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…

Indonesia asks why Chinese fishing ship dumped sailors in sea

JAKARTA — Indonesia on Thursday demanded an explanation from China over sea burials of Indonesian crew members on Chinese fishing vessels, amid reports of mistreatment. A total of three Indonesian sailors died while the ships were in the Pacific, two in December and one in March, and their bodies were cast overboard, according to a statement from Indonesia’s foreign ministry. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi summoned the Chinese ambassador to express Jakarta’s concern. The captain of the fleet said the sailors had to be buried at sea because they died from…

Russia’s Most Radioactive Ship Being Cleared of Spent Fuel

The Lepse’s stern section, cut away. Credit: Nerpa Shipyard By Anna Kireeva and Charles Digges 04-29-2020 07:29:14 The Lepse service ship, once the most glaring nuclear hazard in the Murmansk harbor, will now be emptied of nearly all of its radioactive cargo by the end of this year, Russian nuclear authorities have said. During its career as a refueling vessel for Soviet era nuclear icebreakers, the Lepse amassed 639 spent nuclear fuel assemblies, some of them damaged, creating an environmental danger that bobbed neglected at a Murmansk dock…

Versatility, training crucial to success aboard littoral combat ship

SOUTH CHINA SEA – “It’s literally a place where everybody knows your name,” said Engineman 2nd Class Eric A. Torres, assigned to the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10). “Working on a littoral combat ship is similar to working with family; we all become so close that we see each other as brothers and sisters, instead of co-workers.” Manning aboard an LCS consists of a crew of 70 Sailors. Each ship has an assigned Blue crew and Gold crew, and these two crews rotate on- and off-hull…

Lexington Park Native Serves Aboard Amphibious Assault Ship USS America (LHA 6) in the South China Sea | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com

SOUTH CHINA SEA – On April 18, 2020 Cpl. Trenten Langdon, left, from Bainbridge, Georgia, assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, teaches rifle handing to Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Dalton Lewis, from Lexington Park, Maryland, assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group 7, during Corporals Course aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). Dalton Lewis graduated from Great Mills High School in 2018 and completed 4 years in the NJROTC program. He is currently an E4 IT in the Navy stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and is currently…

Chinese Ship Tags Malaysian Oil Exploration Vessel

The South China Sea has been the arena where skirmishes have occurred for thousands of years between nations with territorial claims on the resource-rich waters. The most recent skirmish occurred Friday (April 17)  when a Chinese survey vessel was observed “tagging” areas near where Malaysia’s state oil firm Petronas is operating. The term “tagging” refers to a vessel moving in a “hash-shaped pattern” consistent with carrying out a survey. The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 was flanked by Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) ships close to the West Capella exploration vessel…

South China Sea crisis: Chinese ship risks close call with Malaysian vessel in stand-off | World | News

The drama began to unfold when a Chinese government survey ship started tagging an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas in disputed waters. China’s Haiyang Dizhi 8 entered waters near Malaysia on Thursday, according to ship tracking website Marine Traffic. Security sources said the Chinese vessels had now sailed close to the Petronas-operated West Capella. One of the sources said a Vietnamese vessel was also tagging the West Capella. The area is close to waters claimed by Malaysia, Vietnam and China, through its sweeping claim to most…

Chinese ship seen moving south near Malaysia amid rising South China Sea tensions

KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese government survey ship embroiled in a standoff with Vietnamese vessels moved south near Malaysia, shipping data showed Thursday, amid accusations that China is using the pandemic to assert its presence in the South China Sea. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 was spotted off Vietnam this week, returning after being closely tracked last year in the resource-rich waters, a potential global flashpoint as the United States challenges China’s sweeping maritime claims. The ship appeared to have started a survey in waters 352 kilometres (218 miles) off…

Chinese Ship Returns Near Vietnam Border | Voice of America

A Chinese ship was back in the part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, days after China sank a Vietnamese fishing boat — adding to fears that Beijing might use the coronavirus pandemic to distract from its maritime maneuvers. The ship, Haiyang Dizhi, returned to Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone before 6 p.m. Vietnam time Tuesday, according to Marine Traffic, a commercial service that tracks vessels and cargo. The biggest source of tension between the two nations has long been the disputed South China Sea, which the United States…

Why China Loves The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The Navy undoubtedly ran similar simulations of its own, with similar results, for a year after Mizokami played out the destruction of two LCSs, the Navy drastically curtailed the program in favor of buying tougher, more-heavily-armed frigates. The U.S. Navy in late 2019 or 2020 expects to select a shipyard to build the fleet’s new guided-missile frigate. The 20 heavily-armed frigates will replace roughly half of the 50 or so Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the Navy had planned to buy before realizing that the…