Tivat – The team of NATO experts for hydrographics until the end of the month will finish the new hydrographic measurements of the part of the aquatorium of Tivat bay, from cape Seljanovo in the north west to Kalimanj in the southeast found out “Vijesti”.
The foreign experts in cooperation with several officers of the Navy of Montenegro who worked in the Hydrographic institute of NM in Lepetani are doing this job. That specialized scientific – research institution was doing the works of hydrographic measurements of the aquatorium, making and publishing if maritime maps and other navigation publications important for the safety of sailing in Montenegrin waters, but after the last year’s separation of Montenegro and Serbia it was left without the major part of their experienced personnel who mostly went to the Army of Serbia.
How important the work of HIM is important for the state tells the fact that International Maritime organization IMO by an automatism pronounces territorial see of every country which doesn’t have regular hydrological service and up-to date maritime maps an area which is risky for sailing, which immediately results with numerous negative effects for the economy of that state.
According to the quotes of the source of “Vijesti” the work of the hydrographic measurements of a part of the aquatorium of Tivat bay, nearby the military shipbuilding yard Arsenal began on 11th of April by the approval of Ministry of defense of Montenegro, and it is being done by the combined crew of foreign, mostly American experts and our officers. In doing so they are using the technical equipment of HIM and most modern machines which the representatives of NATO brought with themselves and which allow very precise and detailed mapping of the sea bottom, and noting of even very small natural and artificial objects lying in this part of the bay. The collected data are compared with the data from the last detailed hydrographic measurements of this aquatorium of about 30 years ago, and they will serve to both parties for “their needs”.
The aquatorium is being looked at in details for the distance of a mile and a half from the shore from cape Seljanovo to Kalimanj, where those days for hours, using a special hydrographic boat of our Navy, the combined team of hydrograph workers is circulating, the hen tire work should be finished until the first of May holidays.
A part of the aquatorium which is now under the supervision of our and Nato hydrograph workers in the past period was used by the war ships of North Atlantic alliance who came in official visits in Montenegro. In October last year, not even a mile from Tivat city Riva Pine, on the anchorage stayed an American rocket cruiser “Ancio CG – 68”, and almost a month ago, during the official visit of some of the ships of Group 2 of permanent NATO maritime forces in the Mediterranean (SNMG2), on the identical position in Tivat bay stayed also the American rocket ship “Roosevelt”. Somewhat more south, on the anchorage for three days stayed the ship of the WN of Germany tanker “Rona A-144” which initially was supposed to dock in along the operative of the pier 1 of Tivat Arsenal, but they have given up on that because the depth of the sea bottom was not sufficient. The doubt whether a clinker of concrete lying on the bottom of the sea next to the pier 1 could represent a danger for the ships was present also while the Spanish, that is Italian rocket frigates “Navara F-85”, and “Maestrala F-570” were bound in the Arsenal, so in the Ministry of defense of Montenegro and NATO they seem to have made a decision to remove all possible dilemmas with hydrographic measurements of the surrounding of the Arsenal. More because NATO and war ships of USA, judging by everything, in the future will more often stop by in Boka Kotorska, which is very directly implied by the commander of the American cruiser “Ancio”, the captain of the fighting ship last year Perry Bingham. When asked by journalists whether USA and NATO plan to form their bases in Montenegro captain Bingham then, saying that he is stating his personal attitude, said that Montenegro has a great military strategic position having in mind the closeness of Strait of Otranto.
– I think that we can build partnership on the principle that American ships can here stop by shortly on every two or three months. In order for that to be done, however, first the hydrographic service of WN of USA has to come here to measure your waters,, because majority of your maritime maps, including those according to which we did our navigation, are not sufficiently precise in our standards. We wish to make with the navy of Montenegro as good and as friendly relations as the one which we have with the navies of Italy, Spain, Greece, or Turkey – said at that time American maritime offices.
That the Americans and their allies from NATO “liked the time spent in Boka” for “Vijesti confirmed several collocutors from the circles of the Navy and of Montenegrin maritime authorities, and according to unofficial information, already during June we can again expect an arrival of a big American war ship in Tivat bay.
EXCHANGE OF SAFETY INFORMATION WITH NATO
Podgorica – The agreement about the safety between NATO and Montenegro will be signed today in Brussels, it was confirmed for “Vijesti” from the Government of Montenegro.
It is a purposeful agreement, which should enable an undisturbed communication between NATO and Montenegro, and it is related to the exchange of safety information.
The signing of that contract was announced during the recent visit to Montenegro of the general secretary of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. The agreement about the safety is a precondition of future cooperation with the Alliance, and earlier it was announced that the contact point for the first phase would be the Agency for national security.
Even though the majority of information, which will be exchanged, will be from the domain of the Ministry of defense, they will use the technique and the operative of ANB.
Montenegro has already accepted the technical arrangement between the forces of European union and Montenegrin Government concerning the transit agreements, with which the conditions for moving of military units and means of EU between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo through the territory and air space of Montenegro have been precisely defined. It is announced that the Agreement about the land lines of communication of troupes from Kosovo and from BiH will be signed on the 11 of May in Brussels.
Also, according to the announcements, Montenegro until the end of this week should sign an Agreement about the status of forces (SOFA) with the USA, which will regulate the position of American soldiers who should go through Montenegro, or who for some reason should stay in its territory.
NATO PARLIAMENT MEMBERS TODAY IN MONTENEGRO
Delegation of Parliament session of NATO will stay today in Montenegro where they will have a range of meetings with the highest officials.
The president Filip Vujanovic, Prime minister Zeljko Sturanovic, and the president of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapis will receive delegation of the Parliament session of NATO.
The minister of foreign affairs Milan Rocen, and the doer of the duty of assistant of the minister of defense Rajko Novicevic will also talk with the delegation of the Parliament session of NATO. The head of the Headquarters of the Military of Montenegro Jovan Lakcevic will also receive delegation.