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“How we fight against traffickers and jihadists” / INTERVIEW

La Spezia - A fleet of the most modern warships, amphibious assault troopsand the invisible eyes of submarines and drones: this is how the Italian Navy defends Europe’s southern borders from the jihadist threat of ISIS and ensures the safety of navigation in the Central Mediterranean

shipowners

Denmark offers to ship chemical weapons out of Libya

Copenhagen - The Scandinavian country, which was a key player in the international operation to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal in 2014, said it had been asked by the OPCW and the United States to contribute to the operation.

cruise and ferries

Egypt launches Hurghada-Sharm ferry service

London - The ferry can carry 300 passengers and will operate on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The two-hour crossing is currently priced at around £50 for an adult return journey.

oil and energy

Wurth: order worth $160 million in Algeria

Genoa - Algerian Qatari Steel (AQS)has awarded the Genoese Paul Wurth group an order for the supply of engineering, equipment and technical services for the construction of one of the world’s largest gas-based direct reduced ironmaking (DRI) plant

finance and politics

Tunisia: Forgetting Terrorism / ANALYSIS

The infrastructure project is an ambitious one (€382 million largely financed by the African Development Bank, the Agence Française de Développement and the World Bank) as it seeks, by 2020, to build and upgrade 719 km of roads, mainly in Tunisia’s inland governorates.

regulation

EU enforces sanctions against Libyan leaders

Brussels - Three Libyan political leaders opposing the U.N.-backed unity government are from Friday subject to European Union’s economic sanctions, the EU official journal said. Fearful of derailing peace efforts, EU governments hesitated for months before agreeing in March to move on with restrictive measures

ports

APM Terminals to operate new port in Tangier

Copenhagen - The world’s third largest port operator APM Terminals said it will invest 758 million euros ($858.3 million) in a new transhipment terminal in Tangier, Morocco, that will be the first automated terminal in Africa. The new container terminal will have an annual capacity of five million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU)

technology

Russia to supply 40 helicopters to Algeria

Moscow - Russia will deliver 40 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to Algeria in line witha bilateral contract, Interfax news agency said on Friday, quoting a source in Russia’s arms exporting bodies. The Mi-28 helicopter, dubbed “Night Hunter” by the Russian military, is said by arms experts to be among the best in the world

oil and energy

Militants fire rockets at Algerian gas plant

Algiers - Militants attacked an Algerian gas plant operated by Norway’s Statoiland BP with rocket-propelled grenades on Friday, causing no casualties or damage but forcing the facility to be closed as a precaution. Algeria’s energy infrastructure is heavily protected by the army especially since 2013

shipowners

Port Said Harbour to be launched later this week

Port Said - The launch of East Port Said harbour will take place on the third day of the Suez Canal Global Conference (SCGC), Chairman of Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Admiral Mohab Mamish said.

finance and politics

IMF starts talks with Tunisia over new loans

Tunis - A delegation from the International Monetary Fund will visit Tunisia on Thursday begin talks on a new credit programme likely to be worth at least $1.7 billion, a Tunisian official said. Tunisia is seeking to revive an economy that has struggled since the 2011 uprising that sparked the Arab Spring revolutions

oil and energy

Libyan Court drops charges against seamen

Tripoli - A Libyan court has withdrawn the charges of smuggling of oil products brought last year against the crew of tanker vessel “Sunoil”, which included two Bulgarian nationals, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia announced on Friday

shipowners

Passenger dies on board GNV’s “Excellent”

Genoa - The Public Prosecutor of Genoa has opened an investigation into the deathof a 39-year-old Tunisian on board the ferry “Excellent”, which plies the route between Tunis and the Ligurian capital, and which reached Genoa on Wednesday at about 6:30 PM