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Admiral Provides Details of Somali Piracy Killings

Four pirates are dead and 15 are in custody, but not before they killed four Americans in the bloodiest piracy incident in recent history, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told reporters in a conference call.   Navy Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox, who also commands the Navy’s 5th Fleet, said the pirates shot Scott and Jean Adams of California and Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle of Washington state. The surface vessel Quest was sailing around the world when the Somalis hijacked it off the coast of Oman.   White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One that President Barack Obama authorized the use of force if there was an imminent threat to the hostages. He said the president was informed of their deaths at 4:42 this morning.   “The loss of our fellow Americans is a tragedy,” Fox said from his headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.   The admiral gave a timeline of the action. Pirates captured the vessel about 190 nautical miles southeast of Masirah Island, Oman, Feb. 18. Four U.S. Navy warships responded: the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and the guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Bulkeley.   The ships found the vessel and made contact with the pirates via bridge-to-bridge radio, and began a series of negotiations. Yesterday, two pirates boarded the USS Sterett to continue negotiations.  


Arctic Well Drills by Shell to Increase Due to Delays

Royal Dutch Shell expects to drill 8 wells in the second half of its two-year Arctic exploration program, 3 more than originally planned. Stubborn ice sheets and permit delays have reduced the amount of time available for Shell to complete the first five wells this year, reports 'Fox Business News'. Shell, which still plans to drill ten wells in two years, is busy working with the U.S. coastguard to complete a special oil spill containment vessel that is being retrofitted to operate in more


Carnival Cruise Lines To Raise $1.5 Million For American Red Cross Relief Efforts

Carnival Cruise Lines will donate $50 for each stateroom sold over the next 30 days to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts associated with the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The $50 per cabin donation is expected to generate approximately $1.5 million for the American Red Cross, continuing Carnival's decade-long association with the world's foremost relief organization. Carnival, like other companies throughout the world


JFK Towed to Philadelphia for Storage

By Kathleen Roberts, Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs The decommissioned aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CV 67) is scheduled to arrive March 22 at the Navy's Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in for preservation and storage. Due to safety and security concerns, the ship will not be open for tours while in storage in . A contracted tug boat began towing the inactive carrier John F. Kennedy from Norfolk Naval Station on March 17


Hope Shipyard Delivers M/V Redfish

Photo courtesy Hope Shipyard

Higman Marine Services of Houston, Texas, took delivery of its newest vessel, the M/V Red Fish. The vessel was built in five months by Hope Shipyard, located in Dulac, La. The pushboat is slightly larger than previous vessels built for Higman, measuring 78 ft by 32 ft with a 10 ft depth. The M/V Red Fish headed out from Hope’s fabrication yard on the Houma Navigational Waterway after a quick delivery to meet up with her first tow


US Naval Postgraduate School Awards +400 Advanced Degrees

More than 400 students of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) earned degrees this summer quarter including nine doctoral graduates. The ceremony's keynote speaker offered another unique aspect to the class. 

Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), was not only the ceremony's premier speaker, he was also a proud parent with his own son, Lt. Collin R. Fox, a member of this quarter's graduating class completing a master's degree in


This Day in Naval History - April 20

From the Navy News Service 1796 - Congress authorizes the completion of three frigates. 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia is abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In the first call to action of naval aviators, a detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico. 1915 - The first Navy contract for lighter-than-air craft is awarded. 1942 - USS Wasp (CV 7) launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta.


This Day in Naval History – April 20

1796 - Congress authorizes completion of 3 frigates 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators, detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico. 1915 - First Navy contract for lighter-than-air craft awarded. 1942 - USS Wasp (CV-7) launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta 1947 - CAPT L.O. Fox, USN, supported by 80 Marines, accepted the surrender of LT Yamaguchi and 26 Japanese soldiers and sailors


GGS Rotation Change

In response to requests from clients and the shipping public for quicker transit times to the Red Sea, Gulf and the Middle East markets, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced a rotation change on its GGS USAEC / Far East service, which had previously sailed via the Cape of Good Hope, but will now sail through the Suez Canal and call at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, thereby substantially reducing transit times.  This will be a non-stop direct service from the United States to Jeddah.


Canada Launches Surveys Prior to Arctic Shelf Claims

Icebergs: Photo Canadian Govt.

The Canadian Government informs that  David Wells, Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador witnessed the departure of the 'CCGS Terry Fox' from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, as it headed out on a six-week scientific survey to collect data needed for Canada’s Arctic continental shelf submission. It will be joined by the 'CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent', which departs from the same location tomorrow. A second survey, to collect additional data, will be conducted in 2015.


Hong Kong's Clean Fuel Rules May Cost Shippinglines

Image: The Port of Hong Kong

 The bill requiring ocean going ships to switch to low sulfur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong could effectively raise the cost of shipping containers through the city.   Under the new Hong Kong Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation


US Will Work to Ensure Bab-el-Mandeb Strait Remains Open

The U.S. military will work with Gulf and European partners to ensure the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the tip of the Red Sea remains open to commerce despite fighting and instability in Yemen, the head of U.S. forces in the region said on Thursday.  


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


Hurricane-Strength Winds Batter European Ports, Traffic

Hurricane-force winds lashed parts of northern Europe on Tuesday, including Germany and the Netherlands, causing flights to be cancelled, snarling some train services and hitting port traffic. The Dutch meteorological office issued a code red warning for the low-lying country's northern and


Top Five Most Costly Insurance Claims

Image courtesy of TT Club

The TT Club has alerted the supply chain industry to a persistence of claims in a handful of loss types. The international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider said it has found that 66% of its claims by number and 62% by value over a five year period can be categorized into just


SCI's Worldwide Agents Meet

SCI’s Worldwide Agents Meet 2015

  The Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Worldwide Agents Meet 2015 was this year held in the Auditorium of  it's Maritime Training Institute at Powai. The meet was attended by about 102  delegates from various agency houses  representing Far East, Indian Subcontinent


MMK Boosts Steel Shipments to Shipbuilders

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) supplied 78,000 metric tons of metal products to shipbuilders in 2014, which represents a 37.2% growth year-on-year.   MMK supplies up to half of all metal products sold to the Russian shipbuilding industry


Ships to Declare Weapons at Egyptian Ports

  All ships calling at Egyptian Red Sea ports or transiting the Suez Canal must declare any weapons onboard to Safaga Port Authority. As per the Egyptian Maritime Security Committee ruling, such weapons must stored at the Safaga navy base.


Danelec Marine Unveils eSERVICEConnect Initiative

Courtesy Danelec Marine

  Danelec Marine launched its new eSERVICEConnect initiative today in a move to automate and streamline shipboard service for its products worldwide. Danelec’s eSERVICEConnect is an Internet, cloud-based solution designed to provide seamless integration of the ship service process


OTC Names Technology Award Winners

VersaCutter

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place May 4-7 in Houston, has announced 17 technologies that will receive the Spotlight on New Technology SM Award. The 2015 awards will be presented May 4, in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby.  


GCC Joint Maritime Security Force Soon

Image: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

 The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state members have agreed to set up a joint maritime security force and enhance cooperation in naval operations in response to increasing regional maritime conflict, according to reports in local media.  


Mexican Fishing Crew Caught Poaching in US Waters

U.S. Coast Guard interdicted Mexican fishing crew poaching red snapper in U.S. waters   The U.S. Coast Guard informs it has interdicted a Mexican fishing crew in the waters off South Texas with approximately 475 pounds of illegally caught red snapper, Sunday afternoon.  


Financial Pressure Forces PDVSA to Embraces Pragmatism

By Alexandra Ulmer and Marianna Parraga CARACAS/HOUSTON, March 13 (Reuters) - A subtle change in office attire may be the most telling symbol of a quiet revolution taking place inside Venezuela's troubled economic engine, giant oil firm PDVSA.


GNS Announces Senior Appointments

Maritime navigation services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced the appointments of Phil Stothard as Chief Information Officer and Kieron Abernethy as Chief Revenue Officer. Both assume their roles with immediate effect.  


Iranian Navy Claims as Forerunner of Fight against Maritime Terrorism

Irans New Home-Made Destroyer Damavand (Photo by Iranian Navy)

 Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iranian Navy is a “symbol of fight against maritime terrorism and establishing security”   He underscored his forces' high level of preparedness to push back any possible threat to the nation






 
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