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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.


Red Tide Outbreak Widens in Threat to Fishing Industry

A "red tide" outbreak is widening in southern Chile's fishing-rich waters, the government said on Wednesday, deepening what is already believed to be one of the country's worst environmental crises in recent years.   The red tide - an algal bloom that turns the sea water red and makes seafood toxic - is a common, naturally recurring phenomenon in southern Chile, but the extent of the current outbreak is unprecedented.  


TT Club Welcomes IMO Guidance on SOLAS VGM Amendment

At an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee session in London that culminated on Friday, delegates agreed on guidance and advice to both those active in the container supply chain globally (shippers, carriers and port operators)


FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations

Photo courtesy of French American Line

French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations.  


New Call at Port Kelang on CMA CGM’s REX 2

Image: CMA CGM

CMA CGM has introduced a new westbound call at Port Kelang on its REX 2 service connecting Asia with Red Sea.   CMA CGM has decided to replace its REX2 westbound Singapore call with Port Kelang. This new routing grants the full coverage and transit time improvements through the


Nine Rescued from Yacht Fire near Shetland

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

 A skipper and his crew have been rescued from a life raft after their yacht - The Miracle - caught fire off the coast of Shetland, Scotland.    According to a BBC report, nine people have been rescued after a yacht caught fire off Shetland


Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

Owner and captain of commercial fishing vessel indicted for clean water and ship pollution violations; defendants allegedly participated in and ordered the illegal discharge of bilge wastes over the course of several years   The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun


Man Missing after Tug Capsizes in Houston

The U.S. Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff Department responders are searching for a missing man after he and four others were sent into the water when their tug flipped over in the San Jacinto river about a half mile south of Interstate 10 in Houston.  


Body of Missing Tug Crewman Located

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing tug boat crewman from the capsized Ricky J Leboeuf near the location of the tug on the San Jacinto river Tuesday at 9:47 a.m.   The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man's body and directed rescue


This Day In Naval History: April 20

Official U.S. Navy file photo of of the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2)

1861 - Union forces burn screw frigate Merrimack and Gosport Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., to prevent Yard facilities and ships from falling into Confederate hands during the Civil War. 1914 - The first call-to-action of naval aviators is given, creating an aviation detachment of three pilots


Drug Interception at Red Hook Container Terminal

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Approximately 121 pounds of heroin and eight pounds of cocaine were discovered in a shipping container of vegetables that was moving from Ecuador to Miami, Fla. through the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, N.Y.   During a routine container inspection on January 7, U.S


From Whales to Silver Foxes to Refugees: EMILY Robot is A Lifesaver

EMILY (Photo: ONR)

 She’s tough—capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she’s also tender, providing hope to those in peril.   Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard—officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving


Rolls-Royce Designs UK's New Polar Research Vessel

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Cammell Laird has selected a Rolls-Royce design for the U.K.’s future polar research ship, which, when built, will be one of the most advanced scientific maritime vessels ever constructed. Rolls-Royce will also supply machinery and equipment for the vessel in a deal worth $43.6 million.


This Day In Naval History: May 9

USS Ashland (LSD 48) (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - While off the Isle of Pines (now named Isla de la Juventud) near the south coast of Cuba, the screw gunboat Wyandotte captures the slaver William, which carries 570 Africans. 1926 - Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their


IMO Workshop Addresses Antifouling Systems

Photo: IMO

Flag state and port state roles in ratifying, implementing and enforcing the convention prohibiting the use of harmful antifouling systems on ships (AFS Convention) are on the agenda at a regional workshop held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 10-11.  


Red Jet 6 Nearing Completion

Photo: Shemara Refit LLP

Red Jet 6, the new state-of-the-art 41 meter Hi-Speed catamaran currently under construction for ferry operator Red Funnel is rapidly nearing completion at Shemara Refit LLP’s yard in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Work on the craft is progressing well with another important milestone


Greek Frigate Finds Debris in Search for EgyptAir Plane

A Greek frigate searching for a missing Egyptair aircraft discovered two large plastic floating objects in a sea area 230 miles south of the island of Crete on Thursday, Greek defence sources said. The two objects appeared to be pieces of plastic in white and red






 
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