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  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • Mariner trying to sail NW Passage rescued after sailboat gets stuck in sea ice near Barrow

    07/14/2014 12:12:35 PM PDT · by citizen · 22 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | Julu 13, 2014 | Michelle Theriault Boots
    A man attempting to sail his 36-foot sailboat through the Northwest Passage was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Saturday after his boat became trapped in Arctic sea ice northeast of Barrow. The Coast Guard cutter Healy broke a 12-mile path through ice to reach the sailboat Altan Girl about 40 miles from Barrow, the Coast Guard said in a news release Sunday. The Healy was diverted from a research mission to respond to the sailboat. The Coast Guard did not release the rescued man’s name, but the Nome Nugget’s June 26 “Dock Walk” column described the Altan Girl...
  • The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/22/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 22, 2014 | By David Cenciotti
    The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have used the social network to make public their plan to attack enemy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf. The plan is use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack opened by high speed boats, used to create a diversion. According to Good Morning Iran blog, that translated the text...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Korean Cruise Ship Sinks - 260 lost

    04/15/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 89 replies
    Chinese Dragon TV | 4/15/2014 | Chinese Dragon TV
    It has just been reported that a Korean cruise ship with 450 aboard has sunk. Only 190 are reported to have been saved- many high schoolers aboard.
  • AP NEWSBREAK: RUSSIAN JET PASSES NEAR US WARSHIP

    04/14/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT · by traumer · 94 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond. "This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is...
  • Mackinac Island ferries delayed because of Great Lake's ice cover

    04/14/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 43 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Jonathan Van Zytveld
    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, MI - At least one ferry service is predicting delayed trips to Mackinac Island due to ice that still covers a portion of the Great Lakes. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry has announced it will be starting its 2014 season later than anticipated after temporarily relocating its ferry starts to St. Ignace, rather than Mackinaw City, as a result of the ice blockages which remain in the Straits of Mackinac. "The straits have completely frozen over, except for a shipping channel," said Misty Martinchek, Shepler's group sales manager, who said all local ferries have been affected by the...
  • Ukrainian ship captured by Russian forces

    03/25/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 71 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Fox News' Greg Palkot and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    A Russian assault team with three speed boats, a tug boat and two helicopters captured a Ukrainian ship in Crimea, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed to Fox News. The ship is being moved by the tug boat to a Russian military port facility in the Bay of Donuslav, the Ministry said. There were reports of explosives set off on the ship and the assault team reportedly went on the ship after firing shots. This was the last Ukrainian ship left in Crimea. Earlier Tuesday, the Ukraine defense minister resigned as thousands of troops withdrew from the Crimean Peninsula, now controlled...
  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize fugitive oil tanker

    03/17/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Laura King
    CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said. The SEAL team, backed by helicopters, launched its operation late Sunday local time...
  • Navy Seals board rogue Libya oil tanker Morning Glory

    03/17/2014 4:14:52 AM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/17/2014 | BBC
    The US has taken control of a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya, the Pentagon says. The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters south of Cyprus, said Rear Adm John Kirby. The Morning Glory's evasion of a naval blockade at the eastern port of Sidra prompted Libya's parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week. The oil terminal has been under the control of militia wanting autonomy for eastern Libya since July 2013.
  • Libya threatens to bomb North Korean tanker if it ships oil from rebel port

    03/09/2014 1:34:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/8/2014 | Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum
    Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press their demands for more autonomy, warned Tripoli against staging an attack to halt the oil sale after the tanker docked at Es Sider terminal, one of the country's biggest. The vessel started loading crude late at night, oil officials said. The oil dispute is just one facet of the deepening turmoil in the North African...
  • Vietnam media: Navy confirms flight MH370 crashed into the sea [disputed account]

    03/07/2014 9:28:46 PM PST · by barmag25 · 281 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 3/8/14 | Yahoo Newsroom
    UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island. When contacted, Malaysia Airlines declined to confirm or deny the reports, saying that the Malaysian authorities are working together with the Vietnamese government on the matter. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to help locate the missing plane.
  • Rolls-Royce believes time of drone cargo ships has come

    03/02/2014 5:35:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Russia Times ^ | February 26, 2014
    ​Marine innovation engineering department at Rolls-Royce has presented a draft design of an ocean-going robo-vessel that could enter service within a decade. Experts remain highly skeptical that computers could replace human instincts anytime soon. Rolls-Royce (RR/) Holdings Plc, which started designing autonomous cargo vessels in 2013, have presented in Bloomberg original computer design of crewless cargo ships. The vessels have a distinct difference from all modern ships: they lack any deck housing whatsoever. "The idea of a remote-controlled ship is not new, it has been around for decades, but the difference is the technology now exists,” announced Oskar Levander, head...
  • PHOTOS - circa 1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier

    03/02/2014 10:54:01 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1927 | Retronaut
    1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier HMS M2 was a Royal Navy submarine monitor completed in 1919, converted in 1927 into the world's first submarine aircraft carrier. She was shipwrecked in Lyme Bay, Dorset, Britain, on 26 January 1932. She was one of three M-class boats completed. • Design and Career Four M-class submarines replaced the order for the last four K-class submarines, K17-K21. Although they were similar in size, the M class was an entirely different design from the K class, although it is possible that some material ordered for the K-boats went into them. In any event, the end of...
  • Officials identify cause in deaths of 2 US SEALs

    02/25/2014 6:04:58 PM PST · by M Kehoe · 46 replies
    AOL ^ | 2/25/14 | AOL.com
    AIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police on the island nation of Seychelles say that two former U.S. Navy SEALs found dead aboard the ship Maersk Alabama died of respiratory failure and were suspected to have had heart attacks, possibly from drug use.
  • Drugs on Maersk Ship Where 2 Ex-SEALs Died

    02/21/2014 6:32:40 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 2/20/14 | Brook Verkakis
    Drugs were in the room where two former Navy SEALs were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama, a ship that was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips," a company spokesman said Thursday. Police from the African island nation of Seychelles have given no cause of death for Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44. The Americans were security contractors who were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the ship while berthed in Port Victoria in the Indian Ocean. "We are saddened by the tragedy and our thoughts are with the family...
  • 2 Maersk Alabama guards dead (former USN SEALs)

    02/19/2014 7:28:35 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/19/2014
    Listening to domestic-extremist/right-wing-AM-radio, heard a news report about 2 guards being found dead on the Maersk Alabama in Seychelles. The report identified the guards as 'former Navy SEALs'. Tragic. If it's posted anywhere, I can't find it and it's not indexed in search engines yet. I can't say with certainty whether it was Bloomberg news or Fox News, as this station mixes it up and I didn't catch that.
  • Somali Pirates’ First Hijacking Attempt of 2014 Ends with Arrests

    01/20/2014 6:19:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    Somali pirates on Friday unsuccessfully launched their first attack of 2014 on a tanker in the Gulf of Aden, resulting in the apprehension of five suspected pirates by naval counter-piracy forces a day later. The International Maritime Bureau reported Friday that a group of pirates used a mothership to launch an attack on a tanker underway approximately 115nm South of Salalah, Oman. During the attack, the pirates approached in a skiff and fire upon the vessel, but the attack was aborted after the ship’s armed security team returned fire. The IMB report stated that following the attack a coalition helicopter...
  • Greenpeace in New Feud With Russia Over a Ship Seized by Senegal

    01/11/2014 2:42:32 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 8, 2014 | ANDREW ROTHJAN
    MOSCOW — Having just quieted the furor over its seizure of a Greenpeace International ship in the Arctic, Russia is embroiled in a new dispute with the environmental organization, this time over a Russian fishing trawler accused of poaching in coastal waters off Senegal. The Oleg Naydenov, a Russian-owned fishing boat, was seized by the Senegalese military on Saturday and taken to the port of Dakar, accused of trawling in the country’s exclusive economic zone. Senegal’s Fishing Ministry has demanded more than $800,000 in fines, while the Russian government has called for a diplomatic resolution to the standoff. ... Greenpeace...
  • Chinese Navy exercise it's aircraft carrier battle group

    01/01/2014 11:40:42 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 47 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | January 1, 2014 | Jeff Head
    Chinese Navy (PLAN) exercises it's Carrier Strike Groupwith it's LPD and escorts, including two SSNs During the last week of December, the Chinese Navy, the PLAN, conducted exercises with a large group of vessels in what some are calling the Chinese combined fleet. It included their carrier, the Liaoning, CV-16, which is a modernized and refitted Russaain carrier and sister of the Russian, Kuznetsov. it included one of the Chinese large Landing Platform Docks (LPD) which is similar in size and function to the US Navy San Antonio Class LPDS. it included one of the Chinese Type 052C, Lanzhou...
  • Helicopter Rescue for Stranded Antarctic Ship on Hold for Better Weather

    01/01/2014 7:15:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 31, 2013 | Gio Benitez, Anthony Castellano, Mallory Thompson and Ben Krolowitz
    An air rescue for the passengers aboard a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week will wait for a break in the weather to start airlifting people from the vessel, Australian maritime authorities say. The 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, have been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve. A helicopter on board a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, will be used to collect the passengers once there is a break in the weather, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a Monday night conference...
  • Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

    12/13/2013 2:57:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 421 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/13/2013 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering...
  • Pirates kidnap two U.S. sailors off Nigerian coast -sources

    10/24/2013 10:16:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:54am EDT | Joe Brock, Jonathan, Tife Owolabi, Andrea Shalal-Esa
    (Reuters) - Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, an American defense official and security sources said on Thursday. Pirate attacks off Nigeria's coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews. The U.S.-flagged, C-Retriever, a 222-foot (67 meter) vessel owned by U.S. marine transport group Edison Chouest Offshore, was attacked early Wednesday, UK-based security firm AKE and two security sources said. The...
  • Crew of US ship arrested after it entered Indian waters carrying a 'huge cache

    10/21/2013 5:42:57 PM PDT · by traumer · 31 replies
    Six Britons have been arrested in India after their ship sailed into the country’s waters allegedly carrying a huge cache of illegal weapons. The men – some of whom are believed to be ex-SAS – were among the crew of MV Seaman Guard Ohio which Indian officials branded a ‘floating armoury’. Police said they seized 35 assault rifles and nearly 5,700 rounds of ammunition from guards on the U.S.-owned vessel. The Indian coast guard stopped the ship, which belongs to security firm AdvanFort, on Saturday and detained 33 crew members.
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Protesters dive into Venice's canal to block cruise ships

    09/22/2013 8:51:45 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 26 replies
    the telegraph ^ | September 21 2013 | Tom Kington
    Around 50 protesters dressed in wetsuits, backed by 1,000 supporters, managed to hold up the cruise ships by over an hour as they paddled in the canal – some armed with inflatable rings. The protest was timed to coincide with a busy day on the canal, as a scheduling quirk meant 12 cruise ships were due to head past St Mark's Square – well above the daily average of two ships. "The demonstration was a great success and we now hope the government will take advantage of this momentum and kick the cruise ships out of the Venice lagoon," said...
  • Russia to tow Greenpeace ship to port after armed raid

    09/20/2013 8:33:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 58 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | September 20, 2013
    Russian border guards said Friday that they would tow Greenpeace's Arctic protest ship to port after armed officers boarded the ship and locked up the activists. Border guards stormed the ship after Greenpeace activists scaled an oil platform owned by state energy giant Gazprom to protest against planned drilling on the Arctic shelf. Special forces officers armed with guns locked up crew members on the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker ship after lowering themselves onto the deck with ropes from a helicopter. "At this moment, the Arctic Sunrise ship is being taken to the port of Murmansk," Greenpeace said on Twitter on...
  • Greenpeace: "Arctic Sunrise"'s crew is kneeled at gunpoint

    09/20/2013 1:03:50 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 49 replies
    The crew has been herded to the upper deck and forced to stay there kneeled at gunpoint. Some crewman locked themselves in the radioshack. A search is underway, doors are being beaten out. We still hold the press-room from Spetznaz. We'll keep on writing on what is going on here. We don't know for how long the door will survive.
  • Two men dead on ‘Love Boat’

    08/13/2013 10:56:00 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | AUGUST 13, 2013 | WENN.COM
    Two men died and eight others were hospitalized after a toxic gas build-up on board the luxury ship featured in hit TV show The Love Boat. The decommissioned vessel, named Pacific Princess, was heading in to dock on the coast of Turkey for the last time on Saturday following news it is to be scrapped. It began taking on water as it neared the shore, and several crew members entered the engine room to pump it out. Reports suggest a deadly build-up of exhaust fumes poisoned ten workers, killing two of them. The other men were treated in hospital for...
  • An Australian Billionaire Is Building A Nearly Exact Replica Of The Titanic

    02/27/2013 8:41:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/27/2013 | Alex Davies
    Last year, rumors popped up that Australian billionaire Clive Palmer was working on cloning a dinosaur. Whatever happens to those plans, it's clear that Palmer has a taste for recreating the past. The 58-year-old, who made his fortune from natural resources like coal and iron, is now bringing the world's most famous ship back to life. In New York on Tuesday, he unveiled images of Titanic II, a replica of the ocean liner that sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912, claiming 1,502 lives. To offer 21st century cruise-goers the chance to sail on the Titanic, Palmer created the company...
  • Billionaire Has Plans to Build Titanic Replica

    02/26/2013 4:04:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 38 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2/26/2013 | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY
    NEW YORK (AP) — What could possibly go wrong? An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016. Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship's namesake Tuesday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. He said construction is scheduled to start soon in China. Palmer said 40,000 people have expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, taking the original course from Southampton, England, to New York. He said people are inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous...
  • 2 Somali pirates jailed for 10 years

    02/03/2013 8:11:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Feb. 02, 2013 - 06:13AM JST
    Two men who attempted to hijack a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman were jailed for 10 years by Tokyo District Court on Friday, a report said, in the first piracy prosecution in Japan. The two were among four African men arrested in March 2011 over the attack in the Indian Ocean. Men armed with submachine guns tried to seize the tanker, which was operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and had 24 crew members aboard, reports said. “It was an organized and dangerous crime by men armed with guns who sought to demand a ransom,” presiding judge Katsunori Ohno...
  • Seized Argentine naval ship gets jubilant homecoming

    01/09/2013 6:40:45 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Enrique Marcarian
    An Argentine navy ship was given a triumphant homecoming on Wednesday three months after it was seized in Ghana on behalf of a hedge fund suing over defaulted government bonds. The ARA Libertad, a tall sailing ship used as a training vessel, was detained in the West African nation on October 2 due to a court order obtained by NML Capital Ltd as it fights to get full repayment for the bonds in the courts. Argentina's government, which calls funds like NML "vultures," asked a U.N. maritime court to intervene and the Hamburg-based tribunal ordered the ship's release last month....
  • Pirate of the Caribbean: Billionaire New York hedge funder seizes Argentine navy's $10m flagship

    10/05/2012 12:45:27 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | October 5, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    If pirating didn't work out, Capt. Jack Sparrow would perhaps have made a savvy hedge fund manager. A New York hedge fund boss is being dubbed a real pirate of the Caribbean after seizing the flagship of the Argentinian navy in an attempt to settle some of the country's huge debt. Billionaire Paul Singer took control of the tall ship the A.R.A. Libertad with a court order in Ghana this week. The triple-mast frigate, which stopped in the African country as it trained naval cadets, is valued at $10 million and is the ceremonial flagship of the Argentine fleet. The...
  • Africa: Piracy on the Rise in the Gulf of Guinea as Niger Delta Militants Move Offshore

    07/28/2012 10:37:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 7/26/2012 | Mark McNamee
    While the threat of piracy has gained international recognition off the coast of Somalia and farther out into the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, pirate activities in the Gulf of Guinea have only recently caught the world’s attention. According to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), 64 incidents of piracy were reported in nine countries of the Gulf of Guinea region in 2011, up from 45 incidents in seven countries in 2010 (Ghanian Chronicle, May 15). However, one of the defining features of West African piracy is its considerable underreporting, leading most analysts to believe that the level of attacks...
  • Sea Treaty all but dead, 34 GOP senators oppose

    07/16/2012 1:14:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/16/12 | Donna Cassata - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A treaty governing the high seas is all but dead in the Senate as two Republican senators announced their opposition Monday, giving conservative foes the necessary votes to scuttle the pact. Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — both mentioned as possible running mates for likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — said they had serious concerns about the breadth and ambiguity of the Law of the Sea treaty and would oppose it if called up for a vote. The Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senate — 67 votes — to ratify...
  • MARITIME ATTACK: Law of the Sea Treaty in US Senate for Approval

    05/16/2012 9:18:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 5/16/12 | Trevor Loudon
    Contributors: volunteer activists of the Sovereignty Campaign – @SovCam The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs is once again diddling with the ultra-massive U.S. sovereignty and communitarian wealth giveaways known as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty (UNCLOS or LOST). Whenever one sees “communitarian,” one may think “global communist.” Neo-Marxist Saboteur Barack Obama‘s State and Defense Departments (including numerous compromised, NATO-head officers) are pressuring the Senate to adopt this travesty after years of resistance dating back to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. If the committee goes forward with it, they could choose either of two paths: 1....
  • Angry Seas

    05/11/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT · by Windflier · 50 replies
    Dump.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    A video salute to all you sailors and mariners out there. You're the bravest people on earth.
  • 'Women and children first' a myth: study

    04/13/2012 3:05:52 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 28 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/12/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    Scientists at Uppsala University have found that the widespread belief that women and children are saved first in maritime disasters is a myth, unless the men are threatened with physical violence like on the Titanic. “It is expected that the crew should rescue passengers, but our results show that captains and crew are more likely to survive than passengers,” said Mikael Elinder at the Department of Economics, Uppsala University and at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in a statement. “We also found that women and children were more inclined to die than men.” This, the scientists think, indicates...
  • US (Coast Guard) to Sink Ghost Ship Dislodged by Japan Tsunami

    04/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Associated Press
    US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami. The shrimping vessel, which has no lights or communications systems, was floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska on Thursday morning, traveling about 1 mile per hour. The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship...
  • How an 1870s Marine Expedition Changed Oceanography and Drove Eight Sailors Insane

    03/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    How an 1870s marine expedition changed oceanography and drove eight sailors insane When was the first voyage of the Challenger? No, not the Space Shuttle — the original Challenger, a sea ship that sailed in 1872. The HMS Challenger traversed the world's oceans for four years, drove some of its sailors completely insane, caused about a quarter of the crew to jump ship, and forever changed the face of ocean science. Is there a way to scroll past the nature channels without seeing one that describes the richness of the ocean and the life that teems in its depth? In...
  • Costa Cruises liner adrift after fire on board

    02/27/2012 10:05:50 AM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo Nws ^ | 2/27/12 | Gavin Jones
    A liner owned by the same company as the Costa Concordia, on which at least 25 people died when it ran aground off Italy last month, was adrift in the Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire in the engine room left it without power, the company said. Costa Cruises said the fire on the 29,000-tonne Costa Allegra had been put out and none of the passengers or crew were hurt.
  • Cruise Ship Adrift Off Seychelles

    02/27/2012 9:52:41 AM PST · by FoxPro · 108 replies · 5+ views
    Voice of America ^ | Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am
    An Italian cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board is reported to be adrift off the coast of Seychelles. The Italian coast guard said Monday the Costa Allegra is drifting in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the Seychelles islands. Officials say a fire on board caused the ship's engines to fail. There have been no reports of injuries.
  • Costa Concordia – The 3 Most Fatal Mistakes (gCaptain blog)

    01/26/2012 10:41:44 AM PST · by dickmc · 5 replies
    gCaptain (blog) ^ | January 20, 2012 | John Konrad
    What Really Killed Costa Concordia’s Passengers? Captain Schettino has received a lot of criticism in the mainstream press and, possibly, even more from industry insiders including gCaptain for abandoning ship before the last passenger was safe. An important question is not being asked however… would his presence on the bridge have saved lives? The answer is likely no.
  • What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?

    01/20/2012 5:40:20 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 107 replies
    Slashdot.org ^ | 1/20/2012 | Hugh Pickens
    "What do you do with a 1,000-foot wreck that's full of fuel and half-submerged on a rocky ledge in the middle of an Italian marine sanctuary? Remove it. Very carefully. Stuck on a rocky shoal off the Tuscan island of Giglio, leaving the wreck where it is probably isn't an option but removing a massive ship that's run hard aground and incurred major damage to the hull involves logistical and environmental issues that are just as large. First there's the fuel. A half a million gallons of fuel could wreak havoc on the marine ecosystem — the ship is smack...
  • Sinking of the Concordia: It's like a morality play, or something

    01/16/2012 3:18:59 PM PST · by MOTUS · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Michelles Mirror ^ | 01-16-12 | MOTUS
    In an unprecedented case of gross malfeasance, it appears that the Captain of the giant cruise ship, Costa Concordia, purposely ordered his crew to CHANGE course, in a maritime version of a fly-by for entertainment purposes: “Questions also swirled about why the ship had navigated so close to the dangerous reefs and rocks that jut out off Giglio's eastern coast, amid suspicions the captain might have ventured too close while carrying out a maneuver to entertain tourists on the island." As a result of steering the ship off-course, it unexpectedly hit a reef. (Captain Shettino insists these rocks where “uncharted”...
  • IDF: Maritime Terror ‘Daily Occurrence’

    10/25/2011 6:09:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The IDF’s Ashdod-based Navy unit deals with terrorist activity on a daily basis, security reconnaissance commander “D” said in the military’s Mahane magazine. .The routine security reconnaissance company of the Ashdod base was assigned the responsibility to maintain Israel's maritime closure on Gaza since the completion of Operation Cast Lead. Israel clamped the embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent the smuggling of more advanced weapons and terrorists. Captain “D” explained that the soldiers train with mock ships attempting suicide against IDF vessels, terrorist boats out at sea, and even terrorist activity on shore. "Our threat is constant. We deal with...
  • Sunken treasure awarded to Spain

    09/26/2011 12:23:37 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 67 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 9-26-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A sunken treasure worth about $500 million was discovered by an American company has been awarded to Spain by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The treasure-laden Spanish ship was located off the coast of Gibraltar in 2007. It had been sunk during a naval battle with the British navy in 1804. Several parties made claim to the treasure. The company that made the recovery, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., the governments of Spain and Peru, and 25 individuals who were descendants of the sailors on the ship. The federal district court, which heard...
  • Why Iran’s Blue-Water Naval Ambition Matters

    08/08/2011 2:34:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 5, 2011 | Jamsheed K. Choksy
    Last month, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) chief Ali Fadavi declared, “The frontline of the Islamic Republic is the sea. Our enemy, the United States, has a military capacity at sea and has secured hegemony by the means of its naval capacity. . . . It is necessary that the Iranian navy counters the enemy.” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told the local press “Iran plans to strengthen its naval forces to maintain security of the open seas … the message to regional countries is that there is no need for the presence of foreign forces.” Iran’s naval force,...
  • U.S. backs Lebanon on maritime border dispute with Israel

    07/09/2011 11:31:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/9/11 | Barak Ravid
    Amid rising tensions over gas reserves, Israel to submit proposal to UN on where maritime economic border with Lebanon should be over next few days; U.S. endorsed Lebanon's proposal submitted to UN in August. In the next few days Israel will submit to the United Nations its take on where its maritime economic border with Lebanon should be, as the two countries scramble for gas reserves estimated to be worth billions of dollars. Israel's position is due to be approved by the cabinet on Sunday; Jerusalem argues that Lebanon's proposal includes major areas belonging to Israel.
  • Los Angeles Signs Labor Deal Covering $1.5B in Port Projects

    07/06/2011 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Eva · 28 replies
    Pacific Maritime Online ^ | June 30, 2011 | editors
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a five-year labor agreement on Tuesday that will cover more than $1.5 billion in planned Port of Los Angeles construction projects. Approved by the port governing board in March and the City Council in May, the agreement sets guidelines on the types of workers that must be hired by contractors for all capital projects at the port. The terms cover about 95 percent of the port's projected capital projects outlays for the next five years. "This project labor agreement gives thousands of our local workers in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities the...