Three Somali Pirates to Appear in US Court
Three Somali men face a possible death penalty when they go on trial this week for a pirate attack that led to the death of four Americans. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Sheikh Abrar, reports VOA. The three were among 15 Somalis arrested after the killing of the Americans aboard the Quest, a vessel hijacked by pirates near the coast of Somalia in February 2011. The U.S. indictment accuses Salad, Beyele and Abrar of shooting and killing the four Americans without provocation during hostage negotiations with the U.S. Navy and FBI. The three face a total of 26 counts of piracy, kidnapping, hostage-taking and discharge of a firearm resulting in death. All three have pleaded not guilty.
U.S. Seeks Death Penalty for Three Somali Yacht Hijackers
Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against three Somalis charged with murder in the fatal shooting of four Americans aboard a hijacked yacht last year. Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar could also face the death penalty on numerous other charges related to the February, 2011 hijacking. They include hostage taking resulting in death, violence against maritime navigation resulting in death and kidnapping resulting in death. In total, 22 of the 26 counts the defendants are charged with are death-eligible offenses. The decision to seek the death penalty is made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Prosecutors were required to tell the court if they planned to seek the death penalty before the Somalis’ trial started.
Somali Pirates Sentenced for the Murder of Four Americans
Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 27, Abukar Osman Beyle, 33, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 31, who were previously found guilty of piracy, murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, violence against maritime navigation, conspiracy to commit violence against maritime navigation resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death and multiple firearms offenses, were sentenced this week. Salad, Beyle and Abrar were all sentenced to 21 life sentences, 19 consecutive life sentences and two concurrent life sentences…
Life in Prison for Somali Pirates who Murdered Four Americans
Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 25, Abukar Osman Beyle, 20, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 29, who were previously found guilty by jury of all 26 counts charged to include piracy, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, hostage taking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death and multiple firearms offenses, were sentenced today by a federal jury. The three defendants were sentenced to life-in-prison for their roles in the February 22, 2011 murder of four Americans aboard the sailing vessel Quest.
Port Plans $105M Investment
Malaysia's Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) intends to buy more than 400 million ringgit ($105 million) of equipment to handle an expected rise in container shipments. PTP's chief executive Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman was quoted by national Bernama news agency as saying he expected volume to triple to 150,000 TEUs by March after averaging 40,000 to 50,000 in the second-half of last year. PTP, a deep-sea port located at the south-western tip of Peninsular Malaysia, created a stir in the shipping world last year when it snatched away Maersk-Sealand, neighboring Singapore's prized client, as its anchor customer and shareholder. Maersk-Sealand, the world's largest shipping line, now owns 30 percent of PTP and is expected to channel some two million TEUs to the port.
Ceremony Celebrates Completion Of First Vehicle-Passenger Ferry For Turkey
Following the launch in December of Osman Gazi-1, the first of two Auto Express 88 fast car ferries for the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, an Inaugural Voyage for Representatives of the Operating Cities of Turkey was held on Monday 12th March 2007. This was to commemorate the successful completion of sea trials prior to the ferry traveling to Istanbul to commence operations. Designated to operate on a 39 nautical mile reciprocal service across the Marmara Sea between Yenikapi (Istanbul) and a new port development in Mudanya servicing the city of Bursa, Osman Gazi-1 is scheduled to enter service in April 2007, the same month the second ferry will be launched.
Austal to Build Ferries for Istanbul
Austal announced that a contract for two high speed vehicle-passenger catamarans has been signed with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. This follows the submission of a fully compliant proposal with the lowest price offer in an international tender that began earlier this year. To be operated by Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri (IDO) the identical new ferries are scheduled for delivery in 2007 and have a capacity to carry 1,200 passengers and 225 cars or 126 lane metres of trucks plus 158 cars. The origins of Turkey’s large fast ferry fleet can be traced to 1987 when the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality founded IDO to develop sea transportation solutions and thus help ease growing traffic congestion.
ST Marine Celebrates LMV Sovereignty Launch
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Launching Ceremony today for the second Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Sovereignty, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The Launch Ceremony was officiated by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security. Initiating the launch of the vessel at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard was DPM Teo’s wife, Mrs Teo Chee Hean.
Marine Tech Summit Set for Singapore
Challenges for the next decade in port and maritime research and development (R&D) and technology will be the focus of the 2nd International Conference on Port and Maritime R&D and Technology (ICPMRDT), to be held from 10-12 September 2003 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore. Five main sessions, which would be based on the theme "Port and Maritime R&D and Technology", will be featured at the 3-day conference. They are Port Development, Management and Operations; Coastal/Hydraulics Engineering; Marine Environment; Innovative Ship Designs and Operations; and Navigation and Maritime Training. These are key areas that offer great commercial potential for the maritime R&D and technology sector.
LPD-19 - Mesa Verde - Christened
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Mesa Verde (LPD 19) Christened
Mesa Verde in front of more than 1,000 guests. Corporation for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team. undersecretary of the Navy, the ceremony's principal speaker. expeditionary assault ships ever to sail the seas. area have been making our Navy the best in the world since 1938. continued. southwestern Colorado. sites built by Native Americans on mesa tops and in canyon alcoves. Verde. Ship's sponsor Linda Campbell, wife of U.S. Sen. "This ship will in fact bring sea basing to reality," said Lt. Gen. deep into the heart of an enemy. of our expeditionary strike groups ... Navy Cmdr. prospective commanding officer. in 2006 and will be homeported in Norfolk, Va. will operate as an integrated force," said Philip A. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. sea. 21st-Century Expeditionary Strike Groups.
Middle East Launch of DNV GL's Safe LNG Bunkering RP
DNV GL says it is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia. The launch in Doha is in conjunction with Qatar’s announcement that it is going to establish a strategy of supplying LNG as a marine fuel in Qatar and the other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). “Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG globally. Concurrently launching the RP will ensure bunkering operations are predictable…
Harmonizing LNG Bunkering, Safely and Efficiently
DNV GL is launching a new Recommended Practice (RP) on LNG Bunkering in the Middle East & South Asia. The launch in Doha is in conjunction with Qatar’s announcement that it is going to establish a strategy of supplying LNG as a marine fuel in Qatar and the other countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). “Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG globally. Concurrently launching the RP will ensure bunkering operations are predictable…
Scottish-led Group Wins Maritime Safety Award
The Project SEAHORSE consortium, led by the University of Strathclyde, brought together experts from across the maritime world to research and implement safety considerations pioneered by the aviation industry – the first project of its kind in the world. It has been recognized with the Maritime Safety Award from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in association with Lloyd’s Register. Headed up by Professor Osman Turan from the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Naval Architecture…
EUCAP Nestor Train 30 Somali Coast Guards
On 21 October, the European Union’s Maritime Capacity Building Mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean (EUCAP Nestor) celebrated the successful completion of a two month Mentoring, Teaching and Training (MTT) programme for thirty young officers of the Somaliland Coast Guard in Berbera from Hargeisa, Berbera and Zeyla, Mait and Las Qoray. The ceremony took place at the Coast Guard Headquarters in the presence of dignitaries from Somaliland, as well as representatives of the European Union. The Head of EUCAP Nestor Country Office Somalia, Mr.
Finalists of Wind Propulsion Innovations Awards
The International Windship Association (IWSA) has announced the shortlist, selected by shipping industry experts, for the inaugural Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards 2016 and voting is now open to everyone to select the winners in three categories – Innovation, Technology User and Research. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a closed vote for IWSA members. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the SMM2016 on 8th September 2016 in Hamburg. The Wind Propulsion Innovation…
OceanSaver: BWT Industry first to Korea
Oceansaver achieved a milestone for the ballast water treatment industry with the commissioning of the first treatment system to include filters on a crude oil tanker in Korea. The 159.000 DWT Suezmax tanker, Ottoman Integrity, is being delivered from a Korean shipyard for Turkish owner Gungen Maritime & Trading, and the installed OceanSaver system is capable of treating ballast water at a rate of 2 x 2.500m3/h. OceanSaver’s Mark I technology has been installed, which includes filtration, cavitation, disinfection and nitrogen super saturation. The filter and cavitation units are installed in the vessel’s pump room with the disinfection unit and nitrogen system in the engine room and casing area, respectively.
Singapore's Fourth Littoral Mission Vessel Launched
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), launched the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Justice, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs), who took on the role as the lady sponsor in accordance with naval traditions to name and launch the vessel at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard.
KOTUG Assists LNG Vessels at Brunei Terminal
As from the start of October 2014, KOTUG is assisting all LNG vessels at the Brunei LNG Terminal with three powerful Rotortugs. Brunei Shell Petroleum Company awarded KOTUG as its exclusive towage provider with a 24/7 operation, supported by local management. Three 80-ton-plus bollard pull strong tugs of the Rotor concept are in charge for the berthing and unberthing operations of LNG tankers, standby services during loading, oil spill response and firefighting duties. The Rotortugs: RT Champion, RT Leader and RT Tasman were recently mobilized from Europe to Asia.
ST Marine Launches First LMV for RSN
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Launching ceremony for the first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) - Independence built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The vessel was launched by Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of the Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen at ST Marine's Benoi yard. The ceremony was officiated by Dr Ng Eng Hen and witnessed by the Second Minister for Defence, Mr Lui Tuck Yew…
SMM Istanbul Event Report
The first SMM Istanbul, from 21 to 23 January 2009, had more than 4,000 trade visitors from 66 nations and 150 exhibitors from 30 nations. “The premiere was a success, despite the difficult economic environment in a financial crisis which has just now hit the shipbuilding industry’s order books in full force,” said Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). “We would like to thank our Turkish partner Goca Fuar Kongre ve Sergi Hizmetleri Ltd.Şti (Goca Exhibitions), who organized this international trade fair together with us at the centrally located Istanbul site Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) and implemented the technical concept.” The overall view of Fatih Goca was that “The first SMM Istanbul was much more than a successful launch.
DOJ: Second Indictment for Somali Pirates
More Charges for Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attack of the USS Ashland. A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has returned a second superseding indictment, charging five men from Somalia with engaging in piracy and related offenses pertaining to the attack on the Navy ship, the USS Ashland. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement. As in the prior indictments, the second superseding indictment charges five men…
SMM Conference Returns to Istanbul
SMM Istanbul will open its gates on February 26, welcoming its exhibitors and industry visitors with an entirely new concept. The countdown is on; On February 26 and 27, Istanbul will be the global shipping industry's center of attention as SMM Istanbul, the international maritime conference and exhibition 2014, opens its gates. SMM Istanbul is one of two international subsidiaries of SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair Hamburg. "The Turkish market is highly dynamic. SMM Istanbul is a major meeting place for all decision makers and executives of the region," said Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman of the Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. This year marks the third return of the fair to Istanbul.