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Russia Launches Syria Submarine Strikes

Rostov-on-Don. Photo by Russian Navy

 Russian media reports that a Russian diesel-electric submarine operating submerged in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday launched Kalibr cruise missiles at  Islamic State terrorists’ (ISIL) vital facilities for first time in Syria.   Agence France-Presse, citing Russian news agencies, reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military had launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean.   The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don”, Defense Minister told President Vladimir Putin.   Russia’s warships based in the Caspian and Mediterranean seas launched similar missiles targeting ISIL Takfiri group (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) positions in late November. This is the first time that Russia has targeted ISIL in Syria from a submarine.   “[The missiles] targeted two major terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa,” he said.   “We can say with absolute confidence that significant damage has been inflicted upon ammunition warehouses and a mine production plant, as well as the oil infrastructure.”   Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department said: "Russia's Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers stationed at the Mozdok airfield


Greenpeace Ship Welcomed Back After 300-day Russian Detention

Arctic Sunrise: Photo Greenpeace

The environmental protest icebreaker 'Arctic Sunrise' has sailed back into Dutch territorial waters after over 300 days in Russian custody. The ship had been held illegally since taking part in a peaceful direct action against state owned oil company Gazprom, as it tried to drill the world’s first oil well in icy Arctic waters, says Greenpeace. Several members of the so called ‘Arctic 30’ were there to greet the ship and boarded the vessel in Beverwijk, near Amsterdam.


SAIC Tsunami Buoy System for Russian Federation

PRNewsFoto/SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced it has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system by the Far Eastern Ecological Center, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, for the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI), Vladivostok, Russian Federation. The STB system will be one of the key sensors monitored by the Tsunami Warning Center in the Russian Far East


Russian Shipyard Cuts First Metal for Mistral-class Warship

Mistral-class Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Baltic Shipyard cuts metal for the hull of  first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship for construction in France. Russia and France signed a US$1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Under the contract, STX France will carry out the final assembly of the hulls from 24 blocks produced in Russia. STX France handed over in July the first batch of technical documentation on the Mistral project to Russian


Russia, Japan Hold Shipbuilding and Repair Seminar

The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar Development of Cooperation in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, organized by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA), was held September 4-5 in St. Petersburg. More than 30 representatives from 11 Japanese suppliers of ship equipment and components took part in the seminar, along with representatives of Russian maritime industry enterprises


Software Radio Technology Wins Big Russian AIS Contract

Software Radio Technology plc (“SRT”} wins contract to supply Transas of Russia with Glonass – capable AIS systems Software Radio Technology plc (“SRT”} announce it has signed an AIS supply agreement with Transas Navigator (“Transas”) of Russia with an initial frame order for Class A products worth US$1.25 million which is expected to be delivered over the next twelve months in minimum call-offs of US$250,000.


Greenpeace sends protest ship as first Russian Arctic oil arrives

Rainbow Warrior

  Greenpeace International has sent out a ship 'Rainbow Warrior'on Monday to confront the Russian Oil tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam. The oil was drilled at the Prirazlomnaya platform, an offshore rig owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom and the site of Greenpeace's protest last September. The ship sailed from the port of Rotterdam at 12:40 Dutch time (13:40 GMT), told AFP Saliz Patrick


Russia Begins Naval Drill in Mediterranean near Syria

Photo:Russian Federation Defence Ministry

 The Russian military has begun a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria, to test its ability to deal with "crisis situations caused by terrorist threats," according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry.   The maneuvers in the Mediterranean are held in accordance to the combat training plan of the Russian Navy. The live-fire exercise comes while Russian forces are actively involved in fighting in Syria


Petrofac Offers Accredited Offshore Safety Training in Russia

Photo courtesy of Petrofac Training Services

Petrofac Training Services' training centre the first in Russia to offer OPITO accredited OERTM, CASS & Escape Chute training. The company has achieved OPITO accreditation at its state-of-the-art base on Sakhalin Island, having continuously added to its offering at the STTC since it first opened its doors in 2008, initially providing technical and language training to meet the demands of the region’s rapidly expanding oil and gas workforce.


Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has ratcheted up its war of words over Ukraine, with the parliamentary defence secretary claiming Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea


North Korea's New Ferry Service Makes First Trip to Russia

A new ferry line between isolated North Korea and its neighbour Russia docked for the first time at the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday.   The ferry's Russian operators say it is purely a commercial venture, but it coincides with what some academics say is a drive by North


Russia Wants to Sell Sovcomflot to Small-stake Investors

Photo: Sovcomflot

Russia plans to sell part of state shipping firm Sovcomflot next month, hoping to draw in a wide range of small-stake investors rather than a strategic buyer who could threaten Moscow's control of the group, banking and industry sources say.  


North Korea Launches Ferry Service to Russia

Vladivostok, Russia (© vesta48 / Adobe Stock)

North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North's state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. Experts have said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un


China's Shandong Tanks Are Full, Tankers Await Discharge

File Image: Credit BMT

Most crude tankers float for less than a week; half of fuel oil tankers are carrying bitumen mixture.   More than 20 tankers carrying crude and fuel oil are anchored off the ports of China's eastern Shandong province, as onshore storage tanks are full


Arctic Council Meeting Stirs Hidden Tensions

Photo credit: Arctic Council Secretariat / Linnea Nordström

As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.  


Saipem Teams Up with Italy Railways in Russia Project Bid

Saipem has teamed up with Italy's state railways to bid for work on a Russian high-speed train project as the Italian oil engineering and contracting firm seeks new business to offset an ongoing slump in the energy industry. Oil service groups like Saipem have been hit by a sharp fall in oil


Russian Intelligence Ship Sinks, All 78 Crew Rescued

A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said.   The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after


Poland to Receive first US LNG Delivery in June

File Image: CREDIT GAC

Poland will receive its first liquefied natural gas supplies (LNG) from the United States in mid-June as a result of a deal Polish gas firm PGNiG signed with Cheniere Energy, state-run PGNiG said on Thursday.   Cheniere Energy will make the spot delivery at the Swinoujscie terminal on the


Russian Ship Sinks after Collision, All Personnel Safe

A Russian ship which collided on Thursday with a Togo-flagged livestock vessel has sunk, Turkey's coastal safety authority said. It said all 78 personnel had been evacuated from the ship.   The ship, identified as the "Liman", collided with the Togo-flagged "Youzarsif H"


Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

File photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.  


Eleven Missing after Bulker Sinks off Crimean Coast

A cargo ship heading from Russia to Turkey sunk off the coast of Crimea early on Wednesday morning and 11 of the crew are missing, Crimea's emergency situations ministry said.   It said that the Panama-flagged vessel 'Geroi Arsenala' had sent an SOS signal when it was located 14 nautical


Caspian Sea States Cooperate on Pollution Response

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined countries and stakeholders concerned with protecting the Caspian Sea from oil pollution at a regional meeting in Bandar-e Anzali, Islamic Republic of Iran (16-20 April).  


Russia Tells Turkey it Expects Lifting of Grain Export Curbs

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 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told a visiting delegation of Turkish ministers on Tuesday that it expected Ankara to lift restrictions on Russian grain exports to Turkey, the Russian government said in a statement.  


Sovcomflot Holds PDVSA Oil Hostage over Debts

Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA, sent a tanker in October to the Caribbean with the expectation that its cargo of crude would fetch about $20 million - money the crisis-stricken nation desperately needs.   Instead, the owner of the tanker


Vittoria Shipyard Enters International Tug Market

Photo courtesy of Vittoria Shipyard

Vittoria Shipyard, which is one of Italy’s main constructors of military and commercial boats, has laid down the challenge to the international tug market with orders from the Russian and Algerian governments for a total value of 15 million Euros.  






 
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