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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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US Exits Search for ARA San Juan

U.S. Navy owned research vessel R/V Atlantis deploys the cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle (CURV-21) during night operations. The CURV is designed to meet the U.S. Navy's deep ocean recovery requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet, and was used to support the Argentine Navy's search for the ARA San Juan (S-42). (U.S. Navy photo by Alex Cornell du Houx)

The U.S. Navy said it has begun to wind down operations as part of the international search for the still-missing Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan that vanished in the South Atlantic in mid November. The U.S. joined the Argentina-led multinational search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on November 17, and is now drawing down, having twice swept the search areas assigned by the Argentine Navy with advanced sensors. U.S. planning and analytical specialists will continue to support the efforts through data analysis. At its height, U.S.

Icebreaker Frees Trapped Cruise Ship

An Argentine Navy ice breaker battled to free a U.S.-operated cruise liner with 186 people aboard which is trapped in a field of ice off the coast of Antarctica on Jan. 31. The Clipper Adventurer, carrying 115 passengers and 71 crew, was sailing through the Straight of Matha west of the Antarctic Peninsula, about 900 miles south of Tierra del Fuego, when a change of wind unexpectedly dragged ice around it, the Argentine Navy said. The 330-foot Clipper Adventurer sailed from the Argentine port of Ushuaia in the far southern island of Tierra del Fuego on Jan. 28, and was sailing between the islands of Belgrano and Liard when it was trapped. No damage to the ship or injuries were reported.

Court Orders Argentine Tall Ship Detention

ARA Libertad: Photo credit CCL William Murphy

A Ghana court judge rejected plea to release the 'ARA Libertad' training ship, detained through complaint by a US hedge fund creditor. The sail training ship has been detained with more than 200 hundred crew members on board since 2, October 2012 in a port close to the West African port of Accra, reports Bernama. The ARA Libertad is a three-masted tall ship that stopped at Tema while training hundreds of Argentine navy cadets. The seizure of the flagship of Argentina's Navy stems from a complaint from a US hedge fund.

Argentinian Center Installs Engine Room Simulator

Engine Room Simulator ERS 5000 TechSim at the Center for Marine Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires, Argentina. Transas Marine has delivered its leading Engine Room Simulator ERS 5000 TechSim to the Center for Marine Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Center for Marine Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers is the corporate and trade association that brings together Merchant Navy Officers specialising in machinery. These professionals are responsible for the operation, maintenance, management and troubleshooting of all technical elements on merchant ships.

Argentina's First Female Submarine Officer on Board Missing Vessel

One of the 44 crew members on board the Argentine submarine that is missing in the South Atlantic is Eliana Maria Krawczyk, who came from a landlocked province to become the country’s first female submarine officer. In a Facebook video posted in January by the Defense Ministry, Krawczyk discussed her experience of being the first woman in a traditionally male space. She said that she aspired to become the commander of a navy submarine one day. “If you think about being underwater, navigating, and being the only woman, it is strange, but at the same time it is exciting and very challenging,” she said in the video. Krawczyk, 35, was born in the northeastern province of Misiones and joined the navy in 2004, after responding to an advertisement online.

Supplying Fuel, Keeping the Fleet Afloat

The Argentine supply ship ARA Patagonia (B 1) participates in exercises alongside dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) to mark the beginning of UNITAS. Navies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain and the United States are participating in UNITAS Atlantic 48-2007 from May 2-13 off the coast of Argentina. UNITAS is a combined South American- and U.S.-sponsored annual exercise that incorporates forces from several participating nations. Argentina is hosting this year’s Atlantic phase. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lenny M. By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Holly Boynton, U.S. Commander, Task Force Four Three (CTF 43) provided supply support to numerous U.S. and partner nation naval ships during a recent exercise off the coast of Argentina.

Union Hits Out at Vulture Fund Swoop on Tall Ship

Fragata Libertad: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

TF president Paddy Crumlin condemns those responsible for seizure of 'Fragata Libertad', an Argentine navy training ship, in Ghana. The detention of the ship was ordered on application to a court by Elliott Capital Management, which has bought up debt associated with bonds on which the Argentinian government defaulted in 2001. He continued: “In trying to hold hostage one government over a dispute on sovereign debt by holding the Libertad hostage, Singer shows that he only holds one thing sacred: making more profit and building his wealth.

Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

Photo: Archivo Gaceta Marinera

Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said. The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members aboard has put pressure on Argentine President Mauricio Macri to consider boosting spending for the military, including the country’s two remaining submarines. Military spending sharply decreased after the end of Argentina’s dictatorship in 1983.

UK Summons Argentine Ambassador over Falklands' Comments

Britain said on Thursday it had summoned the Argentine ambassador to explain the latest war of words over the disputed Falkland Islands which included a threat to prosecute British energy firms operating in the area. Last week, Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd said they had made an oil and gas discovery at a well off the south Atlantic islands, the first in a nine-month drilling campaign. Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez called the announcement "almost provocative", and Argentine officials warned they were planning legal action against oil firms operating near the Falklands, which lie 300 miles off the Argentine coast and 8,000 miles from Britain.

Repsol To Sell Argentine Bonds To JP Morgan

  Spanish oil major Repsol said on Tuesday it had agreed the sale of Argentine bonds to JP Morgan for $2.01 billion, the company's second sale of Argentine paper to the U.S investment bank in less than a week. The bonds were part of a $5 billion settlement with Argentina after the South American country expropriated Repsol's 51 percent stake in energy firm YPF in 2012. The nominal value of the bonds were $117.36 million, the company said in a statement, and the sale would have no effect on Repsol's financial results. Argentina's recognised debt with Repsol was reduced by $4.815 billion following the company's recent Argentine bond sales, the company said. (Reporting By Sonya Dowsett)

ABS Granted Statutory Authority By Argentina

ABS has signed a memorandum of Agreement with the Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA – the Argentine Coast Guard) by which the classification society is now authorized to issue statutory certificates on behalf of the PNA for Argentine flag vessels in the nation’s cabotage trades. ABS is one of only two international class societies to receive this authorization. ABS is currently authorized by the PNA to issue statutory certificates for internationally trading Argentine flag vessels. The extended authorization expands that authorization to include domestically operating vessels such as workboats, fishing vessels and barges. “This agreement has particular significance since a recent change in Argentine law requires all cabotage vessels to operate under the national flag by 2006…

ABS Granted Statutory Authority By Argentina

ABS has signed a memorandum of Agreement with the Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA – the Argentine Coast Guard) by which the classification society is now authorized to issue statutory certificates on behalf of the PNA for Argentine flag vessels in the nation’s cabotage trades. ABS is one of only two international class societies to receive this authorization. ABS is currently authorized by the PNA to issue statutory certificates for internationally trading Argentine flag vessels. The extended authorization expands that authorization to include domestically operating vessels such as workboats, fishing vessels and barges. “This agreement has particular significance since a recent change in Argentine law requires all cabotage vessels to operate under the national flag by 2006…

Two Cargoes of Argentine Wheat Due to Arrive in U.S.

Two cargoes of Argentine wheat were scheduled to arrive at port in Wilmington, North Carolina, shipping data showed on Friday, indicating a rare situation where U.S. buyers actually find it cheaper to purchase imported grain than abundant domestic supplies. Argentina's wheat prices tumbled last month after the country devalued its peso and scrapped export taxes. The South American country also sold large volumes to top global wheat importer Egypt for the first time in years. Chatter circulated that hog producers in the southeastern United States were buying feed-quality Argentine wheat that was priced at a discount both to U.S. corn and U.S. wheat. North Carolina port data showed vessel Nord Capella with an estimated U.S. arrival of Feb. 5 and the vessel due on Feb. 14.

Repsol/YPF Deal Leaves Few Argentine Owned Oil Companies

Repsol SA has reportedly merged with YPF SA, Argentina's largest company, leaving only a handful of oil firms still in Argentine hands.

HII snaps-up $27 mi DDG 51-Class Navy deal

The Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) destroyer spent more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other ship systems.  Photo by Andrew Young HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $27 million cost-plus-award fee contract from the U.S. Navy today for follow yard services in the Navy’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) program. The contract, which provides liaison and technical support, engineering, design and configuration management, systems engineering, turn-key management and crew indoctrination, includes four option years with a total potential contract value of $181.4 million if all options are exercised.

Patrol Vessel Bound for Falklands

The BBC reported that the Royal Navy's newest warship has set off on an 8,000-mile journey to the South Atlantic to patrol the Falkland Islands. HMS Clyde will stop off at the Canary Islands and then Brazil before beginning its five-year tour of duty. The tour represents Britain's military commitment to the islands, liberated after the Argentine invasion 25 years ago. The ship was the first to be launched at Portsmouth Naval Base for 40 years. The 262-ft. patrol vessel was built by the VT Group and chartered to the Ministry of Defense for five years was officially named in July. Source: BBC

Crew Ordered to Quit Impounded Tall Ship

'Libertad': Photo credit Wiki CCL

Argentine President orders evacuation of sail training ship 'Libertad' leaving skeleton crew aboard in Ghanaian port. The sail-training frigate was detained under a court order obtained by NML Capital, an affiliate of US investment firm Elliot Management, on October 2, 2012. The Argentine Foreign Minister is going immediately to UN Headquarters to meet with the Security Council's president and with various committees with an inerest in human rights, reports the Buenos Aires Herald.

Argentina To Eliminate Taxes Paid By Biodiesel Producers

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday asked Congress to eliminate some of the taxes paid by biodiesel manufacturers in a bid to support an industry hard hit by European Union anti-dumping measures. Argentine biodiesel exports are expected to plunge as much as 39 percent this year versus 2013 due to tariffs imposed by the European Union, according to theArgentine industry sources. The tax cut would last only as long as Europe's sanctions do, according to the proposal. "We are in a trade war," Fernandez said in announcing the measure, which will be sent to Congress in the days ahead.

Argentine Tall Ship Released, Welcomed Home

'Libertad': Photo credit Wki CCL DagosNavy

Argentine naval training ship, 'ARA Libertad' which was detained in Ghana for more than two months has arrived back home. The Libertad had been seized following legal action by an investment company trying to recover money still owed after Argentina's 2002 debt default. Thousands of people lined the shore as it arrived in Mar del Plata, three weeks after a United Nations court ordered its release from Ghana reports BBC News. The lengthy diplomatic row over the Libertad began when the ship was prevented from leaving Ghana on 2 October 2012…

Port Workers in Argentine Grain Hub End Strike

Port workers in part of the Argentine grains hub of Rosario lifted a work stoppage on Friday, only a day after they went on strike over demands for higher year-end bonuses, a union official said. The strike briefly halted activity at the ports of Timbues, San Martin and San Lorenzo, all part of the Rosario shipping complex along the Parana River. "We just signed a deal with the export companies, which has allowed us to end the work stoppage," Edgardo Quiroga, spokesman for the CGT labor organization told Reuters. Argentina is the world's No. 3 soybean exporter and top supplier of soymeal livestock feed. It is also a major producer of wheat, shipped mostly to neighboring Brazil, and corn.

Argentine Port Workers Suspend Strike after Protester Run Over

Port workers in Greater Rosario, from where 80 percent of Argentina's grains is shipped, suspended plans for a 24-hour strike on Thursday after a truck driver ran over and killed a protester, a union leader said. The driver drove through a line of protesters and had been drinking alcohol, according to local television reports. The workers had started a strike at midnight to protest recent layoffs and demand higher salaries in a range of professions related to port operations. "We are going to suspend the day of fighting that we had planned for today," Edgardo Quiroga, a delegate for the CGT union in San Lorenzo, north of Rosario, said in an interview with local radio.

Naval Group Supports Malaysian Navy E-learning

Photo: Naval Group

From April 16-19, 2018, Naval Group will participate to the sixteenth edition of DSA, the Defence Service Asia exhibition. On this occasion, Naval Group will sign a contract with DCI to assist the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to implement a comprehensive E-learning system in order to train its naval forces all over the country.Naval Group and DCI put together their complementary expertise to provide e-learning solutions to the Royal Malaysian Navy. During a three-year program DCI will transfer the French Navy know-how to the RMN.

Ultrapol Appoints New Director at AGM

Utrapol, active in the river, offshore supply & ocean transport business appoint Ojea Quintana to its Board of Directors. Eduardo Ojea Quintana is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Transportadora de Gas del Norte S.A. directors of several other energy companies in South America. Regulatory Activity. He also represented Argentina on the Executive Committee for the International Gas Union. Additionally, at the meeting the following proposals were approved and adopted: 1) the approval of the audited financial statements and the Report of the Auditors thereon for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, 2) the re-election of the six existing directors of the Company…

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