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Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator Media Statement

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator issued the following media statement in response to the United States Coast Guard Report of Investigation into the Circumstances Surrounding the Explosion, Fire, Sinking and Loss of Eleven Crew Members Aboard the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit DEEPWATER HORIZON in the Gulf of Mexico, April 20-22, 2010, as accepted by the Commandant’s final action:   "The Republic of the Marshall Islands acknowledges the Commandant's conclusions. The United States Coast Guard's report, with final Commandant action, reinforces many of the findings contained in the flag State’s report released previously," said Bill Gallagher, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs. "The Marshall Islands looks forward to working closely with the United States and other member States at the International Maritime Organization to implement the lessons that can be learned from this casualty and improve maritime safety going forward," he concluded.   Background:   The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator published the DEEPWATER HORIZON Marine Casualty Investigation Report on 17 August 2011. When operating on the United States outer continental shelf (OCS), both the flag State, the Republic of the Marshall Islands in this case, and the coastal State, the United States, regulate vessel safety and marine operational standards of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units


Pirated MV Samho Dream Released

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 6 November 2010, the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Samho Dream was released from under pirate control. The MV Samho Dream, a Marshall Islands-owned crude oil tanker, deadweight 319,360 tonnes, was pirated on 4 April 2010 approximately 600 nautical miles off the Somali coast. The MV Samho Dream has a crew of 24, of which 19 Filipinos and 5 South Koreans.  


Marshall Islands Urges Cap on Shipping Emissions

Image: Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries

 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands) Monday issued an emailed press release calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set a new global target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the international shipping industry.   The tiny South Pacific nation is the world's third biggest shipping registry, but is increasingly threatened by rising sea levels linked to climate change


Warde Joins Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP announced that Conor T. Warde has joined the as an Associate in the maritime group. Warde brings experience in international maritime law and will be based in Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Warde served as Associate General Counsel of International Registries, Inc., which administers the Marshall Islands Maritime Registry. In this capacity, Warde guided the Registry on the interpretation and enforcement of national and international


Marshall Islands Calls for New Emissions Target

Tony de Brum

In a submission to the International Maritime Organization, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, currently the world’s third largest shipping registry, has called for the setting of a new global target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, a growing sector currently left out of international climate negotiations.     The Marshall Island’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tony de Brum issued the following statement regarding the submission


Pirates Release Bulk Carrier Filitsa

The Bulk Carrier Filitsa, hijacked in the Somali Basin on Nov. 11, 2009, has been released after payment of a ransom. The Marshall Island Flag Filitsa, with her crew of 22 (19 Philippino and three Greek) had been held at the pirate stronghold of Hobyo, on the Somali coast. The Filitsa was en route from Dubai to Durban when she was hijacked. The ship is now heading out to sea and will be monitored by EU NAVFOR.  


This Day in Coast Guard History – Feb. 17

1944- Coast Guardsmen participated in the invasions of Eniwetok and Engebi, Marshall Island. 1956- The CGC Casco saved 21 persons from a US Navy seaplane that was forced to ditch 100 miles south of Bermuda and delivered both the survivors and the disabled aircraft to the Naval Air Station at St. Georgia Harbor, Bermuda. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


This Day in Naval History – May 6

1909 - Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco 1916 - First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to SECNAV Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC 1942 - CAPT Milton Miles arrives in Chungking, China, to begin building an intelligence and guerilla training organization, Naval Group China 1945 - Naval landing force evacuates 500 Marshallese from Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands


This Day in Naval History - May 06

1909 - Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco. 1916 - First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to SECNAV Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC. 1942 - CAPT Milton Miles arrives in Chungking, China, to begin building an intelligence and guerilla training organization, Naval Group China. 1945 - Naval landing force evacuates 500 Marshallese from Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History - 31 January

From the Navy News Service:   1944 - A U.S. amphibious landing takes place on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. 1961 - Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. becomes the first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout (DER 324). 1981 - The era of enlisted naval aviators ends when the last pilot retires.   For more news from the Naval Historical Center, visit their Navy Newsstand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/navhist.


IMO Edges Towards Decarbonisation Objective

Photo: Seas at Risk

 The UN's shipping body has settled on the main elements of an interim strategy aiming to decarbonise the sector, said a press release from Seas at Risk.   Over 170 countries meeting at the International Maritime Organisation in London had some substantive discussion on objectives and


Frontline Alters Course, Drops DHT Pursuit

Photo: DHT Holdings

CEO: Frontline will continue to expand its fleet; won't pursue M&A now, though consolidation may come later.   Oslo-listed oil tanker firm Frontline has abandoned its pursuit of New York-listed rival DHT Holdings and is not working on any alternative acquisitions


Marshall Islands Dismisses Frontline's Bid to Stop DHT Takeover

Photo: DHT Holdings

The High Court of the Marshall Islands has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought by tanker firm Frontline to stop rival DHT selling a major stake to shipper BW Group, DHT said on Monday.   Frontline, which according to Thomson Reuters Eikon data holds a 10


Seized Moroccan Ship to Stay in South Africa, Court Rules

 A South African court ruled on Thursday that a seized ship carrying a Moroccan cargo of phosphate from the disputed Western Sahara should remain in port until the case goes to trial or security is posted, a lawyer for the Polisario independence movement said.


Hunter Maritime Terminates Tender Offer for Bulkers

Bulk carrier anon: File photo

 Marshall Islands based Hunter Maritime Acquisition revealed it has “mutually agreed” with Germany’s Oskar Wehr to terminate the master agreement and the memoranda of agreement (MOA) related to the acquisition of five Capesize dry bulk carriers.  


Court Rejects Frontline's Complaint against DHT-BW Group Deal

Photo: DHT Holdings

 A court in the Marshall Islands rejected tanker operator Frontline's complaint against DHT Holdings over a rival deal with BW Group. Frontline, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, owns around 14.5 percent of DHT. Frontline has been trying for the past year to take over its


TOP Ships Buys Stake in M/T Stenaweco Elegance

Ship owner TOP Ships Inc. said it will purchase for $6.5 million an additional 41 percent interest in Eco Seven Inc., a Marshall Islands company that owns M/T Stenaweco Elegance, a 50,188 dwt medium range (MR) product tanker, which is operating under a three year time charter at a rate of $16


Pirates Attack Oil Tanker in Gulf of Oman

Suspected pirates in a skiff attacked a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker, MT NAVIG8 Providence, in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday and were driven off by the ship's security, the European Naval Force said. "There was an exchange of small arms fire between the suspected pirates and the


Panama Frees Vessel Held in Western Sahara Claim

Panama authorities have released a Moroccan phosphate shipment from the disputed Western Sahara territory after it was temporarily held by a legal challenge from the Polisario independence movement, officials said on Monday.   The vessel was held on May 18 and is the second tanker carrying


Greece Tops World's Worst Shipping Nation

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 NGO Shipbreaking Platform Annual Report 2016 listed Greece as number one in World's Worst Shipping Nation followed by China.   It may be surprising for a country whose industry is proud of green technology and engineering solutions


Marshall Islands Extends Electronic Logbook Approval

K-Fleet Logbook (Photo: Kongsberg)

The Maritime Administrator of the Marshall Islands has extended its approval of the K-Fleet Logbook system, enabling more than 4,000 flag state registered vessels to introduce digital reporting for oil record and garbage record logbooks. The approval states that K-Fleet Logbook may now be used to


Eagle Bulk Takes Delivery of Stonington Eagle

Photo:  Eagle Bulk Shipping

Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of the M/V Stonington Eagle, the third of nine Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels acquired from Greenship Bulk Trust for an aggregate price of $153 million. With the addition of the M/V Stonington Eagle


Marshall Islands Court Sets Date for Frontline Case against DHT

File photo: DHT

Oil tanker firm Frontline said on Friday the high court in the Marshall Islands has agreed to hear on May 17 its complaint against takeover target DHT Holdings, which is incorporated in the remote Pacific republic, over a rival deal with BW Offshore.  


Frontline Takes Legal Battle over DHT to Marshall Islands

File photo: DHT

John Fredriksen's Frontline is switching its legal battle for control of tanker operator DHT Holdings from New York to the tiny Marshall Islands after making a fifth offer for the company this week.   Frontline, controlled by Norwegian billionaire Fredriksen and owner of a 14


Coast Guard Concludes Response to Bulker Casualty

The Coast Guard has concluded its response to a deadly blast on board a bulk ship in the Atlantic Ocean. IMAGE: U.S. Coast Guard

The two surviving crewmembers of the bulk-carrier Tamar explosion were medevaced at approximately 4:30 a.m., by a Portuguese aircrew along with three New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers to continue medical care.    






 
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