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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.  


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


Royal Caribbean Faces Lawsuits over Storm-battered Cruise Ship

Anthem of the Seas (File photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd faces at least two lawsuits by passengers accusing the company of negligently endangering their lives by letting its Anthem of the Seas cruise ship sail into a fierce Atlantic storm this month.   The lawsuits filed in the U.S


Wärtsilä's' BWMS for New Crane Ship Design

AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Courtesy Wartsila

A new crane ship designed by Netherlands based Royal IHC, a global leader in offshore, dredging and mining vessels, will feature the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). The first vessel of this design is currently under construction at a shipyard in China


U.S. Navy Ship Sails near Island Claimed by China

Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fire a M2HB .50-caliber machine gun during a gunnery exercise in the South China Sea. Curtis Wilbur is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Jonathan Peterson/Released)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea on Saturday, in an operation the Pentagon said was designed to challenge efforts to restrict freedom of navigation. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said no ships from


Norwegian Cruise to Expand in Europe

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

 The Miami-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its ground-breaking summer 2017 deployment for Europe with for the first time in company history five ships sailing in European waters as well as regular cruises out of Hamburg


MISC Hands Over Naval Auxiliary Vessel BM5 To RMN

Former container ship joins Malaysian Navy Photo RMN

MISC Berhad (MISC) today had successfully handed over to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) the Naval Auxiliary Vessel BUNGA MAS LIMA (BM5), joining the RMN’s current fleet that will be deployed to safeguard the safety of our Malaysian waters and strengthen the RMN’s future maritime


China Navy Patrols Heighten Tensions with Japan

Japan said on Tuesday it has told China that any foreign naval vessel that enters Japanese waters for reasons other than "innocent passage" will be told to leave by a Japanese naval patrol, signalling a potential escalation in a long-running dispute.


Australian Frigate Deploys for the Middle East

HMAS Darwin (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and friends and family at Garden Island, Sydney, to farewell the 229 Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Darwin as the ship sailed for the Middle East region.  


CMMI Backs New Container Weight Safety Measures

Company of Master Mariners of India Chairman Captain Philip Mathews (Photo: CMMI)

The Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) is backing new ‘container weight’ safety measures coming into force in 2016 to drive national exports of contained goods.   It comes as the Mumbai based shipping association, which has more than 3


Oil Tanker Rates Soar

Photo: Polyar Tankers AS

 The cost of shipping crude surged to all destinations, amid speculation that bookings are increasing to load crude.   According to a report in Bloomberg, the oil tanker rates soared to the highest in seven years amid an acceleration in the number of bookings and signs that the ships


GAC Support for Tall Ship Tenacious

The tall ship Tenacious has left her home port in the UK for an epic voyage to Australia

  The tall ship Tenacious has left her home port in the UK for an epic voyage to Australia. Over the next eight months, she will sail more than 17,000 NM and call at 26 ports en route to her final destination, Sydney. And at every stop along the way






 
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