Aquino: China Breaks South China Sea Deal
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday accused China of breaking a U.S.-brokered deal between the two nations on the Scarborough Shoal, an uninhabited rocky outcrop in the South China Sea.
MAN Bags Danaos Shipping Propeller Order
MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order to supply Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd. with fixed pitch Kappel propellers, propeller boss caps with fins, and Engine Power Limitation for two container vessels – the 8,500 TEU ‘CSCL Europe’ and ‘CSCL America’. Mr. Dimitrios Vastarouchas, Technical Director & Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Danaos said: “At Danaos we look forward to have the vessels upgraded. Our R&D…
2016 SDAP Rates Announced
The US Navy released updates to the Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) for eligible enlisted Sailors in NAVADMIN 120/16, May 25. The SDAP program enhances the Navy's ability to size, shape and stabilize the force by encouraging qualified Sailors to serve in designated Special Duty Assignments (SDAs) for a monetary incentive ranging from $75 to $450 a month. Changes to the program update will redistribute SDAP resources to help ensure Navy's priorities are being addressed.
GOST, Phantom Rescue Fight to end Child trafficking
GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marinesecurity, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it has partnered with Phantom Rescue in its fight against child trafficking. Phantom Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides awareness and deterrence for the prevention of child trafficking, enhanced global networking to stop the underground activities that contribute to human sex trafficking and most importantly…
Tissot Appointed VP & CFO, Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas announces the appointment of Nicolas Tissot as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Sami Badarani, who has decided to leave the company to pursue new professional opportunities. Nicolas Tissot has solid management and finance experience gained in key roles within international groups. Before joining Bureau Veritas, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Committee member of SCOR.
Royal Caribbean Orders 3 Ships from STX
Following the delivery of Harmony of the Seas on May 12 in Saint-Nazaire, the American group Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed an order for three additional vessels, one for its brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI ) and two brand Celebrity Cruises. This exceptional order, which remains subject to customary conditions and documentation of financing, complete the order book of the yard until 2023.
FedEx Completes Takeover of TNT Express
US-based FedEx Corp. completed its €4.4 billion ($4.9 billion) acquisition of Dutch TNT Express, , with integration of the companies to start immediately. The companies say customers will interact with each company as they always have and once the integration is complete, FedEx says they will benefit from an expanded global offering. FedEx chairman and CEO Frederick Smith said the deal combines the world’s largest air express network and an “unparalleled” European road network.
Dubai Partners with WOC on Ocean Sustainable Dwevelopment
The Dubai Council on Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI) and the World Ocean Council (WOC) have agreed to collaborate on ocean sustainable development and corporate ocean responsibility. The WOC is increasingly working with and through “maritime clusters” to advance these goals. “The World Ocean Council is a unique global business leadership organization committed to advancing ocean sustainable development, stewardship and science,” DCMMI Chairman, Khamis Juma Buamim, stated.
Taiwan Maritime Negotiations with Japan
Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee said that the government is slated to start maritime negotiations with Japan by late July in an effort to better protect Taiwan fishermen's rights on the high seas. Taipei and Tokyo will kick off two-way talks by the end of July and Lee pledged that the government will do its best to safeguard Taiwanese fishermen's rights, Lee said. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed in her inaugural address on Friday to seek regional cooperation…
Cheniere to Roll Out Second LNG Unit
Cheniere Energy Inc. plans to start exporting liquefied natural gas in August from a second plant at its Sabine Pass terminal in Cameron Parish, according to a report from Bloomberg News. Cheniere began exporting LNG in February from its first unit at Sabine Pass. In its fourth-quarter report, Cheniere said the second unit could begin producing LNG by mid-2016. When completed, the Sabine Pass facility will have six LNG units.
Poland Getting Ready for More LNG Imports
State-run Polish gas company PGNiG will receive its first spot delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Norway’s Statoil on June 25, it said on Tuesday, taking advantage of cheap and abundant global supply. Reuters reports that on 25 June Swinoujscie will also take delivery of a 140,000-tonne spot cargo from Statoil of Norway, which has agreed to supply “at least one” such spot cargo to the terminal. Gas will be transported from the Norwegian port of Snohvit on the Arctic Princess.
US, Thailand Naval Exercise in Andaman Sea
The U.S. Navy (USN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) kicked off Exercise Guardian Sea, Andaman Sea comprising bilateral naval training drills that aim to enhance cooperation in the fields of anti-submarine warfare and maritime domain awareness. Exercise 'Guardian Sea' in 2016 will also feature a shore phase with seminars and exchanges between subject-matter experts from both navies. The drills allow the navies to practice procedures related to anti-submarine warfar.
USNS Mercy Arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership
Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations May 24 in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. Now in its 11th year, Pacific Partnership is a multilateral, disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. "Partner nations, who invited Pacific Partnership 2016 to visit, refined our mission's focus this year," said Capt. Tom Williams, U.S. Navy, Pacific Partnership 2016 mission commander.
Guinean Sailors Arrested after Clash with Sierra Leone Navy
Sierra Leone was holding 11 Guineans including military personnel in custody on Wednesday following a confrontation at sea involving the two West African neighbours' navies…
Fleet Week Underway in New York
Now in its 28th year, New York Fleet Week has commenced, with ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy sailing into New York Harbor. The weeklong Fleet Week celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984, providing an opportunity for New Yorkers to witness firsthand the capabilities of today’s maritime services, as well as meet sailors, marines and coastguardsmen.
Davie Begins First Resolve-Class AOR Conversion
Davie Shipbuilding has cut first steel for the Resolve Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel. The project consists of converting a containership into an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy. This type of conversion has already been performed a number of times by international navies. “Today’s ceremony shows Davie at its best. We are uniquely…
STX Shipbuilding Likely to Enter Court-lead Restructuring
South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will likely need to enter court-supervised receivership due to financial difficulties, the firm's lead creditor Korea Development Bank said on Wednesday. STX Offshore's creditors took control of the company in 2013 after the shipbuilder was hit by falling ship prices following the global financial crisis. A Korea Development Bank spokesman…
Danelec Bags Multiple VDR Orders in Middle East
Danelec Marine, along with distribution partner Elcome International, is to supply Danelec DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for 14 ships in the Middle East. The…
Overcrowded Migrant Boat Flips, Five Dead
A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead.
Danish Maritime Days Themes Announced
Four themes at this year’s Danish Maritime Days will highlight some of the most important challenges and opportunities which the global maritime industry is facing, organizers said.