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Bad weather does not affect shipping in Caspian Sea

Adverse weather conditions have not affected freight transportation Adverse weather conditions have not affected freight transportation in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan State Caspian Shipping Company (CASPAR) told Trend on Wednesday.According to the report, oil cargo is transported between the ports in normal mode. Also, ferry service is carried out between the ports."The weather conditions have not affected sea operations," CASPAR said.Severe snowstorm began in Baku in early Wednesday morning.As the Bureau of Hydro-meteorological Forecasts of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry told Trend earlier, frost will rise within the day.On Feb.8, 3 - 5 degrees below zero, as well as snowstorm will be observed within the day.On the night of Feb.8 the minimum temperature in Baku is expected at 6-10 degrees below zero.It will snow in the Azerbaijani regions until early morning hours on Feb.9.Source: en.trend.az

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Tanker loaded with 6000mt oil sank in the Caspian Sea

Crew 14 evacuated - no injures have been reported Tanker Grigoriy Bugrov at 1420 Moscow time Oct 13 2011 collided in Caspian sea with unknown and uncharted underwater object and got a hole in engine room area portside, in position 44 28N 48 12E (37 nm NE of Chechen Island).In a short time tanker capsized and sank on 8 meters depth with 27 deg portside list, half of the vessel being on the surface.Crew 14 evacuated, no injures.Tanker is loaded with 6000 mt of heavy oil, but no leak reported.Tanker has double hull notwithstanding date of construction, because the vessel is of sea-river type, in former Soviet Union river-sea type tankers were built with double hull from the very beginning of their invention in late 60-th.Source: Vesseltracker

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Caspian Sea States take further steps against oil pollution under UN-backed treaty

They will introduce an emergency response system to tackle oil pollution The five countries bordering the Caspian Sea are to introduce an emergency response system to tackle oil pollution in the world's largest enclosed body of water as well as enhanced monitoring measures under new protocols to a United-Nations backed treaty.High-level representatives from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan agreed on the new steps in Aktau, Kazakhstan, last week at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Tehran Convention, a legally-binding agreement adopted in the Iranian capital in 2003, for which the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provides the Secretariat."The adoption of the Protocol Concerning Regional Preparedness, Response and Cooperation in Combating Oil Pollution Incidents by the five Caspian States marks a historic milestone in their determination to protect and preserve the Caspian Sea environment against the threats posed by oil pollution," UNEP said."Once ratified by the parties to the Tehran Convention, the Protocol will see the introduction of an emergency response system for dealing with oil pollution incidents."Over the last two decades, the Caspian has become increasingly exposed to the risk of pollution from oil and gas exploration, exploitation and transport, with the transport of oil or ...

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