Archiv: Mediterranean Sea


07.03.2020 - 06:32 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Navy to redesignate USNS Hershel ‚Woody‘ Williams so SEALs can attack from it

The slight change in its name means the ship can legally carry out offensive military operations such as allowing Marines or Navy SEALs to launch attacks directly from the ship. A USNS ship under the command of a civilian can engage in combat only if it is defending itself.

27.02.2020 - 15:18 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkish navy’s star frigate joins NATO drill

The Dynamic Manta 2020 drill – an annual advanced anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare exercise – kicked off on Feb. 24 off Italy’s Sicily Island and will continue through March 6.

12.02.2020 - 02:08 [ Greek Reporter ]

Italian Navy Frigate Conducts Military Exercises With Cyprus off Larnaca

According to a press release issued by the Italian Embassy in Nicosia, the frigate is conducting patrolling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, for presence and surveillance activities, in compliance with international law and to safeguard national interests.

17.01.2020 - 23:27 [ CyprusMail ]

Turkey announces new drilling, dismisses East Med Gas Forum initiative (Updated)

In a written statement, the Turkish foreign ministry’s spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Thursday the East Med Gas Forum was in fact “an unrealistic initiative launched by some countries with political motives, under illusions of excluding Turkey from energy equation in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

11.01.2020 - 18:41 [ Cyprus News Agency ]

Foreign Affairs Minister pays official visit to Greece

Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides pays an official visit to Greece, on Monday, during which he is expected to sign with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations and Technical Cooperation and will be received by Greece`s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

09.01.2020 - 18:29 [ Kathimerini Cyprus ]

Cyprus ready to accommodate US army unit in emergency

State-funded broadcaster RIK News aired Thursday morning video footage of a C130 airplane and 5 or 6 Chinook helicopters over Paphos, saying the aircraft landed and were on stand-by at Andreas Papandreou AFB, an active air base adjacent to Paphos International Airport.

26.12.2019 - 01:00 [ Reuters ]

Turkey-Libya maritime deal rattles East Mediterranean

Egypt and Israel, which have invested heavily in energy exploration in the region, are alarmed by the Turkey-Libya move, which may threaten their ability to export gas to Europe. Egypt has called it “illegal and not binding”, while Israel has said it could “jeopardize peace and stability in the area”.

16.12.2019 - 03:58 [ The National ]

What is Nato’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative?

The UAE was the first Arab nation to open an embassy at the military alliance’s headquarters in Belgium and has been a member since 2004.

Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar are also members. Oman and Saudi Arabia are yet to join but the alliance has said it would welcome them with open arms if they should choose to take the step. Both countries will attend the anniversary on Monday.

15.12.2019 - 13:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows

Ankara ready to defend government in Tripoli in latest policy to inflame tensions with US, EU, Greece and Middle East countries

15.12.2019 - 01:17 [ Xinhuanet ]

Spotlight: Active military involvement in Libya serves no Turkish interest: analysts

A senior navy officer from the Tobruk-based rival forces reportedly said he was ordered by Haftar to sink any approaching Turkish research vessels.

Haftar, who failed to capture Tripoli in a major attack earlier this year, announced late Thursday that the „decisive battle“ to seize Tripoli began.

15.12.2019 - 01:03 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkish lawmakers to ratify Libya military coop deal

The earlier memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.

15.12.2019 - 00:53 [ The Times of Israel ]

Turkish ships said to force Israeli research vessel out of Cypriot waters

According to TV report, Turkish navy intercepts Israeli boat, orders it to leave; Turkey’s recent maritime deal with Libya has fueled regional tensions over drilling rights

14.12.2019 - 02:35 [ Reuters ]

Turkish drones escorting drill ships to fly from Turkish Cypriot airport: report

The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet has designated an airport on the disputed island as a base for Turkish drones escorting ships seeking hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, a news agency said, a move likely to increase tension with the European Union.

01.12.2019 - 15:46 [ Libyan Express ]

Erdoğan: Agreement with Libya’s GNA to go through Parliament for endorsement

The Turkish president further said that the agreement with Libya’s internationally recognised government will have to go through the Turkish parliament and then it will be put into effect.

13.10.2019 - 00:29 [ Cyprus Mail ]

French frigate in Cyprus’ EEZ, naval exercise underway (Update 2)

“I am not suggesting that we should go to war […]. I am just saying that Europe must show somehow that it cannot tolerate this behavior, that there are certain red lines. The frigates, sent by France and Italy to block 7, is a first step. We must wait and see what kind of deterrence this move will have,” he said.

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said on Thursday his company would not drill off Cyprus if it meant having to deal with warships.

10.09.2019 - 19:37 [ Daily Sabah ]

The geopolitics of natural gas resources in East Mediterranean

Currently, major energy companies around the world, such as ExxonMobil America, Nobel, Shell France, Annie Italy, Qatar Petroleum, South Korea’s Kogas, Israel Delta, etc., are active in the region. Meanwhile, U.S., Russian and other naval vessels are also present in the region.

The presence of numerous naval vessels cannot be solely due to the Mediterranean’s energy resources. In this geographical area, it seems that the balance of power is as important as the energy resources of the great powers, and on this basis, this region has become a new stage of competition for those powers.

26.08.2019 - 15:56 [ apnews.com ]

Iran says oil aboard tanker pursed by US sold; buyer unnamed

The announcement by government spokesman Ali Rabiei represent just the latest twist in the saga of the Adrian Darya 1, which had been known as the Grace 1 when authorities seized the vessel off Gibraltar on July 4, on suspicion of breaking European Union sanctions targeting Syria.

19.08.2019 - 16:37 [ BBC ]

Iran tanker row: Detained ship sets sail from Gibraltar

An Iranian ship held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port.

Marine tracking shows the tanker moving east into the Mediterranean and lists Kalamata in Greece as the destination.

Gibraltar earlier rejected a request by the US to again seize the ship, which has changed its name from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya-1.

19.08.2019 - 01:51 [ U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet ]

USS Porter departs the Black Sea

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) began its southbound transit from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 18, 2019, after a scheduled port visit to Golcuk, Turkey, and conducting maritime security operations in the region.

18.08.2019 - 22:22 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

Gibraltar turns down US request to seize Iranian tanker

But Gibraltar lifted the detention order last Thursday after Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he had secured written assurances from Tehran that the cargo would not go to Syria.
Those assurances, in the form of diplomatic Notes Verbale from the Iranian government, were published last Thursday by Gibraltar as part of the legal notice lifting the detention order.

17.08.2019 - 14:10 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

New crew for Grace 1 could delay departure to Sunday

The Iranian supertanker Grace 1 is unlikely to sail from Gibraltar before Sunday, the Chronicle understands, with six crewmen including a new captain scheduled to arrive this weekend.
Logistical arrangements are currently being put in place by the vessel’s owners after it was released on Thursday following six weeks detained under Gibraltar’s sanctions legislation.

17.08.2019 - 03:01 [ CNBC ]

UPDATE 6-Iran tanker shifts position but still at anchor off Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper reported that the vessel was unlikely to sail before Sunday, citing an unnamed source who added that it was waiting for six new crew members including a captain to arrive that day.

A lawyer for the Grace 1’s current captain also told the newspaper that his client had asked to be replaced.

16.08.2019 - 07:35 [ Connect the World / Twitter ]

#BREAKING Gibraltar’s Chief Minister @GibraltarGov tells @BeckyCNN Iranian supertanker ‚Grace I‘ is „free to go“ despite a U.S. request to keep the ship detained, but says the tanker could be seized *again* before it sets sail. #IranTensions

16.08.2019 - 03:38 [ Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil

(21.10.2012) The following text written in 2006 at the height of the Lebanon 2006 war examines the geopolitics of energy and oil and and gas pipeline corridors through Lebanon and Syria

Another important strategic objective for Israel is the control over offshore gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, including those Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. These coastal gas reserves extend from Israel’s border with Egyptian to the Turkish border.

16.08.2019 - 03:10 [ France24 ]

Lebanon says US mediation on Israel border issue ‚viable‘

In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first contract for offshore drilling for oil and gas with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek.

Two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean are part of the deal, but Israel claims that part of Block 9 belongs to the Jewish state.

15.08.2019 - 17:19 [ Bloomberg TicToc ‏/ Twitter ]

„From the minute that the judge made his order, the ship is no longer any compulsion to stay within the jurisdiction,“ lawyer Charles Gomez says outside the Supreme Court of Gibraltar of the supertanker at the center of a standoff with Tehran

25.07.2019 - 18:51 [ Bloomberg ]

Denied Iran’s Oil, Syria Has Few Options But Russia

(07.07.2019)

The Syrian government has two big oil-producing friends, Iran and Russia. With the routes from the first apparently closed, it may have to turn to the second. This presents a new host of potential risks. Impounding an Iranian ship in the Strait of Gibraltar is one thing. Stopping a Russian ship in the Aegean Sea is quite another.

13.07.2019 - 18:34 [ eKathimerini ]

Turkish Cypriots propose cooperation over Cyprus gas, Turkey says

Akinci “presented a new comprehensive cooperation proposal prepared by the Turkish Cypriot side for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources around the island of Cyprus to the Greek Cypriot side through the United Nations,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The proposal said that Turkish and Greek Cypriots “are equal partners on the island, have equal rights, so should share the income and cooperate in the area of hydrocarbon resources and benefit from these resources simultaneously,” the ministry said.

13.07.2019 - 02:48 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkish FM discusses E. Mediterranean with counterparts

Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the developments with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Miro Cerar, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor-Viorel Melescanu and Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, according to diplomatic sources.

03.02.2019 - 01:13 [ Elif Erşen / Daily Sabah ]

Conflict-ridden Eastern Mediterranean: Syrian war, disputed waters hinder solutions for hydrocarbon resources

In the last few years hopes for the commercialization of hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean have dimmed as diplomatic and military tensions rise in the region along side the unending Syrian war

11.12.2018 - 04:31 [ Daily Sabah ]

Second drillship expected to arrive in Mediterranean by end of January

After gas discoveries sped up in the region over the last decade, the regional countries have concluded bilateral maritime border demarcation agreements with the Greek Cypriot administration. For example, in 2010, Israel hammered out an accord demarcating maritime borders with Cyprus. The deal had naval security implications and set an official separation of hydrocarbon reserves claimed by Israel and Greek Cypriots who had already done the same with Egypt and Lebanon in 2003 and 2007, respectively.