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Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Maritime Exercise

Image: Republic of Singapore Navy

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise, reports Channel News Asia.   The 12-day Exercise Malapura involved about 600 personnel from Singapore Navy and Malaysia. Both navies carried out joint planning and training at Changi Naval Base (CNB), and conducted drills in conventional naval warfare and maritime security in the Malacca Strait.    The Defence Ministry said Singapore's frigate, a missile corvette, a patrol vessel and a naval helicopter were part of the exercise.   The RSN participated in the exercise with a frigate (RSS Stalwart), a missile corvette (RSS Victory), a patrol vessel (RSS Sovereignty) and a Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk Naval Helicopter.   The RMN was represented by a frigate (KD Jebat), a corvette (KD Lekir), a patrol vessel (KD Kelantan) and a Super Lynx Helicopter.    Both navies interact regularly across a wide range of activities, which include bilateral exchanges and courses, as well as multilateral activities as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).    RSN Fleet Commander Colonel Lew Chuen Hong and RMN Fleet Commander VADM Dato' Mohamad Roslan bin Mohamad Ramli were present at the closing ceremony held at RMN Maritime Tactical Centre in Lumut Naval Base on Saturday.   The maritime exercises between the two countries have been conducted since 1984. Malaysia hosted the latest exercise.

Asia-Pacific Countries Bond To Protect Vital Sea Lanes

Fifteen ships and 1,500 personnel from 16 Asia-Pacific countries took part in exercises off Singapore on Tuesday with the aim of forging stronger ties to protect the region's vital sea lanes. The first Western Pacific Mine Countermeasure and Diving Exercises will continue until June 22 in the Strait of Singapore and the South China Sea. "The Malacca Strait, Singapore Strait and South China Sea together form one of the busiest shipping lanes in the region," Singapore's Defense Minister said

Phase Four of CARAT Begins in Singapore

The fourth phase of the 13th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series began July 13 in an exercise that will include an estimated 1,500 military personnel, 13 ships, a submarine and the newly-commissioned Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) frigate RSS Formidable (68). Members representing the combined armed services of both nations, dignitaries and local and national media gathered for the exercise's official kick off at the RSN’s Fleet Command

Singapore Navy Patrol Boat Order for ST Engineering

Singapores previous Fearless-class PB: Photo credit Wikipedia CCL

Singapore Technologies Engineering wins Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) contract for the design & build of eight new vessels. The Group’s marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) will build the eight vessels at its Singapore Benoi Yard.  Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics), the Group’s electronics arm, will supply the core combat systems and combat system integration solutions. 

Faststream Announces Director Promotion

Jason Tay

Recruitment company Faststream has announced the appointment of a new director. Jason Tay has been promoted to director level in the Group’s Singapore base in recognition of his progression and contribution to the business, the company said. Established in 1999, Faststream is a recruitment company specializing in services to the oil and gas, shipping and maritime, offshore, mining and built environment sectors. The Group employs 130 in total across its U.K

Singapore and China Conclude Naval Drill

The RSNs RSS Valiant (left) and RSS Intrepid (right) participating in a manoeuvring exercise with the PLA(N)s Yulin (middle). (Photo Courtesy of PLA[N])

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation, a new bilateral naval exercise series on Tuesday (May 26).   The exercise comprised conventional naval warfare serials such as gunnery firings and manoeuvring drills. Personnel from the two navies also engaged in exercise planning and combined simulator training ashore, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.   

Singapore, Australia Hold Joint Maritime Exercise

A joint maritime exercise involving the navies and air forces of Singapore and Australia is being held in the Singapore Strait and the South China Sea, from May 7 to 11. Singapore's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday in a statement that both navies are exercising under the conventional range of scenarios, from maritime surveillance, air defense to anti-submarine warfare, as well as in the maritime security scenario of defense against small boat threats.

Austal Appoints Regional Service Manager

Austal has announced that Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager - Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines and for developing relationships in the broader region. Mr. Little has considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific ship repair industry and direct expertise supporting US Navy operations in the region

ST Engineering Showcases Product Range at IMDEX Asia 2013

ST Engineering unveiled a suite of total naval solutions offered by its Electronics and Marine arms at IMDEX Asia 2013, designed to provide users with comprehensive maritime awareness, command, control and advanced communications systems. From May 14-16, 2013, at the ST Engineering Booth in the Changi Exhibition Center, ST Electronics and ST Marine will showcase their capabilities covering Maritime Safety, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

USN, Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) docks near the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 15. Continuing through July 26, CARAT Singapore 2013 consists of 12 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces. CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said.

CMA CGM to Acquire Neptune Orient

Photo: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 France’s CMA CGM SA is in exclusive talks to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), the shipping company and its Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Ltd., its largest shareholder, said.    The deal would bring together the world’s third-largest container

Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb

Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of reduced arbitrage volumes from the West next month even as the market remained quiet, traders said.  

SSA Welcomes Decision To Extend BEO


  The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has welcomed the decision by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry to extend the Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order (BEO) for another five years until 31 December 2020

Singapore Eyes LNG Trading Hub Status

LNG tanker. Photo: The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

 Singapore looks to pull ahead in the race to become Asia’s main gas hub by establishing a domestic gas trading market.   Rising liquefied natural gas (LNG)  supply and demand within Asia has prompted Singapore to to become a centre for energy trading.  

China Warns US on 'Provocative Attacks'

U.S. Navy file photo of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday. Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S

RAN, PLA-N hold Joint Exercise in Zhanjiang

Commanding Officer PLA Yuncheng, Captain Laing Xiong Jie, trades plaques with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye, RAN, alongside Zhanjiang, China.

  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a port visit and naval exercise with the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) in Zhanjiang, China during the period 31 October to 2 November.   The port visit by HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta to Zhanjiang included a combined

Singapore to Develop Maritime Ports in Egypt

Image: PSA Singapore

 The Maritime Sector of the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) as Singapore will operate and develop the Egyptian maritime ports, reports the Cairo Post.  

Implementation of AIS at Singapore Port

courtesy MPA

  Currently, all power-driven harbour and pleasure craft are required as a condition of their harbour or pleasure craft licences, to be fitted with either an IMO-compliant AIS Class A/B transponder or a MPA-approved HARTS transponder.

Changes in Asian Refining Bodes Well for Product Tankers: Poten and Partners

Graph: Poten and Partners

 Refining capacity in Asia has been growing rapidly for many years. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of this growth took place in China, which more than doubled its refining capacity over the last 10 years.    The other significant growth engine in Asia has been India

MPA Calls for Integrated Approach to Blue Economy

Speech by Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA at 3rd Busan International Port Conference (Photo: MPA)

  In his opening address at the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2015 held in Singapore today, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Mr Andrew Tan called for an integrated approach bringing together the science, the research

Maersk Line Revamps Far East/Southeast India Network

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2).   From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and

Nautisk Bolsters Management Team in Asia

Alan Leung (Photo: Nautisk)

Global chart distributor Nautisk said it is strengthening its presence across one of its core global locations with the appointment of two new managers in Asia.   Alan Leung will take up the role of Regional Sales Manager in Hong Kong to help with Nautisk’s business expansion in the

Declaration by Vessels Coming from Ebola-affected Countries

Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion Courtesy Wikipedia

  Following the World Health Organisation’s official declaration that Sierra Leone is now free of the Ebola virus transmission from 7 November, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has updated the required measures to prevent the introduction of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) into

Singapore Recognises 53 Ships Under Green Ship Programme

Image by Government of Singapore.

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).   The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon

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