Ankara, Turkey – Turkish seismic research vessel, Oruç Reis, has been extended its mission in the Eastern Mediterranean and the new Navtex has been published. Accordingly, the mandate of Oruç Reis was extended until 1 September.

Turkey has extended for a second time a navigational telex reserving a part of the Eastern Mediterranean for gas an oil surveys by its Oruç Reis vessel.

The new Navtex reserves the area through September 1 as the current Navtex expires on Thursday night, following its extension from August 23.

The latest navigational telex comes as the Greek, Cypriot, French and Italian militaries hold exercises off the coast of Cyprus.

The Navtex advert said:

Department of navigational Hydrography and Oceanography handout number: 1085/20 (Antalya) (published: 27-08-2020 13: 34)
Seyhidda Sailors ‘ Notice Number: 1085/20
Mediterranean
1.Sep 20 Aug 27-01 with ships named R/V Oruç Reis, Ataman and Cengizhan will be carried out at the site below.The seismic work will be carried out at the site below.

33 55.00 K-027 59.77 D
34 12.28 K-028 00.12 D
35 12.12 K-030 22.15 D
34 58.25 K-030 31.50 D
34 18.58 K-028 55.57 D
6 Nautical Miles Open Passage.

2.This statement will be removed from effect on 01 Sep 20 at 20:59.

Greek reaction to new Navtex

New Navtex shows Turkey not truly interested in de-escalation, Greece says

Greece has reacted to a decision by Turkey to extend for a second time a Navtex, or navigational telex, reserving a sea area in the Eastern Mediterranean for gas and oil surveys by its Oruç Reis vessel.

The new Navtex reserves the area through September 1 as the current Navtex expires on Thursday night, following its extension from August 23.

The latest navigational telex comes as the Greek, Cypriot, French and Italian militaries hold exercises off the coast of Cyprus.