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Operation Atalanta Welcomes ESPS Canarias

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European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia officially welcomed the ESPS Canarias as she began her most recent deployment with Operation Atalanta.The ESPS Canarias will sail with Operation Atalanta alongside the ITS Marceglia from the end of July 2019 until early November 2019, countering piracy

MOL LNG Carrier Rescues Castaway

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Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) said that its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier 'Energy Advance' rescued a castaway in the Pacific Ocean about 970km off Luzon Island in the Philippines.The vessel was underway from the port of Ogishima, Japan to Dampier, Australia on July 1 when it received a rescue request.

Vietnam, China in South China Sea Standoff

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Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday.China's U-shaped "nine-dash line" marks a vast expanse of the South China Sea that it claims,

US Gulf Production Restarting After Barry

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U.S. oil companies on Monday began restoring some of the more than nearly 74% production shut at U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead of Hurricane Barry, the U.S. offshore drilling regulator said.There was 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil production off line in the U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday,

INTERTANKO Director Visits EU NAVFOR

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Operation Atalanta Operation Headquarters (OHQ) welcomed a visit from Phillip Belcher, Marine Director at the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), as part of key EU NAVFOR relations with the shipping industry at a strategic level.Operation Atalanta, formally European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia,

LR Approves DSME Smart Ship Solution

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South Korean shipbuilders Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) has received approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd's Register (LR) for its Smart Ship Solution (DS4).The fleet monitoring smart ECDIS and surveillance system has been granted the descriptive note ‘Digital AL3 SAFE SECURITY’,

Course on Enhancing Maritime Security

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How do you deal with maritime crimes at sea - and how do you train others to do so? These are the skills being taught on the latest in a series of regional training of trainers courses on combating insecurity in the maritime domain.Participants from 18 countries have attended the course, at the Mohammed

Atlantic Offshore Get Extension for 3 ERRVs

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Norway-based Atlantic Offshore, a provider of safety and support at sea, announced that it has received contract extensions for three of its emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs).The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) UK has declared a 9 month option for Ocean Osprey,

Piracy: West Africa, World's Most Dangerous Seas

Graphics: IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC)

The seas off West Africa's coastline are now the most dangerous in the world for shipping, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report revealed.According to the report, of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured

UK Addresses Dangers of Weighted Heaving Lines

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The UK maritime industry is taking a leading stand in the fight against the illegal use of Dangerously Weighted Heaving Lines (DWHLs) in UK ports and harbors, an issue spanning the shipping and ports sectors, said British Ports Association (BPA).To coincide with the Department for Transport’s important Maritime Safety Week 2019,

Swedish Club's NextGen Loss Prevention

Lars A. Malm, Director Strategic Business Development & Client Relations. Photo: The Swedish Club

The marine mutual insurer Swedish Club has introduced the next generation of Loss Prevention. It means that shipowners can now be offered real time personalized loss prevention, tailored to their location, and voyage profile.Trade Enabling Loss Prevention (TELP) allows The Swedish Club to use a combination

Implementation of IMO Instruments

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) informed that the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) brings together flag, port and coastal States, together with observer delegations, to consider implementation issues.At its sixth session (1-5 July), the Sub-Committee is expected

Esvagt Eyes Offshore Wind with New Hire

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Esvagt, provider of emergency rescue and response vessels and related services to the offshore energy industry, said it has appointed a new head of business development to lead a push into new services, including in offshore wind.The Danish vessel operator announced the appointment of Flemming Hjorth as Head of Business Development,

Charleston Gets 11th Natl Security Cutter

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Charleston, South Carolina will be the home of the Service’s newest National Security Cutter, said U.S. Coast Guard.Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard said: "I am pleased to announce that Charleston, South Carolina will be the home of the Coast Guard’s 11th National Security Cutter.

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