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  • Piracy activity jumps in Gulf of Aden

    The most recent victim, the MT BUNGA MELATI 5, a Malaysian tanker with 41 crew members aboard was hijacked by suspected Somali pirates. There have been eight hijackings in the Gulf of Aden alone since July 20. The ship, owned by MISC Berhard, is laden with  30,000 tons of petrochemicals and was enroute to Singapore from […]

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  • Plan on navigating the Northwest Passage? Plan again.

    Canada is moving to assert even more control of its Northern most waters.  The Canadian Prime Minister announced that Canada would be requiring mandatory reporting of any vessels traveling through Canadian portions of the Northwest Passage.  The reporting was previously voluntary and monitored by the Canadian Coast Guard’s NORDREG division. Finding out exactly how and […]

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  • Russia sends largest warship in Black Sea home

    It appears the arrival of the USS McFaul in Georgia has occured without incident.  Russian naval vessels did not make any encounters with the U.S. guided missile destroyer.  In fact, Russia ordered its largest warship, the MOSKVA to return to  Sevastopol.   Reports do indicate however, part of the Black Sea Fleet remains deployed to the Georgian port […]

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  • The Huddell as she appears now

    Since posting about the last liberty ship departing the National Defense Reserve Fleet, I’ve received a number of comments concerning the vessel, the ARTHUR M. HUDDELL. There are certainly lots of people searching the internet for tidbits of information on this proud ship. I’m pleased to post what are probably the most current photos available […]

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  • Hapag-Lloyd to begin training U.S. cadets

    The Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SNAME) bring us this bit of news: Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and John M. Murray, president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, recently signed an agreement for cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and state maritime academies to take their training voyages on […]