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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.


Navios in Red, but Beats Estimates

Picture: Navios Maritime Holdings

 Navios Maritime Holdings, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and Logistics Company, slumped to a loss in the Q1 although the result beat by $0.10 per share the average estimate of analysts who had forecast red ink for the dry bulk company.  


HMAS Anzac Visits Portsmouth, UK

Australian Navy frigate visit

  The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Portsmouth, England, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.   Anzac departed Sydney in March 2015, and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal


WFP: Aid Cargo for Yemen will be Delivered After Ship Docks

The World Food Programme will deliver a cargo of Iranian aid for Yemen once the ship carrying it reaches Djibouti's port, the U.N agency said on Friday. Earlier this week Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed


Shell CEO Backs Fossil Fuels, Climate Change Warnings

Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden Photo Shell Gobal

  The world's fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless some way is found to capture their carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said on Friday. In an interview published in Britain's Guardian newspaper


Evergreen Line Names New Box Ship

CSBC Chairman Sun-Quae Lai (third from the left); Jarijanti Buana, the wife of the Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency Indonesia (fifth from the left); and Raymond Lin, Evergreen Groups Vice Group Chairman (sixth from left).

Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for Ever Lyric, the eighth of its L-type vessels built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The ceremony took place at CSBC's Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Raymond Lin, Evergreen Group's Vice Group Chairman


Cargo Ships Stuck off Yemen as Fighting Worsens Food Security

At least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran-allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis.   Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food


Naming Ceremony of Evergreen's EVER LYRIC

Naming Ceremony for EVER LYRIC

  Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for EVER LYRIC, the eighth of its L-type vessels built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The ceremony took place at CSBC's Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Mr. Raymond Lin, Evergreen Group's Vice Group Chairman


U.S. Navy Warship Steams Toward Yemen

A Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies over the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Navy.

 The United States Navy is prepared to intercept Iranian ships in Yemeni waters using the USS Theodore Roosevelt and other ships, reports the AP.   According to this report, the Iranian ships are believed to be transporting weapons to the Houthi rebel group in Yemen. There are nine U.S


Hamburg Süd Hit by Slowdown

Pic: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg-headquartered shipping line Hamburg Süd was hit by the economic downturn on the carrier's key markets in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.   The modest 2 percent increase in cargo volumes is attributed to the less-than-expected improvement to the market overcapacity


Spain: 156 Passengers on Burning Ferry Evacuate

Photo by Trasmediterranea

 Spain's development ministry has said that a fire broke out on a ferry as it journeyed from Palma on the island of Majorca to Valencia in Spain.   Spanish media reported that around 156 people had to abandon ship around 17 miles from Palma de Mallorca and were helped by emergency


Greece Mulls Ports Sale to Reach Deal with EU/IMF Lenders

Greece's government is considering selling stakes in its two largest ports as a concession to reach an agreement with its lenders and unlock bailout funds, a government official said on Wednesday.   Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's new leftist government had sought to cancel significant


Vandalism to Lights & Bouys Endangers Mariners in Pacific Northwest

The recently replaced Elk Rock Island Light 13 dayboard near Portland, Ore., U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell

The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the vandalism of aids to navigation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several navigational lights in the region have been vandalized rendering them inoperable or limiting their visibility.


UK Register’s Largest Ship Docks in Southampton

Photo: UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The largest vessel registered in the UK Ship Register has arrived in Southampton today.   CMA CGM Kerguelen, a 398-meter-long containership operated by the CMA CGM Group, is big enough to pack five and a half A380 Airbuses on. It is capable of carrying 17


Yemen War Risk Could Strangle Sea Trade Routes

With Middle East giants Saudi Arabia and Iran squaring up on opposing sides in the Yemen war, the dangers to vital oil tanker and goods voyages are growing daily.   Millions of barrels of oil pass through the Bab el-Mandeb and Strait of Hormuz everyday to Europe


Iran Ship to Red Sea Could spark Yemen Showdown

An Iranian cargo ship heading to Yemen is expected to cross into the Red Sea on Thursday, state news agency IRNA reported, amid fears of a showdown with Saudi-led forces enforcing restrictions on Yemeni ports. The approaching vessel threatens to broaden a regional confrontation over Yemen --






 
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