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Trapped Russian Sub Crew Rescued

The Russian AS-28 mini-submersible has was successfully raised, and all crew were recovered alive. The sub became tangled last Thursday after setting out on a training mission off the coast of the Kamchatka peninsula. It got stuck in fishing nets, along with hoses and cables that are understood to be part of a system of top-secret underwater antennae for Russia's anti-submarine monitoring efforts along the peninsula. There were two 60-ton anchors tying down the antennae.

Russian Navy Upgrades Subs

Russian mini-submarines from the same class of a craft that was involved in a tense rescue operation at the bottom of the Pacific last year will be upgraded with new foreign-made equipment. Tenders would be held to give AS-28 mini-subs a radical overhaul using foreign-made submarine equipment and mobile systems based on Britain's Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle. The efforts follow an incident in the Bering Sea last August

Debris Cleared From Sunken Sub

The task of clearing debris from the wreck of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk will be completed today, the Russian Navy said. The Kursk sank in the Barents Sea last August with the loss of all 118 crew. "Work on clearing the debris from the vessel will be completed this afternoon as planned," a spokesman for Vice-Admiral Mikhail Motsak, who is coordinating the recovery operation, told Reuters from aboard the warship Severomorsk

Russia in Talks with Venezuela on Selling Diesel Subs

The Rosoboronexport Company is in talks with Venezuela on a delivery of five Russian diesel-electric submarines of the Kilo class with missile systems to that country. According to a Rosoboronexport representative, Venezuela already requested a feasibility report on Kilo submarines and displayed interest in a number of other development studies of Russian submarine shipbuilding, displayed at the show, including small submarines of the Malakhit design office.

China Raises Production of Attack Subs

Human Events estimated that by 2025, Chinese attack submarines will outnumber U.S. submarines in the Pacific by five to one. Chinese military modernization has accelerated since the mid-to-late 1990s in response to central leadership demands to develop military options against Taiwan scenarios. China is likely to continue making large investments in high-end, asymmetric military capabilities, emphasizing electronic and cyber-warfare; counter-space operations; ballistic and cruise missiles;

Pipavav Defence Sings Pact with Russian Sub Repairing Firm

Image: Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd

 Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd (PDOC) has announced a joint venture (JV) with Russia's JSC Ship Repairing Centre Zvyozdochka for medium refits and life certification of eight EKM 877 submarines in the country.   This positions PDOC nicely for overhauling India's nine Russian-origin kilo-class submarines, and several identical submarines operated by other regional navies.    

Seminar Highlights Freight Liability in Russia

Kevin King

International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow.  Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner Panditrans, the seminar outlined both the changing nature of the transport operator’s liability in Russia and the idiosyncratic nature of insurance conventions applicable in the region.

Former CIA Spy Ship Becomes Victim of Oil Slump

U.S. Government Photo

A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.   Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception, the 619-foot vessel eventually became part of the fleet of ships used by Swiss company Transocean to drill for oil.   But the oil price rout means the former spy ship now called GSF Explorer is just one of 40 such

Russia's First Borey-class Subs for Pacific Deployment

Borey-class submarine: Photo courtesy of Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s first two Borey-class strategic submarines will be ultimately deployed with the Pacific Fleet says Defense Minister. The submarines Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky are undertaking test runs in the White Sea and are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2012. “I am absolutely certain that the first two subs will be initially placed with the Northern Fleet and will be redeployed to the Pacific Fleet after all the infrastructure there is ready

Russian Conventional Sub Floated Out After 9 Years in Dock

Submarine Kaluga: Photo credit Russian Navy

Zvezdochka Shipyard put upgraded diesel-electric SSK Kaluga afloat at last Northern Fleet (NF) diesel electric submarine B-800 Kaluga has left the covered slipway for further launching after modernization at defense shipyard Zvezdochka (Severodvinsk). The submarine is expected to join the Russian Navy by the end of the current year. "She is going to be the first non-nuclear submarine modernized by Zvezdochka for Russian Navy in the recent 20 years"

Demands for Icebreaker Tours Spiral

Last year plans to terminate the cruises to the North Pole has led to an agitated demand

  Plans to terminate commercial tours to the North Pole on the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Atomflot company in 2016 have surged the demand for these tours. Sergey Shirokiy, the chief of the tourist department of the Russian Arctic national park summed up the results of the tourist

Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships


 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea

A Pleasant Sub-prise for Penang Ferry Passengers

The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.  The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they start a joint exercise with a Malaysian submarine later.  Penang Port Sdn Bhd senior general manager (corporate support division) Md Derick Basir said the vessel, which is 77.8m long and 7.8m wide, will be here until Oct

 The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.   The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they

Flag Raised to Russian Icebreaker Innovation

Flag raising ceremony onboard the icebreaker Vladivostok

  A spectacular ceremony was held on the lead vessel of the icebreaker project 21900M in St. Petersburg on 23 September, forming part of the NEVA 2015 Programme. Guests and dignitaries came together to witness the official flag-raising ceremony on board the icebreaker 'Vladivostok' and to

OP/ED: e-logs & Saas to Transform Marine Recordkeeping

Dean Shoultz, CTO, MarineCFO

The USCG has poised e-logs and SaaS to transform U.S.-flagged shipboard recordkeeping. By Dean Shoultz, CTO, MarineCFO The United States Coast Guard frequently appears behind the times when it comes to rulemaking involving shipboard technological advances

IMO Warns on Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

Photo: IMO

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced it has taken action to warn ship masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier

Aframax Tanker Designed for Arctic Shipping

Aframax tanker in-ice- Aker Arctic

A modern Aframax-sized tanker concept designed for transporting crude oil and oil product in the Arctic has been developed via collaboration between Deltamarin Ltd. and Aker Arctic Technology Inc.  In creating the new tanker concept, Deltamarin said it drew upon its expertise in affordable

Robots Help Map England’s Deepwater Canyons

(Image: codemap2015)

The first true three-dimensional picture of submarine canyon habitats has been produced using a combination of marine robotics and ship-based measurements.   The information captured in this new set of maps ranges in scale from the 200km canyon down to the size of an individual cold-water

Shipowner Fails in Claim against Agent for Fuel Costs

Press Release -- International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which the owner of a chemical tanker made an unsuccessful claim against a port agent for costs incurred in taking on additional low-sulphur fuel at a European port.   

Sanctioned Shipyard Hopes for Icebreaker Deals

On a sunny day on the Helsinki seafront, sparks fly from steel welding at the bustling Arctech shipyard, which seems insulated from Finland's economic recession as it strives to meet an order book that stretches into 2017. The world's biggest manufacturer of icebreakers

Russia Sends Ships, Aircraft and Forces to Syria

Russia has sent two tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and has deployed a small number of forces there, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in the latest signs of a military buildup that has put Washington on edge.  

Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval

Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in

Occurrence of Humpback Whales at Franz Josef Land Recorded

Humpback Whales at Franz Josef Land

  Scientists first documented occurrence of humpback whales near the archipelago of Franz Josef Land. Experts attribute this to the successful development of their populations. The usual habitat in the Red Book of Russia humpback whales is far south and west of Franz Josef Land

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

Russia’s Novatek Sells 10% Of Yamal LNG To Chinese Fund


 Russia’s second-biggest gas producer Novatek is selling a 9.9 percent stake worth an estimated US$1.4 billion in its Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to a China’s Silk Road infrastructure fund, reports Reuters.    

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