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MarAd Seeks to Designate Ships for Relief

According to reports, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) is seeking to designate one or more vessels as relief ships for rescue operations during disasters. Speaking on the sidelines of the API Tanker Conference 2006, Varshney said that MarAd and the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) should collaborate to make this idea materialize. This was suggested in the aftermath of the hurricane season in the U.S. Gulf Coast last year, which raised several questions about contingency plans for disasters and logistics problems. Source: Reuters


Navy Honored by Mississippi Legislature for Katrina Work

The Mississippi state legislature has honored Mississippi Gulf Coast-based Navy commands for their service to their communities in the Hurricane Katrina evacuation and relief effort. State Sen. Scottie Cuevas of Pass Christian, Miss., presented the concurrent resolution April 25 to Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. McGee’s command is based at Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast


Norfolk Ships Deploy to Support Relief Efforts

Three amphibious ships and a rescue and salvage ship based in Hampton Roads are getting underway Aug. 31 and heading for the Gulf of Mexico to support relief operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast following widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport (LPD 12), both based at Naval Station Norfolk; the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the rescue and salvage ship USS


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


USS Ashland Loads Supplies for Haiti

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Feb. 1-2 to on load food, water and supplies for the Haiti relief effort. Ashland took on more than 200 pallets of supplies, including more than 35 cases of bottled water, approximately 10,000 meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), baby food, baby diapers, mail for service members in Haiti and essential maintenance parts for U.S. ships providing the relief efforts in the area.


USNS Comfort Completes Haiti Mission

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has completed its mission departed the Joint Task Force-Haiti area of operations. Over the course of seven weeks, the ship's U.S military and civilian medical personnel treated 871 patients, receiving at the height of the recovery effort one patient every six to nine minutes. But now, thanks to more field hospitals ashore and fewer patients in need of specialized care, the ship has not had patients on board for more than a week.


MOL Helps Typhoon Victims in Luzon

Photo courtesy Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. President Akimitsu Ashida announced a donation of $40,000 to relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana that struck the Philippines at the end of September. The company expressed its heartfelt sympathy for the disaster victims, and said it hopes they can return to normal life as soon as possible. MOL is making the donation through Manila-based Magsaysay-Mitsui O.S.K. Marine, Inc., which provides recruitment and training of seafarers


Satcom for Tsunami Relief Through IMO

IMO's efforts to assist in the wider United Nations campaign to bring relief and reconstruction to the regions devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami received a major boost today (10 January 2005) when the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) announced that, in co-operation with Inmarsat, it will make available up to 1000 digital land-mobile satellite communication terminals, free of charge, to the Secretary-General of IMO


Crowley Aid with Relief Efforts

Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group partnered with the American Red Cross last week to donate ocean transportation services for five container loads of disaster supplies to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. As three islands that have certainly seen their share of Atlantic hurricanes, they were earmarked by the Red Cross to receive disaster relief items ahead of any storms or other natural disasters that might come their way.


Tax Relief for Indian Seafarers

NUSI presents Cheque for the Relief of flood affected brothers and sisters in Jammu & Kashmir

  Indian seafarers serving on Indian flagged vessel are forced to pay income tax if their vessel touches two Indian ports during a voyage whereas Indians serving on foreign flag vessels were exempted from paying such a tax. This had cast a burden not only on the seafarers but Indian shipping companies which, as a result, have been seeing flight of good talent to foreign shipping companies. The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been consistently persuing the matter with the


Landing Craft Gifted to Philippines by Oz

Australia gifts landing craft Photo by Royal Australian Navy

  Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of


Container Equipment Leasing Rates Hit Record Lows

Development of per diem rental rates and ex-factory prices for newbuild 20ft standard container placed on long-term operating lease (LTL), 2004-16 (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Container equipment rental rates came under renewed pressure in 2014 and by mid-2015 new dry freight pricing was at a 10-year low, while lease rates had fallen to an all-time low, according to the latest edition of the Container Leasing report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry


Indian Naval Chief to Visit Singapore, Thailand

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan. Photo: PIB

 With an effort to consolidate the Navy-to-Navy cooperation and to strengthen the relationship in tune with India’s Act East policy, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral RK Dhowan will be going on a five-day tour to Singapore and Thailand. 


EU Extends Suspension of Iran Sanctions

The European Union extended on Tuesday a suspension of sanctions on Iran for six months following a nuclear deal between the Middle East country and six major world powers.   In a statement the EU said it had "prolonged until January 14 2016 the suspension of EU restrictive


Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race's In-port Series

June 27, 2015. The final day of the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during the prize giving following the Inmarsat In-Port Race in Gothenburg. Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), despite pulling into the port of Gothenburg, Sweden, in fifth place on Monday.     The Emirates team, skippered by Walker, triumphed in the nine-month triennial race after finishing fifth in the ninth leg from Lorient to


Tobruk Sails Home for the Last Time

HMAS Tobruk sails into Sydney Harbour for the final time

  HMAS Tobruk (II) sailed through Sydney Heads back to her home port at Garden Island for the last time today.  The amphibious heavy lift is scheduled to decommission on Friday 31 July, after 34 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.  


China Shares Details on S.China Sea Facilities

The Chinese government on Wednesday rolled out more details of the building work it is undertaking in the disputed South China Sea, listing lighthouses, communications stations and other facilities for civilian and emergency use.   China stepped up its creation of artificial islands last


NASSCO Delivers USNS Lewis B. Puller

NASSCO Program Manager William McKay and Area Manager Aaron Rockwell present the ships captain, Jonathan Olmsted, with a photo of the MLP 3 AFSB, USNS Lewis B. Puller. (Photo: NASSCO)

Shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) on Friday, June 12.   The ship is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller


Thailand: 300 "boat people" Landed in Recent Weeks

Around 300 "boat people" have landed on Thailand's shores in recent weeks, Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the information department at Thailand's Foreign Ministry, said on Friday. That was in addition to around a further 300 people who were already being held in temporary


Yemen-bound Aid Ship Docks in Djibouti

Iran- Shahed cargo ship. Photo: Islamic Republic News Agency

 An Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid for war-ravaged Yemenis has arrived in Djibouti. It will be inspected by the United Nations so its cargo can be shipped to conflict-torn Yemen.   It now remains to be seen whether the ship will be boarded and inspected before continuing


India-ASEAN Naval Cooperation On

INS SARYU Joins Indian Navy Fleet. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy's indigenous offshore patrol vessel, INS Saryu, will participate in a week-long ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx).   According to an official statement, the vessel is commanded by Cdr Sreekumar Pillai and operates under the Andaman and Nicobar


Austal Launches USNS Brunswick

USNS Brunswick

  Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S


Iran Complains of Foiled Yemen Aid as Ship Standoff Looms

Iran complained to the United Nations Security Council of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's forces hindering its attempts to send aid to Yemen as a standoff loomed on Wednesday over an Iranian cargo ship bound for the Arabian Peninsula under military escort.  


Trinidad and Tobago Orders 12 Coastal Patrol Craft

Back: Rose Damen, Damen Sales Manager; Major General Kenrick Maharaj, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff; Brigadier General Carl Alfonso, Minister of National Security; Captain Hayden Pritchard, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Commanding Officer; Marcia Hope, Ministry of National Security Director Corporate Communications Unit. Sitting: Sander van Oord, Damen Sales Director Americas; PS Carl A. Francis, Ministry of National Security Permanent Secretary (Photo: Damen)

Following a four-year acquisition program, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to purchase 12 vessels for the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force from Damen Shipyards, the shipbuilder announced today.   The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of National Security


US Calls on Iran to Redirect Yemen-bound Cargo Ship

The United States called on Iran on Tuesday to send humanitarian relief for Yemen to a U.N. distribution center in Djibouti and criticized plans, reported by Iranian state media, for Iranian warships to escort a cargo vessel directly to Yemen.  






 
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