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SNA Meeting Offers China Navy Insights

Though China’s navy is generally a mystery to the west, and its build-up and intentions are often characterized as lacking transparency, a Chinese navy official insists that the country’s intentions are purely defense orientated. In translating an explanation from a superior officer, Liu Hongwei, Senior Captain, Naval Attache at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S., explained: We will not fire the first shot, but when fired upon, the aggressor will not fire a second shot. Liu Hongwei was the featured luncheon speaker at a Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) Greater Washington Chapter luncheon, held July 24, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Though not able to provide specific numbers regarding the Chinese navy fleet and newbuilding program, Liu Hongwei shared with attendees some insights as to the decision making structure and composition of Chinese naval forces. The Chinese Navy – established April 23, 1949 – power structure consists of four departments: Headquarters, Political, Logistical and Armament. Major decisions are made by committee rather than by a single person, according to Liu Hongwei, and both the Headquarter and Political leaders share equal power. The Chinese Navy consists of three fleets: the North Sea fleet; the East Sea fleet and the South Sea fleet, with each fleet services by two or three naval bases


Russian Navy Expansion Gathers Momentum

Borey-class submarine: Photo Russian Navy

The Russian Navy celebrates its professional holiday by putting two new submarines into service and expects a new warship in the fall and several additional ships for its Black Sea Fleet off the Crimean coast in the next three years, reports official news agency Ria Novosti. A multipurpose nuclear submarine Severodvinsk and a Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will be put into service, with more laid down in the series of the ships


Russian Shipyards Deliver Tugboat, Short-Sea Bulk Carrier

Neva Leader: Photo credit Nevsky Shipyard

The sixth short-sea multi-purpose bulk carrier for North-West Shipping Co., named 'Neva Leader' has been delivered by the Nevsky Shipyard, as part of a project by Marine Engineering Bureau-Design-SPb, JSC. The tugboat RB-401 was built by Pella Shipyard for port operations in Kalingra, and to support the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet. 1. The Neva Leader The shipbuilder explains that multi-purpose dry-cargo vessels of deadweight more than 7000 tons RSD49 project are the largest of the existing


10 Sevastapol Warships Stay Loyal to Ukraine

Ukraine warships in Sevastapol, Crimea: Photo CCL 3

Reuters –  Ukraine has said its navy's fleet of 10 warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol had not left the port and remained loyal to the government in Kiev. Earlier, Ukraine said it had withdrawn coastguard vessels from Sevastopol and another Crimean port and stationed them elsewhere. Background Russian forces have seized Crimea, an isolated peninsula, where Russia 's Black Sea Fleet also has its headquarters


Russian Fleet at Heart of Ukraine Crisis is Central to Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about Ukraine at a news conference on Tuesday. Credit Alexey Nikolsky/Presidential Press Service, (Reuters )

By Andrew Osborn, Reuters Gently bobbing up and down in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Sevastopol in Crimea, Russia's storied Black Sea Fleet has an air of decay about it. Paint peels from low-slung dockside buildings, a solitary submarine sits dolefully alongside a pontoon, and the fleet's boxy grey ships date back to the Soviet-era with many soon destined for the scrap heap. But appearances can be deceptive


Russian fleet at heart of Ukraine crisis

Many of fleet's ships are old, destined for scrap; Fleet is due to get new submarines, ships, aircraft. Ships used in Ukraine crisis, against Georgia, off Syria. By Andrew Osborn Gently bobbing up and down in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Sevastopol in Crimea, Russia's storied Black Sea Fleet has an air of decay about it. Paint peels from low-slung dockside buildings, a solitary submarine sits dolefully alongside a pontoon


DSV Chartered by N-SEA, Wide Range of IMR Devices Fitted

N-SEA charters  DP2 DSV 'Northern River' from Serco’s Marine Services for the 2013 season, equipped for its expansion in the subsea IMR market. N-SEA will install a compliment of ROV's onboard including a high powered WROV and 2 SubAtlantic Mohican Inspection class ROV’s and will also mobilise a full survey suite and a TUP Diving System to cover the multitude of operations throughout the coming season.


Profitable Short Sea Market Not Before 2020

The second Bloem Doze Nienhuis short sea study shows a cargo demand of around 1.8 billion tons between 2005 and 2012. In the same period the supply of the short sea fleet increases by 20%, from 38-47 million tons dwt. In 2005, the short sea industry witnessed a reasonable level of profitability. With an annual growth of demand by 4% and a stable fleet size, the market will reach a new balance only in 2020. The first Bloem Doze Nienhuis study signalled strongly volatile freight rates


Ukraine Withdraws Coastguards from Crimea, Navy Stays Local

Reuters - Ukraine said on Sunday its navy's fleet of 10 warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol had not left the port and remained loyal to the government in Kiev. Earlier, Ukraine said it had withdrawn coastguard vessels from Sevastopol and another Crimean port and stationed them elsewhere. Ukraine withdrew its coast guard vessels from two ports in Crimea and moved them to other Black Sea bases on Sunday, a sign that Russian forces were completing their seizure of the isolated Black Sea


MTN Extends Prestige Cruise SatCom Partnership

Cruise ships: Photo Regent Seven Seas

MTN Communications (MTN) says it has extended the companies' 12-year relationship and will be introducing new communications services to its three-ship Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet and five-ship Oceania Cruises operation. In addition, the contract extends to the much-anticipated Seven Seas Explorer, designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built, currently under construction and due to join the Regent Seven Seas fleet in summer 2016,


Regent Seven Seas Refurbs Three Ships

Seven Seas Navigator. Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 Top luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises says it's investing $125 million to renovate three of its ships.   Beginning with Seven Seas Navigator (built in 1999)  this spring, the public spaces and suites of the Regent fleet will be updated to match the style of the new


Europe-Africa Sailors of the Year

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Adm. Mark Ferguson and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNECNA) Fleet Master Chief Steven Giordano recognize CNE-CNA Shore Sailor of the Year, Legalman 1st Class Stephani Pavoni, CNE-CNA Junior Sailor of the Year, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Dawn Weston, and CNE-CNA Sea Sailor of the Year, Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas in a ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino, Jan. 29, 2016. Pavoni will advance to c

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson announced the 2015 CNE-CNA Shore Sailor, Sea Sailor and Junior Sailor of the Year in a ceremony held at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino, Jan 29, 2016. Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas, from Commander


Indian Navy Shows Off Strength

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on board the INS Sumitra. Photo: PIB

 India’s naval might was on full display off the coast of Visakhapatnam today (Saturday) as President Pranab Mukherjee reviewed the naval fleet.   Mukherjee, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar


Optimarin Breaks into the Fishing Market

Americas Finest (Image: Optimarin)

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has landed its first ever contract in the fishing segment. The Norwegian firm will now supply its soon to be USCG approved Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for the Skipsteknisk-designed America’s Finest


Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S


ESL Orders LNG-fueled Bulker following Transport Deal with SSAB

ESL Shipping’s fleet comprises 14 vessel units with a combined total tonnage of about 287,000 tons. Photo ESL Shipping

  ESL Shipping Ltd and the steel company SSAB have signed a long-term frame agreement covering SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transports within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea. The purpose of the agreement is to enable mutual


Chinese Navy Ramps up Drills in Disputed Sea

South China Sea disputes increasing demand for US security presence: Pentagon

 The Chinese navy has conducted live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea , reports Reuters.   China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters, through which more than US$5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam


NASSCO Launches ECO Class Tanker Independence

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO launched the first ship in a series of ECO Class tankers for the SEA-Vista fleet at a christening and launch ceremony at the company’s shipyard in San Diego on Saturday, December 12.   The ship, the Independence, is a 610-foot, 50


U.S. Navy Chief: South China Sea Arms Race could Develop

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law.


VLCC Earnings Set for Strong Growth

photo courtesy MSI

  MSI’s proprietary tanker market model predicts firm earnings scenario in first half of next year before weight of fleet growth starts to suppress rates London, December 15, 2015. The latest Tanker Freight Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International predicts further upside


China: South China Sea War Games Underway

China's military carried out war games in the disputed South China Sea this week, with warships, submarines and fighter jets simulating cruise missile strikes on ships, the official People's Liberation Army Daily said on Friday. China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters of the South


USS Ross Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct anti-submarine warfare training and advanced ship maneuvering during a passing exercise with ships from Romania and Turkey while operating in the Black Sea Dec. 15, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from Turkey and Romania Dec. 15, 2015. The PASSEX was conducted in order to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. and Black Sea naval forces.


Cruise Ship Breaks Record for Social Media at Sea

Norwegian Escape (Photo: EMC)

EMC and Norwegian Cruise Line break record for “social media usage at sea” during inaugural voyage of Norwegian Escape   Norwegian Escape, the newest and largest of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 14-vessel fleet, experienced a record-breaking social media milestone during its


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Found

Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871, including the George, Gayhead, and Concordia. This illustation originally ran in Harper’s Weekly in 1871. (Credit: Robert Schwemmer Maritime Library)

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions.   The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships


Shipping Unscathed as China Flights Raise South China Sea Tension

China's growing military presence in the South China Sea has drawn warnings from the United States that Beijing is seeking to exert control over one of the world's most important sea lanes, but so far the shipping industry seems less concerned.  






 
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