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Spanish authorities arrest first “narco-sub” in the EU

Spanish Maritime Authorities refloated a sunken “narco-sub” smuggling vessel and detained 3.5 tonnes of cocaine from its interior, marking the first ever narco-sub to be caught in the EU, as this type of vessel is mostly common in the US.

Port of Ceuta performs its first VLSFO bunkering operation

The Port of Ceuta in Spain carried out its first very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) bunkering operation on November 7, thus showing its ability to comply with the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap. The first VLSFO bunkering occurred on November 7, as the cargo ship Kurtulus received 90 tons of the new fuel.

Spain, IMO ink MoU to provide technical assistance

Spain and IMO signed a MoU to provide technical cooperation to support capacity-building activities in English and Spanish-speaking countries. Such activities will seek to support implementation of IMO regulations and contribute to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Record of movements set at APM Terminals Barcelona

APM Terminals Barcelona announced a new milestone registering a total of 5,394 movements during one port call, on the container ship ‘Millau Bridge’. This is the highest level of activity registered on a ship in the Catalan terminal since 2017.

Watch: Drug traffickers rescue Spanish border agents

Three Spanish border agents have been rescued by suspected drug smugglers after a vessel collision sent the officers into the water and left their boat running in an uncontrolled turn. In fact, as Spain’s Guardia Civil reported, on the morning of Friday, 4 October, a boat operated by Guardia Civil officers crashed with a RIB go-fast launch carrying four suspected drug traffickers, during an operation off the coast of Malaga.

Spanish Navy frigate repeats Magellan’s trip

Mendez Nunez, the Spanish Navy frigate is repeating the expedition of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, also known as the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation of the world 500 years ago, visiting the U.S. Naval Base Guam on September 15.

Gibraltar extends port facilities in case of no-deal Brexit

Gibraltar has extended port facilities to be able to handle more ships carrying goods in case Britain leaves the EU without an agreement, the British territory’s maritime minister said on Friday. There have been concerns that Gibraltar’s open land border with Spain would be affected by Brexit.

Grounded Spanish warship refloated and towed to port

A week after it ran aground about 400 meters off the coast of La Manga, the Spanish minesweeper Turia has been refloated and returned to the naval base at Cartagena, Spain, as the Spanish Navy informed. 

Refloating efforts continue for grounded Spanish warship

Refloating efforts continue after the Spanish Navy minesweeper ‘Turia’ ran aground off La Manga while participating in a search and rescue operation for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet. Installation of the outer balloons was completed on Monday morning.

Spanish warship runs aground while searching for downed aircraft

The Spanish Navy minesweeper Turia ran aground on August 27, off La Manga, Spain. The ship was participating in a search and rescue operation for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet, when the grounding took place. After the incident, some of the ship’s crew, as well as a dive team, remained on board the ship during the night, in order to monitor any changes.


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