Greek oil and gas producer, Energean Oil & Gas, has significantly expanded its operations in the growing eastern Mediterranean gas hub, with the purchase of Italian energy group Edison's oil and natural gas unit for an initial consideration of $750m.

Genoa Shipping Week ended last Friday, quite literally with a bang.

China’s President Xi Jinping has visited Italy and held discussions with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on strengthening the co-operation between the two countries, including the spheres of trade and maritime.

Legendary Italian shipowner Aldo Grimaldi, aged 96, passed away at his home in Corso Italia, Genoa on 7 December.

Japan’s classification society ClassNK has opened a new survey office in Reggio Calabria, Italy with operations having commenced on 5 December.

Italian refiner Saras plans to build a new bunkering terminal at its plant on the island of Sardinia in a move to supply low sulphur marine fuel in view of the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation.

Europe’s southern gateway terminals are proving increasingly competitive and certain factors may have the potential to change the landscape significantly in the near future. This was the conclusion of a panel of liner shipping industry experts at a recent webinar organised by Contship Italia Group.

Italian classification body RINA says that its classed fleet of vessels increased by 7% last year, outperforming the market average of 2.5%, and has now reached 40m gt.

Contship Italia Group’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) is continuing to make progress on expanding its annual throughput capacity to 2.5m teu, significantly up from the current capacity of 1.4m teu, as the port is readying itself to welcome larger containerships.

Contship Italia Group, Italy’s container terminal and intermodal operator, posted a modest 1.7% increase in box handling volumes in 2016 compared to 2015.

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