USSOUTHCOM Organizes Conference on Interoperability to Counter Illicit Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo July 15, 2011 “Illicit-trafficking is a shared threat and a shared responsibility,” said Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli, Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) at USSOUTHCOM, during closing remarks. “The only way for us to overcome this challenge is through the joint efforts and cooperation of all partner nations, and that is why we are here today,” Amb. Trivelli concluded. With the objective of strengthening shared operations against illicit trafficking, around 200 representatives from 30 countries attended the Coast Guard Operations Centers and Aviation Commanders Regional Interoperability Conference, held at the Conference Center of the Americas at the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), in Miami, Florida. For the first time in USSOUTHCOM’s area of focus, elements of the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) and the Coast Guard came together at a meeting to promote security cooperation, interoperability, and the exchange of information among the nations participating in the Cooperating Nations Information Exchange System (CNIES). During the five days of sessions, representatives from the operations centers of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico, among others, described their experiences with regard to new threats, tactics, and lessons learned. The conference agenda also included workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities among the attendees. “The most important part of this conference is the opportunity to bring together in one place all the people from U.S. joint, interagency and multinational partners coming from 30 countries, for the purpose of discussing operations”, said JIATF-S Cmdr. Edwin D. Kaiser. This is great news for the Americas. “The key piece of the joint efforts against illicit trafficking is the air support, and that’s why the presence of the air commanders here is key, as well as that of members of the Customs and Border Protection,” added Cmdr. Kaiser. JIATF-S experts took advantage of the forum to explain all the possibilities offered by the CNIES and to listen to recommendations that may contribute to strengthening its utility. Through CNIES, the member countries have the possibility of sharing information from radars monitoring air and maritime traffic information that, combined with regional and national data, facilitates the detection and halting of illicit trafficking operations. The Coast Guard Operations Centers and Aviation Commanders Regional Interoperability Conference concluded on 15 July with a summary of the reports by the participating groups and the elaboration of a consensus document and an action plan for the next meeting. last_img read more

US 4th Fleet and Ecuador Navy Plan UNITAS 2020

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet July 22, 2020 U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet and Ecuadorean maritime planners held a virtual Initial Planning Conference (IPC) July 14-17 in support of the upcoming UNITAS LXI exercise, which will occur in November in Ecuador.Rear Admiral Daniel Ginéz, Ecuadorean Navy Fleet commander, kicked off the planning conference along with his counterpart, Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.“This team has an important mission. We are an example to our countries and the world of what cooperation means,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “We are the unstoppable force and will come together to succeed even under difficult conditions.”Over 70 planners from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Peru joined representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army in conducting a series of virtual meetings to refine the UNITAS LXI concept of operations, schedule of events, and assigned roles and responsibilities. All participating navies will virtually sign a memorandum to continue detailed planning and signifying the intent to participate in this year’s exercise.The U.S. and Ecuadorean navies set the stage for a successful IPC and future engagements with a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Ecuadorean Navy designed to strengthen maritime partnerships, July 11.Sailors assigned to the USS Halsey (DDG 97) conducted the PASSEX with Ecuadorean warships BAE Manabi (CM-12) and BAE Loja (CM-16). The bilateral PASSEX, planned and executed in the COVID-19 environment, strengthened tactical readiness and practices operational command and control while signaling strategic commitments to our partners throughout the region.“This conference and the signing of the memorandum marked the beginning of the deliberate planning for UNITAS LXI. Sixty-one years of friendship, partnership, and trust cannot be overlooked. As we continue adapting to our changing world, UNITAS presents a great opportunity for participating navies to share ideas, enhance interoperability, and further strengthen relationships between our navies,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is the longest-running, multi-national maritime exercise in the world. Conceived in 1959, UNITAS I took place in 1960. UNITAS LXI will focus on interoperability at sea with warfighting exercises, to include live-fire events that work up to a multi-day scenario phase where participating forces come together to operate as a multi-national force.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.last_img read more

Lukoil’s Black Sea ‘treasure hunt’ complete. Trident drilling on the horizon

first_imgJames Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has completed a deep-towed subsea survey project for Russian oil and gas company Lukoil offshore Romania in the Black Sea.Source: James FisherJMFS said that the goal of the subsea survey was to see if the waters within a part of Lukoil’s Trident block held artifacts from the Venetian golden era.The deep-towed subsea survey covered an 8 x 6.13-kilometer grid over three planned exploration wells in the Ex30 Trident Block.Being the site of a recent discovery of 60 shipwrecks that brought artifacts dating back to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods to the surface for the first time in centuries, the Black Sea is a region of significant scientific interest.JFMS, a part of James Fisher and Sons, delivered the survey in order to comply with new Romanian environmental law dictating that the Russian oil and gas company must perform an archaeological clearance survey.This looks to identify any potential archaeological targets, and where none remain, sanctions the area as being clear of any archaeological interest.JFMS procured the multi-purpose support vessel Ievoli Cobalt, mobilized with a towed side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler solution, together with a work-class remotely operated vehicle, and Triton XLX WROV.The post-analysis of data revealed no targets of potential archaeological interest, meaning the Romanian authorities are now free to issue an Archaeological Discharge Certificate and Lukoil may now proceed with drilling and construction operations in the field later this year.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Airline surcharges soar

first_imgFlying to Greece could be more expensive this summer as Emirates has bowed to pressure to raise airline surcharges and fares after jet fuel broke through $128 a barrel for the first time in three years, due to constraints on crude oil supplies. Due to the current volatility of oil prices, Emirates has introduced a fuel surcharge to reflect the substantial recent increases in fuel costs, Emirates Vice President Australasia Barry Brown told Neos Kosmos. “Emirates has already incurred substantial costs by absorbing the recent price rises, but the surcharge gives us the ability to respond faster to market conditions, rather than a lengthier process of incorporating them into fares,” Mr Brown said. “The changes will also give us the ability to decrease prices quickly, where appropriate.” Mr Barry said the company will review the level of the surcharge on an on-going basis, while remaining committed to providing customers with excellent service and a strong value-for-money proposition. Political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has been one factor leading to constraints on crude oil supplies, while jet fuel supplies in Asia have also been constrained by a sharp drop in refinery production in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami last month. “Airlines are subject to the volatility of fuel prices in the same manner as motorists at petrol stations,” Mr Brown said. However with the Australian dollar surpassing $1.09 against the US dollar, Australian travellers have been provided with increased spending capabilities when it comes to travel, including accommodation, car rental and general expenses, he added. While the cost of airfares has increased this year in line with rising fuel costs, this has been offset by other factors in the market, such as the strong Australian dollar, making it an attractive time for Australians to travel, Mr Barry said. Virgin Blue, Qantas and Air New Zealand have also raised fares and fuel surcharges. Starting May 10, passengers on V Australia flights to Los Angeles will pay a $240 fuel surcharge one way, up from $165. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more