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The project is being developed by the independent power transmission operator ADMIE, the main operator of the Hellenic Electricity Transmission System.
Hellenic Cables, through its 100% subsidiary Fulgor, will produce the 136-km long cable at its Corinth plant.
Jan De Nul Group will install the cable in water up to 980 m using its cable laying trenching support vessel Isaac Newton and the protection of up to 100 m water depth on both shore sides. With a length overall of 138 m, beam of 32 m and loaded draught of 7.3 m, Isaac Newton is dynamic positioning class 2 capable, with two 1,500-kW bow thrusters and one 2,000-kW retractable thruster.
In cable laying mode, Isaac Newton is highly capable, with the ability to install up to 10,700 tonnes of cable equipped with a 7,400-tonne capacity turntable above deck and a 5,000-tonne capacity turntable below deck along with two tensioners of 20 tonnes or as required by the project, chute and auxiliary equipment.
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The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of Arab states of the Persian Gulf, namely: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Several Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries have begun partially relaxing Covid-19-related restrictions as they seek to ease their economies back into action.
Under the instructions of the Qatar Government, entry into Qatar is currently only allowed for Qatari nationals, the children and spouses of Qatari citizens, and holders of a permanent residence permit in the State of Qatar.
From 01.08.2020, pre-approved (i.e., those from “low-risk countries”) QID residents will have the opportunity to travel to Qatar. However, QID residents will not be able to travel without first receiving authorization to travel to Qatar from authorities, and then by providing confirmation of a 14-day quarantine hotel booking.
It is also worth noting that citizens and residents may use e-services portal to find out whether there is a travel ban circular against them so that they can settle this through the competent authority before leaving the country. Travelers should login in with their smartcard to the e-services portal of the Ministry of Interior.
The national curfew in Saudi Arabia ended on 21st of June. In exceptional circumstances, arrangements were made for citizens and residents to return to Saudi Arabia during this period, with a 14-day quarantine period on arrival. The Awdah (return) service will allow tourists and expatriates legally residing in the kingdom and holding a valid visa – this includes ‘exit and return’ and ‘final exit’ documentation, all visit visa categories, and tourist visas – to return home. Repatriation applications can be submitted online via the Absher platform. Information regarding No Return of Resident to Saudi Arabia Until End Of COVID-19 Pandemic is not official and only based on Twitter announcement of Jawazat.
UAE's federal crisis authority ease travel restrictions for UAE citizens and residents from June 23. It should be noted that recent travel decisions have excluded Dubai, which has its own crisis authority and immigration service and which will accept inbound tourists from 07.07 2020 (https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/coronavirus-uae-outlines-new-travel-restrictions-for-residents-this-summer-1.1042650).
Passengers returning to the UAE will be required to complete health declarations, take a PCR test and remain in residence until they receive the test result. If the test result is positive, travelers will be required to undergo isolation for 14 days and follow the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) guidelines. This set of action needs to be done within 48 hours of entering the country.
In addition, individuals will be required to download the 'Al Hosn' government app. By using this app, every person can receive his COVID-19 test results directly on phone with a unique QR code (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=doh.health.shield&hl=en).
It should be noted that residents who wish to return to Dubai require government approval. Travelers have to fill in this form on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website. If GDRFA approved application, residents will get a reference number that allow them to book a flight.
The government has issued new guidelines for travel abroad, and has updated the lockdown regulations. Entry into the country allowed only to the residence of Kuwait or citizens whose husband/wife lives abroad or citizens who reside abroad.
In all the above cases, the duration of travel must not be for less than 30 days. Also, the travel request must be submitted to the Ministry of Interior at least 10 days before departure. In addition, the travelers should sign the documents that the travelers will be responsible of all the expanses related to COVID-19 such as medical treatment and quarantine.
“Moreover, airlines must ensure all passengers traveling to Kuwait have a negative PCR test (COVID-19 antibody testing) not more than four days old at the time of departure. The PCR test result must be in Arabic, and passengers must submit it to the health authorities after arriving in Kuwait” (https://taj-strategie.fr/kuwait-covid-19-immigration-update).
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DMCA Anchorage Areas In Dubai
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has declared that it is now permitted the crew change across all ports and anchorage areas in Dubai realizing the efforts of seafarers and their vital role in globally securing supply chains. The renewal is allowable since the COVID-19 guidelines and requirements set by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are properly observed and implied. The new decision falls in line with the DMCA’s obligation to provide all means required to ensure the full return of the local marine sector to its normal pace.
The shifting follows after the successful execution of the National Disinfection Program in Dubai, ensuring the highest levels of safety, security and protection of maritime crew members, visitors, employees. As per the new decree, all employers are required to coordinate with the DMCA and other competent UAE authorities to ensure the quick handling of crew transfers from ships to airports. Agents are urged to undergo the required medical examinations in compliance with the preventive measures and guidelines for the COVID 19 virus to maintain the health and safety of both ship crew and relevant personnel.
“Allowing the change of ship crew members in ports and anchorage areas within Dubai’s territorial waters will help organize, facilitate and enhance maritime activities in accordance with legal and regulatory frameworks enacted to bring the maritime sector’s vibrancy back to the post-COVID-19 level.“
Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority.
DMCA’s obligated to provide the necessary facilities to ships and crew to ensure continuity of operations within the global maritime supply chain. Earlier a resolution was issued directing the resumption of maritime operations across Dubai’s anchorage areas, which is aimed at enabling ships located in the emirate’s territorial waters to have access to a diverse range of services, including maintenance and repair, subject to obtaining the proper permits from the UAE authorities. All companies are urged to adhere to the guidelines and health rules enforced locally to maintain the health and safety of ship crew, visitors, and employees.
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On the press conference that was held 08.06.2020 in Qatar, headed by Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, raised the topic regarding measures to prevent spread of Covid-19. The main goal was to establish the exact set of actions to ease the regime of quarantine. Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater pointed out that it will be done in four phases. As mentioned, the first phase will start from 15.06.2020 leading seamlessly to the second phase from 01.07.2020. The third phase will start from 01.08.2020 and the fourth stage - from 01.09.2020. The representative highlighted that limitations can be applied if violation of new policy will be committed.
Referring to The Peninsula: Qatar daily newspaper. The first phase that will begin on 15.06.2020 allow trips “outside Qatar in cases of extreme necessity and everyone who returns to Doha will be subjected to hotel quarantine on their personal expense for two weeks”.
In turn, in the second phase that will take place 01.07.2020 no action will be taken regarding renewing the long-distance flight.
The third phase that will start from 01.08.2020 allows airlines renew the inbound flights “for priority passengers like returning residents”.
The re-launch of long-distance flights according to WHO guidelines will take place on the fourth phase 01.09.2020. It should be mentioned that Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Mr. Akbar Al Baker told that “Qatar Airways has implemented industry-leading hygiene practices and commercial policies enabling our passengers to book and travel with confidence”. Despite on statement mentioned above, Will Horton Senior, Contributor of Aerospace & Defense, pointed out that “Destinations planned to be operating by the end of June subject to regulatory approval”
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