US, British ships train together in Pacific for third consecutive month – Pacific

US, British ships train together in Pacific for third consecutive month U.S. and British ships drilled this week in the South China Sea, the third joint training since Christmas by the two naval fleets in the Western Pacific, the Navy said. The replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose conducted maritime security and logistics training on Monday, the Navy said in a statement. Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members were involved in the exercise. During a search-and-seizure drill, a boarding…

Shell Marine Integrated Solutions Save Costs for Chinese Ro-Ro Ships

By MarEx 2019-02-19 16:40:06 Shell Marine’s recommendations on medium-speed engine oils selection have saved the equivalent of around $123,000 annually for its customer Hainan Strait Shipping Co. Ltd, one of China’s leading operators of ro-ro tonnage. On Shell’s advice, Hainan Strait Shipping had switched its trunk piston engine oils to a combination of Shell Argina S3 40 and Shell Gadinia S3 40 for six ships operating in the South China Sea. With this change, Hainan Strait Shipping was able to reduce maintenance and lubricant costs, while improving the efficiency and…

Shell Marine Solutions Save Costs for China Ro-Ro Ships

Shell Marine’s recommendations on medium-speed engine oils selection have saved the equivalent of around $123,000 annually for its customer Hainan Strait Shipping Co. Ltd, one of China’s leading operators of ro-ro tonnage. On Shell’s advice, Hainan Strait Shipping had switched its trunk piston engine oils to a combination of Shell Argina S3 40 and Shell Gadinia S3 40 for six ships operating in the South China Sea. With this change, Hainan Strait Shipping was able to reduce maintenance and lubricant costs, while improving the efficiency and longevity of its MAN…

China is working on killer robot ships of its own

ABU DHABI –The Chinese shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company is developing a small unmanned surface vessel that China wants to function essentially like the uninhabited baby brother of a U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyer. The JARI USV is a 20-ton, 15-meter boat that is orders of magnitude smaller than the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s manned Type -55 destroyer but has all the same mission areas: anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare. ‘The JARI comes equipped with electro-optical sensor atop a superstructure, a phased array radar, a dipping sonar, eight small…

AFP chief: Chinese ships near Pag-Asa Island no cause for worry

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. has played down reports that Chinese militia vessels have been gathering near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the South China Sea since construction started for a beaching ramp on the Philippine-occupied island. Madrigal told reporters during the change of command ceremony for the new AFP deputy chief of staff for plans (J5) on Tuesday at Camp Aguinaldo that freedom of movement had not been hampered by the presence of the Chinese vessels. The Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti)…

US ships sail in disputed South China Sea

Two United States warships have sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, a US official has told Reuters. The move is likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war and the two sides are trying to hammer out a deal ahead of a March 1 deadline when US tariffs on $US200 billion ($A280 billion) worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 per cent from 10 per…

Two U.S. ships sail near disputed island in South China Sea

Feb. 11 (UPI) — Two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed artificial island in the South China Sea on Monday, prompting “strong dissatisfaction” from China. The USS Spruance and USS Preble — both Arleigh Burke-class destroyers — participated in what the U.S. Navy calls a “freedom of navigation operation,” according to a statement by Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, obtained by ABC News. “Spruance and Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in order to…

Manila Undeterred by Chinese Ships Near South China Sea Isle

The Philippines said Friday it would persevere with construction work on a minuscule isle it claims in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly chain, despite reports about a heavy presence of Chinese militia ships and forces in the area. Runway repairs and projects to improve safety facilities on Pag-asa Island were part of the Philippine government’s mandate, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. “Having undergone careful planning and consideration, with full respect to international law and rules-based order governing civilized states, implementing these improvements is a legitimate undertaking, and well within…

China sent ships near Philippine-administered island, think tank says

Feb. 8 (UPI) — China may have been quietly responding to new Philippine construction in the South China Sea with deployments of ships from Subi Reef, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. According to AMTI this week, China has previously deployed a “large fleet” of ships from Subi Reef, more than 12 nautical miles southwest of Thitu Island, which the Philippines has been developing. Thitu Island was recently in the news. On Monday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin…