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  • Navy's newest combat ship in water

    07/18/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN - WJXT ^ | Jul 18 2015 | Brad Lendon
    The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. .. the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters around Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to have a fleet of 304 ships...
  • Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials

    04/18/2015 10:03:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/18/2015 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war. ADVERTISEMENT Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials. Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis. Iran...
  • Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships

    04/04/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 4/04/15 | Arthur Delaney
    Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature. The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types of businesses, including liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships. "We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," state Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R) said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. "This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life."
  • Cuba accused of slavelike labor deal

    10/28/2006 4:31:44 PM PDT · by cll · 16 replies · 643+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 10/28/2006 | Frances Robles
    The Cuban government conspired with a Curacao ship repair company to provide practically slave labor fixing up vessels, including Miami-based cruise ships, and kept workers under harsh conditions, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District court in Miami alleges. The civil suit filed before Judge James Lawrence King alleges that up to 100 Cuban shipyard workers are forced to work against their will at Curacao Drydock Co., a ship repair company with an agent in Delray Beach, Klattenberg Marine Associates. The suit, filed by three workers who escaped and now live in Florida, alleges they were ordered to work 16-hour shifts...
  • The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

    01/10/2015 2:42:08 PM PST · by moose07 · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 January 2015 | Justin Parkinson
    The world's largest container ship, the Globe, is docking in Britain for the first time as it continues its maiden voyage. But how vast and powerful is it and how long until it's superseded? Size The Globe is more than 400m (1,312ft) long, the equivalent of eight Olympic-size swimming pools. It is 56.8m (186ft) wide and 73m (240ft) high, its gross tonnage is 186,000 - the equivalent of 14,500 London buses, according to the Port of Felixstowe, where it arrived on Wednesday. But the record-breaking aspect of the Globe, owned by Shanghai-based China Shipping Container Lines and built in South...
  • New ships worth £1.7bn to install 'wind deflectors' so passengers aren't troubled by sea breezes

    05/23/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2014 | Staff
    The cruise passengers of the future won't have to worry about the wind in their hair whilst on deck, after a new vessel design was announced claiming to be 'the iPhone for the cruise industry'. MSC Cruise's has commissioned two new ships with wind deflectors so that passengers aren't troubled by sea breezes and a promenade deck at sea level so that they can enjoy the feeling of being 'at the seaside' on board. Costing a whopping £1.7billion to develop, the two ships will be smaller and wider than current supervessels, making it easier for them to visit smaller ports...
  • Hospital Ships to Be Counted in U.S. Combat Fleet

    03/17/2014 6:58:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/17/14 | SETH CROPSEY
    Earlier in March, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus revised how to count the size of the U.S.’s battle force inventory. The battle force inventory is important because it measures the size of the U.S. combat fleet. The new definition will make the U.S. combat fleet look larger than it really is. This provides a political shield against legitimate concerns that the Navy is shrinking. Ships included in the battle force inventory had been “warships capable of contributing to combat operations” or ships that contribute “directly to Navy warfighting or support missions.” Aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and submarines are...
  • Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers

    02/28/2014 4:25:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/28/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. “We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places,” ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying. Russia is not looking to establish bases in those locations, but to reach agreement to use facilities there when...
  • Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?

    12/13/2013 11:57:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | December 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Past fears that carriers were vulnerable to new technologies weren’t proven right… nor were they proven wrong. Over at The National Interest this week, former Naval Diplomat shipmate — U.S. Marines say there are no former Marines, just Marines; are there former shipmates? — Bryan McGrath wades into the debate over Tom Ricks’s Washington Post column urging the U.S. military to get smaller to get better. Let me wade in as well; the water’s fine. Ricks takes aim at the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in particular. He cites the expense of CVNs, but Bryan zeroes in mainly...
  • Abandoned ship: Sailors left adrift by transport firms' legal battles

    10/05/2013 7:08:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    <p>Supplies were dwindling, his 20-man crew had not been paid for months and Captain Khan Jubair Niaz was desperate as his ship drifted aimlessly in the Gulf of Suez.</p> <p>“We have not committed any crime and yet we are being punished,” Niaz wrote in a plaintive email to the Sailors' Society, a 200-year-old, United Kingdom-based nonprofit that specializes in ministering to merchant seafarers. “I just want to go home. I am not interested in money. If I die here on this ship, then money is no good to me.”</p>
  • Parade Mag Apologizes for Nazi Ship Image in U.S. Navy Story

    05/20/2013 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Saint X · 32 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 5/20/13 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    Parade Magazine is apologizing for a design flub that paired a Nazi battleship with an award winning U.S. Navy chef, the magazine’s top editor told USNI News on Monday. The story featured Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Derrick Davenport, a chef for the Joint Chiefs Chairman, who won the gold medal in the March 38th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va. But topping the heart warming tale of Davenport’s rise to the gold from the broom closet sized kitchen of the attack sub USS Annapolis (SSN-760) was a collection of ship silhouettes that included the most notorious Nazi...
  • 26 U.S. Navy Ship Naming Controversies

    04/23/2013 12:01:44 PM PDT · by Saint X · 26 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 4/23/2013 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the U.S. Navy had no formal procedure for naming ships. It wasn’t until 1819 that Congress passed an act stating “all of the ships, of the Navy of the United States, now building, or hereafter to be built, shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy.” The secretary has fulfilled this role ever since, even though the passage expressly assigning authority for designating ship names was omitted when the U.S. Code was revised in 1925. In addition to recommendations from Congress and the president, the secretary traditionally has been guided by...
  • Researchers: We may have found a fabled sunstone (Update)

    03/08/2013 11:05:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 08 March 2013 | Raphael Satter
    A rough, whitish block recovered from an Elizabethan shipwreck may be a sunstone, the fabled crystal believed by some to have helped Vikings and other medieval seafarers navigate the high seas, researchers say. In a paper published earlier this week, a Franco-British group argued that the Alderney Crystal—a chunk of Icelandic calcite found amid a 16th century wreck at the bottom of the English Channel—worked as a kind of solar compass, allowing sailors to determine the position of the sun even when it was hidden by heavy cloud, masked by fog, or below the horizon. That's because of a property...
  • U.S. Navy brings back stunning WWI era 'Dazzle' ship camouflage

    03/01/2013 10:59:41 AM PST · by Saint X · 41 replies
    U.S Naval Institute ^ | 3/1/13 | U.S. Naval Institute
    Friday’s deployment of USS Freedom (LCS 1) will revive a tradition of camouflaging warships. Outside of smaller patrol boats, the U.S. largely abandoned elaborate color schemes and stuck with haze gray.
  • Exxon Valdez laid to rest (From Infamy to Obscurity)

    09/08/2012 7:09:52 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 35 replies
    Nature magazine ^ | 13 August 2012 | Shanta Barley
    "Last month, the (Indian) court ruled in favour of Priya Blue: there was no toxic waste on the ship. The Oriental Nicety (formerly the Exxon Valdez) is welcome to beach at Alang, the world's largest ship-breaking yard, where she will be dismantled for scrap. But as with so many things in the story of the Exxon Valdez, the end will be drawn out. It will take 500 workers four months to dismember her carcass." (enclosed words mine)
  • Notable U.S. Navy Ships Lost Since World War II

    08/30/2012 1:37:48 PM PDT · by Saint X · 16 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 30, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    After an arsonist caused $450 million in damage to the USS Miami on March 2012, the U.S. Navy considered scrapping the submarine. The eventual decision to repair the Miami and return it to service in 2015 means that the Navy will not have to add to a rather short but fateful list - ships lost since WWII. Between December 1941 and September 1945, over 350 U.S. Navy warships and patrol craft were sunk or damaged beyond repair. In the nearly seven decades since, fewer than 30 ships have been lost directly due to enemy action or accidents. These are a...
  • World's first nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap.

    07/12/2012 10:32:08 AM PDT · by atomic_dog · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed, Jul 11, 2012 | Laura L. Myers
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - The world's first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was put up for auction as scrap metal on Tuesday to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard in Washington state. The 720-foot (219-metre) vessel, the first American cruiser since the end of World War Two to be built new from the keel up, boasted the world's highest bridge and was the last such U.S. vessel with teakwood decks, according to Navy history. Long Beach, commissioned in 1961, is not the first warship to be recycled. But the defense...
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • MILITARY: Navy naming ships after trio of local military heroes

    02/15/2012 12:14:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NC Times ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Walker
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday morning that it has named one of its new ships after Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a San Diego native who died a hero in Iraq in 2004. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move, saying a new guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Rafael Peralta. A Pentagon statement said Mabus named that ship and two other new destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts but "were united in their uncommon valor." Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an...
  • Three mystery ships are tracked over suspected 'weapons' cargo

    02/18/2003 4:47:00 PM PST · by knak · 221 replies · 1,419+ views
    Three giant cargo ships are being tracked by US and British intelligence on suspicion that they might be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Each with a deadweight of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes, the ships have been sailing around the world's oceans for the past three months while maintaining radio silence in clear violation of international maritime law, say authoritative shipping industry sources. The vessels left port in late November, just a few days after UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix began their search for the alleged Iraqi arsenal on their return to the country. Uncovering such a deadly...
  • For sale: Bond villain lair, £100million-plus (shark tanks and henchmen not included)

    11/21/2011 4:05:57 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 21st, 2011 | Rob Waugh
    When Project Utopia was unveiled by Yacht Island Design and naval architects BMT Nigel Gee, there was a certain healthy scepticism about the floating 11-storey lair. But gadget site Firebox is now offering it for sale as a Christmas gift. Price is 'on application' but the company says you should expect to pay several hundred million 'minimum'. The site also offers other surreal and very expensive gifts, such as a flying Back To The Future DeLorean car (yours for £70,000) - an idea familiar from ultra-luxury American catalogues such as Neiman Marcus, which in the past has offered gifts like...
  • Iran planning to send ships near U.S. waters

    09/28/2011 8:38:43 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/28/11 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Iran plans to send ships near the Atlantic coast of the United States, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday, quoting a commander. "The Navy of the Iranian Army will have a powerful presence near the United States borders," read the headline of the story, in Farsi. "Commander of the Navy of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran broke the news about the plans for the presence of this force in the Atlantic Ocean and said that the same way that the world arrogant power is present near our marine borders, we, with the help of...
  • Hope yet for African Queen gunboat on Lake Tanganyika

    08/29/2011 11:52:55 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2011 Last updated at 20:42 ET | Stephen Evans
    Ships don't come with much more historical ballast than the MV Liemba. The steamer still shudders and belches its way across Lake Tanganyika every Wednesday and Friday, a century after it was built as a warship in Germany. In its time it's been a pawn in the colonial scramble for Africa. It's been scuttled and then raised again from the deep. It may have been the model for the warship sunk by The African Queen, a steam-powered launch in the film of the same name, starring Katharine Hepburn as a prim spinster and Humphrey Bogart as the rough captain. And...
  • Okay, How Much? *VANITY*

    06/13/2011 1:15:46 PM PDT · by TruthBeforeAll · 63 replies
    Personal | 06/13/2011 | TruthBeforeAll
    Loose Lips Sink Ships
  • The ghost ships of Mothball Fleet: Incredible pictures of abandoned Navy war ships

    06/10/2011 7:11:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2011
    The ghost ships of Mothball Fleet: Incredible pictures of abandoned Navy war ships taken by crew of illegal squatters They are the Navy ships that heroically fought in World War Two, now slowly rotting in a San Francisco bay. And as they are being towed, one by one, for scrapping, in just a few years they will all be gone. A group of illegal squatters gained unprecedented access to the vessels by rowing at night for two years past security and climbing onto the ships, sleeping secretly on board for days at a time. And as these stunning images show,...
  • Al-Qaida Eyed Oil Tankers as Bombing Targets

    05/20/2011 10:26:03 PM PDT · by lbryce · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | May 21, 2011 | Staff
    Osama bin Laden's personal files revealed a brazen idea to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea last summer, creating explosions he hoped would rattle the world's economy and send oil prices skyrocketing, the U.S. said Friday. The newly disclosed plot showed that while bin Laden was always scheming for the next big strike that would kill thousands of Americans, he also believed a relatively simpler attack on the oil industry could create a worldwide panic that would hurt Westerners every time they gassed up their cars. U.S. officials said the tanker idea, included in documents found in...
  • Other Groups, with Al Qaeda, Said to Threaten U.S.

    05/20/2002 8:33:38 AM PDT · by RCW2001 · 11 replies · 197+ views
    Other Groups, with Al Qaeda, Said to Threaten U.S. Last Updated: May 20, 2002 10:46 AM ET By Niala Boodhoo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic groups like Hizbollah and Egypt's Islamic Jihad could be planning to attack the United States and may be more able to do so than the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said on Monday. "Our enemy is not al Qaeda alone," Sen. Bob Graham said on NBC's "Today" show, referring to the movement believed behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that killed more than 3,000 people....
  • Court OKs air-pollution restrictions for ships (9th Circus stands with ecoNuts, naturally.)

    03/28/2011 6:05:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/28/11 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court rejected a shipping industry challenge Monday to California's offshore air pollution rules requiring vessels to use low-sulfur fuel within 24 miles of the coast, standards that the court said would save about 3,500 lives over six years while modestly increasing shipping costs. The ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is a milestone in California's efforts to curb a significant source of hazardous emissions. Low-grade bunker fuel from ships has a sulfur content more than 1,600 times as high as diesel fuel for trucks and exposes 80 percent...
  • Pirates add ammo, men to ships (to 30 hijacked vessels still under their control) after 4 US deaths

    02/23/2011 11:22:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/23/11 | Jason Straziuso and Malkhadir M. Muhumed - AP
    NAIROBI, Kenya – Pirates in Somalia said Wednesday they are ferrying ammunition and men to the 30 hijacked vessels still under their control, and they threatened to kill more captives following the violent end to a hostage standoff that left four Americans dead. The U.S. military said that 15 pirates detained after the Americans were slain Tuesday could face trial in the United States.
  • Navy Beats Army

    11/12/2010 8:42:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/12/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After over a century of squabbling, the U.S. Army, under pressure from the Department of Defense, is surrendering the last of its fleet to the U.S. Navy. The army still has 119 ships, manned by 2,300 soldiers and civilians. While six of them are large amphibious landing ships, most are tugboats and barges for work in or near ports. The army isn't new to owning its own transports. Back during World War II, the U.S. Army actually had a larger fleet (but only 1,225 seagoing ships), than the U.S. Navy, but one that was almost entirely support vessels. The navy...
  • The world's largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas put into service

    10/29/2010 5:40:23 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies · 1+ views
    news.xinhuanet.com ^ | 10/29/2010 | Xiong Tong
    HELSINKI, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The world's largest cruise ship "Allure of the Seas," built in Finnish Turku Shipyard, left Turku on Friday and proceeded directly to Florida Fort Lauderdale of the United States. The construction of cruise ship "Allure of the Seas" was completed and handed over to Royal Caribbean International on Oct. 28. The cruise ship will be serving its first cruise trip in December 2010. The "Allure of the Seas" is an architectural fantasy on the sea. It is 361-meters long, 66-meters wide, 72-meters high above the water, and its gross tonnage is up to 225,000 tons....
  • French Fos-Lavera strike blocks 61 ships (strikers want job guarantees)

    10/17/2010 7:47:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/17/10
    French Fos-Lavera strike blocks 61 ships2 hours 34 mins ago A three-week old strike at the French oil hub of Fos-Lavera to protest pension reform and working conditions is blocking 61 ships from unloading cargo, the port authority said on Sunday. The strikers want job guarantees as part of a port reform and are also protesting against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reforms that raise the retirement age to 62 from 60, which has already sparked several waves of nationwide protests. The strikes at Fos-Lavera, France's largest oil port, has helped squeeze the nation's fuel supply, creating fears it could run...
  • Alert Officer Identifies Wanted Man

    09/15/2010 1:09:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    TSA.gov - Workforce Stories ^ | September 13, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Alert Officer Identifies Wanted Man Workforce Stories When a Behavior Detection Officer (BDO) at Ohio’s Toledo Express Airport was approached by an individual in the public area of the airport, the Officer became suspicious of the individual’s actions and noticed injuries to the man’s hands. The BDO also recognized that the individual matched the description provided by the U.S. Coast Guard of a foreign national who jumped ship in the Port of Toledo. Based on the description, TSA contacted the Lucas County Sheriff, Toledo Port Authority Police, Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation...
  • L.A. Ports Already Forecast An Awesome Christmas Season

    08/09/2010 7:16:57 AM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 8-9-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    L.A. Ports Already Forecast An Awesome Christmas Season Vincent Fernando, CFA Aug. 9, 2010, 6:14 AM Los Angeles port volumes continue to rebound, and the ports themselves believe that this could signal a strong holiday season in the U.S. this year, or at least stronger one than last year's: Hellenic Shipping News: “I think we’re seeing the imported goods and the containers like what you see here obviously filled with holiday items and we’re seeing those in larger numbers,” said Richard Steinke, the executive director of the Port of Long Beach, which sits on a complex alongside the Port of...
  • Iranian Legislator Says Egypt Promised to Enable His Entry to Gaza

    07/28/2010 6:18:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 3+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.28.10, 21:09 / Israel News | Dudi Cohen
    SNIPPET: "Iranian parliament member Mahmoud Ahmadi Bigesh said Wednesday that Egypt has promised to issue entry permits for him and three of his fellow parliament members, who want to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing."
  • Arab Journalists Come Out in Support of Israeli Flotilla Actions

    For The Record - The IPT Blog "Arab Journalists Come Out in Support of Israeli Flotilla Actions" by IPT News • Jun 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm SNIPPET: "Journalists in the Arab world have come out in support of Israel in the aftermath of last month's flotilla incident, which left 9 dead after Hamas-tied "humanitarian activists" attacked Israeli commandos with clubs, knives, and other weapons. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released excerpts from an interview with Magdi Khalil, an Egyptian-American writer, aired on June 15 on Al-Jazeera TV. Khalil explains: "The Turkish ship, however, was organized by a...
  • Protesters at Port of Oakland picket Israeli ship

    06/20/2010 8:27:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/10 | AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. – Hundreds of protesters condemning Israel's recent raid on an international flotilla bound for Gaza are picketing at the Port of Oakland, where an Israeli ship is due to arrive. The demonstrators gathered Sunday to prevent the incoming ship from being unloaded. The dock's day shift of longshoremen agreed to not cross the picket line. Meanwhile Sunday, Israel said it will immediately allow all goods into Gaza except weapons and items deemed to have a military use under its decision to ease its three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Israeli officials had decided last week to ease the...
  • IRANIAN OFFICIAL: EGYPT HAS AUTHORIZED IRANIAN DELEGRATION TO ENTER GAZA

    06/14/2010 12:25:29 AM PDT · by Cindy · 33 replies · 1,075+ views
    SNIPPET: "Majlis National Security Committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Egyptian parliament, Muhammad Al-Fiqi, has authorized the members of the Iranian flotilla, which is to arrive via the Suez Canal, to enter Gaza through the Rafah border crossing. Boroujerdi clarified that this flotilla, which includes Majlis members, is distinct from the one being organized by the Iranian Red Crescent."
  • Wheelchairs as well as weapons found on board aid ships

    06/03/2010 11:19:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 542+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 6/3/10 | RON FRIEDMAN
    Knives, slingshots and night vision goggles indicate activists had less-than-peaceful goals. The array of equipment found on board the ships that made up the Gaza aid flotilla was as divergent as the flotilla’s stated aims. On the one hand there was medical equipment aimed to help ease the suffering of Gaza’s sick and handicapped, and on the other there were knives, slingshots and night vision goggles, which indicate hostile goals. Israeli military officials have said that the amount of goods found on the ships are a drop in the sea compared to the amount of goods that regularly pass into...
  • FLASH BACK: Officials: U.S. [President Obama ] Intercepts Iranian Arms-Smuggling Ship

    06/01/2010 11:19:56 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 2 replies · 352+ views
    Fox ^ | Jan 22 2009 | Fox News
    U.S. defense officials say a Navy vessel that is part of the new piracy task force intercepted and searched an Iranian-owned ship that officials feared was carrying arms to Hamas. It's unclear whether those suspicions were founded. Two defense officials say the Cypriot-flagged commercial vessel was tracked by a U.S. Navy ship in the Red Sea over the weekend. One official says it was boarded with the consent of the vessel's crew on Monday and Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. The search turned up ammunition that included artillery...
  • British warship Paul Revere eluded resurfaces in Cape Cod

    04/10/2010 3:42:13 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 1,834+ views
    PROVINCETOWN - The wreck of the British warship that Paul Revere eluded at the start of his famous ride has resurfaced in Cape Cod’s shifting sands. About a dozen timbers from the HMS Somerset III were spotted on a Provincetown beach after erosion from recent storms.
  • U.S. agrees to remove toxic 'Ghost Fleet' ships

    03/31/2010 7:17:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,533+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/10 | Maria L. La Ganga
    Reporting from San Francisco - After years of legal wrangling, the federal government agreed Wednesday to remove a fleet of mothballed military ships that has dropped tons of heavy metal pollution into a waterway northeast of San Francisco. As part of a settlement with environmental groups, the U.S. Maritime Administration said it will remove 52 obsolete and decaying vessels -- nicknamed the Ghost Fleet -- from the estuary between the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Five others have been removed since November. The agency plans to get rid of the 25 worst offenders in less than...
  • Gas pipeline probe uncovers shipwrecks in Baltic Sea

    03/09/2010 7:40:48 AM PST · by fishhound · 18 replies · 275+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Mon Mar 8, 2:17 pm ET | na
    STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A dozen previously unknown shipwrecks, some of them believed to be up to 1,000 years old, were discovered in the Baltic Sea during a probe of the sea bed to prepare for the installation of a large gas pipeline, the Swedish National Heritage Board said Monday. "We have manage to identify 12 shipwrecks, and nine of them are considered to be fairly old," Peter Norman, a senior advisor with the heritage board, told AFP. "We think many of the ships are from the 17th and 18th centuries and we think some could even be from the Middle...
  • Al Qaeda Tells Followers to Launch Attacks on the Royal Navy

    03/07/2010 8:16:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 174+ views
    Express.Co.Uk ^ | 03/07/2010 | By James Murray and Nell Doyle
    NUCLEAR weapons carried aboard Royal Navy warships are high on Al Qaeda’s hit list, it has emerged. Followers of Osama Bin Laden are being urged to track the Ark Royal, Illustrious and Invincible in what is being called the “battle of the masts”. A message from the Al Qaeda leadership says: “How many nuclear weapons might be on board and what would be the extent of the damage that could be caused if it was exposed to an attack?” The last time Al Qaeda launched a large-scale seaborne attack was in October 2000 when suicide bombers in a small vessel...
  • Passenger Ships Stuck in Ice Off Sweden

    03/04/2010 1:25:08 PM PST · by naturalized · 39 replies · 1,390+ views
    CNN ^ | March 4, 2010 | Per Nyberg and Claudia Rebaza
    Thirty to 40 ships -- including several passenger ships -- were stuck Thursday in ice off the coast of Sweden, said a spokesman for the Maritime Search and Rescue Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. The area of the Baltic Sea worst hit by the ice were the waters bounded by mainland Sweden, the Stockholm archipelago and the Finnish island of Aland, said Tommy Gardebring, press officer with the Swedish Maritime Administration. Several passenger vessels from Viking Line were stuck, he said. One of them had been freed. "It has been a lot colder than normal in the southern parts of the...
  • Following The Bouncing Baltic Dry Index

    02/17/2010 7:30:55 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 448+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 2-17-2010 | Hard Assets Investor
    Following The Bouncing Baltic Dry Index by: Hard Assets Investor February 16, 2010 Julian Murdoch Mid-February may seem like an odd time to look at 2009's shipping year in review. But as we enter earnings reporting season, now is actually the ideal time to revisit the things that were for shipping companies, as well as look ahead to what may come. And 2009 was a heck of a year. Just look at the Baltic Dry Index: As we've discussed previously, the Baltic Dry Index [BDI] gives an idea of the spot price for hiring a commodity-carrying ship at a given...
  • US, Allies Tell Taliban About Offensive

    02/09/2010 6:00:21 PM PST · by Dubya · 28 replies · 923+ views
    McClatchy-Tribune Information Services ^ | McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
    KABUL - Thousands of U.S., British and Afghan troops are poised to launch the biggest offensive of the war in Afghanistan in a test of the Obama administration's new counterinsurgency strategy. Military operations usually are intended to catch the enemy off guard, but for weeks U.S. and allied officials have been telling reporters about their forthcoming assault on Marjah, a Taliban-held town of 80,000 and drug-trafficking hub in southern poppy-growing Helmand province.
  • The Three Biggest Challenges Facing U.S. Naval Shipbuilding

    01/23/2010 1:15:11 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/23/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.
    You could say that the three biggest challenges facing the U.S. Navy's shipbuilding program are money, money, and money. The service has a clear vision of how to construct a networked, flexible fleet suitable for use across the spectrum of conflict. But it only gets $13-14 billion per year to build the warships that will populate that fleet. That isn't much for a country that relies on its Navy every day to sustain nuclear deterrence, assure free transit of sea lanes, and carry the global war on terror to the enemy. However, with the government borrowing $4 billion per day...
  • How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world

    11/21/2009 11:36:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 39 replies · 1,890+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st November 2009 | Fred Pearce
    Last week it was revealed that 54 oil tankers are anchored off the coast of Britain, refusing to unload their fuel until prices have risen. But that is not the only scandal in the shipping world. Today award-winning science writer Fred Pearce – environmental consultant to New Scientist and author of Confessions Of An Eco Sinner – reveals that the super-ships that keep the West in everything from Christmas gifts to computers pump out killer chemicals linked to thousands of deaths because of the filthy fuel they use. We've all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels...
  • World's biggest cruise ship arrives in Fla. port

    11/14/2009 6:01:31 PM PST · by Korah · 15 replies · 1,609+ views
    YouTube ^ | 11/14/09 | Korah
    Check out this video of the "Oasis of the Seas" cruise ship. This is the biggest and most expensive cruise ship ever built and it recently sailed from Turku, Finland. It just arrived at the ship's home port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida three days ago on November 11 where it faces a challenge to fill its multitude of berths as we Americans are now struggling under Obama's recession and trying to keep our heads above water. Built at the cost of $1.5 billion, this 16-deck cruise vessel is nearly 40 percent larger than the industry's next-biggest ship and five...