Persian Gulf

Six square-km oil slick near Bushehr

Teheran - Iranian teams have cleaned up an oil slick near field in the northern region of the Gulf that had extended over a six-square-km (2.3 square mile) area, an Iranian maritime official said on Saturday

Budgets

Azerbaijan lowers its economic outlook

Baku - Azerbaijan has lowered its economic outlook, projecting its oil-driven economy will shrink by 5% this year from an earlier forecast of 3.8%, the finance ministry said on Saturday. Its updated budget will be discussed next week. The ministry also lowered its 2020 oil price forecast, which it uses to calculate its budget

Latest data

Austrian economy shrank 10.7% in the second quarter

Vienna - The Austrian economy shrank 10.7% in the second quarter, marking its biggest contraction since the data series began after World War Two, as the coronavirus pandemic hit both domestic and foreign demand

Eni's marketing unit shines in challenging quarter

Shell, Total avoided expected loss due to trading

London - The trading units of European oil and gas majors have shielded their second-quarter results from the full force of the corona-induced collapse in demand for fuel, but big writedowns showed the scale of the challenge ahead, results showed on Thursday. France's Total and Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell scraped out small profits against expectations of losses

In the first half

Hutchison Port volumes impacted by global trade decline on COVID-19

Hong Kong - Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) has seen its overall container throughput decline and profit fall in the first half due to the severe slowdown in global trade amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From January to June 2020, throughout of HPH Trust ports overall was recorded at 10.28m teu, down 8% year-on-year

Worth of 20 million dollars

380 kg of Cocaine found in container at London Gateway Port

London - British officials have seized about £15.2m ($19.4m) worth of cocaine hidden in the floor of a refrigerated container at the London Gateway port in Essex. Border Force officers found 380 kg of the drug in a container carrying bananas from Costa Rica to Germany, after an X-ray revealed an anomaly in the insulation cavity

The COVID-19 emergency

Greece exempts seafarers from entry restriction

Athens - Greece has exempted seafarers from COVID-19-related travel restrictions, meeting its pledge to the IMO to facilitate crew change. GAC Greece said that the Greek government has allowed seafarers entry into its country together with citizens of the following countries

The operation

Polaris with Shipping of Another Rotor Set from UAE to Spain

Dubai - Polaris Shipping Agencies have shipped out a second rotor set from Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi to Escombreras Port in Spain. The OOC cargo had shipping dimensions of 12.20 x 4.05 x 3.85m and a unit weight of 95mt. The scope of work handled by Polaris included pre-carriage from the supplier, all origin export requirements and sourcing of a suitable vessel on liner terms hook/hook

After the restrictions

Maersk to stop taking waste to China

Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s top container shipping firm, said on Wednesday it would stop accepting solid waste shipments bound for China and Hong Kong from Septembe