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26 Apr 2021

Britain's New Aircraft Carrier Queen Elizabeth to Embark on Maiden Deployment

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Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will lead a flotilla of Royal Navy ships through Asian waters on port visits to Japan and South Korea on its maiden deployment, the British embassy in Tokyo said on Monday.The high-profile visits, aimed at bolstering security ties in East Asia, come amid tensions in the region as concern grows in Japan over any threat posed to neighboring Taiwan by China.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden issued a…

21 Apr 2021

Philippines Boosting Maritime Presence to Protect Territory, Resources

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The Philippines is beefing up its presence in the South China Sea and deploying more ships and an aircraft to protect its maritime territory and resources, a government task force said on Wednesday.The Philippines has ramped up its rhetoric in recent weeks in defiance of what it says is threatening behavior by Chinese vessels in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), despite four years of rapprochement with historic rival China."We are exhausting all means possible to protect our territory and EEZ…

16 Apr 2021

Clean Crude? Oil Companies use Offsets to Claim Green Barrels

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In January, Occidental Petroleum announced it had accomplished something no oil company had done before: It sold a shipload of crude that it said was 100% carbon-neutral.While the two-million-barrel cargo to India was destined to produce more than a million tons of planet-warming carbon over its lifecycle, from well to tailpipe, the Texas-based driller said it had completely offset that impact by purchasing carbon credits under a U.N.-sponsored program called CORSIA.Carbon credits…

14 Apr 2021

Arrested Suez Ship Fit for Onward Passage, Manager Says

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The cargo vessel that blocked global shipping in the Suez Canal and is caught in a legal dispute in Egypt is fit to sail once approval is given, its technical manager said on Wednesday.The Ever Given was declared suitable for onward passage from the Great Bitter Lake to Port Said, where she would be assessed again before departing for Rotterdam, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) said in a statement.The ship has been in the lake, which sits between two sections of the canal, since being dislodged on March 29.

13 Apr 2021

Taiwan Bolsters Navy with New Amphibious Warfare Ship

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Taiwan unveiled a new amphibious warfare ship on Tuesday that can be used to land troops and will bolster supply lines to vulnerable islands offshore China and in the South China Sea.The 10,600-tonne Yu Shan, named after Taiwan’s tallest mountain, is the latest part of President Tsai Ing-wen’s ambitious program to modernize the armed forces amid pressure from China, which claims the island as its own.Built by state-backed CSBC Corporation Taiwan, the ship will enter service next year…

13 Apr 2021

Japan to Release Contaminated Water from Fukushima Nuclear Plant into Sea

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Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move opposed by neighbors including China, which called it "extremely irresponsible."The first release of water will take place in about two years, giving plant operator Tokyo Electric Power time to begin filtering the water to remove harmful isotopes, build infrastructure and acquire regulatory approval.Japan has argued…

07 Apr 2021

US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait Amid China Tensions

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a “routine” transit of the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said, as China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone and a Chinese carrier group drilled near Taiwan.“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows,” the U.S. Navy said in a statement.Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Andrew Heavens

06 Apr 2021

China Ramping Up Naval Drills Near Taiwan

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A Chinese carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, China’s navy said late on Monday in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory.Taiwan has complained of an increase in Chinese military activity near it in recent months, as China steps up efforts to assert its sovereignty over the democratically run island.China’s navy said the carrier group, lead by the Liaoning, the country’s first aircraft carrier put into active service…

05 Apr 2021

European Countries Helping Taiwan with Submarine Project

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European countries are providing help for Taiwan’s indigenous submarine project, the island’s defense ministry said, in a rare admission that the sensitive program is not getting assistance solely from the United States.Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has worked for years to revamp its submarine force, some of which dates back to World War Two. It is no match for China’s fleet, which includes vessels capable of launching nuclear weapons.The U.S. government in 2018 gave the green light for U.S.

29 Mar 2021

Traffic in Suez Canal Resumes After Ever Given Refloated

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Shipping was on the move again late on Monday in Egypt's Suez Canal after tugs refloated a giant container ship which had been blocking the channel for almost a week, causing a huge build-up of vessels around the waterway.With the 400-meter-long (430-yard) Ever Given dislodged, 113 ships were expected to transit the canal in both directions by early Tuesday morning, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Osama Rabie told reporters.He said a backlog of 422 ships could be cleared in 3 -1/2 days.The Ever Given had become jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal…

29 Mar 2021

Australia's MMA Offshore Scores Offshore Wind Hat-trick in Taiwan

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Australian offshore vessel operator MMA Offshore has secured three new contracts in the offshore wind market in Taiwan.The contracts are for the vessels MMA Pride, MMA Crystal, and MMA Responder."These three contracts, with firm periods totaling 270 days, increase the Company’s contracted revenue by an aggregate total of approximately A$7.0 million. These contracts also provide for an additional option period totaling 118 days," MMA Offshore said.The three MMA vessels will mobilize…

29 Mar 2021

Giant Ship Blocking Suez Canal Partially Refloated

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A massive container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for nearly a week has been partially refloated, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday, raising hopes the busy waterway will soon be reopened for a huge backlog of ships.The 400-meter (430-yard) long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early last Tuesday, halting shipping traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.After further dredging and excavation over the weekend…

26 Mar 2021

Owner of Ship Blocking Suez Canal Aims to Free It 'Tomorrow Night'

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Shoei Kisen, the Japanese owner of the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, said it aims to free the ship "tomorrow night Japan time", the Nikkei reported on Friday.The 400-meter Ever Given, leased by Taiwan's Evergreen Marine Corp, is blocking transit through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking Asia and Europe.A spokeswoman for the owner in Japan said that the refloating work was ongoing but that the company did not yet know when the effort would succeed."We don't have an estimate for when the work will succeed," she said.

25 Mar 2021

Ship Blocking Suez Canal Could Be Stuck for Weeks

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A containership blocking the Suez Canal like a "beached whale" may take weeks to free, the salvage company said, as officials stopped all ships entering the channel on Thursday in a new setback for global trade.The 400-meter Ever Given, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, is blocking transit in both directions through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking Asia and Europe.The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said eight tugs were working to move the vessel…

25 Mar 2021

Specialist Salvage Teams Join Efforts to Refloat Ever Given in the Suez Canal

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Salvage teams from the Netherlands and Japan have been hired to devise a plan to refloat a giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal, the company leasing the vessel said on Thursday.Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp said Dutch firm Smit Salvage and Japan’s Nippon Salvage had been appointed by the ship’s owner and would work alongside its captain and the Suez Canal Authority on a plan to refloat it.“Evergreen Line will continue to coordinate with the shipowner and Suez Canal Authority to deal with the situation with the utmost urgency, ensuring the resumption of the voyage as soon as possible a

24 Mar 2021

Tugs Working to Free Grounded Containership in the Suez Canal

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The shortest shipping route from Europe to Asia remained blocked on Wednesday as 10 tug boats struggled to free one of the world's largest container ships after it ran aground in the Suez Canal.The 400-metre, 224,000-tonne Ever Given ran aground on Tuesday morning after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.About 30% of global container shipping volumes pass through the canal each day, carrying everything from fuel to consumer goods.

24 Mar 2021

Opus Marine Buys Two Crew Transfer Vessels from Penguin

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German offshore vessel operator Opus Marine has acquired two WINDFLEX-27 Crew Transfer Vessels built by Penguin Shipyard, a unit of Singapore-based Penguin International Limited. Incat Crowther, the vessel designer, said that the two vessels, to be named Valkyrie and Wotan, would be delivered to Opus Marine and will start working with Orsted in Taiwan shortly."Built as stock vessels, the WINDFLEX-27 is yet another successful co-operation between Incat Crowther and Penguin. The latest project follows on from the successful joint development of Penguin's Flex Ferry X…

22 Mar 2021

Philippines Says 220 Chinese Militia Vessels Seen in Disputed Waters This Month

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The Philippines expressed concern about hundreds of Chinese military vessels it said were spotted this month in the disputed South China Sea, the latest example of tension in the crucial waterway.The Philippine Coast Guard reported that some 220 vessels, believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were seen moored in line formation at a reef on March 7, a cross-government task force said late on Saturday.Foreign minister Teodoro Locsin, asked whether he would file a diplomatic protest over the ships’ presence, told a journalist on Twitter: “Only if the generals tell me.

17 Mar 2021

Katherine Tai Confirmed by Senate as US Trade Chief

Katherine Tai (Photo: The White House)

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to confirm veteran government trade lawyer Katherine Tai as the first woman of color to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, putting her to work enforcing trade deals, confronting China’s trade practices and patching up ties with U.S. allies.The rare 98-0 vote for Tai, a Yale and Harvard-educated daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, reflects support from pro-labor Democrats, traditional free-trade Republicans and China hawks from both parties.Tai…

10 Mar 2021

Siemens Gamesa Picks Cadeler to Transport and Install Giant 14MW Offshore Wind Turbines

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Offshore wind installation company Cadeler said Wednesday it had won the largest contract in its history.Cadeler, previously known as Swire Blue Ocean, said that offshore wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa had awarded Cadeler a contract of valued at around $90 million, with an additional $30 million in options, to transport and install giant SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines.The turbines are expected to be the largest wind turbines in the world at the time of installation and have an individual capacity of 14 MW.

05 Mar 2021

Taiwan: Keel Laying Ceremony Held for Offshore Wind Installation Vessel Green Jade

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An official keel-laying ceremony for the offshore wind installation vessel ‘Green Jade’ was held Friday at CSBC’s shipyard in Kaohsiung, marking an important moment in Taiwan’s maritime and offshore wind history.‘Green Jade’ is owned by CDWE, a joint venture between CSBC, the largest shipbuilder in Taiwan and DEME Offshore, and the keel laying markedThe vessel is the first floating, DP3 heavy lift and installation vessel to be built in Taiwan. ‘Green Jade’ will feature a 4,000-tonne crane capacity and will be equipped to transport multiple the next generation…

02 Mar 2021

Fishermen Turn to Apps and AI to Tackle Climate Change

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From weather predicting apps to using artificial intelligence to monitor the fish they catch, small-scale fishermen and coastal communities are increasingly turning to digital tools to help them be more sustainable and tackle climate change.Overfishing and illegal fishing by commercial vessels inflict significant damage on fisheries and the environment, and take food and jobs from millions of people in coastal communities who rely on fishing, environmental groups say.In addition…

26 Feb 2021

Taiwan Navigation Orders Two New Tugs

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PT. Graha Trisaka Industri has awarded tug design contracts to Robert Allan Ltd. for a RAmparts 3200-W and a TRAktor 3200-V. The tugs will be built and operated by Taiwan Navigation Co. Ltd. under a long-term charter contract for CPC Corporation, Taiwan.PT. Graha Trisaka Industri is an affiliate of PaxOcean Group, Singapore with the shipyard located in Batam, Indonesia. PaxOcean and Robert Allan Ltd. have worked together successfully on a number of projects including dual fuel tug of RAmparts 2800-DF design for PSA Marine, Singapore. Four other Robert Allan Ltd.

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