Maritime Safety

Somali Pirates Release Long-held Hostages

Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.

Some Roads Reopened in Brazil, Truck Strike Persists

Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had

ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities

ClassNK released a new version of its Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage, Offloading and Regasification.   Available on the ClassNK website,

US, Chinese Navies Conduct Joint Exercise

A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship and a Chinese Navy frigate conducted a joint training exercise in the South China Sea.   The U.S. Navy littoral combat ship USS

Crowley Crew Aids Ill-fated Catamaran

The crew of the Crowley-managed, 393-foot, heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent recently provided assistance to five people aboard the damaged and drifting catamaran

USCG Makes Change in Fort Pierce Inlet Safety Zone

  The Coast Guard has made a change in the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone Thursday afternoon. Recreational vessels with less than six-foot draft are now allowed

BHP Billiton Donates for Cyclone Relief

  In response to the hardship experienced by local communities following Cyclone Marcia, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) today donated A$250,000 to

Sulphur Enforcement Begins in Denmark

  For the first time all 16 SECA countries met for the Danish Maritime Authority’s workshop on sulphur regulation enforcement. The leaving participants’ suitcases

USCG Foundation Announces Scholarships

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

MCPON Stevens Delivers Congressional Testimony

  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Michael Stevens testified before Congress Feb. 25. Stevens appeared before the House and Armed Services

US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India

 The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members

U.N. Calls for Maritime Support to Libya

 According to United Nations, Libyan authorities need an international maritime force to help as they are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country,

Offshore Safety Training from Seagull

 Saegull Maritime has announced the launch of two new computer-based training (CBT) modules, focusing on deck safety for specific types of offshore vessels that

Ghana and US Maritime Forces Collaborate

 The Ghana Armed Forces and the United States Maritime Forces have completed a joint maritime operation, the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP),

NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training

NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place

Ocean Safety Offers Kru Wipe Clean Lifejackets

Ocean Safety has introduced the new Kru Wipe Clean lifejacket for situations when a durable easy clean lifejacket is needed. The new addition features a 3D tailored collar,

Van Oord, Falck Ink Safety Training Deal

Van Oord has signed a two year contract with Falck Safety Services for the provision of safety training.   Van Oord, a contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects,

Norway's Statoil Shuts Statfjord C Platform

Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after discovering cracks in the platform, Norwegian daily Stavanger Aftenblad reported on Thursday.

North Korea Reflags Ships to Evade Sanctions

 A North Korea shipping company has been renaming and reflagging its vessels so it can evade an arms embargo, a UN report has said.   The effort by Pyongyang-headquartered

Indonesia Upbeat Ahead of IORA Chair

 Indonesia is gearing up to turn its foreign policy focus westward when its role as Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) chair begins later this year, reports Jakarta Post.

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