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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.


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.


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 - 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.


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


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.


This Day in Naval History - June 05

From the Navy News Service:   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 France aboard USS Jupiter (AC 3). 1945 - Typhoon off Okinawa damages many U.S. Navy ships.  


Chinese Lone Yachtsman Inmarset-sponsored

Yacht Qingdao: Photo credit Gua Chuan Sailing

Chinese single-handed sailor Guo Chuan starts 2013 tackling strong winds & towering waves of the Southern Ocean’s Roaring Forties. The Chinese yachtsman is attempting to set a new world record for solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. No sailor has ever attempted this in a boat as small as his 40-foot (12-metre) vessel Qingdao. Guo cast off from Qingdao in Shandong province, eastern China, in November on the 21,600-nautical-mile journey


New Research Will Aid Naval Planners

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) announced Jan. 30 a grant to the University of Melbourne that will provide new insights into ocean conditions-crucial information for Navy planners involved in tactical and strategic decision-making.


Navy's Efforts Focus on A-P Region & Arabian Gulf Says CNO

ADM Greenert at the Hearing: USN Photo

By operating from forward locations, the Navy and Marine Corps provide President Barack Obama with options to deal promptly with global contingencies, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations (CNO) explained during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee's defense


Agreement Reached on Hong Kong Pellet Spill

A volunteer collects plastic pellets washed up on a bank of Lamma Island during a cleanup operation in Hong Kong (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Regarding the massive spill of polypropylene plastic pellets into the Hong Kong waters from a cargo ship during typhoon Vicente in July 2012, and following active negotiations amongst the parties concerned, a Hong Kong Marine Department spokesperson said a settlement agreement was reached for a


Yacht Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines

Approximately 34 yachts are expected to participate in a race from Hong Kong to the Philippines will take place from April 16-21, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The race will commence on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:20 p.m. off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter


Shell Donates Toward Philippine Typhoon Re-building Program

Royal Dutch Shell plc is donating US$2.5 million, in response to the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines. The donation from the Shell Group will be used for rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in the areas badly hit by typhoon Haiyan


USS George Washington Replaced in Philippine Relief Effort

USS Germantown: Photo USN

Dock landing ships 'USS Ashland' (LSD-48) and 'USS Germantown' (LSD-42) have replaced aircraft carrier 'USS George Washington', in the concerted efforts to extend relief efforts to typhoon victims in the Visayas region of the Philippines.
 Ashland and Germantown have aboard a combined total of


Australian Warship Arrives to Support Philippine Recovery

HMAS Tobruk: Photo courtesy of RAN

'HMAS Tobruk' has arrived to commence recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The warship sailed from Townsville with a Recovery Support Force onboard


ITF Seafarers’ Trust Grants Aid Filipino Mariners

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust, the charity arm of the International Transport Workers” Federation, has authorized two grants totalling GBP100,000 to aid Filipino seafarers and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The grants, for GBP50


Intelsat Contributes Communications Infrastructure for Relief Efforts

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Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services, has provided an update on its satellite capacity and other critical connectivities being used in a number of restoration initiatives in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Immediately after the disaster occurred


Marine Site Investigation at Typhoon Shelter

For approximately eight weeks, marine site investigation works involving sediment sampling will be carried out within the New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to (D) and the adjacent breakwater and


Crowley’s Miami-base Logistics Team Came up With the Goods for Philippines

Miami team: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

As one of the warehouse and logistics facilities contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Administration (USAID) to provide pre- and post-disaster relief commodity storage services for the United States, Crowley Maritime Corporation's Miami-based logistics team rapidly deployed emergency


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 18

USS Wasp (CVS-18. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 18 1902 - Admiral of the Navy George Dewey receives orders to send his battleship to Trinidad and then to Venezuela to make sure that Great Britain's and Germany's dispute with Venezuela was settled by peaceful arbitration not force.


Intermanager President: New Year Message

InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo

The shipping industry has shown great resilience in battling through the recent economic downturn, according to InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo. But he urged caution following a recent jump in new build tanker orders, stating: “We live in interesting and challenging times”.


Life at Sea in Container Ships Extraordinay Says New Book

Cover of the book: Image courtesy of Amazon

Author Horatio Clare joined two container ships for voyages that led to the recent publication of his book 'Down To The Sea In Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men', available from Amazon for Kindle, or as a hardback. Amazon introduce the book as follows:


MOL's Top News Highlights 2013

Cracked containership MOL Comfort (Photo courtesy of PTI )

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has announced the company’s top news stories for 2013 as follows: ■ Business Structural Reforms (BSR) executed (January – March); Single-year management plan “RISE 2013” started (April)


 
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