Celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 240th Birthday with These Awesome Photos

ARABIAN GULF (June 28, 2015) - Sailors spell out #USA with the American flag on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the nation's upcoming Independence Day weekend. Theodore Roosevelt is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jackie Hart/Released)

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday celebrated its 240th birthday. To help them celebrate, here are some awesome photos from the past year. (April 28, 2015) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd … [Read more...]

‘Renegade Trawler’ Captain and Two Crew Members Convicted in Sao Tome

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  CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A Sao Tome and Principe court won a key victory against illegal fishing by organised syndicates on Monday when it convicted the captain of a vessel and two crew members on a number of charges, an Interpol official said. Globally, illegal fishing cost at least an estimated $23 billion each year, with one in four fish thought to be caught … [Read more...]

IMO Branded a ‘Danger to the Planet’ After Refusal to Back Caps on Vessel Emissions

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  By Gavin van Marle, The Loadstar The Republic of the Marshall Islands’ (RMI) has launched a lacerating attack on the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) stance on climate change and refusal to challenge shipping emissions. In particular, RMI foreign minister Tony de Brum singled out departing IMO secretary general Koji Sekimizu, labelling his attitude as … [Read more...]

Carnival Expands in China

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  Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises will join sister brands Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises in China in 2017, parent company Carnival Corporation said Tuesday. The move will make Carnival Corp. the first company to operate four brands with at least one cruise ship homeported in the Chinese market. Carnival Corp. says it expects China to eventually become … [Read more...]

Keel Laid for Sea Shepherd’s ‘Dream Ship’ at Damen


The keel has been laid for the new flagship of the controversial marine wildlife conservation organization, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey. Sea Shepherd touts the vessel as their "dream ship", capable of achieving speeds that "far exceed" any of the vessels in the organization's fleet. Sea Shepherd ordered the new ship earlier … [Read more...]

Capesize Rates Drag Down Baltic Dry Index

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Oct 13 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday, primarily due to weak demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels fell 5 points, or 0.62 percent, to 804 points. The … [Read more...]

Port of Long Beach Sets Another Cargo Record

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  The Port of Long Beach last month achieved its busiest September ever, closing out a record quarter in the port's 104-year history. Measured by individual containers of freight, cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach climbed 4.1 percent in September compared to the same period last year to 655,624 TEUs. The year’s third quarter — July through September — topped 2 … [Read more...]