Car Carrier Catches Fire Near Spratly Islands

Reed Bank, left, and Malampaya gas field, upper right (chart image via social media) By MarEx 2019-06-17 20:49:37 [Brief] The K Line car carrier Diamond Highway caught fire Saturday night near the northeastern end of the Spratly Islands archipelago, and she is now adrift, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The Highway reported a fire on board late on Saturday, said PCG spokesman Captain Armand Balilo, at a position in the vicinity of Reed Bank. Her 25 crewmembers abandoned ship and were rescued by another ro/ro, the Canopus Leader, which…

Growing vegetables against all odds on Spratly Islands | #AsiaNewsNetwork

But the young man soon realised the importance of self-sufficiency and learned how to cultivate vegetables after joining the navy soldier troop on Đá Thị (Petley) Reef, a coral rock 322 nautical miles from Cam Ranh Peninsula, which is part of Việt Nam’s Spratly Islands. “Planting vegetables here on the reef does not only provide me and my fellows with healthy food, which are an important part of daily Vietnamese meals, but also entertains me during leisure time and eases feelings of homesickness,” Cường said. Every day, Cường and his…

Whatever Is Behind China’s Spratly Island Showdown, It Isn’t Drilling For Oil

China is building airbases in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea, dredging sand and dirt to create 2,000 acres of land where little more than rocky reefs existed before. Its biggest project is on Mischief Island, which sits less than 150 miles off  the Philippines’ Palawan Island but is 600 miles from China’s own Hainan Island. Like virtually all the of the Spratlys, Mischief is claimed by more than one country. China says it owns them all. The United States objects. China is ratcheting up the tension in the Spratlys.…

South China Sea: World War 3 fears as US destroyer Preble sail near Spratly Islands | World | News

The move is likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan. A US military spokesman confirmed US destroyer Preble carried out the operation. Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, said: “Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed…

South China Sea: US ANGERS Beijing by sailing two warships near Spratly Islands | World | News

Missile destroyers called Preble and Chung Hoon were guided by the US within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands two days ago, US military confirmed. Commander Clay Doss said the “innocent passage” aimed “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law”. Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “The relevant moves by the US ships infringed upon Chinese sovereignty, and damaged the peace, security and good order of the relevant seas. China is strongly dissatisfied with…

Vietnam calls for respect for international law as US ships sail near Spratly Islands

“As a party to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and a nation bordering the East Sea, Vietnam always respects the rights to freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea in accordance with the regulations of international law, specifically UNCLOS,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday, using the Vietnamese name for the waterway. Her statement was a comment on an incident that happened on Monday as the U.S. guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon traveled within 12 nautical miles…

U.S. sends two destroys to Spratly Islands to challenge China’s claim over two reefs

Caitlin DoornbosStars and Stripes The Navy sent two guided-missile destroyers on Monday to challenge China’s claims to two reefs it has militarized without internationally recognized authority to do so, according to the Navy. The USS Preble and USS Chung Hoon sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Lt. Joe Keiley, a 7th Fleet spokesman. China first took possession of the reefs in 1988 and has…

China Complains After U.S. Warships Sail Near Spratly Islands

After two U.S. warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on May 6, China’s foreign ministry complained that the ships had infringed on Chinese sovereignty. Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, told the Reuters news agency that the “innocent passage” was “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.” Doss confirmed that the U.S. guided-missile destroyers Preble (shown) and Chung Hoon traveled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly…

Two U.S. Destroyers Challenge China’s Claims in Spratly Islands

The USS Preble under way in the Philippine Sea, April 18, 2019 (USN) By MarEx 2019-05-06 21:08:27 On Monday, the U.S. Navy destroyers USS Preble and USS Chung-Hoon sailed within 12 nm of two Chinese-held land features in the Spratly Islands, according to U.S. Seventh Fleet.  Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for Seventh Fleet, told Reuters that the mission was undertaken in order “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.” Between 2014 and 2018, China built a string of well-defended bases across…

US warships sail near disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea

Two US warships on Monday were spotted sailing near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in a move that could anger Beijing amid the ongoing trade war between world’s two biggest economies. Al Jazeera reported that the US guided missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon travelled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands. The disputed waters have overlapping territorial claims on it, with China, the Philippines, Vietnam (amongst others) all staking a claim on the sea. On…