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Chinese Spy Ship Enters Japanese Peninsula

Image: The National Interest

 A Chinese naval intelligence ship was spotted off Japan's Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, Jiji Press reported quoting the Defense Ministry.   The vessel did not enter the country's territorial waters, Japan's Defence Ministry said, but added it is rare for a Chinese naval vessel to sail back and forth in that area near Tokyo.   Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft spotted a Dongdiao-class intelligence-gathering ship sailing northeast in waters outside the contiguous zone surrounding Japanese waters southeast of the peninsula around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.   The ministry has confirmed a Chinese military ship sailed back and forth in waters near the Boso Peninsula for the first time, officials said.   Japan said it had conveyed to China its concern over the incident, and the ministry has begun investigating why the Chinese ship was sailing in the area, reported Kyodo news agency.  


British Hydrographic Survey Ship Bound for Persian Gulf

HMS Enterprise: Photo credit MOD

'HMS Enterprise' sails from Falmouth in Cornwall to the Middle East for nine months, primarily for military data gathering. While the ship's primary tasking is military data-gathering she will also act as a deterrent to illegal activity by increasing security and preventing conflict. The military data-gathering conducted will help to eliminate 'no-go areas' for British and allied warships, but crucially will also be used to update badly-needed charts so all mariners can navigate the


Greece Deploys Frigate to Stricken Rescue Ship

Greece has sent a frigate to rescue a container ship believed to carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants and in distress off its southern island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday. The Kiribati-flagged vessel, with about 700 people aboard, was sailing 30 nautical miles (55 km) southeast of Crete. The ship reported an engine problem in an area with strong winds. Four container ships sailing nearby could be called on to help if needed, a coastguard spokesman said


Carnival Cruise Lines, Port of New Orleans Extend Contract

Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of New Orleans announced a new two-year contract retroactive to October 2006, with the option to renew the deal for an additional two-year period, which could keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing regularly from the Crescent City through 2010. Under the terms of the contract, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy, which replaced the Carnival Sensation in October of 2006, will make a minimum of 70 calls per year to the Port of New Orleans’ new $37


China Shipyard Repairs Seven Ships

7 vessels sailed from China's CIC Boluomiao Shipyard in May 2013, on time despite prolonged heavy rain, congested quays. Among the seven vessels were: M/V “AN PING 1” ,“HUB GRANDIOSE”, “GAS CORAL”, “XIN JIN ZHOU”, and  “WISH WAY”. The range of projects for M/V “HUB GRANDIOSE” was quite large, with steel renewal for double bottom tanks, tank tops and fore peak tanks


Italy to Impose Venice Cruise Ship Restrictions

Venice Cruise Ship: Photo courtesy of No Big Ships Committee

The Italian government has announced it will begin to limit the number of large cruise ships that pass through Venice. Environmentalists have protested against the ships in recent years, saying they damage the city's fragile lagoon, reports BBC News. From January 2014, the number of cruise ships allowed through Venice will be cut by 20%. Ships of more than 96,000 tonnes will be banned from the centre of the city from November next year.


Malta Opens Investigation into Libya Tanker Incident

The Maltese Government and Transport Malta said they are are investigating the alleged accident involving the Malta registered ship MT Baku, in international waters, off the coast of Libya. The government has been in continuous contact with the owners of the ship and the Libyan authorities, since Sunday evening when the events started to develop. Malta, as the flag State of the ship, made immediate representations with the Libyan Government and it was only after its intervention that


Sun Cruises Dry Dock at A&P Southampton

Sun Cruises’ 22,945grt cruise liner, Sundream, has left A&P Southampton’s King George V Dry Dock after completion of a three-week dry dock and repair program. The 1,257 passenger, 1970-built vessel is a regular visitor to the port of Southampton and Harwich, but was its first visit to A&P. In addition to the usual general repairs, the program focused on extensive steel renewals to the vessel’s ballast and fuel tanks, upgrade and renewal of the sanitary pipe work systems


Asian Piracy Takes Center Stage

This week's kidnapping crisis in the southern Philippines has thrown the spotlight on the growing problem of piracy in Asian waters, delegates at an international maritime conference said. Maritime authorities from 15 countries -- including Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and South Korea – are meeting in Tokyo to discuss piracy in the region, mainly the armed robbery of commercial ships sailing through Southeast Asia.


China Mulls Routine Arctic Transits

Image: China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company

 China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) plans to launch regular services through the Arctic Ocean to Europe, as global warming makes the route viable and Beijing steps up its northern ambitions, says a report in AFP.   Cosco’s Yong Sheng vessel completed its second round trip Arctic voyage between China and Europe in October. It sailed nearly 20,000 nautical miles during the 55-day voyage.  


Crystal Cruises Plans Return to Port Everglades

Photo: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises' ships will return to Broward County's Port Everglades beginning in Fall 2017, having last sailed from the port in 2006.   Beginning October 27, 2017, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will sail a total of eight sailings to and from Port Everglades


Kiel is First German Port of Call for Mein Schiff 5

Mein Schiff 5 (Port of Kiel)

The brand-new TUI Cruises newbuilding Mein Schiff 5 has arrived in Kiel – her first German port of call since being handed over in Turku, Finland, a few days ago.   The 99,500GT, 295-meter-long cruise ship sailed into the Kiel Fiord early this morning


EU Calls for Free Passage in South China Sea

Countries must be free to pass through the South China Sea, the European Commission said on Wednesday, in its first diplomatic admonishment of Beijing after Chinese jets intercepted a U.S. military plane over the contested waters last month.  


Historic Tall Ship Sails into Hong Kong

Photo: Wallem

The world’s oldest full rigged tall ship, the Norwegian Sørlandet, has sailed into Hong Kong harbor this morning.    The ship, which was built in 1927, is on a two year circumnavigation, crewed by students from A+ World Academy


Chinese Spy Ship Enters Japanese Territorial Waters

Pic: Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy

 A Chinese military ship entered the waters of south-western Japan on Wednesday, EFE news reported quoting government officials.   This is the first such incident in over a decade and comes a week after a Chinese navy ship sailed near the disputed Senkaku islands.  


Chinese Navy Ship Irks Japan

Map: Chinese Defence Ministry, Yonap, EIA, BBC

 Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea.   Chinese navy has made an unprecedented entry into waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China.  


Danelec Wins VDR Orders in China and Taiwan

 Capturing 32 orders for its new-generation DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), Danelec Marine’s recent orders were taken by its distributors in China and Taiwan and include 15 new pure car and truck carriers under construction at Yangfan shipyard and 17 retrofits for Yang Ming


Long Beach Port Maintains Strong Bond Rating

The Port of Long Beach in April 2016 Photo Long Beach Port.jpg

Fitch Ratings, one of the top three U.S. credit analysis agencies, has affirmed the Port of Long Beach’s “AA” rating on its outstanding debt. Fitch stated the AA rating — its highest for U.S. ports — was warranted due to the Port’s strong market position


US Warship Sails near Chinese-claimed Reef

(U.S. Navy photo by Emiline L. M. Senn)

China scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday as a U.S. navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, a patrol China denounced as an illegal threat to peace which only went to show its defence installations in the area were necessary.  


This Day In Naval History: May 9

USS Ashland (LSD 48) (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - While off the Isle of Pines (now named Isla de la Juventud) near the south coast of Cuba, the screw gunboat Wyandotte captures the slaver William, which carries 570 Africans. 1926 - Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their


Cruise Ship Sails from US tor Cuba for First Time in 50 Years

Adonia. Photo: Carnival Corporation

A cruise ship is sailing to Cuba from the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years. The Bermuda-flagged Adonia sailed from the port of Miami carrying some 700 passengers on Sunday.    Cruise firm Carnival's  Adonia left Miami bound for Havana and will also visit the ports of


GAC EnvironHull Unveils Fuel Savings Calculator

GAC EnvironHull Photo GAC

Ship owners and operators can now compare fuel cost savings reaped by hull cleaning with GAC EnvironHull’s online fuel savings calculator. A foul-free hull offers the benefits of significantly enhanced fuel efficiency and lower operating costs by reducing resistance in the water


China Eyes Faster Arctic Routes Opened by Global Warming

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.  


Crystal Serenity Prepares for Arctic Voyages

Crystal Serenity (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

In preparation for cruise liner Crystal Serenity’s planned Arctic summer cruise in 2016, Crystal Cruises has selected Rutter Inc.’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance (STS) and Ice Navigator systems to provide enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well


China Angered by Japan's New Radar Station

Japan on Monday switched on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands disputed by Japan and China, drawing an angry response from Beijing.   The new Self Defence Force base on the island of Yonaguni is at






 
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