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  • Iranian cargo ship sinks in Caspian Sea

    07/26/2019 2:18:44 PM PDT · by libstripper · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | Julyh 26, 2019 | Sara Mazloumsaki
    An Iranian cargo ship sank in the Caspian Sea near Azerbaijan's Lankaran port on Friday, according to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA.
  • Ukraine seizes Russian tanker in Black Sea

    07/25/2019 9:44:39 AM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    The Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | July 25th, 2019 | Unattributed
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian Security Service said Thursday it had seized a Russian tanker in a Black Sea port, a move that could undermine an anticipated prisoner swap between the two countries. The security service said it detained the Russian tanker in a Ukrainian port on Wednesday. Authorities said the tanker was used in a Russian operation to block Ukrainian vessels from sailing through the Kerch Strait in November. The 10-member crew was allowed to disembark and leave Ukraine since they were not involved in November's incident, Russian human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova said. Russian ships fired on and...
  • Pompeo...capture of British-flagged tanker: Up to ‘United Kingdom to take care of their ships’

    07/22/2019 12:23:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | Greg Norman |
    Pompeo said the “the United States has a responsibility to do our part, but the world’s got a big role in this too – to keep these sea lanes open.” He added that Iran’s recent behavior should alarm nations around the globe. “We don’t want war with Iran. We want them to behave like a normal nation. I think they understand that and I think the whole world is waking up to the fact that this threat is real,” Pompeo told "Fox & Friends." “It’s not just a threat against America, it’s not just a threat against Israel. It’s a...
  • USS Boxer Downs Iranian Drone in ‘Defensive Action’

    07/19/2019 8:16:21 AM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 19, 2019 6:29 AM | Sam LaGrone
    USS Boxer Downs Iranian Drone in ‘Defensive Action’ By: Sam LaGrone July 18, 2019 4:00 PM • Updated: July 19, 2019 6:29 AM This post has been updated with additional details on the downing of the Iranian drone. Amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) took down an Iranian drone that U.S. officials say threatened the ship as it entered the Persian Gulf on Thursday. At about 10 a.m. local time, Boxer was transiting Strait of Hormuz when an Iranian fixed-wing drone approached the ship, a defense official told USNI News. “A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within...
  • Jim Hanson: Iran’s aggression may force Trump to launch military attack

    06/14/2019 7:43:19 AM PDT · by rintintin · 110 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jun14 2019 | Jim Hanson
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was right to call the world’s attention Thursday to Iran’s unprovoked attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in the day. Pompeo said the U.S. holds Iran responsible for this dangerous aggression – a clear warning to the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic that the U.S. will ensure they face consequences. It would be irresponsible for the Trump administration to turn a blind eye to what Pompeo called Iran’s “blatant assault.”
  • Iran responsible for 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says

    06/13/2019 11:31:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    FOX News ^ | 06-13-2019 | By Lukas Mikelionis
    U.S. Secretary of STate Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the "blatant assault" on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier on Thursday. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said Iran is working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and are a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension. His comments came shortly after a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that it saw an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Panama-listed, Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous ship, one of the two ships attacked. It is the same type of mine...
  • Tankers Off Iran Hit by Suspected Torpedoes

    06/13/2019 9:04:43 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 142 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2019 10:04 a.m. ET | Rory Jones, Biography @RoryWSJ Rory.Jones@wsj.com Benoit Faucon and Costas Paris
    DUBAI—Two tankers were damaged in attacks off the coast of Iran early Thursday, including one operated by a Japanese company, on a day when Tehran rebuffed attempts by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ease a military standoff with the U.S. The incidents sent oil prices sharply higher, reigniting fears of trade disruptions in the Strait of Hormuz, through which over a third of the world’s seaborne crude oil is shipped. Brent crude, the international benchmark for crude prices, rose 4% on Thursday to $62.37. The attacks appeared to use relatively sophisticated weapons, according to early assessments, and came within...
  • JUST IN: Two tankers evacuated in Gulf of Oman after incident; crew are safe - sources

    06/13/2019 12:16:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Reuters Twitter ^ | 6-13-2019 | Reuters
    Lots of differing accounts from different media sources. Some say the tankers were attacked, a couple say “ torpedoed”. Bottom line, there was an incident nvolving two large oil tankers, one is on fire.
  • Two Tanker Ships Damaged In Suspected Attacks In The Gulf Of Oman (Updated) [good details]

    06/13/2019 4:39:26 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    The situation remains extremely fluid at this time and details are bound to morph in the coming hours, but it seems clear that some sort of maritime incident has occurred in the Sea Of Oman. Reports indicate that at least one tanker is on fire and the UK Maritime Trade Operations group put out a safety bulletin warning of an incident occurring in the Gulf Of Oman and urging extreme caution to mariners operating in the area. The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Front Altair appears to be the ship on fire, while reports also state that the Panama-flagged tanker Kokuka Courageous...
  • US and Russian warships nearly collide in the Pacific

    06/07/2019 7:07:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | June 7, 2019 | Brad Lendon, Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen,
    The US and Russian warships came somewhere between 50 feet and 165 feet of each other, according to the two opposing reports, with both sides alleging their ships were forced to perform emergency maneuvers to avoid a collision, which can be seen in video and a picture of the event obtained by CNN. "A Russian destroyer .... made an unsafe maneuver against USS Chancellorsville, closing to 50-100 feet, putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk," US Navy spokesman Cmdr. Clayton Doss told CNN in a statement. "This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full...
  • Shock as flotilla of three Chinese warships arrive for 'secret' visit to Sydney - just days after

    06/04/2019 2:37:56 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 75 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 21:33 EDT, 2 June 2019 | Updated: 07:37 EDT, 3 June 2019 | Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia and Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
    Three Chinese warships with 700 sailors on board will spend the next four days docked in Sydney Harbour on an unannounced visit. The 'secret visit' comes just days after it was revealed that a Chinese warship had confronted an Australian vessel in the South China Sea, with Australian helicopter pilots targeted with lasers. Footage emerged of the warships' arrival into Sydney on Monday morning with sailors lined up on the ships in combat uniform, with some carrying guns. The appearance of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA- N) frigate, an auxiliary replenishment ship, and an amphibious vessel docked at Garden...
  • Wreck of Last American Slave Ship Confirmed

    05/24/2019 7:24:20 AM PDT · by golux · 22 replies
    The Maritime Executive ^ | Friday, May 24 2019 | MAREX
    The wreck of the last slave ship ever to reach American shores has been found in a river delta near Mobile, Alabama, according to the state's historical commission. In 1860, on the eve of the American Civil War, the schooner Clotilda took aboard 110 individuals in West Africa and sailed across the Atlantic to deliver them to slaveowners in Mobile. After they were unloaded, the ship was burned outside of the port. The transatlantic slave trade had already been banned in the U.S. for decades, and at the time of the landing, importing African people for purposes of slavery was...
  • U.S. Celebrates National Maritime Day (May 22nd)

    05/22/2019 10:58:40 AM PDT · by fishtank · 2 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 5-22-2019 | gCaptain
    U.S. Celebrates National Maritime Day (May 22nd) May 22, 2019 by gCaptain Each year, on May 22nd, the United States celebrates National Maritime Day, a holiday in observance of the contributions of the men and women of the U.S. merchant marine, as well as the U.S. maritime industry and the benefits it brings to the country in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, recreation and national security.
  • Saudi Arabia oil stations attacked by drones

    05/14/2019 7:03:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 14th, 2019 | Unattributed
    Dubai: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the attack "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies. Falih condemned the attacks in a statment saying: "The latest acts of terrorism and sabotage in the Arabian Gulf... not only target the Kingdom but also the security of oil supplies to the world and the global economy." "These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran,"...
  • Mystery deepens in 'sabotage' of oil tankers in Persian Gulf [Anchored Oil Tankers Attacked]

    05/14/2019 3:53:21 AM PDT · by topher · 147 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 13, 2019 15:58 | Seth J. Frantzman
    As tensions rose over the weekend between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf, several vessels were “sabotaged” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Both Iranian media and the UAE reported the incident, but 24 hours after it happened, much of what occurred was still shrouded in mystery, with allegations of “explosions” and questions about how severe the “sabotage” actually was. The Saudi energy minister confirmed that two of its oil tankers were targeted in a “sabotage attack.” It took place as the tankers were “on their way to the Arabian Gulf” via the Emirate of Fujairah,...
  • UAE says 4 ships targeted by ‘sabotage’ off its coast [too convenient]

    05/12/2019 2:09:52 PM PDT · by Cold War Veteran - Submarines · 27 replies
    Associated press ^ | 5/12 | Jon gambrell
    <p>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that four commercial ships off its eastern coast “were subjected to sabotage operations,” just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at a nearby Emirati port.</p>
  • UAE says four vessels subjected to 'sabotage' near Fujairah port

    05/12/2019 4:17:11 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 3 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 5-12-19 | reuters
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Four commercial vessels were targeted by “sabotage operations” near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates without causing casualties, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, without giving details of the nature of the sabotage.
  • U.S. warns merchant ships of possible Iranian attacks in Middle East

    05/10/2019 8:35:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2019 | by Jonathan Saul
    LONDON - U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers sailing through key Middle East waterways could be targeted by Iran in one of the threats to U.S. interests posed by Tehran, the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an advisory. In the advisory posted on Thursday, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) said that since early May there had been an increased possibility of Iran or its regional proxies taking action against U.S. and partner interests. These included, MARAD said, oil production infrastructure, after Tehran threatened to close the vital Strait of Hormuz chokepoint through which about one third of the world’s seaborne...
  • Cocaine Stash Found Attached to LNG Carrier's Rudder

    04/17/2019 9:07:28 AM PDT · by golux · 36 replies
    Maritime Executive ^ | 2019.04.15 | Marex
    On April 3, authorities in Trinidad and Tobago found 200 kilos of cocaine near the rudder trunk of the Teekay-operated LNG carrier Hispania Spirit. According to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, the master of the Spirit spotted suspicious packages towards the stern of the vessel during a regular security check at about 0800 hours. He notified the authorities, and TT Coast Guard divers found seven bales of cocaine attached to the rudder or rudder trunk (accounts differ). The stash weighed about 200 kilos, an amount that would be worth an estimated $18 million (TT$120 million). Before she departed, the Hispania...
  • Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in U.S.

    04/11/2019 3:22:29 PM PDT · by golux · 21 replies
    Fox 8 Cleveland ^ | April 11 2019 | Combined / Assoc. Press
    MIAMI — A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation. The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she’ll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and president Donald Arnold to attend that hearing. “The people at the top are treating this as a gnat,” Seitz said. “If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention center for a couple of days. It’s...