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Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September […]

A new replenishment of Navigation Maritime Bulgare Fleet

Navigation Maritime Bulgare is now operating 28 modern bulk carriers and their number shall increase to 32 by the end of the year. The latest replenishment is the bulk carrier Sredna gora (SREDNA GORA – IMO 9486570). The ship was built in 2010 in the HUATAI HEAVY INDUSTRY shipbuilding yard – NANTONG, China under the […]

Wish to be a Merchant navy officer with a British Licence?

South Tyneside College [STC] and Romanian Nautical College [RNC] open the first associative „1+1” programme in Europe to educate Deck, Engine and ETO officers, at the operational and management levels! APPROVED BY THE UK MARITIME & COASTGUARD AGENCY! „1+1 OFFICER PROGRAMME” means: – You study 1 year in RNC in Constanta, Romania – You study […]

Amur arrested again

The Burgas Maritime Administration arrested the „Amur“, which was anchored on Burgas anchorage since June 24, 2016, for crew wage debts, totaling $150,000. The crew included the Bulgarian master and 12 Ukrainians. The former „Asian Dream“ has been recently bought by the Amur Shipping Co. She was arrested in Varna in 2015 for owner’s debts, […]

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 […]