PH sovereignty not an issue in alleged harassment of Liberian ship: Panelo

MANILA – The Philippine sovereignty was not an issue in the alleged harassment of Liberian-flagged ship by Chinese naval ship, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Thursday. On ANC’s Headstart, Panelo said the government did not protest the issue, considering the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in the seafaring industry. “We will not endanger, put in peril the 400,000 seafarers plus we do not want to offend the foreign country being represented by that vessel by taking its right to assert itself,” Panelo said. According to reports, Liberian-flagged and Greek-owned crude…

US Merchant Marine Ship Replenishes Indian Navy Ship in South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertising A United States Merchant Marine vessel conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) for an Indian Navy corvette in the South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced on Tuesday. USNS Richard E. Byrd, a Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship, conducted the RAS with INS Kiltan, an Indian Navy anti-submarine warfare corvette. “Having the opportunity to work alongside our Indian Navy partners carries a lot of value,” said Capt. Lee Apsley, ship’s master for USNS Richard E. Byrd, according to a U.S. Navy Task Force 73 press release. “Opportunities like this…

China Coast Guard Challenges Merchant Ship Near Contested Reef

Green Aura at her naming ceremony, 2019 (Aegean Tankers) By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-04 14:10:10 During a recent transit past disputed Scarborough Shoal off the coast of Luzon, the Greek-owned tanker Green Aura was harassed by a Chinese government vessel, her master told Philippine media last week. Though Scarborough is claimed by the Philippines and is located within Philippine waters, the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has insisted that it will not raise the matter with Beijing.  The Green Aura’s master, Philippine national Capt. Manolo Ebora, told Philippine outlet…

Alleged harassment of Pinoy-crewed ship ‘not our concern,’ says Panelo

NONTHABURI, Thailand – The alleged harassment of a Liberian-flagged commercial vessel by a “Chinese naval ship” near Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc is “not a concern” for the Philippines, Malacañang said on Sunday. This was despite the commercial vessel being manned by Filipino seafarers and Bajo de Masinloc being within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone. “It’s not our concern, because it’s not a Philippine vessel,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing in Nonthaburi, Thailand. “For as long as they do not touch the Philippine ship or…

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a “Chinese warship” on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday, November 2, that it was looking into a report that a Chinese vessel harassed a Filipino-crewed commercial ship near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea last September 30. “We will verify the facts of…

Chinese ship leaves Vietnam | The Star Online

HANOI: A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense stand-off with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea has left Vietnamese-controlled waters after more than three months, marine data showed. The Chinese vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone towards China yesterday under the escort of at least two Chinese ships, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessels.China claims almost all the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea but neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan…

The tale of Jackson County’s (sort of) missing ship | History

By Jim Buchanan   In 1944 a ship bearing Jackson County’s name appeared. And then it seems to have disappeared. Of course, it didn’t actually disappear, but records of it have, if not disappeared, hidden themselves very, very well. As such, we don’t know what became of the ship. During World War II, bond drives helped fuel the war effort, and towns and counties were rewarded as best they could be by the government for their efforts. By surpassing its quota for the fifth bond drive of the war, Jackson…

Chinese ship leaves Vietnam’s waters after disputed South China Sea surveys

HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea left Vietnamese-controlled waters on Thursday after more than three months, marine data showed. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows JDC Hakuryu-5 drilling rig and supply vessels in the South China Sea off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The Chinese vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone towards China on Thursday under the escort of…