China Reveals Plans for Expanded Naval Presence Beyond Its Coasts


By Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- China set out its ambitions for a bigger naval presence far from its coasts, amid wariness among its neighbors over whether the country’s fleet will be used to back up its territorial claims. The People’s Liberation Army will add “open seas protection” to “offshore waters defense” on a list of core naval missions, according to the … [Read more...]

Sketchy Boarding – Will This Truck Make It Onto This Ship?

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This video was posted Monday to Youtube and has already racked up close to 1 million views. And for good reason - it's so sketchy! So, will the truck be make it on board the ship by driving over two wooden planks? Just watch for the answer:  Well there you have it. Yet there are still so many questions...   … [Read more...]

Unintentional Release of Freefall Lifeboat – ATSB Final Report

MV Aquarosa. Photo: ATSB

  An improperly reset hook was to blame for the unintentional release of a freefall lifeboat from a bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean in 2014, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has determined. The Malta-flagged MV Aquarosa was transiting the Indian Ocean en route to Fremantle, Western Australia on March 1, 2014 when its freefall lifeboat was inadvertently … [Read more...]

Bahri Signs On for 5 VLCCs at Hyundai Samho

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The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed contracts with South Korea's Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) for the construction of 5 very large crude carriers VLCCs. The VLCCs will be delivered during 2017. The contract also includes an option for additional 5 more ships. The vessels will have a capacity of 300,000 DWT and built to the latest … [Read more...]

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 year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, … [Read more...]