Turkey on Tuesday issued a navigational telex, or Navtex, for seismic exploration within the contours of its continental shelf. The NAVTEX is valid until June 21, 2021.
According to the telex, issued by the Antalya station, the survey work will be conducted by the Oruc Reis, Ataman and Cengiz Han vessels.
1. SEISMIC SURVEY, BY R/V ORUÇREİS, ATAMAN AND CENGİZHAN FROM 222101Z DEC 20 TO 152059Z JUN 21 IN AREA BOUNDED BY;
36 27.43 N – 030 34.37 E
35 53.85 N – 031 03.72 E
36 16.17 N – 031 38.63 E
36 47.82 N – 031 10.38 E
6 NM BERTH REQUESTED.
2. CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 152059Z JUN 21.
The designated geographical area and the duration of the survey were reportedly seen by analysts as a good-will gesture from Turkey that could open the door to the resumption of exploratory talks with Greece.
Ankara has been challening Athens for several months as it had the Oruc Reis conducting survey works close to Greek islands in the south Aegean Sea.