China Building Its Biggest Search and Rescue Ship Yet For South China Sea

China says it is nearing completion of a 450-foot-long search and rescue ship, the largest such vessel in its fleet, that will enter service with the Ministry of Transport’s South China Sea Rescue Bureau. The ship will dwarf coastguard vessels from other nations in those disputed waters, where accidents at sea are increasingly common, and China’s maritime presence looms increasingly large. A subsidiary of state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation announced the completion and installation of stabilizer components for the search and rescue (SAR) ship Monday. A contract to construct the…

PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island – The Manila Times

A Philippine Navy ship made history when it docked at the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island to drop off soldiers. Commo. Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West, said BRP Ivatan (LC298) docked at a “newly constructed” port on May 13 at Pag-asa Island, one of Manila’s occupied features at the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Group of Islands). The ship sailed to the island as part of its mission to bring fresh troops and provisions for the Philippine detachments at the West Philippine Sea. BRP Ivatan also made its rounds at the detachments located at Rizal (Commodore) Reef, Patag…

PH Navy makes historic ship docking on Pag-asa island » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 19, 2020, 4:28 PM By Martin Sasdongdong BRP Ivatan (LC298), a landing craft, has made a historic dock at the nearly-completed port of Pagasa (Thitu) Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG or Spratly Islands)—making it the first ever Philippine Navy (PN) vessel that berthed on the Philippine-occupied island located in the West Philippine Sea, the military revealed on May 19, Tuesday. (PH Navy/Naval Forces West) Commodore Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West (NFW), said the docking of BRP Ivatan on Pagasa Island happened last May 13…

Chinese ship leaves Malaysian waters after month-long South China Sea standoff

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Chinese survey ship that had been involved in a month-long standoff with a Malaysian oil exploration vessel in the South China Sea has left Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), shipping data showed on Friday. Since mid-April, the Haiyang Dizhi 8 had been surveying in the EEZ, close to where a drillship contracted by Malaysian state oil firm Petronas had been operating in waters claimed by Malaysia, Vietnam as well as China. The West Capella, the ship contracted by Petronas, left the disputed waters on Tuesday…

Ship cluster together at sea with crew still stuck on board

Ships off the coast of the Bahamas. Photo: CruiseMapper.com Dozens of cruise ships are still stuck at sea, clustered in groups in the Caribbean, the Atlantic Ocean and the South China Sea, tracking sites show. The cruise industry has been closed down globally due to the COVID-19 virus, with notable outbreaks on board several ships including the Ruby Princess in Australia and the Australian-owned Greg Mortimer. Seventeen ships, including the world’s largest, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, are at sea close to Coco Cay in the Bahamas, cruise ship tracking…

USS Montgomery, USNS Cesar Chavez enter South China Sea to support drill ship

May 8 (UPI) — The USS Montgomery and the USNS Cesar Chavez sailed into the South China Sea this week in support of the West Capella drill ship, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command announced Friday. Earlier this week the Air Force and Marines conducted training exercises near China amid increased tensions in the region, which is the site of competing maritime claims. Thursday’s transit, officials said, was a reaction to Chinese harassment of the drill ship in waters the Chinese government has claimed but which the United States considers international waters. Last…

Construction Begins in Croatia on First New Cruise Ship Since Covid-19

Scenic Eclipse 2019 – courtsey of Scenic Group By The Maritime Executive 05-08-2020 05:24:00 Work began in Croatia on the first new cruise ship ordered since the shipbuilding and passenger shipping industries were impacted by the global pandemic. Being built at the 3.Maj facilities in Rijeka, the luxury yacht-style cruise ship is being constructed by MKM Yachts, a subsidiary of Scenic Group, an operator of ocean and river cruises and escorted land tours. The construction program, which will also be the first new ship built at the yard in…