minister of Transport and Communications of Qatar Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti. By signing the […]

Noble Globetrotter II starts Bulgaria Black Sea gas drills

The Noble Globetrotter II, which will carry out the first exploratory drilling for natural gas in the „Khan Asparuh“ block in the Bulgarian Black Sea, will be officially presented today in Burgas by Total’s Bulgarian Xavier Fozhras, BNR announced. Because of its vast dimensions of the ship, it has passed through the Bosporus in disassembled […]

MAIB finds multiple errors in Hoegh Osaka grounding

The Singapore registered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Hoegh Osaka was departing Southampton, UK, and turning to port around the Bramble Bank when the ship developed a significant starboard list. As the list increased in excess of 40º, the ship lost steerage and propulsion, and subsequently drifted aground on Bramble Bank. A cargo shift […]