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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mediterranean Three Times More Deadly Than 2015

File photo: IMO

The death toll on the Mediterranean has nearly matched that of all last year, with more than 3,740 migrants and refugees having drowned on their way to Europe, and perilous winter months still to come, aid agencies said on Tuesday. Smugglers are now sending thousands of people on flimsy inflatable rafts from Libya to Italy in mass embarkations, perhaps to lower their own risks of being caught, but also complicating the work of rescue teams, they said. At least 3,740 people have perished so far…

Newport News Shipbuilding Opens Doors for Area Students

Newport News, Va. - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division hosted 50 students and faculty from area high schools as part of Heritage High School's Engineering and Technology Magnet Program Seniors Internship and Newport News Public Schools' "Spring Break: Make It Work" job shadowing program. Both programs focus on the benefits of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the workplace. "It is inspiring to see so much enthusiasm and initiative among our young people in Newport News," said John Shifflett, NNS' director of leadership, technical and professional development. "These programs do a great job of helping students connect the dots between what they are learning in the classroom and how it will apply in the workplace.

NNS Stacks Office with Food Christmas Trees

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Newport News Shipbuilding employees donate food for the poor at Christmas, filling offices from desk to door. Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division donated more than $23,500 and more than 31,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank during the shipyard's annual holiday food drive. "We are fortunate to employ an extraordinary group of people at Newport News Shipbuilding," said Chavis Harris, NNS' director, EEO, diversity and corporate citizenship.

Submarine Texas Christened at Newport News

First Lady Laura Bush smashed a bottle of champagne to christen the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarine Texas (SSN 775) in front of a cheering crowd of 4,500 people at Newport News shipyard July 31. Secretary of the Navy Gordon England joined a number of dignitaries, including Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who delivered the ceremony’s principal address. “It is entirely fitting that USS Texas will become the latest bulwark, and one of the most powerful, in our arsenal of democracy,” said Hutchison. “When she sets sail, she will do so with 22 million Texans and our nation’s First Lady at her side. Mr. Named to honor the 28th state admitted to the union, Texas is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to carry the name since the original Texas was commissioned in 1895.

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday. The U.S. military on Thursday launched cruise missiles on three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthis, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. U.S. officials have told Reuters there were growing indications that Houthi fighters, or forces aligned with them, were responsible for Sunday's attempted strikes, in which two coastal cruise missiles designed to target ships failed to reach the destroyer.

Myanmar Ferry Sinks, 32 Dead, Scores Missing

A ferry sank in a river in northwestern Myanmar, killing at least 32 people with scores missing, a rescue official said on Monday. About 150 people had been rescued from the Chindwin river in the Sagaing region after the ferry capsized on Saturday, said Sa Willy Frank, head of the regional relief department. As of about 4 p.m. on Monday, 32 bodies had been recovered, leaving more than 60 people still unaccounted for amid a continuing salvage operation, he said. Kyaw Htay Lwin, a lawmaker in the Sagaing regional parliament, said the number of missing could be higher. "I heard from witnesses that the boat was packed with at least 300 passengers, despite its official capacity of around 120," he said. The ferry was travelling from Homalin to Monywa when it sank at about 5 a.m.

Night-Service HK Jetfoil Hits 'Object', 85 Injured

Jetfoil Madeira: Image CCL

About 85 people have been injured, six of them seriously, when the high-speed ferry hit an unidentified object while travelling to the gaming mecca of Macau reports BBC News. The accident, which threw many of the 100+ passengers out of their seats, happened in the early hours of the morning near the island of Hei Ling Chau, while the jetfoil, operating at normal speed, was on a routine voyage from Hong Kong to Macau. Following the incident the jetfoil was towed back to the ferry terminal in HK, reports BBC News citing  Hong Kong officials.

Reduction in Maritime Crime across World’s Traditional ‘hot spots’ - Dryad

Maritime Crime Infographic for Q3 2016

The Gulf of Guinea, South East Asia and The Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) have all seen a significant reduction of reported maritime crime throughout July, August and September of this year according to Q3 analysis released today by Dryad Maritime. With the exception of the Sulu Sea, incidents of maritime crime in South East Asia are at their lowest since 2009 and in the Indian Ocean HRA there were no confirmed acts of piracy in Q3, with the last recorded incident of piracy reported on a merchant vessel in 2014.

GD Extends NNS Offer

General Dynamics extended its pending tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock (including associated rights) of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. to midnight, EDT, on July 6, 2001. The offer was previously scheduled to expire at midnight, EDT, on June 22, 2001. delivery) of Newport News had been tendered. Dynamics is awaiting the requisite governmental approval in order to complete the transaction. for the U.S. Navy and provides life-cycle services for ships in the Navy fleet. employs nearly 17,000 people and has annual revenues of approximately $2 billion. worldwide and anticipates 2001 sales of approximately $11.5 billion. land and amphibious combat systems.

Rescuers Save 301 Boat Migrants in Med

Rescuers pulled 301 boat migrants to safety and found five dead bodies in five operations in the central Mediterranean on Wednesday, the Italian Coast Guard said. An Irish navy ship recovered the five dead from a rubber boat along with 118 survivors. Humanitarian group Life Boat saved 130 people from another rubber boat. Overnight, Italian Coast Guard vessels rescued 18 people from a wooden boat near the southern island of Pantelleria, a further 11 near the uninhabited island of Lampione, and 24 more off the coast of Lampedusa Island on Wednesday morning. The central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy is the deadliest border in the world for migrants.

Italy Illegal Immigrant Ship Sinking Update

Italian divers have recovered more bodies from the wreck of a people smugglers' ship that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll to 275, while prosecutors have detained a man suspected of being the ship's captain, reports Fox News. Fox News citing Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini reported that he search would continue as long as weather allows. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived last Thursday's shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 people on board when the ship capsized and sank in sight of land. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East try to cross the Mediterranean Sea each year, seeking a better life in Europe, but the journey is fraught with danger. Source: Fox News  

1,500 to be Laid Off from Newport News Shipbuilding

Image: Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)

Layoffs at Newport News Shipbuilding could top 1,500 from now through 2016 as the company copes with a temporary drop in work, the company president told employees this week. In a letter to the workforce, President Matt Mulherin said layoffs will exceed 500 people this year, with more details expected the fall. Next year, job cuts will "likely" exceed 1,000, he said. Those layoffs wil be announced as work drops across the yard. The cutbacks will hit both salaried and hourly workers. There will also be other cost reduction measures.

Naval Ships Rescue 114 in Indonesia

Naval vessels rescued more than 100 people after a packed ferry sank in heavy seas off Indonesia, but dozens could still be missing, the Edinburgh Evening News reported. Two navy ships had picked up 114 people. One person was confirmed dead. While a passenger list put the number of people on board at 106, it could have been as high as 160. The ferry was traveling from Kupang, on Timor island, to nearby Rote island when authorities lost contact with it during the evening voyage. (Source: Edinburgh Evening News)

South Korean Navy Ship Sinks Near Border

According to a March 26 report from BBC News, about 40 sailors are missing after a South Korean navy ship sank near the border with North Korea, Yonhap news agency said citing military officials. The patrol vessel, with 104 people aboard, sank after an unexplained explosion tore through its hull. Several sailors also died, officials were quoted as saying. (Source: BBC News)

Duterte Aligns Philippines with China to Resolve Sea Dispute

Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States on Thursday, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally Washington deteriorate. "In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States…

Typhoon Chaba Disrupts South Korean Port Ops

Typhoon Chaba battered southern parts of South Korea with violent wind and heavy rain on Wednesday, killing at least three people and flooding the country's main port and industrial sites and disrupting production at some factories. The storm hit the island of Jeju overnight and one person was reported missing amid widespread power outages and damage to homes and other buildings. Twenty-six flights linking the holiday island to the mainland and to China were cancelled. The port in the city of Busan was shut for a second day as Chaba whirled past and headed east towards Japan. An official at the country's biggest port said it was expected to reopen later in the day.

Naptha Tanker Explodes at Southern China Port

An oil tanker carrying 3,400 tonnes of naphtha exploded during discharge at a southern Chinese port on Thursday and one person on board was missing, official Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team said explosions occurred in the engine room as the tanker was discharging at Dongfang port in China's southernmost island province of Hainan. Reporting by Chen Aizhu

UASC Upgrades Sat Connection with Marlink

Photo: Marlink

United Arab Shipping (UASC) has installed Marlink’s news, entertainment and television solution XChange Media on 44 vessels. The product provides on-demand multi-lingual content to crew personal devices in an alternative manner to on-board satellite TV. UASC’s fleet is already equipped with Sealink, Marlink’s global high quality VSAT service, which provides seamless IP connectivity to optimise fleet management and electronic document handling systems, whilst providing significant bandwidth for crew communications.

Thailand Tourist Ferry Sinks, 7 Dead 100 Injured

Pattaya Bay: Photo Wiki CCL

A tourist ferry has capsized in Thailand, near the beach resort city of Pattaya. 200 Thai and foreign tourists were on the (allegedly overloaded) double-decker ferry reports RT News. Marines from Thailand’s Sattahip Naval Base have been deployed to search for the ship and missing passengers. The number of missing people has not been officially confirmed, but RT cite local media as reporting that at least 20 are missing. Source: RT News  

Hurricane Matthew Death Toll nears 900 in Haiti, Cholera takes lives

Atlantic Tropical Cyclones and Disturbance Image  National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew's trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday, with the number of dead soaring to 877, tens of thousands left homeless and outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives. Information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm and it became clear that at least 175 people died in villages clustered among the hills and on the coast of Haiti's fertile western tip. Rural clinics overflowed with patients whose wounds including broken bones had not been treated since the storm hit on Tuesday.

Maersk Not Interested in Hanjin, Hyundai

Photo: Maersk Line

There has been reports that Danish conglomerate A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S , the world’s No. 1 shipping company, could seek to take over Hanjin Shipping Co. and Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. However, WSJ, quoting sources says that Maersk Line isn’t likely to move to buy either Hyundai or Hanjin contrary to industry speculation that it would take over either one or both of the troubled Korean cargo ship operators. Instead, the company is likely to wait for other distressed operators to seek buyout deals as they try to avoid bankruptcy, the people said.

UK Ferry Service Saved by the Community

Ferry Brigantia: Photo courtesy of Bristol Ferry Co.

The Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into administration last November, and needed to raise £250,000 from investors by 31 July, but it surpassed that target, topping £300,000. According to  BBC News, citing ferry boss Ian Bunguard, more than 600 people had bought the shares - starting at £100 - with many being bought by people living in the city, and the ferry was now in a very strong position. Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into administration last year but its five blue and yellow passenger boats were bought by a consortium of investors.

Northrop Grumman Annual Shipyard 5K Fun Run/Walk

 Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

More than 400 employees, their family members and friends participated in Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) 5K Fun Run/Walk. The event was held at the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. on Oct.2. Jim Hughes, Newport News' vice president of aircraft carrier overhaul and carrier fleet support, welcomed shipbuilders and their families to the 5K. "This event is one of the many that we're doing this year as a part of our 2010 focus on our people," said Hughes. "What better things to focus on with our people than health, safety, wellness and quality of life.

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