Ocean Observation

Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

 Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister

Indonesia Partners with China on Maritime

 Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation during the formers visit to China.   The joint

Damen joins World Ocean Council

 Dutch-based Damen Shipyards Group has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC).    The global shipbuilder headquartered in the Netherlands is

Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit,

Kvichak to Build Catamaran Research Vessel

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract for construction of a 60’ aluminum catamaran research vessel for the California Department of Water

Latest from GOST at Palm Beach Boat Show

  GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), will highlight its newest recreational marine products at the 2015 Palm Beach International Boat Show in Palm Beach, Florida, March 26-29.

BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research

Arctic Melt Messing with Gulf Stream

 As glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal,

NATO Warships in Black Sea Naval Exercises

 NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have completed their participation in joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations in the Black Sea.

FMC Technologies, Technip to launch Forsys Subsea

FMC Technologies Inc. and Technip today signed an agreement to form an exclusive alliance and to launch Forsys Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture that will unite the

Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper.

Volvo Ocean Race Detours to Dodge Giant Iceberg

 A massive one kilometre-wide iceberg has forced the Volvo Ocean Race to change the positioning of their ice gates to keep the fleet clear of trouble in the Southern

Indonesia, Japan Defense Agreement to Tackle South China Sea Issue

 Indonesia will sign a non-binding defense agreement with Japan next week when President Joko Widodo visits Tokyo for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   Tokyo

Two Singaporean Boats Detained by Indonesia

 Two Singapore-registered vessels have been detained in Indonesia the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.  The sole Singaporean who was caught

Multinational Maritime Security Exercise in In Langkawi

 Ten countries jointed together with its naval forces in Langkawi, Malaysia, to begin a two-day Multinational Maritime Security Exercise, says a report in Bernama.

Odisha wants to be a Maritime Gateway of India

 Odisha has the opportunity to reclaim its trade and cultural relations with nations in the Indian Ocean Region. The state can become the maritime gateway of India once again,

China Criticizes US over Maritime Patrol Proposal in South China Sea

 China asked the United States to take no position on the South China Sea issue after US Navy Officer Robert Thomas promised to back the Association of Southeast

Arctic Winter Sea Ice Retreats to Record Levels

Shrinking ice matches trend blamed on climate change. Ice maximum smaller than previous record in 2011. Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979,

Sri Lanka Okays Construction on Stalled Chinese Port Project

 Sri Lankan government has approved the construction of a breakwater for a Chinese funded Colombo port city project which had been suspended by the government earlier this month.

Petrobras Sets Well Depth Record

  Petrobras has broken a new domestic record for exploratory drilling by reaching a water depth of 2,990 meters. This was achieved in February while drilling a

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