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French Warship Joins EU NAVFOR Operations

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the French Navy ship FS Siroco joined the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta. FS Siroco will be the flagship of the European Union’s counter piracy operation off the coast of Somalia for the next four months. Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean is the Force Commander of the 16th EU NAVFOR rotation. Commissioned in 1998, FS Siroco is a Foudre class Landing Ships Dock ( LPDH). The ship is 168 meters long and has a displacement of 12,000 metric tons. She accommodates a crew of 294 and has embarked for this operation marines and an ALIII helicopter. FS Siroco can support up to 700 personnel on board. An amphibious and aeromobile operations platform, equipped also for operational transportation and medical support, Siroco is perfectly suited for the role as Force Headquarter. This is the first time that FS Siroco has taken part in the EU Naval Force to fight piracy. Talking about joining the EU Naval Force, Commanding Officer of FS Siroco, Captain Jean-Marc Le Quilliec, said, “My crew and I are fully trained and ready to conduct this counter piracy operation. As one of the naval assets of the force and also as the support to FHQ, we will work hard to bring stability and security to the Horn of Africa. Since the beginning of Operation Atalanta in December 2008, France has been a major contributor to the EU Naval Force.”


Piracy – French Warship Joins Counter-Piracy Force

Warship FS Guépratte: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Frigate 'FS Guépratte' joins European Union Operation Atlanta force in Gulf of Aden, off Horn of Africa The Counter-Piracy force of the European Union (EU NAVFOR), typically comprising 4 – 7 surface combat vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa, has been joined by the French navy frigate FS Guépratte . The 125 meter long FS Guépratte with 3600 metric tonnes displacement is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Marine Nationale


Canadian and U.S. forces team up with Frontier Sentinel

Approximately 3,000 personnel from Canadian and U.S. military forces and government civilian agencies will participate in the full-scale training exercise Frontier Sentinel (EX FS 08-2), which will focus on maritime homeland security from June 9-13, 2008. The exercise will take place in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts of northeastern , specifically the waterways of and . "This exercise tests and validates the ability of forces, Canadian forces


Piracy – Pirates Scuttle Own Boat, Sent Home 400 Miles Empty Handed

Pirates, Boarding Team: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Would-be pirates apprehended by French warship sent back to Somalia after sinking their own raiding boat EU Counter Piracy Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) have tracked down and stopped a group of suspected pirates who were believed to have tried to attack a Hong-Kong flagged tanker approximately 400 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force warship FS Aconit was called to investigate after the tanker came under attack on 26 March 2012


Piracy – Another Pirate Attack Group Snaffled

Pirate Craft Hoisted on Board: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Pirate group scuttled by EU naval force off Horn of Africa The French Navy frigate Acconit was heading towards a position in the north of the Horn of Africa to join with Spanish frigate Infanta Elena, to take over the escort of a World Food Programme ship, then FS Aconit spotted a whaler towing a skiff. The long way off-shore location, nearly 600 km, and the absence of fishing activity raised the suspicion of Aconit's command and the order was given to intercept the whaler.


Scotland's Fletcher Shipping Snaps Up PSV

North Sea supply specialist Fletcher Shipping buys 'FS Taurus' its third vessel in five years. Currently operating in the Forties section of the North Sea, Taurus will take the total number of employees at Fletcher to 90. Set up in 2007 with backing from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the company transports food, equipment and other supplies to offshore oil and gas operators, reports 'The Scotsman'. The purchase of the Taurus – a 2


Transocean Sedco Forex Reports Third Quarter 2001 Earnings

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. announced that net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $97.6 millionon revenues of $770.2 million. Net income for the quarter included a net after-tax gain totaling $7.5 million, resulting primarily from the sale of two Nigerian-based land rigs and the disposal of an inland drilling barge. Excluding the net after-tax gain, net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $90.1 million


Kirby Expands With Three New Units

Kirby Corporation Announces Purchase of Three Coastwise Tank Barge and Tug Units; Purchased Seaboats, Inc. coastwise tank barge fleet consisting of three 80,000 barrel tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash.   Kirby Corporation has announced the purchase of the coastwise tank barge fleet of Seaboats, Inc. and affiliated companies consisting of three 80,000 barrel coastwise tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash


Vessel Sales: February 2015

Vessel sales for February 2015  - (as of March 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built -  - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 02/10 - KEN KOKU - 23,647 - 96 - (19) - $4.2 02/04 - BIRCH 4 - 25,369 - 00 - (15) - $5.4 02/10 - CARIBBEEAN ID - 27,940 - 96 - (19) - $4.5 02/27 - SAT NUNKI - 28,449 - 08 - (7) - $9.1 02/27 - SAT BELLATRIX - 28,467 - 09 - (6) - $9.8


Dorian LPG Posts 2Q Profit

Photo Dorian LPG

  Dorian LPG Ltd. a leading owner and operator of modern very large gas carriers today reported its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Highlights – Second Quarter 2016 Revenues of $74.9 million Net Income of $41.2 million; Earnings Per Share of $0.72 Adjusted EBITDA of $57.7 million* Took delivery of five vessels under our ECO-design VLGC newbuilding program, the Continental, the Constitution, the Commodore, the Cresques


Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba

Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Photo: Disney Cruise Line

 The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company,  rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives.   The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned


Philippines: Coordinated Patrols Needed to Protect Shipping

The Philippines has been discussing coordinated naval patrols on its southern maritime borders with Indonesia and Malaysia to protect shipping after attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants, its foreign minister said on Thursday. Indonesia is trying to free about 14 of its citizens seized


Samsung Heavy Loses $4.6-bln FLNG Order

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard

 South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the world’s third-largest shipbuilder,  has received a contract termination for three floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units from oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc.  


VDRs Refit on UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ships

RFA Lyme Bay (Photo: UK MOD)

Danelec Marine informs it has supplied new-generation Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for three U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD) vessels.   The three ships, RFA Lyme Bay, RFA Mounts Bay and RFA Cardigan Bay, have been fitted with Danelec DM100 VDRs


Cyprus Pushes Through Limassol Port Privatisation

Image: Limassol Port

 The Cyprus government managed to push through parliament legislation finalizing the privatization of commercial operations at the island's primary Limassol port despite lacking a majority in parliament, reports Famagusta Gazette.  


DSME's First Export Submarine Goes to Indonesia

Photo: DSME

 South Korean defense contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched the first out of three Type 209/1400 Chang Bogo-class (a license-built variant of the 209) diesel-electric attack submarines for service in the Indonesian Navy.  


S. Korean Shipyards Order Books Empty?

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 The global slump in the shipbuilding industry means that South Korea's ship yards have to look far and wide for new orders.    Combined, the three major yards have only received one order in the first quarter of the year.  


LNG Prices Retreat on Soft Demand

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) extended their fall this week on slack demand, although production issues in Australia helped stem losses.   LNG for May delivery in Asia traded at around $4.20 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), compared with $4


India to Add Eight Major Ports

Photo: Port of Visakhapatnam

 As part of its aggressive plans for port-led development, Union Shipping and Ports Minister Nitin Gadkari said he is looking to add eight major ports to the already existing 12, according to a report by Press Trust of India.   "We are planning to add eight new major ports


Antwerp Port's Volume Growth Continues

Photo Antwerp Port

The port of Antwerp handled 53,265,552 metric tons of freight in the first three months of this year, 3.9 percent more than in the same period last year. The container volume in TEU did particularly well with growth of 4.6 percent, while liquid bulk rose to new heights with growth of 10.6 percent


Migrant Boat Sinks, Hundreds Feared Dead

Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week when human traffickers crammed people onto an already overcrowded ship, causing it to sink, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday.   Somalia's government said on Monday about 200 or more Somalis may have died in the


EU to Okay $2.4 bln Box Shipping Deal

File image: the CMA CGM Ben Franklin (Marad)

EU approval conditional on NOL pulling out from G6 alliance. French shipping group CMA CGM's $2.4 billion takeover of Neptune Orient Lines is set to be cleared by the European Union's competition regulators, on condition that NOL pulls out from a rival shipping alliance


Postal Stamp Celebrates Maritime History

©2016 USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has previewed a new stamp highlighting California’s San Francisco Maritime Historical Park with a photograph of an iconic three-masted sailing ship. The stamp is the 14th of 16 new Forever Stamps to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National


Piracy: Indonesia Could be the New Somalia

Image: Indonesian Navy

 Commercial ships have been told to avoid shipping routes around Indonesia and Philippines amid fears that piracy could be reaching Somalian levels, according to Reuters.    Luhut Pandjaitan, Chief Security Minister for Indonesia


NUS, MPA Conduct Joint Research in Ocean Governance

Pic: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be setting up a joint research programme to build up institutional expertise in ocean governance and to spearhead thought leadership in areas






 
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