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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Hornblower Cruises & Events' employees have led a movement among San Francisco's sailing and boating community to celebrate Spirit of Fleet Week in lieu of the cancellation of this weekend's events. Bringing together historic and recreation vessels, a Parade of Ships is planned for October 6 and 7 at 3:00 p.m. After learning the fate of this year's Fleet Week, Hornblower employees searched for another venue to express their appreciation to America's Armed Forces and raise money for the
The UK P&I Club issue information for members whose vessels call at the remote Alaskan port on the Arctic Circle. Red Dog is a port established specifically to support the associated Lead and Zinc mine. It is a very remote location of Alaska and there are no services, including no provisions
NOL Group announced thatTom Behrens-Sørensen will join its board of directors July 1 and will serve as a member of both the Executive Resource and Compensation Committee and the Enterprise Risk Management Committee. A shipping veteran with more than three decades of international
As international controversy continues about the “wheres,” “whys” and “how much” of maritime piracy in key international shipping areas, an important debate now focuses on the use of “floating armories” in efforts to restore security on the high seas
It is no surprise that the correct packing of containers is high on the agenda for industry bodies, regulators and insurers, as the consequences of unsafe and badly secured cargo are serious. In fact, of all freight transport insurer TT Club’s claims
The 3600 TEU container ship, built under the supervision of Navgathi Marine by Hyundai Sambo delivered to Pacific International Lines. Hanjin Argentina is the third of a series of four such vessels ordered by Pacific International Lines of Singapore from the S. Korea shipbuilders.
All are welcome to visit the Tanker Mary A. Whalen on Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn on Tuesday, May 21. Our short stay in Atlantic Basin, in Red Hook for National Maritime Historical Society makes the ship available on her 75th birthday
American Maritime Officers Association (AMO) president follows up on his recent appearance on FOX News Channel. The AMO president says his April 15 live appearance on FOX News Channel's segment, "Remembering Titanic 101 years Ago Today
Evergreen Marine Corp. partnered with French-based CMA CGM Grou, & Yang Ming Marine both offer new container services. Evergreen's new route, called South Red Sea Service, connects Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and countries near the Red Sea
Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) 'Red Dawn' has been launched from the Eastern Shipbuilding Group's Allanton facility. Attending from Hornbeck was Todd Hornbeck, President & CEO, and Carl Annessa, Executive Vice President & COO, along with 12 senior members of the Hornbeck Team
In September 2012 Moscow-based crew members of the arms-carrying 'MV Myre Seadiver' were arrested in Lagos & detained without trial. The owners of the vessel, the Moscow-based Moran Security Group, state as follows: In September 2012 Moscow-based crew members of the MV Myre Seadiver were
Twenty-two year-old crab boat's faithful Cummins diesel engines replaced with state-of-the-art version. Fans of the popular Discovery Channel series “The Deadliest Catch” thrill at the sight of the 113-foot, black-hulled Time Bandit’s bow rearing out of a cresting wave
A.P. Moller-Maersk expects container ship capacity to grow 11% this year, outpacing demand, forcing owners to take corrective measures. The industry is likely to scrap more vessels, sail them at even slower speeds and idle more ships in order to balance supply with growth, Soren Skou
Greek Shipping Minister urges owners to choose country's flag as registry gets revamp. Greek Shipping Minister Constantinos Mousouroulis has unveiled a plan to modernize the Greek Shipping Registry that will come into effect imminently. Greece's shipping ministry will put in place a one-stop-shop
CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) orders a 150-passenger catamaran for KFT to add to its 12-vessel fleet, with delivery in early 2014. CATC is making investments in its Seward-based Kenai Fjords Tours operation as well as at its Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge.
This year’s IMUA Annual Meeting’s keynote address will feature a presentation by Dan North, Chief Economist for Euler Hermes North America. Addressing attendees of the 83rd Annual Meeting, he plans to discuss what lies ahead for both the US and global economies and how it is impacted