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U.S. Navy Acknowledges Fighter Pilots' Unexplained Sightings

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 21:59:15

The U.S. Navy has confirmed the detection of unidentified aircraft or objects in restricted military airspace, transforming a matter of conspiracy theory and speculation into an acknowledged question of military intelligence.  Three sets of Navy fighter camera footage that were leaked to media in 2017-2018 appeared to show oblong airborne objects moving in ways that exceed publicly-known military or civilian aerospace capabilities. The video's audio tracks included exchanges between the pilots, who expressed surprise at the objects' speed and movement.  Luis...

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New Saudi Arabian Yard Collaborates on VLCC

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 19:24:40

Saudi Arabian shipyard International Maritime Industries (IMI) has received an order for a VLCC from Bahri. The deal includes licensing, technical services and training from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to facilitate IMI's aim to eventually build VLCCs independently, using a local supply chain. The 319,000dwt vessel will be built in South Korea and is expected to be delivered in October 2021.  IMI is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, Lamprell, Bahri and Hyundai Heavy Industries. IMI, located in The King...

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South Korea Officially Downgrades Japan as Trade Partner

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 18:55:01

South Korea officially removed Japan from its list of trusted trade partners on Wednesday as part of an on-going trade war between the two nations. The conflict is the result of South Korea's expectations for compensation for forced labor and sexual slavery by Japan before and during World War II. Japan downgraded its trading relationship with South Korea in August by taking it off a list of nations for which exports of industrial and high-tech products are fast-tracked. South Korean...

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Utgard Field Comes On Stream

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 18:27:28

Equinor has started production from the Utgard gas and condensate field, spanning the Norwegian-U.K. border in the North Sea.  It is the first time Equinor leads a field development for recovering resources across the border between the Norwegian and U.K. continental shelves. The field development consists of two wells from a subsea template tied back to the Sleipner field by a pipeline and an umbilical. The template is installed on the Norwegian side of the border, with one well on...

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Pentagon Orders Large-Scale Test of U.S. Sealift Fleet

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 18:10:05

The Defense Department's U.S. Transportation Command has ordered a large-scale activation to test the readiness of the Military Sealift Command fleet and the Maritime Administration's  Ready Reserve Force (RRF). The no-notice exercise - called a "Turbo Activation" - gives the fleet's civilian management contractors and crews five days to make their ships ready to sail. It is the fourth such activation this year, but this one is an unusual event: these exercises typically involve only a few ships, but this...

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IUMI Wants Action on Cargo Theft

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 17:48:37

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has published a revision of its position paper on cargo theft prevention. Cargo crime has reached alarming proportions, says the IUMI, calling for action to minimize the risks. In particular, the IUMI says efforts by law enforcement agencies to increase transnational cooperation to combat cargo theft must be enhanced.   Criminals are becoming increasingly innovative, going beyond direct theft from trucks and instead involving more sophisticated methods such as posing as legitimate transportation...

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Med Marine Introduces 28-Meter Tug Design

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 17:25:18

Turkish shipbuilder and operator Med Marine keeps increasing its product range by signing new design contracts with the Canadian tug designer Robert Allan Ltd. Med Marine’s product portfolio now includes 14 tug designs ranging from 16m to 36m, and 20TBP to 100TBP. Having signed a design contract for RAmparts 3200-SD recently, Med Marine and Robert Allan Ltd. put pen to paper for a 28m design. The model identification MED-A2885 is derived from the RAstar 2800 design.  Robert Allan Ltd. describes...

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Emissions Reduced with New Wärtsilä 31SG Pure Gas Engine

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 17:04:05

The technology group Wärtsilä launches the Wärtsilä 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications. It is based on the successful Wärtsilä 31 product platform. The diesel version of the engine has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient four-stroke diesel engine. The Wärtsilä 31SG engine further reduces the total cost of ownership and the environmental footprint for vessels operating in regions where there is a developed gas infrastructure. The commercial launch of the Wärtsilä...

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U.S. Coast Guard Winds Down Hurricane Dorian Response

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 15:51:54

The U.S. Coast Guard cutters and helicopter crews that conducted search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian have been redeployed from the Bahamas back to their home stations in the United States.   As the response efforts in the northern Bahamas shift to long-term recovery, Coast Guard Incident Management Assistance Teams continue to work with the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency, and Coast Guard crews and resources are available as needed.  The USCG was at the leading...

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Vigor Lays First Keel for $1B Landing Craft Contract

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-17 14:12:40

On Monday, Vigor Industrial laid the keel for the first of three dozen next-generation landing craft for the U.S. Army. The $980 million,10-year contract to build the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) - or MSV(L) - is the largest award in the company's history. The Vigor design, developed in partnership with BMT, improves upon the capabilities of the Army's Vietnam-era LCM-8 "Mike" boats, and Vigor says that it will retain the versatility and reliability of the legacy design. The first vessel...

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