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Russian Sub Rescue Update: Too Little, Too Late?

Indecision from Russia regarding help from foreign nations in aiding efforts to rescue an estimated 118 sailors trapped in a Nuclear submarine lying on the bottom of the Barents Sea evaporated today, as Norway said that divers due to join a British bid to save 118 Russian sailors trapped in a submarine on the bed of the Barents Sea would arrive on Saturday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Thursday the situation around the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk was "next to catastrophic", but he hoped chances remained to save its 118 crew, Russian news agencies reported. "During the past night there were no changes for better or worse," Interfax news agency quoted Kasyanov as telling a government meeting. "We want to hope that there are chances to rescue the crew." The navy said the crew of the Kursk submarine, on the bottom of the Arctic Barents sea since the weekend, stopped tapping SOS signals on the hull on Tuesday. The Seaway Eagle, carrying 12-15 divers, was likely to arrive off north Russia at around midday on Saturday, roughly the same time as a separate supply vessel - the orange-painted supply vessel Normand Pioneer -- carrying a British mini-submarine which will be used to try to rescue the crew of the Kursk. "The divers should arrive at about the same time as the British on Saturday," Foreign Ministry spokesman Karsten Klepsvik said. The ministry had initially estimated the divers would arrive on Friday night.


Oil Prices Slip

According to reports, oil prices fell by three per cent Monday, slipping below $59 a barrel as traders looked ahead to U.S. supply data due out Wednesday that is expected to show rising inventories of crude. Doubts about OPEC's ability to implement a 1.2 million barrels a day production cut also weighed on prices. Last week, oil prices surged after the U.S. Energy Department data showed a large decline in crude-oil inventories


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 24

From the Navy News Service 1814 - British invasion of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Washington Navy Yard and ships burned to prevent capture by the British. 1912 - Launching of USS Jupiter (AC 3), first electrically-propelled Navy ship. 1942 - U.S. carrier aircraft begin two-day Battle of Eastern Solomons where a Japanese task force is defeated and one Japanese carrier sunk. Japanese recall expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.


'Little Ships' Sail To Denmark

A fleet of "Little Ships" left the famous white cliffs of Dover behind them and set off across the Channel on Friday to mark the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation of 340,000 Allied soldiers from France. The 58-strong flotilla had been due Thursday, but rough seas forced them to postpone 24 hours. Sixty years ago, a rag-tag British flotilla plucked 340,000 Allied soldiers from certain death or capture at Dunkirk. Dubbed the "great tide of small vessels" by British wartime leader Winston Churchill


This Day in Naval History – April 6

1776 - Sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and 7 other vessels 1862 - Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union Troops at Battle of Shiloh 1909 - Commander Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole 1917 - U.S. declares war on Germany 1945 - First heavy kamikaze attack on ships at Okinawa. 1961 - USS Lake Champlain brings oxygen to aid stricken passenger of British liner Queen of Bermuda.


This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 6

1776 - Sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and 7 other vessels   1862 - Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union Troops at Battle of Shiloh   1909 - Commander Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole   1917 - U.S. declares war on Germany   1945 - First heavy kamikaze attack on ships at Okinawa.   1961 - USS Lake Champlain brings oxygen to aid stricken passenger of British liner Queen of


This Day in Naval History – March 17

1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched 1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British 1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound sphere from Cape Canaveral 1959 - USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaces at North Pole (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – April 2

1781 - Frigate Alliance captures 2 British privateers, Mars and Minerva 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, VA 1898 - Adoption of U.S. Naval Academy coat of arms 1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship 1951 - First Navy use of jet aircraft as a bomber, launched from a carrier, USS Princeton. 1960 - USS Glacier begins 12 days of relief operations


This Day in Naval History – May 28

1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 - 1st of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test 1980 - 55 women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – Oct. 16

1885 - CAPT Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN, becomes Superintendent of the Naval War College 1891 - Baltimore Incident, Valparaiso, Chile. 1940 - 5th group of 10 destroyers from the Destroyers for Bases Deal turned over to British at Halifax, Canada. 1942 - Carrier aircraft from USS Hornet (CV-8) conduct attacks on Japanese troops on Guadalcanal. 1943 - Navy accepts its first helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4B (HNS-1) at Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Holland America Line Promotes Christine Thurlow

Christine Thurlow is now director of national accounts sales, North America

  Holland America Line has promoted Christine Thurlow to director of national accounts sales, North America, on the company’s National Accounts Sales team.   Thurlow will report to Charles J. Dunwoody, CTC, senior director, national accounts, North America


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 10

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 10 1813 - In Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, flying his "Don't give up the ship" flag, defeats British squadron and says: "We have met the enemy and they are ours..."


Centenary of RAN Submarine Loss Commemorated

Rabaul, PNG RAN ceremony

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) informs it has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the disappearance of its first submarine, 'HMAS AE1', with memorial services in Papua New Guinea and across Australia. In a ceremony held in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, close to where the ship was last seen


Submarine Loss Commemorated 100 Years On

Photo: Richard Cordell

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the disappearance of its first submarine, HMAS AE1, with memorial services in Papua New Guinea and across Australia. In a ceremony held in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, close to where the ship was last seen, Navy members


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 24

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 24 1813- Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia. 1944 - Following 43 days of naval gunfire and air bombardment, Naval Task Force lands Marines on Tinian.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 25

USS Harmon (DE-72). U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives and Records Administration

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 25 1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Maine 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C. 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy


Redwood City Sees Cargo Movement Boost

CSL Tacoma (Photo courtesy of the Port of Redwood City)

Port of Redwood City reports 19% increase in cargo movement; highest since 2006 and third highest in modern history Reflecting a significant increase in construction in the Bay Area and the high quality of building materials from British Columbia


Greek Warship Evacuates Libya Personnel

Greek Frigate Salamis: Photo CCL

Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early on Friday with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its defence ministry said. Athens had sent a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its


Today in U.S Naval History: August 4

Today in U.S Naval History - August 4 1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara 1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon 1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands


Royal Navy Evacuates Britons from Libya

HMS Enterprise helps evacuate British citizens from Libya (U.K. Royal Navy photo)

A Royal Navy patrol ship is helping to bring home British citizens after an upturn in unrest in Libya. HMS Enterprise, which has been on operations in the Mediterranean, arrived at the capital Tripoli yesterday where there has been increased instability and fighting.


Australia's NWS awards LNG Cargoes to Shell, Statoil

Australia's North West Shelf liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project awarded at least one cargo each to Shell and Norway's Statoil following a tender, sources with knowledge of the matter said. The sell tender for four cargoes loading in October and November was launched last week


Babcock Wins Small Boat Fleet Support Contract

Babcock has begun work under the recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police,. Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 13

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 13 1777 - American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, CT. 1846 - Joint expedition led by CDR Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, CA 1870 - Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S


Vancouver Shipyards Begins Building New Cable Ferry

(left to right) Vancouver Shipyard’s Chester Saret - Burning Area Chargehand, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, and Mike Corrigan – President & CEO, BC Ferries, oversee the first cut of steel on the new BCFS Cable Ferry.

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) announced today it has officially started construction on a new Cable Ferry for BC Ferries. The 78.5 meter ferry, slated for delivery in Spring 2015, will accommodate up to 50 vehicles and 150 passengers


Optimarin Opens Up New BWT Market

Photo: Optimarin

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has announced that it has received full EX approval for a modified version of its market proven Optimarin Ballast System (OBS). The approval means the Norwegian firm can now target the chemical tanker segment






 
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