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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


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;


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.


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.


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"


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


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


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.  


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


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


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


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 Harbor in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge


New Series of Trawlers Built to RS class

Construction of a new series of trawler-seiner pr. SK-3101R has been commenced at the Shipyard Yantar (Kaliningrad).    Project SK-3101R was designed by Skipskompetanse, Norway. The trawler is intended for fishery using bottom and pelagic trawls, bottom net and seiner net


IEA Sees Slower Global Gas Demand Growth to 2021

Growth in natural gas demand will slow to an average 1.5 percent a year globally through 2021, as stagnation in Europe and uncertainty about Chinese consumption offsets robust growth in India, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.  


Sovcomflot Revises Pricing on USD 7-year Bond

Russian shipping company Sovcomflot has cut the yield on its seven-year U.S. dollar bond to 5.375 percent - 5.5 percent, according to a lead.   The notes will price within that range. The latest level compares with guidance of 5.625 percent area and initial price thoughts of 5


Russia: We Will Respond to Entry of US Navy Ship into Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG 78) departs Souda Bay, Greece following a brief port visit June 5, 2016. Porter is conducting a patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy Photo by Heather Judkins)

The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a U.S. naval ship's entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures, saying it and other deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit, the RIA news agency reported.  


US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

Image: U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist

 A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas.  


Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning

Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.   Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist


NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea

Photo: NATO

 The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik.   Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S


SCF Group Secures Funds for New Arctic LNG Tanker

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and VTB Bank have signed a $260 million 13-year loan agreement, providing financing of construction of an Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker for the Yamal LNG project.   The agreement was signed on June 17, 2016 by Sergey Frank


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


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






 
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