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United States Coast Guard assesses security compliance in Albanian Ports, values progress made in some areas/ September 6th 2021

In the context of increased cooperation with the United States of America in the fields of port and maritime security, from August 29 to September 4, 2021, a team of US Coast Guard experts have assessed the implementation of security measures and standards in major ports of our country.

The US delegation also visited the Port of Durres, to assess the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), measures taken to prevent incidents in the port territory, basin, channel and its approach, security parameters in border crossings areas for passengers and goods and were closely acquainted with the port security structures and the personnel of our maritime administration.

In the rounds of meetings held with representatives from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Durrës Port Authority and the General Directorate for Maritime Affairs, the USCG experts expressed their support for the work that Albania is doing for the development of ports and logistics infrastructure, as well as its efforts to harmonize maritime security standards in accordance with international conventions and codes.

Port of Durres CEO, Mr. Pirro Vengu, informed the USCG delegation on the development plans regarding port infrastructure in Durrës and Porto Romano, underlining that these investments will be accompanied by the improvement of port security systems and enhanced capacity building for port security officers and experts thanks to dedicated programs of the Center of Excellence for Maritime Affairs, recently launched by the Port of Durrës.

The USCG experts also visited the Port Security Operations Room as well as relevant security areas in the Passenger and Ferry Terminal in Durrës, where they valued progress made in increasing the security parameters whilst outlining necessary steps to improve and strengthen them even more. At the end of the visit, parties agreed to strengthen cooperation, in particular on projects of technical assistance, including cyber security, improving customs procedures in port areas and resume training of Albanian port security personnel in the US through the US Coast Guard visitor programs.

To the attention of the passengers traveling to Durres Port/ 31th august 2021

Starting from 6th September, all the citizens who enter the Republic of Albania must meet one of the following three conditions:

  1. Have a vaccination passport, where at least two weeks have passed from the date of full vaccination.
  2. Have a negative PCR test within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours.
  3. Have proof of passing Sars-Cov2 infection, which is valid for up to 6 months after healing.
    These rules are also valid for those citizens transiting through Albania.
    Children up to 6 years old are not subject to these rules.
    Albanian citizens who are residents in Albania, who return to Albania and do not have one of the above documents, must self-isolate for 10 days and inform the health authority to get a Covid test at the end of the isolation period.
    Only traveling passengers will be allowed to enter airport building, avoiding being accompanied by family members, friends and relatives. These passengers must strictly comply ëith the ëearing of the face masks, as recommended in the protocol of health safety measures.
    Thank you for your cooperation,

CEMA invites applicants for “Maritime English” language lecturer position/ 10 August 2021

In the pursuit of the ideals of excellence, standards and performance levels promotion of our staff as well as aiming the acquisition of professional skills that ensure high degree of efficiency and distinction, the Centre of Excellence for Maritime Affairs at Durrës Port Authority wishes to invite applications to fill the position of English language lecturer. The candidate should coordinate both a “Maritime English”terminology proficiency as well as general English competency with the purpose of developing outcome-based language assessments which are fully integrated into our institutions field of expertise. 

Professional English language qualification will be provided to Durrës Port Authority personnel at B1, B2 and C1 levels of proficiency.

 The purpose of this course is to provide our staff with vital, transferable knowledge and skills in areas such as:

• Marine Communication and Standard Maritime Terminology  

 • General knowledge on navigation, vessels and its engineering components; logistics; port security, maritime service systems etc

Job description

  • Organize and implement an instructional program exclusively designated for DPA employees that focuses on the acquisition of “Maritime English”, to assist them in their day-to-day tasks, performance and responsibilities.
  • Ensure a level of language acquisition proficiency for students in accordance with the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) Code.
  • Apart from general competence the curricula should incorporate the professional “Maritime English” modulations which will enable our staff to integrate maritime terminology into workplace duties.
  • Enable personnel to communicate and negotiate successfully with clients and port operators.

Criteria that applicants must meet:

  • Bachelor Degree (BA) in English Language; English as a Second Language, applied English Linguistics or Literature
  • Master of Science (SM) in English Language; English as a Second Language, applied English Linguistics or Literature, or equivalent required. A focus on university-level teaching is preferred.
  • The candidates should have very good indicators regarding their academic achievements during both levels of study (not below grade: 8 – Albanian educational system)
  • Have completed national and international certifications and training in the required field
  • Have scientific articles published in international journals.
  • Possess the necessary qualification in accordance with the module or curriculum, for which they will be employed as certified trainers such as: diplomas or references of university-level professional experience;
  • Must have 10 plus years of work experience in the relevant field;
  • Have the ability to present and transmit accurate and clear information to participants;

All interested candidates must submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • University diploma and transcript (diplomas, which have been obtained abroad, must be accredited in advance by the “Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth”; Copy of education certificate attested by a notary
  • Copies of relevant qualifications and training documents, attested by a notary as well as publications and participation in scientific conferences;
  • Copy of your work experiences certificate
  • Copy of ID card, or any other identification document;
  • Police Clearance Certificate of the appointee issued by the Judicial Status Office
  • Detailed draft program on the training subject or module with the relevant curricula as well as the selected literature for the respective programme of study.

 Note: The deadlines for document submission is 18.08.2021

Documents should NOT be submitted by hand.The documentation must be submitted only by post to the following address:

Durrës Port Authority,

Lagjia 1, “Rruga Tregtare”

Durrës.

DPA/ To the attention of passengers traveling to Italy/ 30.07.2021

📍Starting from July 31, 2021, the Albanian citizens are allowed to travel from Albania to Italy for tourism purposes(having to self-quarantine for 5 days).

⬇️Kindly find below the required conditions:

📍passengers who have been fully vaccinated with EMA (the European Medicines Agency) recognized vaccines, namely Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.
📍if the passenger is not vaccinated or if he/she does not have a complete vaccination cycle, he/she must present the result of a PCR test 72 hours before departure or the antigenic examination performed less than 48 hours before departure.
📍children under the age of 6 years old do NOT need a PCR test.
📍persons who stay less than 120 hours in Italy for proven work, health or emergency related reasons, are not required to quarantine.
📍passengers must respect the 5-day quarantine in Italy at the address indicated on the PLF (Passenger Locator Form).
📍every passenger traveling from Italy to Albania, must fill in the self-declaration form.
📍when completing the PLF form, passengers MUST choose: the list of seats “D”.

These rules are in force until August 30, 2021.

Thank you for your collaboration,

⚓️Durres Port Authority⚓️

EFINTIS KICK OFF MEETING

On September 22nd 2020 EFINTIS project was officialy launched as partnership gathered in an online Kick-off meeting. The 18-month project officially started on 1 July 2020. and is funded from Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro Programme. Partnership consortium of EFINTIS Project consists of: Port of Bar – Lead Partner (MNE), Albanian Institute of Transport (ALB), Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority (ITA), Durres Port Authority (ALB) and Autonomous Agency for Hospitalty and Tourism of Termoli (ITA). The budget of EFINTIS Project is 1 075 500 €. 

The main reason for lanching EFINTIS project is the increasing need for better connection of transport subjects in the region. Keeping in mind the current unfortunate state caused by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to develop ICT solutions and to harmonize them with EU standards and requirements so the transport flow remains unharmed by this situation. 

This first official meeting represented an opportunity for partners to get to know one another, discuss all project activities, current situation and expectations, and agree on deadlines, main project course of action and other technicalities. 

The LP Port of Bar gave an opening introduction in all project’s work packages and main Programme rules. It is agreed by entire partnership to already start with communication activities, to spread the word and to introduce EFINTIS project to general public. Social media networks will be launched and host partners’ websites will promote EFINTIS project. 

The Partnership used this opportunity to clear the ambiguities, to exchange information and to begin with implemenattion of EFINTIS project.

Quay nr.4 facilities allocated for nautical tourism July 16th 2020

Tourist and recreational vessels visiting the city this summerwill be accommodated at quay nr.4, which is the central mooring area in the Durres Port basin. 

In recent weeks there has been a significant increase in the number of yachts anchored in the largest port of the countrywhich additionally to the fuel supply and port services, the General Maritime Directorate has decided to allow touristsand crew members to also visit the city. 

According to the DPA Operational Service up to 15 yachts and recreational vessels can be currently moored along quay nr 4.

The Western Terminal staff and the port diving team have already joined efforts in offering the necessary facilities and providing quality service for dry land tourists, crews and yachtsmen during their stay through several readjustments made which integrate a hosting marina space into quay nr 4.

Concrete blocks have been positioned several meters underwater which can be easily removed when needed to facilitate other port operations and activities. Since the beginning of this year, 40 yachts and recreational vessels have anchored in the largest port of the country.

Gradual restart of passenger maritime transport and exclusive measures for the tourist season June 24th. 2020

A coordinative meeting between representatives of law enforcement agencies and private maritime transport operators was held in Durres Port Authority premises.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Customs Directorate, Durres Port Authority, Border Police, as well as representatives of private maritime operators.

The importance of health protocols’ strict implementation regarding Durres Port entry/exit regimen was in focus of the meeting. The Durres Port Authority CEO Mr. Pirro Vengu emphasized the imperative for intensification of health monitoring procedures for all passengers who will enter/exit through the Port of Durres in coordination with the DPA Health Protection Department.

Health and safety of crews and personnel as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) provision in order to promote personal hygiene in the work settings remained a leading priority of discussions.

Attendees also discussed on the implementation and entry into effect of the new detailed plan during the tourist season, revised with a new entry/exit regimen and increased vigilance in prevention of the #Covid-19 outspread , in line with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection guidelines and recommendations.

Important Notice: International passenger maritime transport in Albania will restart on June 22, the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE)

The ministry announced that together with the General Maritime Directorate it is working to enable the gradual and safe restart of international passenger maritime transport in Albania.

According to the ministry, the whole process is focused on guaranteeing the safety of passengers’ health, strictly fulfilling all safety protocols approved by the Health Ministry, based on the guidelines of international bodies.

Taking into consideration the requirements of licensed operators in passenger maritime transport and the European Commission statement dated June 11th. 2020, on the gradual lifting of travel restrictions starting from July 1st. 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy announces that starting from Monday, June 22nd. 2020, all international passenger transport lines willbe permitted.

Due to the current circumstances, the responsibility will be on the international passenger maritime transport companies, which must take the necessary steps to enable ferry booking to/from the Ports of the Republic of Albania.

“International maritime passenger transport companies will also be responsible for informing passengers about possible restrictions on departures from the Albanian ports to the intended destination, as well as the rules of health care and safety at the destination place,” the ministry said.

The General Maritime Directorate will monitor the implementation of all measures as well as the action plan for the implementation of the obligations provided in the Maritime Transport Operation Protocol approved by Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy Order No.169, dated June 5th. 2020.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy together with the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs and Maritime Ports are fully committed in taking all the necessary measures to ensure safe navigation without compromising the health safety of the maritime passenger maritime transport employees.

What is “Day of the Seafarer”

Every June 25th of the year, The Day of the Seafareris celebrated globally to pay tribute to the millions of seafarers in the world for their vital contribution to the international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society.

Day of the Seafarer

“Day of the Seafarer” is an official United Nations international observance day organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it is observed annually to recognize the unique and all-too-often overlooked invaluable contribution seafarers make to the world and the well-being of all of us often at great risk and personal cost to themselves and their families.

Brief history

During the Manila amendments which adopted major revisions to the “International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers” (STCW) and its associated CODE in June 2010, the Diplomatic Conference agreed that the unique contribution made by the seafarer to the international trade should be acknowledged and marked annually with a “Day of the Seafarer”.

The date chosen was 25 June on which the day the amendments were formally adopted.

It was first celebrated in 2010.The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has taken the form of online campaign using the social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Youtube to garner support and asked every people on the globe to say “Thank you Seafarers”.

The campaign 

The campaign is designed to be both educational and inspirational. The day is an opportunity to educate the public and the world about the issues facing the modern-day-seafarer such as piracy. But most importantly it is the occasion for us to send our respect and gratitude to all seafarers.

Port today/ Starting the week with seven vessels in process and over 15 thousand tons of cargo expecting to be handled in the coming hours. June 15th 2020

Seven freight carriers are being processed thismorning in the Port of Durres, while another four merchant ships are expecting to commence discharging cargo in the next few hours. 

According to the DPA Info Center reports, this Monday seven freight vessels are being handled in three Cargo Terminals, one of which carrying 300 container PCs. Referring to the same source, over 17 thousand tons of goods such as cement, iron,nutriments and scrap unloading operations are currently in progress from the aforementioned ships.

In the meantime, another four commercial vesselshauling over 15 thousand tons of various cargo such as glass, coal, urea and scrap are presently waiting at anchorage expecting to proceed with berthing anddischarging operations at the country’s largest port quays.

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