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South, North Korea Exchange Naval Fire

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula's west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said. There were no casualties on the South Korean side, he told Reuters. The area has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line, which it refuses to recognise as a maritime border. Reporting by Jack Kim


Sustainable Ocean Summit in Belfast

International associations representing a wide variety of ocean industries will meet together in the first “Roundtable of Ocean Industry Association Leaders,” which is being held as part of the Sustainable Ocean Summit in Belfast, 16-17 June 2009. Confirmed Roundtable participants include directors and senior managers of: Oil and Gas Producers Association (OGP), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)


M/V's SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and SIGNET CONSTELLATION Christened

Bow to Bow, SIGNET STARS & STRIPES, SIGNET CONSTELLATION Christening

Vessels Christened at Trinity Shipyard amid Fanfare Befitting the Occasion, Attended by a Host of Dignitaries and Featuring a Luncheon to Celebrate the Event.      Trinity Offshore, LLC and Signet Maritime Corporation christened M/V SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and M/V SIGNET CONSTELLATION yesterday at the Trinity Shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. This extraordinary affair included many of Signet Maritime’s and Trinity Offshore’s valued customers and


Inchcape Shipping Services Appoints Senior VP

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a leader in  maritime services provider,  announced the appointment of Malcolm Tulip as Senior Vice President for Global Operational Excellence. The new position will involve Malcolm leading cross-company strategic initiatives, cultural change and continuous improvement for ISS to further its aim of delivering excellent customer service worldwide and achieving ‘best in class’ across its chosen markets.  


Coast Guard Captain Resumes Post

Vice Admiral Terry Cross, commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District, reinstated Captain John Holmes to his position as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Office/Group Los Angeles-Long Beach today. Holmes had been temporarily assigned to the district’s marine safety staff while the FBI conducted an investigation into security concerns within the command. The FBI’s investigation has been completed


Davie Building LNG-powered Ferries

Photo courtesy of Davie

Canadian shipbuilder Davie held a keel laying ceremony for MV Armand-Imbeau II, marking the beginning of the hull assembly for this first of two sisterships under construction at Davie for the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ). The two ferries for the Tadoussac‒Baie-Sainte-Catherine route are to built at a total cost of $125 million for year-round navigation on the Saguenay Fjord. The first ferry, MV Armand-Imbeau II, is scheduled to be delivered in Fall 2015


EU-China Announce Agreement in Maritime Transport

At the end of a three-day long negotiation, the EU and China delegations have reached an agreement on maritime transport, based on the principles of freedom to provide services, free access to cargoes, and cross-trades, unrestricted access to an non-discriminatory treatment in the use of ports. It also contains provisions for auxiliary services as well as wider range of commercial maritime questions. This agreement follows the strong commitments taken by the Vice-President of the European


U.S. National Maritime Day, May 22

The National Census Bureau reminds that today is National Marltime Day This is National Maritime Day, noted annually by presidential proclamation. The date chosen celebrates the day in 1819 when the SS Savannah completed the first transatlantic crossing by a steam ship. The first Maritime Day was created by Congress in 1933 to honor the U.S. Merchant Marine, civilians who have defended the freedom of America since 1775.


Coast Guard Continues to Promote Security

U.S. Coast Guard personnel remain at a heightened state of alert in West Coast ports, and are working closely with other law enforcement agencies, port authorities, and harbor pilots to ensure port safety and security as contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and West Coast dockworkers continue. It is Coast Guard policy to remain neutral in labor disputes and recognize the right of all persons to peaceably demonstrate


Global Crossing Connects Norskan Offshore's Operations in Brazil

Global Crossing has been providing Private IP Network Services and Network Management Services to Norskan Offshore, a Brazilian offshore services provider owned by Norwegian Group DOF, the second largest Norwegian investor in . Based in , Norskan Offshore has invested nearly $700m in the Brazilian naval industry and currently has six state-of-the-art vessels. Global Crossing's MPLS-based network connects both the shipyards and also the company's headquarters


Shipwrecked Bodies Brought Ashore, EU Proposes Doubling Rescue Effort

The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of some 900 people feared killed in the deadliest shipwreck while trying to reach Europe.  


Migrant Crisis Intensifies with Murder Arrests, Drownings

Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified.   Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident.  


China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

 The U.S. military commander for Asia warned that, China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to a report in Reuters.  


The Deadly Migration Sea Routes in Mediterranean, 400 Died

The Italian Harbourmaster Corps (Coast Guard) rescues migrants bound for the coasts of Italy. File Photo from Archive: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

 With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have died, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way, say Italian media.  


Panic on Migrant Boat Kills Hundreds

Hundreds of people desperate to be rescued from a packed migrant boat in the Mediterranean pushed to one side when they saw a ship approach, capsizing the craft and pitching everyone into the sea where hundreds died, an official said on Wednesday.  


Skipper Fined for Breakwater Collision

At a hearing today at South Shields Magistrates Court, Robert Trueman, the Owner/Skipper of a fishing vessel was fined a total of £5,000 plus costs of £4,536.18 after pleading guilty for failing to keep a good lookout. Trueman was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of community


First Ecobox Nordana Sky in Operation

Nordana Sky sailing the North Sea with the first load on her hatches (Photo: Flying Focus)

MV Nordana Sky was delivered to Symphony Shipping on March 26 after the vessel completed sea trials, the builder Ferus Smit announced.   Nordana Sky is the first vessel in a series of six ships in the new ECOBOX general/project cargo ship design


New Rescue Mission Aims to Curb Migrant Death Toll

A new sea rescue operation is to be launched in May to try to reduce the number of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers killed making the treacherous crossing from Africa to Europe, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said on Thursday.  


MLP3 AFSB NASSCO Delivers for the Navy

Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller christens USNS Lewis B. Puller. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) christened the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) in early February in San Diego. USNS Lewis B. Puller, the third vessel of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, is the first of which to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging


Refineries Revolution Spurs Product Supertankers

The rapid growth of mega refineries is prompting a new class of oil products supertankers, mirroring an earlier revolution in crude oil shipping, as traders look for scale that was previously not economically viable. In the early 1970s, ships capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil


Oil Under Ice

Helix Oil Skimmer being deployed off the USCGC HEALY.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab       How did an urgent requirement to build a road to Alaska end up helping to design submarines and to recover oil spills in the Arctic ice?


CMA CGM Makes Jamaica its Caribbean Hub

Photo: A Gilbert Bellamy

The CMA CGM Group announced that Farid T. Salem, CMA CGM Group Executive Officer, signed on April 7, in Kingston – Jamaica, an agreement with the Port Authority of Jamaica granting the CMA CGM Group the concession of Kingston Container Terminal for 30 years


Shippers Urge EU to Act in Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

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Thousands of lives will be lost in the Mediterranean unless EU governments take urgent action, say shipowner groups and seafarer unions   European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective


China, Vietnam Pledge Peaceful Resolution of S.China Sea Spat

China and Vietnam have pledged to look for a peaceful resolution to their dispute in the South China Sea via talks, following a meeting between China's president and the head of Vietnam's Communist Party, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.


Italy Rescues 1,500 Migrants in Just 24 Hours

Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations






 
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