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AMVER Merchant Ship Rescues Senegal Sailors Off Cape Cod

Fourteen Senegal nationals arrived in Brooklyn today aboard a merchant ship after being plucked from their 60-foot catamaran about 800 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., Saturday afternoon. All 14 rescued, reportedly in good physical condition, were placed in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Center received a distress report and diverted the "AMVER"-participating merchant ship OOCL Melbourne to render assistance. The merchant ship OOCL Melbourne was transiting from Barcelona, Spain to Brooklyn. A joint-agency boarding team of Coast Guard Sector New York and Customs and Border Protection officers met the merchant ship OOCL Melbourne at Ambrose Light Anchorage, about 12 miles outside the Port of New York and New Jersey. The boarding team remained on board until the ship moored at the Red Hook shipping terminal in Brooklyn. The Crew and Master of merchant ship were commended by the Coast Guard for their seamanship and professionalism in going out of their way to come to the "rescue" of 14 on the catamaran, and for their voluntary support of AMVER / rescue at sea program. They maneuvered their 770 foot merchant ship alongside the distressed catamaran to remove the 14 sailors in the middle of the North Atlantic during January weather and sea conditions.


Danish Navy Foils Pirate Attack off Somali Coast

According to a report from AFP, a helicopter from a Danish warship under NATO operational control foiled a pirate attack August 28 on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. The Danish ship Esbern Snare launched a helicopter in response to a call for help from a merchant vessel, the Danish Navy told AFP. According to the report, a statement from NATO's maritime command said the attacked merchant ship was the Panamanian flagged MV Caribbean Carrier.


Maritime Security: More Work to be Done

Global maritime anti-terror laws introduced last year have broadly enhanced sea security, but many challenges lie ahead, a principal architect of the measures said in an interview, according to a Reuters report posted on www.btimes.com. James F. Wall, until 2004 chair of the UN International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) security arm responsible for drawing up the law, said merchant ships were generally more secure than the ports which still need more security.


GSM Design Group acquires FORAN V60

The Polish firm GSM Design Group has signed an agreement with Sener to use the FORAN System. GSM personnel have already received on site training in the FORAN Structure discipline, given by the Polish engineering company, StoGda, Sener’s representative in Poland. GSM is an engineering group established in 1999, whose main activity is offering services to shipyards and maritime engineering departments. The company carries out projects both for large passenger and merchant ships and for


This Day in Naval History - March 13

From the Navy News Service: 1895 - The first submarine building contract is awarded to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co. 1917 - Armed merchant ships are authorized to take action against U-boats. 1959 - The Naval Research Laboratory takes the first ultraviolet pictures of the sun. 1963 - USS Albany (CG 10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron 4 from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, aid five ill crew members of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.  


Shippers Urge EU to Act in Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

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Thousands of lives will be lost in the Mediterranean unless EU governments take urgent action, say shipowner groups and seafarer unions   European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.    Since 2014, thousands of people have been attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe


This Day in Naval History - May 12

By Navy News Service 1780 - Fall of Charleston, SC; three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) sunk to prevent capture. 1846 - U.S. declares war against Mexico. 1975 - SS Mayaguez seized by Khmer Rouge and escorted to Koh Tang Island. 1986 - Destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971) deters an Iranian Navy attempt to board a U.S. merchant ship.


This Day in Naval History – October 19

1843 - CAPT Robert Stockton in Princeton, the first screw propelled naval steamer, challenges British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily 1915 - Establishment of Submarine Base at New London, Connecticut. 1944 - Secretary of Navy orders African American women accepted into Naval Reserve. 1987 - Destruction of an Iranian oil-drilling platform used for military purposes.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 13

Rough sketch of USS Holland (SS-1) which became the U.S. Navys first modern commissioned submarine (U.S. Navy image)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 13 1895 - Award of first submarine building contract to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co. 1917 - Armed merchant ships authorized to take action against U-boats. 1959 - Naval Research Laboratory takes first ultraviolet pictures of sun. 1963 - USS Albany (CG-10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron Four from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico aid five ill crewmembers of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 12

USS David R. Ray (U.S. Navy photo by Kurt Draper)

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 12 1780 - Fall of Charleston, SC; three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) sunk to prevent capture 1846 - U.S. declares war against Mexico 1975 - SS Mayaguez seized by Khmer Rouge and escorted to Koh Tang Island. 1986 - Destroyer USS David R. Ray deters an Iranian Navy attempt to board a U.S. merchant ship.


ABS, COSCO Partner on Arctic Shipping Development

Parties bring together technical capabilities on trans-Arctic shipping Facing changing climate conditions in the Arctic which have effectively generated new opportunities shipping in the region, classification society ABS and commercial shipper China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) have


Large Yacht Code for Super Yachts - AMSA

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From March 1, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will adopt the Large Yacht Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 metres or more in length in a first for the Australian yachting community. Marine Order 52 will change the way large yachts in Australia are regulated in


Russia Confirms Tanker Seized by Niger Delta Militants

MT LEON DIAS. Photo taken from Youtube video

 Russia’s embassy in Nigeria confirmed on Thursday that the Greek-owned oil tanker Leon Dias has been hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea, reports TASS.   There are reports that the oil tanker hijacked by suspected militants from the Niger Delta has been freed and is now located some 7


Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) announced the hire of Carl Kemp as a Vice President based in the organization’s Long Beach office.    Kemp brings more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs


China Ramping Up Ship Emission Controls

China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulphur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport.


Eos Risk Management Certified to Protect Cypriot Fleets

Security consultancy Eos Risk Management has been certified by The Republic of Cyprus for the provision of security services for vessels registered with its flag administration.   The Cypriot Ministry of Transport Communications and Work awarded certified status to Eos Risk Management


SNAME Updates Report on HVAC Design

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report to assist in the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installations for merchant and naval ships.   Recommended Practices for Ship Heating


India Bullish on Maritime Industry

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping. Pic: nitingadkari.org

 For the development of maritime sector in the country, India has rolled out some important projects and signed MoUs, asscording to the Ministry of Shipping.   India signed an MoU with Iran for developing Chahbahar Port. An SPV, Indian Ports Global Ltd has been formed with equity


Indian Ministry of Shipping to Promote Ease of Biz

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 Promoting ease of doing business has been at the core of the efforts of the Ministry during the year. Focus has beenonsimplifying procedures by removing irritants that make it cumbersome to carry on business smoothly.    The major highlights in this regard are: 


New Entry Criteria for vessels calling French Ports

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 The French State has implemented new provisions regarding tax exemptions on commercial vessels of at least 15 meters in length, including yachts.    The provisions came into force on the 1st January 2016. These provisions can be found in the Official Bulletin of the Tax-Public


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.  


Shipping Industry Unfazed by China Sea Tension

Map: The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

 Reuters reports that 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.  


Southeast Asia Dominates Maritime Crime Globally

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 Southeast Asia continues to dominate maritime crime incidents globally, with 236 reports of piracy and maritime crime instances occurring in the region since 1st January 2015, an increase of 10% compared to 2014, according to Dryad Maritime.  


Venezuelan ship VMF Alita Sank off near Panama

Image: Panama Maritime Authority

 A ship Venezuelan flag, name VFM Alita sank last week in Caribbean waters of the Panama Canal after colliding with another anchoring vessel, which caused hole above the waterline and water ingress.   According to the information revealed on Sunday by a Panamanian official source


Armstrong Named VP MOL (America)

MOL (America) Inc. welcomed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of vice president, area operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional






 
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