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Kidnappers Attack Plant, Navy Ship

Militants holding nine foreign hostages in southern Nigeria attacked another oil facility today and blew up a military vessel in ongoing violence that has cut about 20 percent of crude production in Africa's oil giant. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta attacked a Shell-operated pipeline switching station and a navy vessel in the oil-rich southern region. Nigeria is reeling from weekend attacks in which militants blasted pipelines and sabotaged a key oil loading terminal belonging to Royal Dutch Shell, forcing the company to halt the flow of about 455,000 barrels a day. (Source: Scotsman)


N-DSQ to Construct Qatar Naval Patrol Boats

Nakilat – Damen Shipyards Qatar (N-DSQ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) for the construction and delivery of six Naval Patrol Boats at Nakilat’s shipbuilding facilities in the Port of Ras Laffan, Qatar. The military vessels will be used by the QENF to support its existing operations in the monitoring and surveillance of Qatar’s Economic Exclusive Zone, for coastal and offshore patrolling


Willard to Supply Patrol Boats for the Philippines

Image: Willard Marine

The U.S. Department of State awarded a contract to boatbuilder Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.   This contract marks the third time Willard Marine has been chosen to provide military vessels to the Philippines, the builder noted, adding it has also recently developed boats for international military use by the Navy of Ukraine and the


Maersk Says Iran Tells it of Cargo Dispute but Cannot Confirm

Maersk said on Wednesday Iranian authorities had told it the Maersk Tigris vessel had been seized over an unresolved claim, but as it had not received any documents it could not confirm this had been the reason for Iran's actions.   Iranian patrol boats on Tuesday fired warning shots as they intercepted the vessel in one of the world's busiest oil shipping lanes, spurring the United States to send military vessels to monitor the situation.  


Argentine Tall Ship Released, Welcomed Home

Libertad: Photo credit Wki CCL DagosNavy

Argentine naval training ship, 'ARA Libertad' which was detained in Ghana for more than two months has arrived back home. The Libertad had been seized following legal action by an investment company trying to recover money still owed after Argentina's 2002 debt default. Thousands of people lined the shore as it arrived in Mar del Plata, three weeks after a United Nations court ordered its release from Ghana reports BBC News.


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979), which noted that the national security benefits of the domestic maritime industry and the Jones act are “unquestioned.” The bill states that the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry are vital


Vittoria Shipyard Partners with Peru

Terminal Callao (Photo: APM Terminals)

Vittoria Shipyard has extended its horizons to the South American market; the Adria-based firm – an Italian builder of military, paramilitary, commercial, transport and working ships – has signed an agreement to work with SIMA Perú, a publicly-owned company that plans, builds and maintains ships, including the naval vessels belonging to the Marina de Guerra (Peruvian Navy), in close agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Defense.


Scientists to Use Cruise Ships for Research

Hoping to collect decades of data, ocean scientist are enlisting cargo and cruise ships to measure water temperatures, ocean currents and even the height of clouds as the vessels ply their regular routes. To begin to address questions of large ocean patterns, such as the changing path of the Gulf Stream, scientists need more than the few years of data most scientific missions can provide, Malaysia Star reported. The long-term data that commercial ships can furnish is what has been


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 18

1953- A Coast Guard PBM seaplane crashed during takeoff after having rescued 11 survivors from a ditched U .S. Navy aircraft shot down off the coast of mainland China.  A total of nine servicemen lost their lives in this crash, including five Coast Guardsmen. 1974- Coast Guard units rescued 61 crewmembers from the 551-foot tanker Keytrader and the 657-foot Norwegian freighter Baune after the two vessels collided on the night of 18 January 1974 in dense fog


Cranston Eagle Hooks USCG Approved

Photo: Cranston Eagle

Cranston Eagle received approval from the United States Coast Guard for the certification of its new DPR-506-CBH marine off-load hook under the approval number 160.133/77/0. This new, fall-mounted hook is rated at 5,000 kg safe working load (5 metric tons) and bolsters Cranston Eagle's line of USCG certified off-load hooks to five. With more than twenty off-load marine hook models in its line, Cranston Eagle is known around the world for producing one of the most robust and reliable marine


Fighting Barnacle Buildup with Biology

File photo: Scott Hart

New research solves a mystery behind the gunk that sticks to the bottoms of ships.   The coating of barnacles and other growth along the bottoms of vessels is more than just an eyesore. Biofouling, as it is known, slows down ships and impedes the readiness of emergency response and military


Russia Ramps Up Its Military Presence In The Arctic

Photo: Russian Military (mil.ru)

 A new era of dominance in a polar region opening up. The size and scale of Russia's military activities in the Arctic are producing negative perceptions and growing suspicion in the West.   UPI reports that  Russia, long seen as an aggressive and unpredictable bear in


Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

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A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the


Turkey Scrambles Fighter Jets in Search of Missing Vessels

Turkish F-16 fighter jets scrambled on Wednesday to check reports that missing Turkish coastguard vessels had appeared in Greek waters in the Aegean Sea, Turkish military sources said. They gave no further details. Some Turkish military hardware was seized and used in last weekend's failed coup


Seaward Services Concludes 15-year Westpac Express Work

Seaward Services, an HMS Global Maritime company, recently marked the end of a 15-year working relationship with Austal on the Westpac Express project. Seaward Services was awarded a contract in 2001 to provide operations, maintenance and technical management


Ships Instructed to Avoid Piracy-prone Waters around S. Philippines

The Indonesian Navy has instructed all commercial vessels to avoid piracy-prone waters around the southern Philippines, a spokesman for the Indonesian military said on Thursday, following a spate of kidnappings and piracy in recent weeks.  


Italian Shipbuilding: Cruising on the Crest of a Wave

 Monfalcone Shipyard. (Photo Courtesy FINCANTIERI)

Traditionally, Italy’s location and coastal development have continued to ensure the country a flow of income from its role as a strategic European hub in what has come to be known as the new “maritime century.” The country boasts of having the largest ferry fleet


Shipping Traffic Noise Severely Affects Whale Populations

Photo: Courtesy beamreach.org

 Underwater sound pollution disrupts the communication methods of killer whales and could harm their ability to locate salmon, researchers have found.   Increasing ship traffic is raising the level of underwater pollution and threatening a range of endangered marine species. 


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.


China Won't Cease Building on S. China Sea Isles

Liu Zhenmin, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  China said on Sunday it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea and the United States was testing it by sending warships through the area. "Building and maintaining necessary military facilities


Despite Agreements, U.S.-China Naval Risks Linger

In 2013, a U.S. guided-missile ship veered sharply to avoid a Chinese navy vessel that tried to block its path in the disputed South China Sea, according to the U.S. account.   The next year, the United States said a Chinese fighter jet buzzed within 30 feet (9 meters) of one of its Navy


Willard Marine's Patrol Boats for Philippine National Police

Patrol Boat courtesy Willard Marine

  The United States Department of State awarded a contract to Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.


Russian Spy Ship near US Nuke Submarine Bases

Photo: MC1 Kimberly Clifford, U.S. Navy

 Fox News and the Washington Free Beacon reported the presence of a  top Russian spy ship off the coast of Kings Bay, Georgia and is capable of cutting undersea cables.   The Pentagon responded to the media reports that it was closely being monitored by defense agencies but


MN 100: David Clark Company Inc.

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The Company: David Clark Company specializes in providing communication solutions for high noise environments. Their noise-attenuating headsets and systems are used in a variety of markets and applications where clear communication is critical


Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Image: Xinhua

 Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state.   US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships






 
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