Category Archives: Merchant Marine

MARAD: U.S. Must Address Military Sealift Vessel and Crew Shortage

MARAD: U.S. Must Address Military Sealift Vessel and Crew Shortage

SATTAHIP, Thailand—A UH-60 Black Hawk is raised from Military Sealift Command’s voyage-charter, general purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Grand at the pier in Sattahip, Thailand. Military Sealift Command Far East photo.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The few American-built and-operated tankers available to carry fuel for aircraft, tanks, fighting vehicles and trucks into war zones throws into sharp relief the strategic sealift problems facing the nation, a senior Maritime Administration official told USNI News on Tuesday.

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Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Enter U.S. 6th Fleet Area Of Operations

Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Enter U.S. 6th Fleet Area Of Operations

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group steams in formation on Dec. 24, 2018. Navy photo.

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) spent Christmas in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, after rescuing a British merchant sailor shortly after leaving homeport.

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Panel: Chinese Investments to Boost Trade Come as U.S. Commercial Shipping in Decline

Panel: Chinese Investments to Boost Trade Come as U.S. Commercial Shipping in Decline

Chinese sailors watch a People’s LIberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo

China, through its ongoing One Belt/One Road Initiative, is increasingly challenging the United States’ ability “to move freely in a business environment and across the oceans,” the retired vice admiral heading one of the nation’s top trade groups said Monday. Read More

On Fire for A Week, Iranian Tanker Sinks in South China Sea

On Fire for A Week, Iranian Tanker Sinks in South China Sea

MT Sanchi burning off the coast of China after a Jan. 6 collision. South Korean Coast Guard Photo

After burning for more than a week in the South China Sea, an Iranian tanker bound for South Korea sank over the weekend, leaving a large oil spill fouling the water, as the next shipment between the countries prepared to set sail.

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