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Submarines As Ore Carriers?

Russia'sNorilsk Nickel - a big metal producer -- has finished a feasibility study of a project to use nuclear submarines for ore shipments, which once started will cost $80 million, Norilsk's chairman said. "The feasibility study has been prepared and now the board of directors has to approve spending of up to $80 million for its implementation," Yuri Kotlyar said. "But even then the decommissioning of the submarines should be sanctioned by the state." Kotlyar said the company could use two Typhoon class submarines to carry cargoes between the Arctic ports of Murmansk and Dudinka, where Norilsk units are situated. The 30,000-ton Typhoon is Russia's largest submarine, which can carry up to 20 nuclear missiles. But defense experts say that due to cash shortages not all of Russia's Typhoons carry them. In February Kotlyar said that Norilsk has instructed its research institute, Gipronikel, to prepare a feasibility study on using submarines for cargo transports due to rising freight costs of nuclear icebreakers. Norilsk has to resort to expensive nuclear-powered icebreakers to guarantee shipments of ores and concentrates between its units.

Philippine Prepares for Typhoon Koppu

Typhoon Koppu Courtesy Weather Underground

  Philippine authorities cancelled flights and urged residents and tourists to move to safer ground on Saturday as a powerful typhoon approached northeastern parts of the main island of Luzon. With winds of up to 160 kph (99 mph), typhoon Koppu is about 300 km (185 miles) east of Baler in Aurora province, moving west and due to make landfall in the next 12 to 18 hours. Disaster agency officials said about 300 hundred people living in vulnerable coastal or low-lying areas had

South China Sea Typhoon: 74 Chinese Fishermen Missing

Search is ongoing in the South China Sea amid strong gales for 74 crew missing after three fishing boats sank in Typhoon 'Wutip'. The three boats, all from south China's Guangdong Province with 88 fishermen aboard, were lost on Sunday afternoon near Shanhu Island of the Xisha Islands, about 330 km from China's island province of Hainan, sources with the Hainan maritime search and rescue center informed Xinhua. Of these, 14 survivors had been rescued.

Maritime Industry Responds to Typhoon in the Philippines

Shipowner groups, unions and welfare organizations are pulling together in response to the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.   One of the main concerns is for Filipino seafarers, who represent more than 20% of the world's seafarers, to be able to contact their families and loved ones back home. Already, the Mission to Seafarers and Sailors Society are providing free phone cards, sims and wifi to Filipino seafarers who visit their centers all over the world

Philippine Typhoon Leaves Chaos in its Wake

A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and shut down the capital, cutting power and prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370,000 people, rescue officials said on Wednesday. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, passed to the south of Manila on Wednesday after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, toppling trees and power lines and causing electrocutions and widespread blackouts.

This Day in Naval History - June 05

1794 - First officers of the U.S. Navy under the Constitution are appointed. The first six captains appointed to superintend the construction of new ships were John Barry, Samuel Nicholson, Silas Talbot, Joshua Barney, Richard Dale, and Thomas Truxtun. 1917 - First military unit sent to France, First Naval Aeronautical Detachment, reaches aboard USS Jupiter (AC 3). 1945 - Typhoon off damages many U.S. Navy ships.

This Day in Navy History

September 19 1915 - SECNAV Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resources of U.S. for national defense. 1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of 2 miles 1992 - Joint Task Force Marianas stands down after providing assistance to Guam after Typhoon Omar September 20 1911 - Navigational instruments first requested for naval aircraft.

This Day in Naval History - Nov. 18

From the Navy News Service 1890 - USS Maine, the first American battleship, is launched. 1922 - Cdmr. Kenneth Whiting in a PT seaplane, makes first catapult launching from aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV 1), at anchor in the York River. 1962 - USS Currituck (AV 7) rescues 13 Japanese fishermen from their disabled fishing boat Seiyu Maru, which was damaged in Typhoon Karen.

This Day in Naval History - Nov. 18

1890 - USS Maine, first American battleship, is launched. 1922 - CDR Kenneth Whiting in a PT seaplane, makes first catapult launching from aircraft carrier, USS Langley, at anchor in the York River. 1962 - USS Currituck (AV-7) rescues 13 Japanese fishermen from their disabled fishing boat Seiyu Maru, which was damaged in Typhoon Karen. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – Nov. 24

1852 - Commodore Matthew Perry sails from Norfolk, VA, to negotiate a treaty with Japan for friendship and commerce. 1964 - USS Princeton (LPH-5) completes 7-days of humanitarian relief to South Vietnam which suffered damage from typhoon and floods. 1969 - HS-4 from USS Hornet (CVS-12) recovers Apollo 12's all-Navy crew of astronauts, Commanders Richard Gordon, Charles Conrad, and Alan Bean, after moon landing by Conrad and Bean.

Royal HaskoningDHV Opens Office in Ho Chi Minh City

Royal HaskoningDHV celebrates its news office in Ho Chi Minh City and 30 years of operations in Vietnam. Courtesy Royal HaskoningDHV

  International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has celebrated the opening of its new office in Vietnam in a ceremony which also marked 30 years of operations in the country. The event was attended by Mr Simon van der Burg

Snow storms, Earthquakes - Scientists to Predict

Photo Press office of the governor YaNAO

  Russian scientists have demonstrated the ability to predict earthquakes, typhoons and snowstorms on the changes of the atmosphere. "These experiments allow satellite data on the state of the atmosphere to detect the earliest stages of seismic processes which result in a strong

Dutch Experts Starts Work on Philippines Coastal Protection Strategy

Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan.

  International engineering and project management consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV is leading a multi-disciplinary team in developing a sustainable coastal protection strategy to reduce flood risks for the cities of Tacloban and adjacent Palo in the Philippines.  

Hurricane Patricia Threatens Mexico

Photo: NOAA

Hurricane Patricia strengthened into one of the most powerful storms in history on Friday as it barreled toward Mexico's Pacific Coast, forcing resort hotels to evacuate tourists and residents to stockpile supplies. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 storm was the strongest

Storm Weakens after Ravaging Philippines

A typhoon swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. Officials fear the death toll may rise after Typhoon Koppu tore through

Boat capsizes in Philippines, 7 dead

Image: The Philippine Coast Guard

 A pump boat carrying about 36 passengers  and five crew memberscapsized in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait  in central Philippines at around 4 p.m. on Sunday (October 18).   According to the Philippine Coast Guard-Iloilo (PCG), the passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsized

Choi-Wan to hit SE Japan

Tropical Storm Choi-wan Courtesy NASA

  Tropical Storm Choi-Wan, located near 21N/158E yesterday (4 October), is forecast to move WNW-NNW over the next days and intensify to a very large typhoon. A large area of HIGH to VERY HIGH sea, significant 7-14 meters, will affect the waters southeast of Japan from 7 October and spread

MH370 Search Discussed at EAS Seminar

Lesson Learned from MH 370

  Lessons learned from recent international search and rescue operations, including the ongoing search for MH370, were discussed during an East Asia Summit (EAS) seminar in Sydney this week.   Co-chaired by Australia and Thailand

Examining the Fate of Fukushima Contaminants

Researchers deployed time-series sediment traps 115 kilometers southeast of the nuclear power plant at depths of 500 meters and 1,000 meters. The two traps began collecting samples on July 19, 2011—130 days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami—and were recovered and reset annually. (Makio Honda, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

A fraction of buried, ocean sediment uncovered by typhoons, carried offshore by currents   An international research team reports results of a three-year study of sediment samples collected offshore from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in a new paper published August 18, 2015

31st MEU Provide Disaster Relief in Saipan

Sailors guide a crane on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) during disaster relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor made landfall.

  The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Saipan on Aug. 8 and is providing disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor. When the ship was tasked to go to Saipan earlier in the week

Powerful storm hits Taiwan, six dead

Typhoon Soudelor  photo

  A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan on Saturday with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to six. Four people were missing and 101 were injured, authorities said. Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled and more than 9

USS Ashland to the Rescue of Typhoon Soudelor Victims

A generator, forklift, and other heavy equipment is secured aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) at U.S. Naval Base Guam.

  Through the coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) will depart Guam and arrive in Saipan Aug. 8 to provide relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor, which devastated the island Aug. 2-3.

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

Russia Suspends Kozmino Oil Exports as Typhoon Approaches

Russia has suspended oil exports from the Pacific port of Kozmino on Sunday due to approaching typhoon, Interfax news agency cited a spokesman for oil pipeline monopoly Transneft as saying on Monday. It is expected that the wind will weaken by Monday evening and loadings could resume

Typhoon Glances off E. China Coast

Typhoon hits China

  China's eastern coast took less of a battering than feared after Super Typhoon Chan-hom changed course and lost much of its strength shortly after making landfall near Shanghai late on Saturday. Chan-hom, which Chinese government meteorologists feared would be the powerful typhoon to

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