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China holds Maritime Silk Road seminar

Photo by China.org

 A two-day international seminar on beefing up maritime trade infrastructure in Asia opened on Wednesday in southeast China's Quanzhou City in Fujian Province.  Since Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in his speech in the Indonesian parliament in October 2013, the initiative has drawn the attention of the international community.   Over 280 academics and experts from 30 countries have been invited to discuss proposals to build a "21st Century Maritime Silk Road". The event is themed "collectively building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and creating a community of common destiny".   It will involve three round table meetings covering the topics of "the values and significance of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative", "working together for common development and prosperity" and "seizing fresh development opportunities and tapping new cooperation prospects".   The seminar is hosted by the State Council Information Office and co-organized by Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China International Publishing Group and the Fujian Academy of Social Sciences.  


Ingalls Shipbuilding Contracted to Build Eleventh LPD

San Antonio Class LPD: Image credit Northrop Grumman Ship Systems

The U.S. Navy awards Huntington Ingalls Industries a US$1.5-billion fixed-price incentive contract for amphibious transport dock LPD 27. The contract is for the detail design and construction of the amphibious transport dock LPD 27 and it will be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Ingalls is building the entire San Antonio (LPD 17) class of ships, the newest addition to the Navy's 21st century amphibious assault force. LPDs are built to be survivable and flexible


21st Century Technologies to Provide for Titan Maritime

21st Century Technologies, Inc. will provide additional special application magnets to Titan Maritime, Inc. for its Hot Tap drill system. Titan Maritime is a Florida-based salvage company with major operations in the U.S., U.K. and Brazil. "We are excited about our cooperation with Titan Maritime," says Arland Dunn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Technologies, Inc. "We are providing a portable platform for their drill system


Raytheon Appoints Hoeffler VP for DD(x) Program

Mike Hoeffler has been appointed vice president of the DD(X) program at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Hoeffler replaces Jack Cronin, who has been named president of Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL), Raytheon's United Kingdom subsidiary. Under the three-year $1.3 billion contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems serves as the weapon and electronic systems integrator for DD(X) -- the transformational next-generation destroyer for the U.S


LCS is On The Way

Pictured is the LCS concept from Austal. By Fred Lash, Naval Sea Systems Command, Public Affairs Office For anyone attending both the Surface Navy Association's 16th Annual National Symposium and the National Defense Industrial Association's "Navy-Industry International Dialogue-Littoral Combat Ship" (both on Jan. 14), the message came through loud and clear that the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in on its way and will be ready to take its place in America's Fleet of tomorrow.


Queen to Name QM2

Cunard is delighted to confirm that Her Majesty The Queen will name the company's new flagship Queen Mary 2 at a ceremony to take place in Southampton, England, on Thursday, January 8, 2004. Her Majesty will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The launch will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be a major event of worldwide interest. According to Pamela Conover, president of Cunard Line: "This will be an historic occasion in the true sense of the word


Wreck Removal Costs More Nowadays

Insurers, Lloyd's of London, say in a new report that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is rising as ships grow in size. The report, 'The challenges and implications of removing shipwrecks in the 21st century', warns that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is spiralling and the increase in removal cost is often passed to insurers, reinsurers and ship owners. Recent examples of expensive wreck removals include the container ship Rena which sank off New Zealand in 2011


Titanic Replica Planned by Australian Billionaire

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer plans to build a 21st-century replica of the Titanic Palmer has signed a first-stage agreement with Nanjing- based CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the ship as part of a planned fleet of luxury liners, according to a Bloomberg news report. The ship will have the same dimensions as the original Titanic, with 840 rooms on nine decks as well as gymnasiums, swimming pools, libraries and restaurants.


President Obama Tours Port of Jacksonville

Aboard Air Force 1

US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx toured the port with President Obama, where it was noted that a strong infrastructure is a key ingredient to a thriving economy. Anthony Foxx began by saying that it was his distinct pleasure to tour the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday with President Obama. There, the President spoke with port officials about a challenge seen firsthand as Mayor of Charlotte. The President said: 'The businesses of tomorrow will not locate near old roads


Northrop Grumman Delivers New Mexico Sub

Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy, four months ahead of schedule. New Mexico's 70-month construction period represents the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine. The keel for New Mexico was authenticated April 12, 2008, and the ship was christened on Dec. 13, 2008. New Mexico, named for "The Land of Enchantment


Port of Cleveland Taps Chris Ronayne to Lead Board

Chris Ronayne will lead the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (photo courtesy of the Port Authority).

The Board of Trustees for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority today unanimously elected Chris Ronayne as new board chair.   As President and CEO of University Circle, Inc., which oversees the growth and direction of one of Ohio’s fastest growing employment district


China Unveils Action Plan on Maritime Silk Road

Map by National Development and Reform Commission

 China has unveiled the principles, framework, and cooperation priorities and mechanisms in its Maritime Silk Road initiative in a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future together.   The plan consists two segments - One is centered on the Asian land mass and


China Maritime Silk Road to Touch India for Namesake

 Pic: The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as One Belt, One Road

 Chinese officials on Saturday fleshed out some details for the country's ambitious 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project in its “one belt, one road,” action plan.   Though the plan released by China’s economic planning agency and the commerce and foreign


Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

Image: The China Africa Project

 Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister stating that 'a Chinese delegation will visit Namibia ... for discussions ... on the way forward regarding plans for the proposed naval


Indonesia Partners with China on Maritime

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo Credit: Zhang Duo

 Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation during the formers visit to China.   The joint statement issued after his meeting with Xi noted that “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road


Odisha wants to be a Maritime Gateway of India

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurate international Conference on India and Indian Ocean at Bhubaneswar. (Photo Courtesy: Ashok Panda, Odisha Diary)

 Odisha has the opportunity to reclaim its trade and cultural relations with nations in the Indian Ocean Region. The state can become the maritime gateway of India once again, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.   Recollecting the rich trade practice of Kalinga merchants


Navy to Christen Amphibious Ship John P. Murtha

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship John P. Murtha. Photo  USN

  The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), Saturday, March 21 during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.   The ship is named in honor of John P


Aircraft Carrier Alliance Opens Visitor Center

From left to right: Captain (RN) Chris Smith, Lord Provost of Edinbugh Donald Wilson, Ian Booth, ACA Managing Director, Lord Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman and Captain (RN) Simon Petitt at the opening of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Visitor Center. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), which is building HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in shipyards across the U.K., has opened a visitor center in Rosyth Dockyard.   The facility, which has a view of both HMS Queen Elizabeth across the non-tidal basin and the Forth bridges


Navy Announces SAAPM 2015 Theme

Courtesy USN

  Navy leaders announced March 16 the Department of Defense 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) theme of "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part. Do your part." The effort will focus on raising awareness and highlighting prevention of sexual violence with


Belgium's Mega Wind Farm Starts to Take Shape

foundation of a wind turbinenearTabak natie

  Belgium, in the Antwerp port area on the left bank of the Scheldt. In the first phase 15 wind turbines will be erected, enough to supply 35,000 Flemish households with green electricity. The ultimate ambition is to build anything from 40 to 50 turbines


Modi Makes Waves in Indian Ocean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the Naguleswaram Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Photo by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived back home after five days tour of three Indian Ocean countries.  His tour has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area.   New Delhi accepts that India can less afford its past passivity regarding its


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


Port of San Diego Plans Terminal Modernization

The port’s proposal includes removal of two outdoor transit sheds among other upgrades in order to provide space and flexibility for cargo and remove unnecessary transit around the terminal. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

Port of San Diego proposes plan to increase regional economic impact; Environmental Impact Report commissioned to study modernization of Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal   The Port of San Diego has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the


Caterpillar to Stay in Peoria

Courtesy Caterpillar

  After a multiyear study focused on modernizing its global headquarters, Caterpillar Inc. today reaffirmed it will remain in Peoria, Illinois, and revealed a design that will eventually span 31 acres on the city’s riverfront. The key elements of the campus are:


Zukunft Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft (USCG photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.   "Countries in our hemisphere are on the cusp of instability," Zukunft said






 
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