Photographer of the Year winning entry - LPhot Dan Rosenbaum

Royal Navy Photographic Award Winners Announced

By MarEx 2018-09-26 00:06:43

The Royal Navy’s has announced the winners of its annual photographic competition – the Peregrine Trophy Awards, with Leading Photographer Dan Rosenbaum was named Royal Navy photographer of the year by the judges for his portfolio of imagery from operations all over the world. This year the awards were judged by Jane Sherwood of Getty Images, Thomas Newton of Sky News, Lee Durant of the BBC, Stuart McKenzie of the BBC, Nicholas Horne of Great State, Defence Imagery picture editor...

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Fisherman Charged with Murder After Attack Aboard Trawler

By MarEx 2018-09-25 21:28:00

A crewmember of the fishing boat Captain Billy Haver stands accused of killing one of his crewmates and injuring another in an attack off the coast of New England.  The crewmember, Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, allegedly attacked three of his crewmates with a hammer and a knife while the Haver was under way about 50 nm off Nantucket. He then attempted to escape capture by climbing the ship's mast, according to prosecutors.  Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New...

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Poland Builds Canal to Bypass Russian Waters

By MarEx 2018-09-25 20:46:00

On Monday, Polish leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski promised to move forward with a plan to build a canal between the Baltic and the Vistula Lagoon, circumventing the current access route through Russian waters.  Polish traffic departing the port of Elblag currently has to pass through the Russian side of the lagoon and out through a channel near Baltiysk, Kaliningrad. The new canal would bisect the Polish side of the Vistula Spit, a thin strip of land that separates the lagoon from...

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Does Europe Have Enough Shipbreaking Capacity?

By MarEx 2018-09-25 19:47:47

Under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR), vessels flagged in EU countries will have to be scrapped at EU-approved yards beginning next January. All yards on the approved list are presently within the EU, and members of industry have expressed skepticism about whether they have the capacity. In a report released Monday, advocacy coalition NGO Shipbreaking Platform pushed back, asserting that European ship recyclers have enough room. NGO Shipbreaking Platform calculates the average maximum capacity of the current EU-listed yards at...

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The trailing suction hopper dredger Prins der Nederlanden

Boskalis Uses Biofuel Blend on Offshore Wind Project

By MarEx 2018-09-25 18:49:51

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. will use a biofuel blend on the project to install the export cable to the Borssele offshore wind farm in a move to promote sustainability.  The Borssele Alpha project is being executed on behalf of TenneT and is aimed at connecting the Borssele offshore grid with the Dutch high-voltage grid. During this project, Boskalis will run its vessels on a biofuel blend of up to 30 percent, and last week the trailing suction hopper dredger Prins...

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ITF Helps Russian Crew a Second Time

By MarEx 2018-09-25 18:24:49

For the second time, the ITF has helped a Russian crew anchored south of Skagen in Denmark.  After months of wrangling, $324,370 in unpaid wages have now been paid to the crew of 19 from the Turkish/Russian tanker Natig Aliyev. Danish authorities have now released the ship which had been at anchor for around eight months. The owed wages were paid by the new charterer of the ship, said a spokesperson for the Danish labor organization CO-Sea. “This is the...

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Wreck of Spice Trade Merchantman Found off Lisbon

By MarEx 2018-09-25 13:19:19

A Portuguese merchantman dating back to the 1600s has been found off the coast of Cascais, Portugal, in what marine archaeologists described as the "discovery of a decade." The wreck site is littered with valuable wares from the spice trade, including 16th century Chinese porcelain; cowry shells; the remains of spices, including pepper; and the ship's bronze cannons, which bear Portugal's royal seal. The wreck also contained cowrie shells, which were harvested in the Indies and used as a currency in...

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China Bars USS Wasp from Calling at Hong Kong

By MarEx 2018-09-25 10:31:00

In a sign of the increasing tensions between Beijing and Washington, China has turned down a U.S. Navy request for an upcoming port call in Hong Kong.  According to Reuters, the amphib USS Wasp had planned to call Hong Kong this October but has been denied permission. China's foreign ministry declined to provide the details behind the decision. "The Chinese side reviews and approves such request in accordance with the principle of sovereignty and specific situation on a case-by-case basis,"...

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Report: Ninety-One States have Cabotage Laws

By MarEx 2018-09-25 04:43:46

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has published a new report that explores the nature and extent of cabotage laws around the world. The report, Cabotage Laws of the World, has identified 91 member states of the United Nations that have cabotage laws restricting foreign activity in their domestic coastal trades.  The report describes the history of maritime cabotage and traces a number of early rudimentary legal principles. It sets out examples of the many different definitions of cabotage that exist...

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