RS STC Presidium Session
The meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council (STC) Presidium of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was held on 15 December 2015. The STC is one of the crucial components to ensure the RS activity on rendering the wide range of services in the area of marine transportation safety. The Council consists of the Presidium and 14 specialized sections and incorporates over 300 scientists and highly qualified specialists from over 30 scientific…
Not Younger Than 18 Yrs, Unless…
International dry bulk shipowners seem only to scrap ships aged 18 years or older. While a couple of Chinese owners have scrapped ships that were even younger than that. 19 ships out of 28 ships built in 1998 to 1999 and demolished between 2013 and 2015 highlights the effect of the Chinese-flag scrapping cash subsidy provided to the Chinese owners. China launched a two-year scrapping subsidy program in 2013, a program that was extended for two more years earlier in 2015.
Hay Point's Third Coal Berth Opens
BHP has marked a new milestone in their coal sector expansion as BMA opened the new third berth at the Australia's Hay Point Coal Export Terminal this week. The new infrastructure increases Hay Point Coal Terminal’s capacity from 44 million to 55 million tonnes per annum. Hay Point has been in operation since 1971, and the third berth and ship loader has been under construction since 2011.
Ike Launch of Nulka Successful
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) completed the first successful carrier launch of the MK 234 Nulka countermeasure fired from the MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS), Dec. 16. Nulka, an Australian Aboriginal word meaning to "be quick," is a rapid-response active expendable decoy (AED) capable of providing highly effective defense for ships against modern anti-ship missiles (ASM). The decoy was developed through a joint effort by Australia and the United States.
Panama Sues Italy for Vessel Arrest, Detention
Panama today filed an application with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a dispute with Italy regarding the arrest and detention of the MV Norstar, a Panamanian-flagged vessel. According to the application, from 1994 until 1998 the MV Norstar was involved in supplying gasoil to mega yachts in international waters beyond the territorial seas of Italy, France and Spain. The application…
Cuban Migrant Crisis: USCG Still Focused on Saving Lives
The crew could not have been separated from the dock for more than an hour. The thick salt air had barely filled their lungs. Cell phone towers in Key West, Florida, were still visible with a squint of an eye. A voice rang out on the back deck, “Two seven zero. Three hundred yards! A crewmember from Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, Miami, had spotted what appeared to be Cuban nationals on a make-shift raft, headed for the U.S.