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MarAd Seeks to Designate Ships for Relief

According to reports, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) is seeking to designate one or more vessels as relief ships for rescue operations during disasters. Speaking on the sidelines of the API Tanker Conference 2006, Varshney said that MarAd and the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) should collaborate to make this idea materialize. This was suggested in the aftermath of the hurricane season in the U.S. Gulf Coast last year, which raised several questions about contingency plans for disasters and logistics problems. Source: Reuters


Navy Honored by Mississippi Legislature for Katrina Work

The Mississippi state legislature has honored Mississippi Gulf Coast-based Navy commands for their service to their communities in the Hurricane Katrina evacuation and relief effort. State Sen. Scottie Cuevas of Pass Christian, Miss., presented the concurrent resolution April 25 to Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. McGee’s command is based at Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast


Norfolk Ships Deploy to Support Relief Efforts

Three amphibious ships and a rescue and salvage ship based in Hampton Roads are getting underway Aug. 31 and heading for the Gulf of Mexico to support relief operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast following widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport (LPD 12), both based at Naval Station Norfolk; the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the rescue and salvage ship USS


USS Ashland Loads Supplies for Haiti

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Feb. 1-2 to on load food, water and supplies for the Haiti relief effort. Ashland took on more than 200 pallets of supplies, including more than 35 cases of bottled water, approximately 10,000 meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), baby food, baby diapers, mail for service members in Haiti and essential maintenance parts for U.S. ships providing the relief efforts in the area.


USNS Comfort Completes Haiti Mission

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has completed its mission departed the Joint Task Force-Haiti area of operations. Over the course of seven weeks, the ship's U.S military and civilian medical personnel treated 871 patients, receiving at the height of the recovery effort one patient every six to nine minutes. But now, thanks to more field hospitals ashore and fewer patients in need of specialized care, the ship has not had patients on board for more than a week.


Tax Relief for Indian Seafarers

NUSI presents Cheque for the Relief of flood affected brothers and sisters in Jammu & Kashmir

  Indian seafarers serving on Indian flagged vessel are forced to pay income tax if their vessel touches two Indian ports during a voyage whereas Indians serving on foreign flag vessels were exempted from paying such a tax. This had cast a burden not only on the seafarers but Indian shipping companies which, as a result, have been seeing flight of good talent to foreign shipping companies. The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been consistently persuing the matter with the


Carnival Cruise Lines To Raise $1.5 Million For American Red Cross Relief Efforts

Carnival Cruise Lines will donate $50 for each stateroom sold over the next 30 days to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts associated with the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The $50 per cabin donation is expected to generate approximately $1.5 million for the American Red Cross, continuing Carnival's decade-long association with the world's foremost relief organization. Carnival, like other companies throughout the world


MOL Helps Typhoon Victims in Luzon

Photo courtesy Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. President Akimitsu Ashida announced a donation of $40,000 to relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana that struck the Philippines at the end of September. The company expressed its heartfelt sympathy for the disaster victims, and said it hopes they can return to normal life as soon as possible. MOL is making the donation through Manila-based Magsaysay-Mitsui O.S.K. Marine, Inc., which provides recruitment and training of seafarers


New Ship for Australian Navy Arrives

Ocean Shield: Photo credit RAN

The Navy’s newest ship, Australian Defence Vessel 'Ocean Shield', has arrived in Australia The Australian Government announced earlier this year that it had purchased the vessel, formerly known as Skandi Bergen, to add to the Royal Australian Navy's current amphibious ships. The vessel ensures that Defence has the humanitarian and disaster relief capability required between now and the arrival of the two new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships in the middle of the decade.


Navy Hospital Ship Ordered to Ready for Philippines Support

USNS Mercy: Photo credit USN

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has directed the activation of the hospital ship 'USNS Mercy' (T-AH 19) to be ready to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
 Berthed in San Diego, USNS Mercy has been in a reduced operating status, which is normal for a hospital ship. Harris' activation order accelerates Mercy's ability to attain full operating status to include moving necessary personnel and equipment to the


Australia: Melville Assists Daydream Island

HMAS Melvilles Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat prepares to deliver emergency water supplies to Daydream Island as the ship supports the rescue of more than 400 people, following the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 More than 400 stranded guests and staff have been rescued from Daydream Island off Queensland, ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, thanks to the actions of HMAS Melville.    The hydrographic ship was operating near Townsville when the cyclone hit the Whitsunday Islands


Heavy Lift for HMAS Choules

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The Australian Defence Force's amphibious capability was on point in the recent response to Cyclone Debbie, with HMAS Choules delivering one of her largest loads of supplies to affected communities last week.   Working seamlessly with Army’s 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8


Australian MATV Completes Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

The Royal Australian Navy’s new Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore has passed sea trials. Following final vessel handover from builder Damen Shipyards Group, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties.  


World Record Lifeboat Boarding

Photo courtesy of Palfinger Marine

The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record.   In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats


International Navy Friendships Strengthened in Crisis

HMCS Vancouver through the periscope of HMAS Dechaineux during Exercise Ngatahi. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Navies took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off the east coast of New Zealand late last year.   Exercise NGA TAHI sought to strengthen relations and refine common operating procedures between the participating nations.  


Statoil Awards ERRV Contracts

Stril Poseidon Photo Statoil

Statoil awards Simon Møkster Shipping AS contracts for three emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV), and Havila Shipping ASA for one ERRV. The contacts have a total value, included options, of NOK 2.7 billion. The vessels will be part of Statoil’s area-wide emergency response on


Aussie Navy Trains to fight

Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Anzac (150) sailing through Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, as part of Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo RAN

More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy.   The inaugural Exercise Ocean Explorer will include international participants


Navies Training to Fight off the Western Australian Coast

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy.   The inaugural Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER will include some international participants


Iran Stages Massive Navy Drill in Indian Ocean

Pic: Islamic Republic of Iran Army

 Amid rising tensions with the US, Iranian naval forces have launched the final stage of a large-scale drill north of the Indian Ocean to enhance their defense capabilities, reports PressTV.   Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced the beginning of the maneuver


12th Pacific Partnership Mission On to Strengthen Indo-Asia-Pacific Ties

Official U.S. Navy file photo of expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) underway in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy: United States Navy

 The U.S. Navy is joining allied and partner nation forces for the 12th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin March 1.   This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness and capacity, while enhancing partnerships with participating nations


Britain to Review Tax to Speed up North Sea O&G Deals

Britain will look at ways of making it easier to sell North Sea oil and gas fields by changing tax rules in order to keep them producing for longer, the finance ministry said.   The move, which is due to be announced in finance minister Philip Hammond's budget on Wednesday


Indian Navy inducts INS Tillanchang

Photo: Indian Navy

 INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), was commissioned into the Indian Navy  by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command at Karwar naval base in Karnataka.


FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

 Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Michael A. Khouri has designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.   Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome


HMAS Choules Sails for Cyclone Support

HMAS Choules has sailed to support communities that may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Choules has sailed for northern Queensland waters in support of communities which may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.   The amphibious ship, left Sydney on 27 March as part of broader Australian Defence Force support to Queensland emergency services responding to the


Navy on the Record Response to Andrew Greene Reporting

HMAS Choules sits at anchor off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Recent reporting by the ABC that “Navy's largest ships unable to join Cyclone Debbie emergency response amid engine troubles” is misleading, said TW Barrett, AO, CSC, Vice Admiral, RAN, Chief of Navy.  To assert, as the ABC did in its reporting that issues with HMA Ships






 
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