03 May 2013

No Somali pirates hijacking in almost a year

“The fight against Somali pirates has been so effective that they haven’t been able to mount a successful hijacking in nearly a year, the chair of the global group trying to combat the pirates said Thursday.” Source: No Somali pirates hijacking in almost a year | GulfNews.com

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30 Apr 2013

Pirates kidnap five crew from ship off Nigeria

“Pirates have kidnapped five crew members from a cargo ship off Nigeria, the vessel’s management company said on Monday, part of a growing trend of attacks that are pushing up maritime insurance costs in the Gulf of Guinea.” Source: Pirates kidnap five crew from ship off Nigeria | Reuters

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28 Apr 2013

Chinese tourists sail to disputed islands

“The first Chinese tour ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands set sail on Sunday, state media reported, a move likely to stoke a long-running territorial row between Beijing and its neighbours.” Source: Chinese tourists sail to disputed islands | GulfNews.com

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24 Apr 2013

China calls Japan-U.S. island drill provocative

“China said on Wednesday that ‘provocative actions’ would not sway it from defending its territory, after Japan confirmed it would conduct military drills with the United States amid tension between Beijing and Tokyo over disputed islands.” Source: China calls Japan-U.S. island drill provocative | Reuters

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04 Apr 2013

Philippine Navy ships placed on standby

“The Philippine Navy has placed three of its ships on standby for possible evacuation of Filipinos as the threat of actual hostilities in the Korean peninsula becomes increasingly imminent.” Source: Philippine Navy ships placed on standby | GulfNews.com

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04 Apr 2013

Short on graves, China turns to sea burials

“Prices for graves are skyrocketing, driven by decades of unbridled development and scarce city land. The government’s answer to this conundrum: sea burials.” Source: Short on graves, China turns to sea burials – The Washington Post

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03 Apr 2013

Hong Kong dock strike cripples world’s third busiest port

“Hundreds of dock workers demanding better pay and working conditions – many of whom work 24-hour shifts for 72 consecutive hours – entered a seventh day of strikes in Hong Kong Wednesday, crippling the world’s third busiest container port and causing widespread shipping delays.” Source: Hong Kong dock strike cripples

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05 Mar 2013

Darpa looks to use small ships as drone bases

“The US military is planning to use fleets of small ships as platforms for unmanned aircraft to land and take off.” Source: BBC News – Darpa looks to use small ships as drone bases

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02 Mar 2013

Young Somali pirates offered amnesty amid ‘drastic’ fall in attacks

“Somalia’s president has offered an amnesty to young pirates amid a ‘drastic’ fall in the number of attacks off East Africa.” Source: Young Somali pirates offered amnesty amid ‘drastic’ fall in attacks – World News

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02 Mar 2013

Indian Shipping Line Halts Oil Services to Iran

“India’s Mercator Lines has stopped offering one of their ships for moving Iranian oil to India due political pressure from the United States. This further adds to the challenges Iran already faces in exporting its crude oil because of international sanctions.” Source: href=”http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Indian-Shipping-Line-Halts-Oil-Services-to-Iran/

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