156300 6/2/2008 9:00 08BUCHAREST430 Embassy Bucharest UNCLASSIFIED 08STATE50488 VZCZCXYZ0002 PP RUEHWEB DE RUEHBM #0430 1540900 ZNR UUUUU ZZH P 020900Z JUN 08 FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8332 RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY UNCLAS BUCHAREST 000430
STATE FOR EEB/TRA/OTP:DHAYWOOD, PM/ISO:JFREDERICK DEFENSE FOR OSD DAVE GRUBER
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: EWWT, EAID, ECIN, ECON, EFIS, EFIS, ETRD, ENRG, PHSA, PINS, SENV, ECON, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA: GLOBAL MARITIME PARTNERSHIPS DEMARCHE
REF: STATE 50488
Post delivered reftel demarche to Viorel Olea, Deputy General Director of Naval Transport in the Ministry of Transportation (MOT). He had no immediate comments on the proposal, but agreed to share it within the Government of Romania (GOR) and to forward it to the agency responsible for port operations, which is subordinated to the MOT. Olea did mention a successful port security evaluation visit conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2006 and said that he would welcome any similar visits in the future. EconOff noted that a USCG visit is tentatively planned for this fall. Post's Naval Attache has also passed the contents of this demarche to naval contacts. Post will follow up with GOR officials to elicit reactions on the Global Maritime Partnerships proposal after they have had the opportunity to consider it further.