China’s Navy Seeks New Islands to Conquer

by James Stavridis (Bloomberg) A Defense Department report warns that China’s military buildup is reaching the point where it can attempt to “impose its will on the region and beyond.” Visiting recently with senior officials from two U.S. allies in the region, Japan and Singapore, gave me a visceral feeling of how things look on the […]

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Iran Conducts Large Scale 100 Vessel War Game

by Robin Pomeroy (Reuters) – Iran on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. More than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast […]

Repsol To Supply Brittany Ferries’ New LNG Ship

Brittany Ferries has signed an agreement with Spanish energy company Repsol for the delivery of Liquefied Natural Gas to its Spanish operations. A letter of intent between the two companies provides the basis for the long-term supply of LNG-fuel and shoreside infrastructure to the new LNG-powered cruise-ferry Salamanca, which is scheduled to enter service in […]

US Coast Guard Academy Enters The Space Race

by Grant Wyman (USCG) There is a new landmark at the Coast Guard Academy and it is helping to launch the Coast Guard into an era of space operations. The satellite communications ground station on the roof of Smith Hall was built by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center to support the Department of […]

Trump’s Atlantic Oil Effort Runs Aground In South Carolina

by Carlyann Edwards (Bloomberg) More than half the registered voters in Republican-controlled South Carolina supported Donald Trump in a poll last month, but there’s at least one area where state leaders are ditching the president to join rival Democrats: a fight against oil exploration off the Atlantic coast. While no new drilling has been approved […]

Royal Navy Warship Upsets China

by Andy MacAskill (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday admitted that talk by its defense minister of deploying a warship in the Pacific had complicated the delicate relationship with China. When asked directly on BBC radio if the relationship had been damaged by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s threat to deploy a new aircraft carrier to the […]

Twelve Empty Supertankers Reveal The Truth About Today’s Oil Market

by Firat Kayakiran (Bloomberg) They are slowly plowing their way across thousands of miles of ocean toward America’s Gulf of Mexico coastline. As they do, twelve empty supertankers are also revealing a few truths about today’s global oil market. In normal times, the vessels would be filled with heavy, high sulfur Middle East oil for […]