Illustration showing the Singpore Navy's Independence-class Littoral Missing Vessel.

Singapore Launches First New Maritime Patrol Vessel as Regional Tensions Rise

By Livia Yap and Sharon Chen (Bloomberg) — Singapore’s navy is preparing to take on more unconventional missions with a new fleet of patrol boats, as territorial tensions rise in the South China Sea and demands for search and rescue missions rise and in the aftermath of airplane disasters where Singapore took part in search […]

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Kenya’s Mombasa Port Sacks 27 Strike Leaders

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, July 4 (Reuters) – East Africa’s biggest port in the Kenyan city of Mombasa said on Saturday it had dismissed 27 workers it believed were behind a strike this week that paralysed operations for two days and cost the port at least $2 million. Over 2,000 workers went on strike on […]

The MV YUAN SHI HAI, one of four Valemax ships sold to China Ore Shipping in May. Photo: Ian Edwards

China to Lift Ban of 400,000 DWT ‘Valemax’ Mega-Ships

  SHANGHAI, July 3 (Reuters) – China said on Friday it will allow 400,000-deadweight tonne ships to dock at its ports, officially ending a more than three-year ban that had effectively shut out Brazilian miner Vale SA’s giant vessels. Four domestic ports – Qingdao, Dalian, Tangshan Caofeidian and Ningbo – will be allowed to receive […]

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Rolls-Royce and Partners Push Ahead with Unmanned Ship Research

  Rolls-Royce and a handful of partners are pushing ahead with the first steps of a new 6.6 million euro project that could pave the way for autonomous, unmanned ships in the not-so-distant future. The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative, which Rolls-Royce has been appointed to lead, aims to produce the specification and preliminary designs […]

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