EU to discuss more migrant help for Italy in next week – Juncker

TALLINN (Reuters) – The EU executive will discuss further measures with Italy and Greece in the coming week to help the Mediterranean states deal with irregular migrants, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

Asked at a news conference what, in particular, the Commission might do to help Italy, where arrivals from Libya are up a third on a year ago, Juncker said: “I will see with the Italian prime minister, with the Greek prime minister, during the coming week what further efforts the Commission can line up to relieve Italy and Greece in their difficult struggles.”

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Maersk Line is ‘open for business’ after cyber-attack, says Asia Pacific ceo

Maersk Line has affirmed that it is “open for business” after the group was hit by a ransonware attack on Tuesday, as its vessels “are sailing and loading cargo”, according to Robbert van Trooijen, Maersk Line Asia Pacific ceo.

“We are pleased to let you know that Maersk Line is open for business as we are again able to accept booking via Inttra. Our vessels are sailing and loading cargo. Some restrictions remain as not all systems are up and running, but we are collaborating with cyber-crime agencies and IT industry leaders to reinstate services fully,” van Trooijen said in an update.

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Libya’s Oil Production Nears 4 Year High

By Tsvetana Paraskova

It looks like Libya is right on track to reach its goal to raise crude output to 1 million bpd by the end of July, in what would be a boon for its crippled oil production and a headache for fellow OPEC members that are desperately trying to draw down the glut with production cuts.

Oil production in Libya—which is exempt from OPEC’s production cut quotas—is currently at a four-year high, ranging between 950,000 bpd and “close to” 1 million bpd, up from some 935,000 bpd earlier this week, Reuters reported on Thursday, quoting a Libyan oil source with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Blockchain solution for container security

Belgium-based logistics and supply chain company T-Mining is undertaking a pilot project to make container handling in the Port of Antwerp more efficient and secure.

The project comprises digitalising processes that currently involve multiple parties by using blockchain technology. The technology aims to remove the need for middlemen and the risk of compromising security during the physical handover of containers in ports.

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Source: http://www.portstrategy.com/

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Eastern Mindanao Command strengthens border security

By Francis Wakefield

The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Eastern Mindanao Command (AFP-EastMinCom) yesterday said it has further intensified its border crossing security with the creation of an interagency border security council to prevent terrorist and other transnational crime syndicate from using the country’s backdoor as entry point.

During the interagency meeting held at the Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on Wednesday, the interagency attendees discussed and provided inputs on southern border security enhancement.

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MMEA seeks two motherships to boost maritime surveillance

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is in need of two vessels to function as motherships to beef up security control and surveillance in the country’s waters, especially to curb intrusion by foreign fishing boats and smugglers.

MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Zulkifli Abu Bakar said these vessels, which would be able to carry more food and fuel supplies for operations, would most probably be stationed in the waters of Beting Patinggi Ali in the South China Sea and off the peninsular east coast.

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Shell Lifts Force Majeure Raising Nigeria’s Crude Output by 226,000bpd

Ejiofor Alike in Lagos and Chineme Okafor in Abuja with agency report

Nigeria’s crude oil output is expected to rise by 226,000 barrels per day, as the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has lifted the force majeure declared on exports of Bonny Light, Nigeria’s reference crude oil grade.

This follows the completion of repairs of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) by operator, Aiteo Eastern E & P Company Limited.

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Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/

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Militant group withdraws threat to attack Niger Delta oil industry

YENAGOA, Nigeria – A militant group in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Niger Delta on Wednesday withdrew its threat to launch attacks on oil facilities from 30 June.

The New Delta Avengers are apparently named in a nod to the Niger Delta Avengers who last year crippled the OPEC member’s oil production. Crude oil sales account for two-thirds of government revenue.

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Source: http://www.enca.com/

MMEA ready to offer Maritime Forensic Expert Team to Thailand

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has offered the Maritime Forensic Expert Team to Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre (THAI-MECC) to assist investigations in the robbery of an oil tanker belonging to a Thai company on Friday.

MMEA director-general Datuk Zulkifli Abu Bakar said the expert team has wide experience in handling high profile cases such as the robbery of MT Orkim Harmony in June 2015, which led to the arrest of the pirates.

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Nigeria, Italy to finalise agreement on military, defence cooperation

Nigeria and Italy working towards finalising a draft technical agreement on military and defence cooperation and operations, Nigeria’s Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali has said.Speaking during a meeting with Italy’s Minister of Defence, Madam Roberta Pinnoti in Rome on Monday, Dan-Ali said that the agreement was expected to facilitate exchange of data and experiences on technical matters affecting preparation and conduct of combined naval operations on counter-piracy awareness and oil platforms protection.

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