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South China Sea – Maritime Build-up Accelerates

+-*(Reuters) Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain. Annual defense spending in Southeast Asia is projected to reach $52 billion by 2020, […]

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South China Sea – Philippines seeks stronger U.S. commitment

+-*by Manuel Mogato (Reuters) The Philippines is seeking a “stronger commitment” from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every […]

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., assist Chiara D’Angelo, an activist, down from the anchor chain of Arctic Challenger in the Port of Bellingham, May 25, 2015. D’Angelo was taken back to Station Bellingham, where she was evaluated by EMS and released. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham)

Activists Chained to Shell Supply Vessel Decide to Come Down

+-*  Two activists who secured themselves to a Shell offshore supply vessel moored in Bellingham, Washington this weekend have both decided to come down. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that activist Chiara D’Angelo requested Coast Guard assistance down from Arctic Challener’s anchor chain at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday after she spent three nights suspended there. On […]

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Oil Trades Near $60 as Retreat in U.S. Drilling-Rig Count Slows

+-*byBen Sharples (Bloomberg) — Oil traded near $60 a barrel as companies in the U.S. reduced the number of active rigs by the slowest pace since a prolonged retreat in drilling that began in December. Futures were little changed in New York after falling 1.7 percent on Friday. The number of rigs targeting oil dropped by one […]


Libya Airstrike Sets Oil Tanker Ablaze

+-*By Nayla Razzouk and Saleh Sarrar (Bloomberg) — Warplanes deployed by Libya’s internationally recognized government bombed an oil tanker at a terminal controlled by the nation’s rival Islamist leaders, killing one person, the regional coastguard commander said. The Anwaar Afriqya, carrying fuel from Greece, was attacked while anchored to offload the cargo for a power plant in the coastal […]

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Panama Canal Lightning Storm – Ship Photo Of The Day

+-*This photo from the gCaptain archives was submitted by Eric Miller and was taken by John Dunaway, 2nd mate of the 8,000 DWT US Flagged heavy lift vessel M/V Ocean Atlas. The ship has a 400 metric tons lifting capacity, 11,500-cbm bale, box-shaped holds, and 16.5 knot service speed. The Ocean Atlas was designed for the […]