A Busy Month for USS San Antonio, 128 Migrants, Plus One International Terrorist

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USS San Antonio (LPD 17) rescued 128 migrants of Somali decent yesterday from the central Mediterranean Sea. The amphibious transport dock ship was 60 nautical miles away when it received the distress call relayed from the Maltese government and transferred the men aboard, all between the ages of 20 and 30, via 11-person rigid hull inflatable boats. This is a lucky turn … [Read more...]

BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience [VIDEO]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg While the towers burned and collapsed on September 11, 2001, a half million people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by a civilian flotilla of ferries, tug boats and other vessels in what is now known as the largest boatlift in history. BOATLIFT - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience is a touching tribute to that effort. The short … [Read more...]

Chemical Tanker Fairchem Sabre Rescues 73 Offshore Sri Lanka

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Images via Sri Lanka Navy While enroute to Zhangjiagang, China, the chemical tanker Fairchem Sabre responded to a distress call from an overcrowded trawler which was packed full of 73 Sri Lankans attempting to make their way to Australia.  The vessel had encountered engine problems approximately 290 nautical miles southeast of Galle, a port on the southwestern tip of Sri … [Read more...]

Boat Carrying Asylum Seekers Sinks Off Indonesia, 60 Feared Dead

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SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) - A boat carrying as many as 170 suspected asylum seekers bound for Australia has sunk off the south coast of Indonesia, with up to 60 people feared dead or missing, Australian media reported on Wednesday. The latest mishap at sea involving boat people came less than a week after Australia slammed the door on would-be refugees with a deal to send … [Read more...]

MV Hyundai Unity Crew Receives Commendation from U.S. Coast Guard

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SINGAPORE — Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Neeland, supervisor Activities Far East Marine Inspection Detachment Singapore, presented a U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation to the crew of the motor vessel Hyundai Unity at the Port of Singapore Tuesday. The Hyundai Unity crew received the award in recognition of their support of a Coast Guard search and rescue … [Read more...]

Nickel Ore: Russian Roulette At Sea

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By Alexander Healey Panama finally reveals what happened to three bulkers lost in 2010. But little action is being taken to improve safety for seafarers. Ever had the urge to play Russian roulette at sea? Well forget the gun. Indeed, forget Somali pirates, murder in the Gulf of Guinea and Italian-captained cruise ships. Instead turn your gaze to Indonesia's remote … [Read more...]