The Eastern Med hot case: the Saipem 12000 drillship
Eastern Med. climate starts to heat as on Feb. 23rd the Italian Saipem 12000 drillship has been constrained to leave its position offshore the Cyprus coasts by a “show of force” of Turkish Navy warships.
The huge wells of the area are generating political and economy tensions among the many countries interested in this basin and Turkey seems to be quite determined to conquer a dominating position in this contest.
Now Europe must answer in a clear way and affirms the rules and laws of international trade and navigations over the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), even including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
ENI headquarters chose to use rationality and protect the security of their crew and ship, but they also stressed that the re-routing of the sixth generation ultra-deepwater drillship to Moroccan waters is a temporary solution only and that the Italian oil company wants to re-affirm its rights in the Cypriot waters.
It has to be recalled that this incident originated as soon as the ENI drillship discovered a large gas well just in that brace of sea: was it all for chance?