Bahrain News

30 Jul 2020

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Oliver Henry

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Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Oliver Henry to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 163rd vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 40th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) delivered under the current program.The new cutter is the second of three FRCs to be homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, increasing the presence for the U.S. Coast Guard in the Indo-Pacific Theater. Additionally, later in 2020, Bollinger will deliver the first of six FRCs that will be home-ported in Manama…

27 Jul 2020

How a US Navy Base in the Gulf Tackles Coronavirus

(U.S. Navy photo by Justin Yarborough)

At the U.S. Navy’s main base in the Gulf, military staff are strictly abiding by rules to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.The Bahrain base houses the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (USNAVCENT), operating in the Gulf amid high tensions between Iran and the United States.“It is necessary for everyone to assume that they are infected at all times,” said base commanding officer Captain Greg Smith, citing learning about asymptomatic carriers of the virus.“Our job is important and it must continue.”With people living and working in close proximity on base…

27 Jul 2020

Iran Deploys Mock-up U.S. Aircraft Carrier for Target Practice

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Iran has moved a mock-up U.S. aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, satellite images show, suggesting it will use the look-alike vessel for target practice in war games in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports.The use of dummy American warships has become an occasional feature of training by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and its naval forces, including in 2015 when Iranian missiles hit a mock-up resembling a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.Tehran, which opposes the presence of U.S.

02 Jun 2020

Abu Dhabi Ports Launches Feeder Service

SAFEEN FEEDERS’ vessels will operate a pendulum loop of transhipment services to mainline operators at ports across the upper Arabian Gulf and Indian Sub-Continent, on weekly 21-day rotations from Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. (Image: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports has established a new feeder services company, SAFEEN FEEDERS, to serve the group’s mainliner shipping clients in the Gulf region.SAFEEN FEEDERS will introduce a new feeder service linking Abu Dhabi to ports serving the UAE, the broader Gulf region and Indian Sub-Continent. The service will be executed in partnership with feeder service operator Bengal Tiger Line (BTL) through a vessel sharing agreement.The service will allow for exchange of container cargo between mainliner vessels and the vessels within the rotation calling at nine regional ports located across the UAE…

28 May 2020

Bollinger Delivers USCGC Myrtle Hazard

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Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Myrtle Hazard to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 162nd vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 39th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) delivered under the current program.The USCGC Myrtle Hazard is the first of three FRCs to be home-ported in Apra Harbor, Guam, increasing the presence for the U.S. Coast Guard in the Indo-Pacific Theater. Additionally, later in 2020, Bollinger will deliver the first of six FRCs that will be home-ported in Manama…

20 May 2020

After US Warning, Iran Says its Navy Will Still Operate in Gulf

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels approach U.S. Military ships in international waters of the North Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Iranian navy will maintain regular missions in the Gulf, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday, a day after the United States warned mariners there to stay away from U.S. warships.“The naval units of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman will continue their regular missions in accordance with professional principles as in the past,” ISNA quoted an unnamed military official as saying.The U.S. warning to mariners followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat last month to fire on any Iranian ships that harass U.S. Navy vessels.The Bahrain-based U.S.

20 May 2020

US Tells Gulf Mariners to Stay Clear of Its Warships

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels in April approached U.S. Military ships in international waters of the North Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo)

In an alert that appeared aimed squarely at Iran, the U.S. Navy issued a warning on Tuesday to mariners in the Gulf to stay 100 meters away from U.S. warships or risk being “interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures.”The notice to mariners, which was first reported by Reuters, follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat last month to fire on any Iranian ships that harass Navy vessels."Armed vessels approaching within 100 meters of a U.S. naval vessel may be interpreted as a threat," according to the text of the notice.A U.S.

15 Apr 2020

Iran Briefly Detained Hong Kong-Flagged Ship

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A Hong Kong-flagged tanker was briefly detained in Iran before being freed after armed Iranian guards in speedboats directed the vessel into its waters while it was sailing through the Gulf of Oman, maritime security sources said on Wednesday.The sources said the SC Taipei chemical tanker had been sailing in international waters on Tuesday when it was stopped."The vessel was approached 48nm (nautical miles) offshore Fujairah and hailed by four skiffs carrying armed Iranian coastguard personnel…

31 Mar 2020

ABS to Class Silver Eagle's New Jack-Ups

ABS, a classification services provider to the marine and offshore industries, will provide classification for a series of "highly innovative Self-Elevating Drilling Units (SEDU)" for Silver Eagle Global.Silver Eagle, of Manama, Bahrain, says the self-propelled design is capable of working at greater water depths and in harsh environments. According to Silver Eagle Global, the Silver Eagle SEDU 430WC-4 will have the industry’s largest deck area and deck load capacity, large accommodation…

04 Mar 2020

Ship Repair Market to Reach $40Bn by 2026

Image: Cochin Shipyard Limited

Global ship repair and maintenance services market is expected to grow from USD 18.89 Billion in 2018 to USD 39.93 Billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 7.04% during the forecast period from 2019-2026.According to report published by Fior Markets, the key contributing factors for the market growth are increase in the demand for new ships and activities, shortening of supply chains in ship repair and maintenance services, increased seaborne trade against the backdrop of recent economic boom…

28 Jan 2020

Bahrain LNG Import Terminal Complete

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Bahrain LNG, the developer and owner of the first LNG receiving and regasification terminal developed on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis, has completed the mechanical construction and commissioning of the terminal.The customer is paying Bahrain LNG  as of completion and is sending out the last of the commissioning cargo so that the FSU Bahrain Spirit can redeploy on short‐term trade as intended. Most of the construction and commissioning contractors were able to be demobilized accordingly.Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al‐Khalifa…

10 Jan 2020

Russian Navy Ship 'Aggressively Approached' U.S. Destroyer

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Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

A Russian navy ship "aggressively approached" a U.S. Navy destroyer in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said in a statement on Friday.The Fifth Fleet said the U.S. destroyer USS Farragut sounded five short blasts and requested the Russian ship alter course."The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course and the two ships opened distance from one another," the statement said. (Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Writing by Tuqa Khalid; Editing by Catherine Evans)

25 Nov 2019

US: Qatar, Kuwait to Join Naval Coalition

File image: A U.S. Navy asset on patrol (CREDIT: US Navy)

Qatar and Kuwait have told the United States that they will join a U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf which was established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, a U.S. military official said on Monday."Qatar and Kuwait have already told us they are going to join, so it is just a matter of time," U.S. Army Colonel John Conklin, chief of staff of the coalition, said.The coalition, based out of Bahrain, is known as the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC)Reporting by Idrees Ali

25 Nov 2019

Qatar, Kuwait Join U.S.-Led Naval Coalition

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Qatar and Kuwait have told the United States that they will join a U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf which was established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, a U.S. military official said on Monday."Qatar and Kuwait have already told us they are going to join, so it is just a matter of time," U.S. Army Colonel John Conklin, chief of staff of the coalition, said.The coalition, based out of Bahrain, is known as the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) (Reporting by Idrees Ali Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

10 Nov 2019

Global Coalition Launches Operation Sentinel

Pic: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

The US Central Command announced the opening of operations from its Bahrain headquarters to protect shipping in the troubled waters of the Gulf, after a string of attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran.The new mission, dubbed Operation Sentinel, is designed to “ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waters” throughout the Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman, US Central Command said in a release“Today…

06 Aug 2019

China Mulls Hormuz Naval Escort Role

File Image: A Chinese Naval Frigate underway. CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Vanderwolf

China might escort Chinese commercial vessels in Gulf waters under a U.S. proposal for a maritime coalition to secure oil shipping lanes following attacks on tankers, its envoy to the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday."If there happens to be a very unsafe situation we will consider having our navy escort our commercial vessels," Ambassador Ni Jian told Reuters in Abu Dhabi."We are studying the U.S. proposal on Gulf escort arrangements," China's embassy later said in a text…

01 Nov 2019

FMM, Vigor Deliver Response Boats to Bahrain

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Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and Vigor (Team RB-M) has announced the delivery of the first three on a six vessel RB-M contract to the US Coast Guard. The boats are part of a Foreign Military Sale to The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Coast Guard. Hulls four through six are expected to ship in 2020. A total of 182 RB-Ms have been built by Team RB-M.FMM was the prime contractor and program manager. Vigor fabricated the vessels at its Seattle, Washington facility using high temp resistant aluminum.

07 Nov 2019

U.S.-led Naval Coalition Opens Command Center in Bahrain

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The U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf, established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, opened a command center in Bahrain on Thursday, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said in a statement.The attacks heightened the risk of disruption to Gulf oil exports shipped through the Strait of Hormuz. The United States blamed the attacks on Iran. Tehran denied the accusations.The coalition is known as the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC). Bahrain is also home to the Fifth Fleet.(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Alison Williams)

21 Aug 2019

Iran: Waterways Won't be Safe if its Oil Exports

A US Navy fleet oiler on station. CREDIT: USN

If Iran's oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, its president said on Wednesday, cautioning Washington against upping pressure on Tehran in an angry confrontation between the longtime foes.The comment by President Hassan Rouhani coincided with a remark by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Tehran might act "unpredictably" in response to "unpredictable" U.S. policies under President Donald Trump."World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran's oil exports are brought down to zero…

21 Aug 2019

Australia Joins U.S.-led Gulf Security Mission

Australia will join the United States in a security mission to protect merchant vessels travelling through key Middle East waterways after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.Foremost among the areas to be patrolled is the Strait of Hormuz, between Oman and Iran, through which about one-fifth of the world's seaborne crude flows out of the Gulf.Global commodity trading has been rocked in recent months by the seizure of the British tanker and a series of attacks on international merchant vessels that the U.S. and Britain have blamed on Iran, though it denies involvement. Britain this month became the first U.S.

22 Aug 2019

Norway Mulls U.S. Gulf Naval Mission Proposal

Norway's foreign minister said on Thursday it was deliberating how to respond to a U.S proposal on forming an international mission to safeguard shipping in the Gulf.Speaking at a joint news conference with her Iranian counterpart, Eriksen Soereide said the government was "considering a number of different measures" and would make an assessment based on information it gathered.So far, Britain, Australia and Bahrain have joined the U.S.-led security mission to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway for global oil supplies. Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis

22 Sep 2019

Workshop on Clean Shipping in Red Sea

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Measures for preventing air pollution from ships as well as energy efficiency requirements for ships are in the spotlight at a training event for eight countries in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Gulf.The participating countries are Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and United Arb Emirates.The regional workshop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (17-19 September) has covered International Maritime Organization (IMO) 's MARPOL Annex VI treaty, which limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas…

06 Sep 2019

Chinese, Japanese Firms Bid for Pakistan LNG Supply Contract

LNG is big business in Asia.

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A spot tender by Pakistan LNG to buy ten LNG cargoes for delivery later this year has received strong interest from several companies including Japanese and Chinese firms. JERA Global Markets, a subsidiary of the world’s largest LNG buyer JERA Co, and PetroChina International (Singapore), a division of PetroChina Co Ltd, were among nine companies that have technically qualified to supply the LNG. This is the third time this year PetroChina has technically qualified in Pakistan LNG’s tender process.

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