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Ninety North Korean Ships Granted Entry to Japan

Ninety North Korean vessels were granted certificates to enter Japanese ports in the eight months since a new law that bans entry of any ship without insurance took effect, according to a Daily Yomiuri report. The law on liability for oil pollution damage, which came into force on March 1, requires vessels of 100 tons or larger to be insured before docking in Japan. It had been viewed as a de facto economic sanction, as it was believed that most North Korean vessels would not fulfill the law's requirements and therefore would be unable to dock in Japan. But according to the report, some Liberal Democratic Party members recently said more North Korean vessels had insurance coverage than they had expected. Source: Daily Yomiuri


South, North Korea Exchange Naval Fire

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula's west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said. There were no casualties on the South Korean side, he told Reuters. The area has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line


U.S. Navy Continues Battle with Pirates

Countering piracy, or any other threat, comes naturally to U.S. Navy personnel patrolling critical sea lanes around the world, and October was been a busy month for those monitoring pirate activities off the east coast of Africa. On October 30, a U.S. Navy destroyer answered a call for help -- relayed through the International Maritime Bureau -- from the North Korean crew on a vessel that had been overtaken by pirates in international waters October 29.


This Day in Naval History – April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History - July 03

From the Navy News Service:   1898 - At Battle of Santiago, Cuba, Rear Adm. Sampson's squadron destroys Spanish fleet. 1950 - USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft (Valley Forge) shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.


Unusually, Somalia Legally Detains Ship

Somali authorities have seized a North Korean vessel for allegedly dumping cement off the country's coast, & will prosecute. A North Korean-flagged ship and its crew were captured by the quasi-government of Puntland near the coast of the Puntland port city of Bossaso while discharging some 5,000 tons of cement, NK News said, citing Somali radio station, Radio Gaalkacyo, and as reported in 'The Korea Times'. The M.V


This Day in Naval History - July 02

1923 - Commissioning of Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 1926 - Distinguished Flying Cross authorized by Congress. 1937 - Amelia Earhart disappears in Pacific. Navy conducts extensive unsuccessful search. 1945 - USS Barb (SS 220) bombards Japanese installations on Kaihyo Island, Japan; first successful use of rockets against shore positions. 1946 - Establishment of VX-3 to evaluate adaptability of helicopters to naval purposes.


This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace   1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan   1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar   1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup   (Source: Navy News Service)  


North Korea-flagged tanker finishes loading at Libya rebel port

A North Korean-flagged tanker has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-controlled port of Es Sider but has not yet left the terminal, Libyan oil officials said on Monday. Libya's government has threatened to bomb the Morning Glory should the tanker try sailing off with crude from the eastern port, one of three seized by armed protesters demanding a share of oil revenues and political autonomy. "The tanker has finished loading but is still anchored in Es Sider


US Blacklists North Korean Shipping Firms

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms, Chongchongang Shipping and Ocean Maritime Management, following a similar move by the United Nations. The United Nations on Monday said Ocean Maritime Management operated a ship detained a year ago near the Panama Canal for smuggling Soviet-era arms, raising concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with North Korea. The new sanctions, published on the Treasury Department's website


US Steel Producers Win Anti-dumping Case

The United States has approved anti-dumping duties against South Korea and other producers of steel pipes for the energy sector, a victory for domestic producers hoping to benefit from a boom in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry. U.S. steel companies lodged a complaint in 2013 as foreign


Global AIS: Genscape Spots Alaskan Crude Export VLCC

VLCC Polar Discover: Photo courtesy of Genscape

No Alaskan crude oil has been exported outside of the United States since 2004. Genscape Vesseltracker monitoring data showed that a cargo of Alaskan North Slope crude was loaded Sept. 26 at the Alaskan port of Valdez for delivery into the South Korean refining center of Yeosu


Samsung Heavy to Tankers for Gazprom

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries plans to build three Arctic tankers for Russian oil company Gazprom Neft, which has been targeted by Western sanctions, sources familiar with the deal said. The sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the crisis in Ukraine have complicated


Chinese Fisherman killed in South Korean Coastguard Raid

A Chinese fisherman was killed on Friday in a South Korean coastguard operation to apprehend his vessel which was operating illegally off South Korea's west coast, the South Korean coastguard said, drawing an angry response from China. Coastguard officers fired eight bullets when they raided


China & S. Korea Restate Opposition to Nuclear Weapon Development

Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Korean President Park Geun-hye

  Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday reiterated firmly opposed to the development of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, while undertaking efforts to complete FTA negotiations before the end.


Making Friends: South Korean Admiral Tours China Warship

Similar Type 052C Class Destroyer: Photo in public domain

A South Korean Navy admiral toured a Chinese warship in a rare opening by Beijing to its People's Liberation Army vessel last week during U.S.-led Pacific RIMPAC maritime drills, according to Yonhap News Agency, citing China's defense ministry.


Vic-Press Receives Five New Type Approvals

Vic-Press (Image courtesy of Victaulic)

Approvals from ABS, BV, DNV, Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register add to previous GL approval Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV)


Mexico Tries to Relaunch Stranded North Korean Ship

Mexican rescue workers were trying to refloat a North Korean vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles from a port where it had planned to load fertilizer, authorities said on Tuesday. The 6,700-metric-ton freighter Mu Du Bong, which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef on Monday


GTT Wins DSME Order for 9 More Icebreaking LNGCs

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), announced the order of nine Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) which will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding &


UN Throws the Book at North Korea Ship Operator

North Korean Merchant Ship: Photo CCL

A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, and raised concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with Pyongyang.


UN Places Sanctions against North Korean Shippers

The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on the North Korean shippers that operate the vessel Chong Chon Gang, seized by Panama in July 2013 for attempting to smuggle weapons from Cuba to North Korea. According to the UN, the shipping company


Admiral on U.S. Navy & Asia Pacific Re-balancing Act

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III: Photo USN

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command has briefed Pentagon reporters, discussing the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, successful engagement with partners there and conditions for continued stability and security, according to DoD News, Defense Media Activity, as excerpted here.


Japan Imposes Asset Freeze on N.Korean Shipping Firm

Japan on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago.


Korea Pledges Full Supports for Shipyards

Korean shipbuilding and offshore plant industry to get full support

  Yoon Sang-Jick, Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) of Korea, held a meeting to check pending issues faced by Korean shipbuilding and offshore plant industry at Seoul Palace Hotel recently. The meeting was intended to examine current status of overseas and home industry and


Injured Crewman Medevaced from S.Korean Icebreaker

A man suffering from a head injury walks toward an ambulance after being medevaced from a South Korean icebreaker by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 20, 2014. (USCG photo)

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a crewmember suffering from a head injury from the South Korean research icebreaker Araon 250 miles north of Barrow, Wednesday. Watch a video of the rescue here. The helicopter crew






 
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