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U.K. and Iran Strengthen Military Positions

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-25 18:14:30

The U.K. government confirmed on Saturday that the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender will join efforts to support the safe passage of shipping in the Middle East. This third deployment of a vessel will ensure that the U.K. has the flexibility to continually commit a vessel to the international mission, said the Royal Navy in a statement. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, remains stationed in the region and has so far completed more than 30 transits of...

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Bulk Carrier Disappears off Indonesia

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-26 04:29:45

A bulk carrier is feared capsized after her crew reportedly sent a distress call on Sunday. The 52,000dwt Indonesia-flagged Nur Allya was en route to Indonesia's Sulawesi province carrying nickel ore when the distress call was made from near Buru Island in the Banda Sea. Contact was subsequently lost with the vessel, and a search is underway for her and her 25 crew. Some media reports indicate that cargo liquefaction is a possible cause for the vessel's distress. In releasing...

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ReCAAP ISC Warns on Scrap Metal Theft in the Singapore Strait

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-25 20:57:05

The number of incidents occurring on board tug boats towing barges in the Singapore Strait is on the rise in 2019, and the ReCAAP ISC has released a special report highlighting the incidents. According to Special Report on Incidents Involving Tug Boats and Barges in the Singapore Strait, 14 incidents have been reported so far this year (up to August 15). Of these, nine incidents reported loss of scrap metal from their barges. This is the highest number of incidents...

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Japan and U.S. Agree Trade Deal at G7

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-25 18:51:16

President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on the principles of a trade deal on Sunday at the G7 meeting in France.  “We’ve been working on a deal with Japan for a long time,” said Trump. “It involves agricultural and it involves e-commerce and many other things.” The deal is expected to open up markets to over $7 billion worth of goods including excess U.S. corn.  “We still have some remaining work that has to be done...

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Commander Submarine Force, Captain Doug Theobald, CSC, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath at the HMAS Orion Fin Naval Memorial Park in Rockingham, Western Australia.

Australia Conducts Inaugural Lost Submariners Memorial Service

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-25 17:35:59

Australia conducted its inaugural Lost Submariners Memorial Service last week. The service was hosted by the Submarines Association of Australia, and over 200 past and present submariners gathered at the HMAS Orion Fin in the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, Western Australia. They gathered to remember all submariners who lost their lives during their period of Royal Australian Navy service since the inception of the modern Australian Submarine Force in 1967. During the memorial service The Royal Australian Naval Prayer, The...

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Halifax Port Authority Names Capt. Allan Gray as President and CEO

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-25 17:21:21

The Board of the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) has chosen Captain Allan Gray (left) as its new president and CEO. He will be concluding his tenure as harbor master and general manager at Fremantle Ports in Perth, Australia and joining the Halifax Port Authority in late November, 2019. “Captain Gray’s extensive experience in leading a large port with similar priorities and economic impact as our own, from container and bulk shipping to cruise and...

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Two Security Cutters Commissioned in Honolulu

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-25 00:39:40

The U.S Coast Guard’s two newest national security cutters were commissioned on Saturday in Honolulu. The Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) and the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) will homeport at Base Honolulu. They are the seventh and eighth legend-class national security cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet and will join three other fast response cutters in Honolulu. Known as the Legend-class, national security cutters are capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to...

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Funding Pledged for Floating Wind Project at Oil Field

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-24 22:47:38

Enova has pledged NOK 2.3 billion ($257 million) in support for what will become the world's largest floating offshore wind farm and a first to provide power to an offshore oil field.  The amount of funding for Equinor's Hywind Tampen project, which will help to supply the Gullfaks and Snorre oil fields with renewable energy, is the largest from Enova, which is owned by Norway's Ministry of Climate and Environment. The offshore wind farm will consist of 11 8MW floating...

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Australia: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean Charged with Cartel Conduct

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-24 21:32:59

Australia's Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has charged the Norway-based shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO) with criminal cartel conduct. The charge relates to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of certain vehicles to Australia between June 2011 and July 2012. The charges follow convictions against Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), in August 2017 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) in August 2019 for cartel conduct in the same cartel WWO has allegedly participated in. WWO, previously...

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