USN, RSN Achieve New Milestones During CARAT 2015
The U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy completed the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore after 11 days of comprehensive training both at sea and ashore, July 24. CARAT Singapore featured a series of dynamic training engagements including a five-day sea phase involving ships, submarines and aircraft from both countries. "Having arrived in Southeast Asia in 2012…
CSIRO Discovers Extinct Volcanoes off Sydney Coast
While searching for baby lobsters no bigger than a 50-cent piece, Australian researchers discovered a series of giant volcanoes off the coast of Sydney. The four previously unknown volcanoes, which are now extinct, are situated about 250 kilometres off Sydney in about five kilometres of water. The largest is 1.5 kilometres across the rim and rises 700 metres from the sea floor. They were uncovered by chance when marine biologists on Australia's new research vessel…
Shell Gets APD for limited Arctic Drilling
After extensive review and under a robust array of safety requirements, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno today announced that Shell has received conditional approval of two Applications for Permits to Drill (APD) to conduct limited exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska. Specifically, the APDs limit Shell to drilling only the top sections of wells and prohibit Shell from drilling into oil-bearing zones.
Ships Cross Egypt's New Suez Canal in First Test-run
The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal on Saturday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal. The new waterway, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will help expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia and give a boost to Egypt's economy, will be formally inaugurated on Aug.
Furuno's Bridge Systems for Holland America Cruise Ships
The extensive global network of Furuno service centers, subsidiaries and distributors was one of the reasons that Holland America Line (HAL) chose Furuno when it was time to retrofit their cruise ships with the very latest in a fully integrated navigation system. After considerable research in cruise ship navigation electronics, HAL selected the Furuno bridge solution and engaged Radio Holland to procure and install the equipment, starting with their first ship, the MS Westerdam.
U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24. During the ceremony, Floyd retired from active duty after 35 years of honorable naval service. He assumed command of U.S. 3rd Fleet in May 2013.
Search on for Two in Waters near Halona Blowhole
The Coast Guard is searching for two men swept out to sea near Halona Blowhole Lookout, Saturday. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu, are searching for the missing men. Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are also assisting with search efforts.
Navig8 Amessi joins the Delta8 Pool
Navig8 Chemicals is pleased to announce the delivery of Navig8 Amessi, the eleventh of eighteen ECO 37,000dwt chemical tankers constructed at Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard ("HMD"). We welcome the latest addition to our growing pool: Vessel: Navig8 Amessi Yard: Hyundai MIPO Built: 2015 Delivery: July 2015 Deadweight: 37,596 CBM: 42,000
Brazil Exports Soy from New Northeast Terminal
Two soybean cargoes have recently departed from a new terminal in northeast Brazil operated by VLI and local trader Multigrain, the latest option in the region as…
Chinese Navy Plays Down S. China Sea Exercises
The Chinese navy played down recent military drills in the South China Sea and criticised other countries for "illegally" occupying islands in the area, the official Xinhua news service reported on Saturday. China has launched a naval drill in waters to the east of Hainan island, a largely unpopulated region of reefs and shoals in which a number of countries maintain contradictory and overlapping territorial claims. "Holding sea drills is a common practice for navies with various countries.
Filipino Fishermen Remove Chinese Buoys near Disputed Shoal
Filipino fishermen found several buoys with Chinese markings near the disputed Scarborough Shoal and towed the devices back to shore northwest of the capital, Manila, Philippines officials said on Sunday. China seized control of the rocky outcrop in the South China Sea in 2012 after a three-month stand-off with Philippine coast guard ships, preventing Filipino fishermen from getting near their traditional fishing grounds. The shoal is about 125 nautical miles (230 km) west of the Philippines.
OOCL’s Revenues Plummet
Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) saw a 2.1% dip in total container shipping volumes in the second quarter of 2015 when compared to the same period last year. Total revenues decreased by 9.3% to USD 1,362.4 million. Loadable capacity increased by 7.1%, whereas the overall load factor was 6.8% lower than the same period in 2014. Overall average revenue per teu decreased by 7.4% compared to the second quarter of last year, the company said.
NMDC Completes New Suez Canal
National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), the UAE's leading dredging and marine construction company, has announced the completion of the New Suez Canal project following its successful trial run on Saturday (July 25). A total of six container ships from around the world navigated the canal as part of the trial run toward ensuring its readiness for full-fledged operations. Three ships navigated the canal from Suez in the south and moved to the north…
Passenger Vessel Runs Aground in Aegean Sea
A passenger vessel (Flying Cat) with a total of 253 persons on board was safely evacuated on Sunday after running aground off Tinos island in the Aegean Sea, Xinhua reported quoting the Greek Coast Guard. No injuries or severe damage have been reported while an evacuation operation is underway. Shipping boats and speedboats have reached the area to help evacuate the ship, while a tug boat was on the way, local officials said.
South Australia Seeks Shipbuilding Job Guarantees
The South Australian Government has outlined three key points on shipbuilding it wants addressed by the Commonwealth's Defence White Paper next month. It wants (1) a minimum 70 per cent Australian worker participation in the building, similar to the Collins Class submarines, (2) a guarantee the future naval submarines and frigates will be built in Australia and (3) that the local industry will have a continuous building program.
Araya Adrift in Black Sea
The bulk carrier Araya lost power and adrift on 90 nautical miles off Odessa, Ukraine in Black Sea on July 25. The carrier, en route from Ilyichevsk Ukraine to Constanta Romania, got full blackout several hours after leaving the port of Ilyichevsk. The ship lost power due to mechanical problem and went before the power is restored. The ship engineers are working to solve the problem and to resume the voyage, but still the ship is adrift off Ukraine in southern direction.
Tanker and Cargo Ship Collided in Shanghai
General cargo vessel "Jiang Xia Xiang" collided with the tanker "Bai Chi" on July 23, 2015, at 1 a.m. in the Wusong area, Shanghai, on the Yangtze river. The cargo ship was loaded with 7000 tons of stone, the tanker was carrying 30000 tons of crude oil. The "Jiang Xia Xiang" suffered a breach at portside and water ingress. It was taken to an anchorage, where it with the starboard side remaining above water, small leak reported. 16 crew safe.
CMA CGM to Reinstate Iran as Port of Call
The Marseille-based French company CMA CGM S.A has announced readiness to start operation in Iran on August 6. CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity, will add Shahid Rajaei port in Iran to its Asia-Europe loop. Ebrahim Idani, director general of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Department, told local media that CMA CGM's 11,500 teu Andromeda is expected to call in August.
Sainty Marine Chairman Resigns
The chairman of Shenzhen-listed Sainty Marine, Wang Shuhua has delivered his resignation amid the company's deteriorating financial situation, according to an exchange filing. According to a statement by Marine he resigned for personal reasons. He previously worked as the administrative manager of state-owned Jiangsu Jiangsu Guoxin. The company’s board of directors subsequently elected Zhang Shunfu as the successor to Wang.
First Cruise Ship Docks at Teignmouth Port
History was made at ABP’s Port of Teignmouth with the visit of its first ever cruise ship. The Hebridean Princess, a luxury cruise ship, arrived from Dartmouth carrying 50 passengers. They were welcomed by the town officials before embarking on a day trip around Teignmouth, which included a visit to Compton Castle. The cruise ship departed Teignmouth in the evening, to the sounds of a sea shanty group bidding them farewell.