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ENI also likely to operate out of Limassol

AFTER energy giants Total, it looks like ENI will likewise operate – albeit grudgingly – out of the port of Limassol for their scheduled drilling operations, slated to get underway later this year.

“Larnaca port is definitely out,” Alecos Michaelides, permanent secretary of the transport ministry and former president of the Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) board, told the Cyprus Mail.

Michaelides confirmed news reports that DP World, the concession holders operating the multi-purpose terminal of Limassol port for the next 25 years, plan to have an onshore logistics base supporting hydrocarbons activities up and running by this summer.

ENI are contractually bound to start drilling two more wells before February 2018, when their offshore exploration licence expires.

If they are to accomplish that, drilling should commence by around November of this year at the latest. Leaving precious little time from now until then for the company to close contracts for leasing the drilling and support vessels, and for securing materials such as piping.

Like Total, ENI would have preferred to have its onshore support base at Larnaca. There are a variety of technical reasons why oil companies prefer Larnaca: the water depth is more than sufficient for support vessels to wade into the harbour. Also, the port at Larnaca is nowhere near as congested as Limassol’s.

But citing health concerns over the mud plant and potentially toxic chemicals at the port, Larnaca residents last year pressured their municipality not to extend a permit for Medserv, an oil and gas services company which supported ENI’s prior drilling operations.

But the Mail understands that, for the new wells, ENI proposed to have their mud plant not at the port, but offshore Larnaca – effectively aboard the drilling vessel they would lease.

That would obviate the need for permits from local authorities.

“But with presidential elections looming next year, any talk of hydrocarbons activities out of Larnaca – even with no environmental impact – would be political suicide,” a source apprised of the matter commented.

The source, who requested anonymity, said ENI would now be forced to relocate to Limassol the equipment left over from their first drilling schedule. The equipment is being held in storage at Medserv’s facilities in Larnaca.

Yet more trouble may be brewing at Limassol harbour.

In early October 2016, Total and EDT, an oil and gas services company, signed a contract where the latter would provide the former onshore logistics services out of the port of Limassol supporting Total’s drilling programme

In the meantime, the marine services concession at the port of Limassol – after it was privatised – was granted to a partnership comprising P&O Maritime and G.A.P. Vassilopoulos for the next 15 years.

But the concession, granted by the ports authority, included a monopoly clause in favour of the concessionaires.

EDT’s facilities, which will serve as an onshore support base for Total’s drilling operations, lie in the government-retained areas of the port, administered by the ports authority.

Nevertheless, the concession agreement entered into by the government and the private concession holders held that any activity relating to oil and gas at the port would need to go through the concessionaires – including if those activities took place in the government-retained areas.

Apparently this complication came to the transport ministry’s attention belatedly. Largely as a result of this, Total’s drilling schedule – initially slated for April 2017 – had to be pushed back to June.

Eventually EDT and P&O Maritime came to an arrangement, allowing the former to operate an onshore logistics base until the end of 2018.

The deal provides that by then EDT has to dismantle a floating platform it has at the site.

“Effectively, DP World and P&O Maritime are seeking to shut out anyone from providing services in the government-retained areas of the port, and to double-dip into the oil and gas activity,” another source said.

This would deprive the state of potentially significant revenue streams.

The same source said DP World planned to build a mud plant next to the new passenger terminal at Limassol port, and wondered whether they would – or should – secure an environmental permit.

Asked about this, the transport ministry’s Michaelides said the mud plant would not be located close to the passenger terminal, but “at a distance.”

He added: “In any case, the configuration will be such that passengers will not have direct view of the mud plant.”

 

Reference: http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/03/30/eni-also-likely-operate-limassol/

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Teething troubles as Limassol port changes hands

Hauliers experienced big delays at Limassol port on Monday, the first day of its operation in private hands, as they complained of slow service and complex procedures.

Transport Minister Marios Demetriades put it all down to teething problems.

Hauliers started arriving at the port early in the morning but by lunchtime, many had not been yet serviced.

They said only one of four gantry cranes was in operation while others missed their turn because they could not fill in the new forms issued by the container terminal operator, Eurogate.

“There is a problem at the entrance also with the forms they want us to fill; we must have a secretary with us to fil them,” one driver said.

A line of some 200 lorries formed north of the port prompting police to dispatch officers to the scene to manage traffic.

Demetriades paid a visit to the port authority early in the afternoon and then spoke to the new port operators.

“There are some problems but I am certain they will be resolved,” the minister said.

Demetriades said these were early days and the operator had to create a record of all the drivers.

They operators would work around the clock so that everyone was served, the minister said.

Demetriades stressed that what was important was the big picture: the smooth transition from public to private in spite of all the doomsayers out there.

DP World, which took over general commerce and passenger traffic, said no particular operational problems had been experienced.

“Three ships docked today (Monday) without any problem,” Nicos Kamakiotis said. “Preparation was very good and there was help from colleagues from the Group’s terminals in other countries.”

Kamakiotis said the company’s objectives were the immediate improvement of infrastructure, improvement of procedures, and in general, improvement of the operation system of the facility.

The port of Limassol is currently being operated by DP World, Eurogate Container Terminal, which handles shipping containers, and P&O Maritime, which provides sea services.

 

Reference: http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/01/30/teething-troubles-limassol-port-changes-hands/

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Shipping Chamber marks 25 years of steady support to the economy

THE Cyprus Shipping Chamber is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout this year since and its head has called on the government to speed up the appointment of a junior minister for shipping and fill the top spot at the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS).

“The DMS is one of the most productive government divisions and operates on a 24-hour basis, which is why it cannot cooperate with international shipping companies and not have a permanent director,” Thomas Kazakos said, adding “we are trying to push for the position to be filled as soon as possible.”

He added that the post junior minister for shipping would give political support to the industry which continues to contribute extensively to the economy, especially during these tough times.

“We feel the need to upgrade the sector without casting any shadows over the current administration at the Ministry or even the DMS, but we need to send the right political message to an industry that produces 7 per cent of GDP or €1bn every year during difficult times,” Kazakos said.

The Chamber was founded on January 26, 1986 as the Cyprus Shipping Council and renamed in 2008. It was founded by 17 shipping companies and has been actively contributing to turn Cyprus shipping into an international industry with 155 registered shipping companies operating in the field of ship ownership and management.

“These companies control around 2,300 seagoing ships with 50m tons of total capacity from Cyprus ranking as one of the leading ship registers in the world,” he added.

Kazakos said that the island’s shipping industry employs 4,500 people, while shipping companies based in Cyprus manage a total of 55,000 seamen.

Asked about the future potential of shipping, Kazakos was reserved in his estimations saying that they are currently positive. Any potential, he said, is linked to the stabilisation and expected increase in the cargo market and said that shipping could be further strengthened in the hydrocarbon sector as companies which provide services related to oil and gas extraction are gradually arriving on the island.

“Shipping is closely related to the energy industry, so once this very promising industry produces what everyone expects, shipping will have an immediate impact through transporting natural gas,” he said.

The negative impact of the Eurogroup decision in March and the ensuing ‘haircut’ on deposits has not caused any shipping companies on the island to leave, Kazakos added.

Events to mark the chamber’s 25 years include hosting the annual meeting of International Shipping Chambers in Limassol in June, as well as a meeting of shipping ministers from different countries.

Published by: http://cyprus-mail.com/

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EMSA strengthens its network of oil spill recovery vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean

(Lisbon, 19/11/2010) The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed a contract to provide pollution response capacity using the Limassol, Cyprus-based tanker Alexandria. The newly-contracted vessel considerably strengthens EMSA’s oil-spill response coverage of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, a sensitive sea area given its proximity to major oil transport routes transiting the Suez Canal, and those originating in Black Sea and Middle-Eastern ports. EMSA selected Petronav Ship Management Limited, a Cypriot Company, to provide pollution response capacity through its tanker Alexandria. The Service Contract signed with Petronav has a duration of four years with a total value of 4.5 million euros, renewable once for an additional four years.

‘EMSA’s network of vessels has been set up to ‘top-up’ the capacity of European Member States in the event of a major marine pollution crisis. We have been keen to reinforce the network’s coverage of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, a
very sensitive region as it is a major corridor for oil and petrochemicals, feeding ports and refineries across Europe,’ says EMSA Executive Director Willem de Ruiter. ‘This was one of the main targets for 2010, so I am particularly pleased to
have covered this gap in the network.’

EMSA’s network of stand-by oil pollution response vessels Regulation 724/2004/EC gives EMSA the task of assisting EU/EEA Member States in their response to ship-sourced pollution within the Community. EMSA has built
a network of stand-by oil pollution response vessels that covers the whole of the European coastline, and serves to ‘top up’ the existing pollution response capacity of Member States. The network is based on contracted vessels which are
equipped with oil spill response equipment as per EMSA requirements. The vessels carry out their ‘normal’ commercial operations on a day-to-day basis, yet when needed can be adapted at short notice to serve as oil spill response vessels.
With state-of-the art equipment, such as oil slick detection radars, sweeping booms and skimmers, the vessels can be scrambled into action at the command of the Member State.

The map overleaf shows the current status of EMSA’s network.

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CNHC President says Vasilikos can become the regional energy hub by 2025

 

The LNG terminal, on Cyprus’ southern coast, can become a regional energy hub, Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC) Executive President Charles Ellinas has pointed out.

“If we take the correct decisions and carry on with our plans without delay, the LNG terminal and the whole of Vasilikos area can become the energy hub of the region,” Ellinas said, speaking at the Economist Conference which took place in Nicosia.

He noted that Vasilikos location is the only location in the Eastern Mediterranean to base an LNG plant which eventually can become a gas hub for the region. He pointed out that timing is essential and exploration and development must continue without delay.

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Bio Turbo from Miatech Finds Application at Sea

Miatech, a company responsible for keeping produce fresh across the US and around the world, recently learned of a potentially ground-breaking application for its Bio Turbo 100 ethylene and pathogen control system. Polarcus, a company widely regarded for its sustainable Arctic exploration work, recently employed the Bio Turbo 100 on the Polarcus Asima, one of its seismic mapping vessels. The system has allowed the crew to enjoy fresh produce for far longer than ever before.

We will run out of fresh fruits and vegetables prior to them going bad. This is the FIRST time that has happened,” reports Edward Barr, Ship’s Medical Officer aboard the Asima. “Our Chief Cook now is altering his ordering method to allow for enough to last between expected resupply times, instead of based on expected discard times.

Prior to the deployment of the Bio Turbo 100 aboard the Polarcus Asima, a full 50% of on-board produce would have been relegated to only cooking and meal prep after two weeks at sea, with 25% being thrown away. Since the system has come online, both numbers have shrunk to the single digits.

We were thrilled to learn that our Bio Turbo 100 was being installed on a ship at sea because of the tremendous potential of the system to maximize produce shelf life for the crew” explains Costas Iconomou, Chairman, President and CEO of Miatech. “The results reported so far match our projections, and will to the addition of the Bio Turbo system to the food storage facility of any vessel operating away from port for a week or more at a time.”

The Bio Turbo 100 cleans ethylene and airborne bacteria from store rooms or coolers of up to 100 cubic meters in size, with the Bio Turbo 300, 1000 and 6000 units covering facilities of up to 300 cubic meters, 1,000 cubic meters, and 6,000, respectively. This paves the way for applications across a broad range of vessels, from smaller ships with around 60 crew members such as the Polarcus Asima to naval vessels to cruise ships.