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New Patrol Boat Delivered to Puerto Rico PD

The Puerto Rico Police Department's new Metal Shark 35 Defiant, operating off the coast of San Juan. (PRPD Photo)

The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has taken delivery of a new patrol boat from Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark.   The new 35-foot Defiant welded aluminum pilothouse patrol vessel, built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. production facility, joins the fleet of 36-foot Metal Shark Fearless-class

First Containership Receives LR Cyber Notation

COSCO Aries (Photo: COSCO Shipping)

The newly built containership MV COSCO Shipping Aries, recently delivered to COSCO Shipping Lines, is the first ever containership to receive Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note “Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM” for its energy management system.   The 20,000 TEU ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co.

Coast Guard Seizes 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine

Photo: USCG

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria, Oregon in late December after making several drug busts while on patrol in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America.   Over the course of a 50-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Steadfast

Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization

Bourbon Explorer 508 (Photo: Bourbon)

Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks.   For dynamic positioning systems in particular,

Drone Wars: French Navy Examines Cutting-edge Tech

(Image: Naval Group)

Defense technology company Naval Group and helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters will together lead an effort to develop warship based aerial drones for the French Navy.   The French companies were recently contracted by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) to perform a “de-risking”

Real-time Sonar Fit onto US Navy Minehunting AUV

The U.S. Navy's REMUS 600 AUV is fitted with Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS Synthetic Aperture Sonar. (Photo: Kraken)

A real-time synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) system has been integrated and tested on board a U.S. Navy autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that will perform minehunting duties for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island.   The AUV, a fully modular REMUS 600 manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid,

Damen Delivers Patrol Vessel to Nigeria

Guardian 4 (Photo: Damen)

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea.   This takes the total delivered vessels/Guardians since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian

Attack on Saudi Oil Tanker Thwarted

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah.   The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed towards the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.

Maritime Piracy Activity is at a 22-year Low -Report

In March 2017 fuel tanker Aris 13 was attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia (Photo: EU NAVFOR)

Global maritime piracy activity fell to its lowest level in over two decades, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report.   The 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) IMB in 2017 was the lowest annual number since 1995,

Sanchi Collision: A ‘New Bermuda Triangle’?

Photo: NIOC

Seas where Sanchi collision incident has taken place are leading region for maritime accidents.   East/South East Asian waters have been identified as the top worldwide hotspot for shipping losses, with 34 ships lost in this region in 2016 alone – 40 percent of all shipping losses globally – according to a report from marine insurer Allianz.

$22 Mln Cocaine Bust in Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia CBP seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed in furniture shipped from Puerto Rico. (Photo: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its officers in the Port of Philadelphia seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed inside furniture on a containership arriving from Puerto Rico, the largest local cocaine load discovered by the CBP in a decade.   Officers made the discovery after detecting

Oil Heist Uncovered at Shell's Biggest Refinery

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Police say 17 arrested in connection with oil theft; 11 charged; Shell expects "short delay" in operations due to case.   Eleven men were charged in a Singapore court on Tuesday in connection with a large-scale oil theft at Shell's biggest refinery, while police said they were investigating six other men arrested in a weekend raid.

British Frigate Escorts Russian Ships through English Channel

Pictured is HMS Westminster (Foreground) 30NM off the British coast escorting the Russian Steregushchiy class ship Soobrazitelny (531). (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain’s defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period.   Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster was sent to monitor four Russian

USS Wasp Joins 7th Fleet

Photo: United States Navy

 The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) entered U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 6 after completing nearly two months of disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean Sea.   Wasp departed Norfolk Aug. 30 to replace USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in Sasebo, Japan as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in region.

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