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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;


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.


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.    


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"


Unipec: U.S. ANS Destined for Sinopec

Arbitrage opens after ANS discount widen on ample supplies. Unipec, the trading arm of top Asian refiner Sinopec, has bought two U.S. crude cargoes, including a rare purchase of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) for its refineries in China, trade sources said on Friday.


Sub-Committee on III Meets

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 ​The third session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) has been opened by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim.    The agenda includes the regular casualty analysis work to review marine safety investigation report and


Sovcomflot Buys Nine PRISCO Tankers

Russia’s PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) subsidiary SCF Tankers Ltd. has won an auction for nine arctic-going tankers that belonged Primorsk International Shipping Ltd. (PRISCO), who filed for chapter 11 protection in January 2016. The purchase deal is worth $215 million


Italians Seen Bidding for Greek Railways, Russians Uncertain

Italy's state railway is expected to bid for its Greek counterpart TRAINOSE, but Russian Railways (RZD) is less likely to do so, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.   Privatisations, a key part of Greece's international bailout agreements since 2010


Russia's Giant Warship Headed for Syria for Anti-ISIL Operations

Admiral Kuznetsov. Photo: Sputnik

 Russian president Vladimir Putin is sending his country’s largest warship to Syria in an attempt to finally destroy the death cult ISIS, reports Daily Star.    The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has been dispatched to Syria carrying 30 jet fighters and attack helicopters


U.S. Accuses Russian Warship of Aggressive Maneuvers

Yaroslav Mudry. Photo from kaliningrad.kp.ru

A Russian warship carried out aggressive and erratic maneuvers close to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the second such Cold War-style incident there in a matter of weeks, the U.S. military said on Saturday. The U.S. European Command said the Russian frigate, Yaroslav Mudry


Russian Warship made 'unprofessional' Maneuver-U.S. Official

Yaroslav Mudry. Photo from kaliningrad.kp.ru

A Russian warship carried out "unprofessional" maritime operations in close proximity to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a U.S. Defense official said on Friday. This is the second time the same Russian vessel has come within close proximity of a U.S


Russian Sub 'Stary Oskol' Enters Black Sea

Photo: Russian Navy

 Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine, the third boat in Project 636.3 series for the Black Sea Fleet, on a voyage to its permanent base has passed the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, TASS quoted the Black Sea Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachev as saying.  


Russia, US Blame Each Other for Maritime Incident

Russia and the United States gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday of an incident involving the two countries' navies in the Mediterranean Sea on June 17, each blaming the other for what they said were unsafe manoeuvres.   The Russian Defence Ministry said a U.S


UK First to Accept Marine Geoengineering Amendments

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea.    The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific


VEB Guarantees $3 Bln of Yamal LNG Debt

Russian development bank VEB said on Friday it had provided a guarantee for $3 billion of debt to the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, led by Russian gas firm Novatek.   VEB said in a statement that the guarantee would help encourage overseas financing for the Yamal project


John Haynes Named Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year

This year’s Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year: John Haynes, managing director of Shock Mitigation

The Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year award celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector. The Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 winner is John Haynes, managing director of U.K. company Shock Mitigation.   Haynes was nominated by James Ellison, who said


Nuclear Sub Vladimir Monomakh to Join Pacific Fleet

Vladimir Monomakh. Pic: Russian Navy

 TASS reports that Vladimir Monomakh Borey class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (Project 955) will complete the voyage to the Pacific Fleet before the yearend, quoting Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev.  


Fincantieri, Rosneft Partner for a New Ship

During the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Fincantieri and Rosneft signed a Heads of Agreement for the formation of a joint venture focused on design and engineering of a new type of vessel to be built at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex


US Says It Will Stay in Black Sea despite Russian Warning

USS Mason (DDG 87) (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.   The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow






 
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