Vanuatu and China Deny Talks of Secret South Pacific Military Base

SYDNEY, April 10 (Reuters) - Vanuatu and China on Tuesday denied a media report that Beijing wanted to establish a permanent military presence in the Pacific island nation. Australia's Fairfax Media, citing unnamed sources, earlier on Tuesday reported that preliminary discussions to locate a full military base on Vanuatu had been held. The prospect of a Chinese military … [Read more...]

Dunkirk-Style Evacuation Underway In Vanuatu

by Alison Bevege (Reuters) - Vanuatu has launched a Dunkirk-style evacuation on the northern island of Ambae as a flotilla of boats rescues islanders from an erupting volcano. The eruption has polluted many of the island’s water sources leaving thousands of people in need of safe drinking water, Red Cross delegate Joe Cropp told Reuters by phone on Sunday. “Water is … [Read more...]

Australian Navy Underway To Help Evacuate 11,000 From Vanuatu Volcano

By Garfield Clinton Reynolds (Bloomberg) Australia is sending a naval vessel to help Vanuatu in its efforts to evacuate 11,000 residents from Ambae Island as a volcano there threatens to erupt.  The HMAS Choules left Australia on Saturday morning and is expected to arrive in the middle of next week, the Australian government said in an emailed statement. The Choules is … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for Decemeber 12th, 2016: Farpotshket

Latest Update from the Mary A Whalen at Portside NY: David Levine contributed a useful word of the day: farpotshket. Yiddish for "broken because someone tried to fix it." Our wheelhouse windows and doors qualify for that... Thank you Richard Evans for your hours of meticulous work undoing those errors of the past. Here John Weaver and Chiclet inspect a prior poor … [Read more...]