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Distressed British Royal Air Force Rowers Landed

Final day of row: Photo credit USCG

Four members of the British Royal Air Force were rescued by the crew of the bulk carrier 'Hedvig Bulker' and are now back on dry land after a treacherous 51 day, trans-Atlantic attempt from Spain to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, informs the US Coast Guard. Rescued were the Atlantic Forces rowing team: Jane McIntosh, Warren Burns, Howard Raw and Elizabeth Beauchamp. The team had a broken rudder on day 46 and after exhausting all efforts to fix it in heavy seas, running low on food and water, and near to losing all electronics, they used the little electricity they had left to call for help on their satellite phone. Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Falmouth, England, contacted the U.S. Coast Guard's Atlantic Area Rescue Coordination Center requesting assistance Jan. 23, 2014, stating they were disabled after their rudder broke 1,560 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard watchstanders in Puerto Rico used the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System to contact the nearest Amver participating ship. The Hedvig Bulker responded to the Coast Guard's request approximately 69 miles from the row boat's position and diverted to assist. Once on scene the master of the 574-foot ship reported, "harsh sea conditions are preventing us from getting alongside the row boat


Port of London to Unveil £7m Vessel at Seawork

    The London Titan in build at Manor Marine (Photo courtesy of Seawork International)

  London Titan, the Port of London's new £6.97million ($10.5 million) 36-meter mooring maintenance vessel, will be officially unveiled at the opening day of the Seawork International exhibition and conference in June, the event's organizers announced today.   Following its launch last month, fitting out and sea trials, London Titan is likely to be seen by upwards of 7,500 visitors at the event, which is held June 16-18 in Southampton


RUMBA Sails with 'Spirit of Malabo' Onboard

Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation Puts Rower Back On Course

  A container carrying the twenty-four foot Brazilian built ocean rowboat, Spirit of Malabo, left the Port of Cap Haitian on Saturday en-route to Port Everglades Terminals (PET) in Florida aboard Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation vessel RUMBA. The oarsman, Victor Mooney of Queens, New York who successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean last year from the Canary Islands to Saint Martin, French West Indies in one-hundred and twenty-nine days


‘Row around Singapore Island’ Takes off today

A group of 40 enthusiasts from the maritime and insurance community in Singapore have come together, to undertake a 24 hour endurance sea challenge

   The epic endurance challenge that will see 32 volunteers rowing 140km non-stop around Singapore is starting in less than 24 hours. The project has raised a staggering $450,000 with more donations flooding in daily for global maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers.   In Singapore’s 50th Golden Anniversary year, the project proudly carries the SG50 logo of support along with official endorsement by President Tony Tan Keng Yam of the Republic of Singapore and Mission


Cruise Ship Readiness Tested in San Diego

An exercise testing how security agencies would respond to a terrorist attack on a cruise ship was conducted in San Diego, Calif. on July 26. The San Diego exercise, dubbed Bay Shield, simulated an attack on a cruise ship in San Diego bay by terrorists aboard a bomb-laden suicide boat. More than 30 local, regional and federal agencies participated in the day-long drill to test how they would respond to an actual terrorist attack


SatPhone Saves Typhoon Victim

A solo rower saved from the Pacific Ocean by Inmarsat's satellite phone, IsatPhone Pro, after his boat was severely damaged during a tropical typhoon Charlie Martell used the phone to contact Falmouth Coastguard in the UK to summon help after his boat capsized several times when it was hit by winds of up to 50 knots and waves of more than 50ft (15.25m). The double Guinness World Record holder was attempting to set three new world records and raise money for charity in a 4,500 mile (7


London Fundraiser Row to Benefit Malawi Clinic-Ship Project

Chauncy Maples: Photo credit the Trust

The 'Big Row' is raising funds for the restoration of Africa's oldest motor ship, 'MV Chauncy Maples', as a clinic-ship able to get to villages on Lake Malawi where there are currently no roads and access to health services. The qualified team will deliver primary health services such as prevention and treatment for bilharzia, malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS; child immunisation; reproductive health care and nutritional programmes.


Rotterdam Most Important Port for Austria

In 2002 Rotterdam was Austria's most important port for the fifth time in a row, with a throughput of 3.5 million tons. This was 9.6% more as compared to 2001. The marketshare rose slightly to 35.6%. The port of Koper (Slovenia) was second again with 2.3 million tons. Austrian imports via Rotterdam rose 12%, to 2.9 million tons. Exports declined slightly, with 1% to 623,000 tons. Source: Rotterdam Briefs


China apprehending boats weekly in disputed S.China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday.   In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully negotiate with vessels that initially ignored warnings to leave Chinese waters


The Chairman's Influence on Design

One of the most enduring business relationships has been reinforced by the Evergreen Group's decision to entrust construction of an extensive new series of post-Panamax containerships to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The project is distinguished not only by its scale, in calling for 10 S-class newbuilds of 6,724-TEU to be delivered between September 2005 and the end of 2007, but also by the adoption of the 'Greenship' design concept proposed by Evergreen chairman Dr. Chang Yung-Fa


Grounding Kills 1, Injures 2 in Charleston Harbor

One person was killed and two people were injured when a boat ran aground on Shutes Folly off Charleston, South Carolina, late Thursday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   One man was killed after being ejected from the vessel.  Two female passengers were treated for injuries and


Hanjin’s Subic Shipyard Wins Bid for Six Boxship

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s (HHIC) Philippines-based Subic Shipyard Courtesy HHIC

  HANJIN Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil’s Subic Shipyard hit the jackpot bids. On April 20, the company said that it signed a deal to build six 11,000-TEU containerships for European and Asian shipping companies.


700+ Migrants Killed in Shipwreck 'the Worst Mediterranean Massacre'

Italian maritime forces carry out rescue operations of migrants in distress on the Mediterranean. File Photo: International Organization for Migration ( IOM )

 More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned 'like rats in cages' on a smuggler boat because they were locked in the hold when it capsized off the Libyan  and sank in the Mediterranean sea.   The African migrants, who are thought to have included women and children


Italian Navy Takes Back Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya

The Italian navy took back control on Friday of a Sicilian fishing boat that had been seized overnight by unknown assailants near the Libyan coast, the defence ministry said. The stretch of Mediterranean Sea has grown increasingly chaotic in recent years as hundreds of thousands of people risk


Patrol Boat Rio Belelle Launched

Photo courtesy of Gondan Shipyard

The first of the two Patrol Boats built for the Spanish Guardia Civil was launched at Gondan Shipyard’s facilities in Ribadeo. The contract was signed last summer. With an overall length of 20.5 m and a beam of 5.0 m, these boats have been built in Aluminum and Fiber (GRP) in


IOM Reports 41 Drowned Migrants in Mediterranean

Forty-one boat migrants reported drowned in Mediterranean - IOM   Forty-one people have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy by boat from Libya, four survivors said when they arrived at the Sicilian port of Trapani, according to the International Organisation for Migration


Mission ‘Row Around Singapore Island’ 2015

Only 7 days to go to the big Singapore charity row

  With only 7 days to go to the big Singapore charity row, Row Around Singapore Island (RASI) the intrepid volunteer rowers from the maritime community of Singapore have been undertaking their final practice weekend at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club.


Panic on Migrant Boat Kills Hundreds

Hundreds of people desperate to be rescued from a packed migrant boat in the Mediterranean pushed to one side when they saw a ship approach, capsizing the craft and pitching everyone into the sea where hundreds died, an official said on Wednesday.  


Container Rates Fall on Declining Chinese Exports

bimco containership.jpg

Since February, freight rates on the three key container shipping lanes has left the erratic up and down movements behind only to slide week after week. On Friday April 10, 2015 the freight rate including ocean freight and surcharges, i.e


Fleet Pays High Price for Thick Lakes Ice

Image: LCA

Cargo movement in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) in March fell to its lowest level since 2009., the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Shipments totaled only 825,000 tons, a decrease of more than 60 percent compared to the month’s five-year average


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Station Mensemsha Boathouse

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  The U.S. Coast Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Coast Guard Station Menemsha to mark the opening of a new boathouse on Martha’s Vineyard in Chilmark, Massachusetts. The event unveils the new building after the old boathouse burned down on July 12, 2010


China Justifies Reclamation of Islands in South China Sea

Map source: UNCLOS, CIA

 China has justified its reclamation work on some disputed islands in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defense and to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.   


Two New Patrol Boats for Tunisian Navy

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International informs it has recently completed an order for two SAFE 65-Foot Full Cabin Inboard Boats for the Tunisian Navy.   The first boat has recently arrived in Tunisia and the second boat is in the process of being delivered, the builder said.   


China, Vietnam to Look Beyond Sea Disputes

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo Credit: China.org.cn

 Vietnamese Communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to make joint efforts to manage the South China Sea row.   Both countries agreed to friendly negotiations, and the possibility of joint development projects to settle their differences over the


Willard to Build Riverine Boats for Nepal Army

Photo: Willard Marine

  Willard Marine, Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply the Nepal Army with two newly designed aluminum riverine boats.   Under the contract, issued by the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office, Willard Marine is producing two 31






 
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