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Hijacked Crew Returns Home

According to a report from China View, twenty-five crew members of an Egyptian cargo ship Blue Star, which was abducted off the Somali coast January 1 and released on March 4, returned home to Kenya on March 15. The Blue Star had 28 sailors aboard. (Source: China View)

Maritime Community Raises $ for Troops

The community of American maritime carriers and operating unions in Washington, DC has raised $15,000 to help build specially adapted homes for American veterans who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home from Iraq or Afghanistan with serious disabilities and injuries.  These funds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit 501©(3) charitable organization based in Taunton, Massachusetts

USS Norfolk Returns Home to Namesake City

The fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returned home to friends and family in Norfolk, Va., May 7 after a successful six-month deployment as part of the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). Norfolk played a crucial role as the only submarine assigned to the ESG. Norfolk brought stealth, endurance, mobility, agility and persistence while executing multimission tasking in direct support of the global war on terrorism.

USS Russell Returns to Homeport

The guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) returned home to Naval Station Pearl Harbor on April 7 after a three-month deployment with Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG). Cmdr. Brad Cooper, commanding officer of Russell, said he is very proud of the command’s flexibility and motivation to support its tasking. “We deployed in early February with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group as part of a surge deployment [of] forces moving to the Central Command region

HMAS Choules Completes Mission at Manus Island

The Royal Australian Navy reported that HMAS Choules has completed its mission at Manus Island and heads home today, October 31, 2013. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN said HMAS Choules provided maritime support to Department of Immigration and Border Protection efforts to increase the capacity of the facilities on Manus Island. “HMAS Choules and her crew remained anchored off Manus Island after the ADF land-based tasks were complete

Australia Begins Drawdown of Philippines Recovery Ops

HMAS Tobruk has completed its mission in the Philippines and is returning to Australia with a load of Army engineer machinery, vehicles and 35 Army personnel. A small Recovery Support Force of 65 combat engineers, tradesmen and support personnel, mostly from Townsville’s 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, will remain in Ormoc for a further week to continue clean-up and repair tasks coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Government.

Northland Returns Home from Operation Liberty Shield

The Coast Guard Cutter Northland is scheduled to return to its homeport today at 10 a.m. following a 63-day homeland security patrol for Operation Liberty Shield off the Virginia coast. Northland led a maritime security squadron (MSS) guarding the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. At times, Northland coordinated the patrol efforts of two U.S. Navy Coastal Patrol Boats and many fixed winged and rotary aircraft. Northland coordinated this multi-asset patrol effort to increase maritime domain

Clean Sweep for Alex Haley Crew

The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley and crew returned home Wednesday evening following a six-week deployment to Puget Sound, where the crew underwent a challenging period of training and evaluation. The ship first stopped in Seattle, where a large part of the crew completed team firefighting and damage control courses where crewmembers learned fire-fighting techniques and had to control flooding in a tank made to simulate an engineering space on a sinking ship.

Caribbean Cruise Ship Cuts Short Voyage for Sanitization

Explorer of the Seas: Photo CCL

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise line has ended the 'Explorer of the Sea's' 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness, thought to be an outbreak of highly contagious norovirius. RCI's statement reads: "Explorer of the Seas will return home from its 10-day cruise two days early, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when we will perform a thorough “barrier” sanitization program on the entire ship

India Allows Sick Italian Marine Home for Treatment

 India's top court on Friday granted permission for an ailing Italian marine facing murder charges to return home for four months for medical treatment. Massimiliano Lattore, who suffered a stroke in August, is one of two Italian marines being held over the 2012 shooting of two fishermen mistakenly believed to be pirates in a case that has soured ties between New Delhi and Rome. "We are allowing the plea of the accused (Lattore) to visit Italy for four months for his brain

NYK Joanna Rescues Fishermen off Philippines Coast

Photo Courtesy NYK

  On October 3, NYK Joanna, a containership operated by NYK, rescued seven fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines. While the NYK vessel was sailing on October 3 from Vungtau, Vietnam, to Tokyo, Japan, the ship’s crew discovered the fishermen drifting off the coast

Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size

USDOT Designates Gulfport, MS as a Strategic Port

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The Mississippi State Port Authority was notified by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) that the Port of Gulfport has been designated as a Strategic Seaport by the Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).  

USCG Offload $ 17 Mln Cocaine

A Coast Guardsman offloads cocaine at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015. The HNLMS Friesland, an offshore patrol vessel from the Royal Netherlands Navy, interdicted a go-fast vessel with four suspected smu

  Coast Guardsmen on the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded approximately 515 kilograms of cocaine interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbean Venture worth an estimated wholesale value of $17 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, Friday.

US Ebola-aid Ships Return Home

MV Cape Rise (Photo: Military Sealift Command)

America is leading the global effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And part of the Obama Administration's whole-of-government response has included some recent heavy lifting by two ships from the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force

Iranian Naval Fleet in Rescue Mission

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (Courtesy:  IRGC - Iran)

In a bid to protect cargo ships and oil tankers in international waters, the Iranian Navy’s 33rd fleet of warships departed for the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea on Sunday, says Tasnim News Agency.  The naval fleet consists of Vice-Admiral Qandi destroyer

Iran Navy Repels Pirate Attacks

Image: Iran Military

Iran’s 33rd naval fleet has foiled pirate attacks on two Iranian tankers during the first days of its presence in the open waters and the Gulf of Aden.  The timely presence and action of the Iranian Navy’s 33rd Flotilla thwarted the attack by pirate speed boats

Chile Desert Rains Sign of Climate Change

Image of desert rain- Wikipedia,

  The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off. "For Chile

Hundreds Return in Philippines, Typhoon Weakens

Hundreds of people in the north of the main Philippine island of Luzon left evacuation centres and returned home on Sunday after a typhoon weakened significantly as it made landfall, although officials still warned of heavy rain and rough seas.

Indian Sailors Return Home after Five Month

Image: Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard

 Fourteen Indian troopers, who have been stranded on board an oil tanker off the coast of Bahrain since December have lastly left for home, says a report in Gulf Daily news.   They were among the 16-member crew of Mongolian vessel MT Surya Kuber

Foss Maritime: 75 Vessels Earn Safety Honors

Both hybrid tugs the Carolyn Foss and Campbell Foss achieved five or more years of safe operations. (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has recognized 75 Foss Maritime vessels with the 2014 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records.      The award is given to self-propelled merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crewmember losing

Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

  Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical

NYK Vessel Rescues Fishermen on Philippines Coast

Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line

  On July 7, Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued nine fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines. While Crimson Polaris was sailing from Australia to China through a navigational lane in the South China Sea on July 7

Keppel Makes a Clean Sweep at WSH Awards


  Keppel Group has clinched 35 awards at this year's Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Awards, organised by the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore. It is the highest number of awards won by a single organisation this year.

Maritime Tribunal Rejects Plea to Free Italy's Marines

An international maritime tribunal on Monday rejected Italy's request that India provisionally release two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, a setback for the Italian government after a three-year legal battle. However the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg

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