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.
Category Archives: Merchant Marine
VIDEO: U.S. Navy P-8A Looking for Crew of Burning Iranian Tanker
The U.S. Navy sent a P-8A aircraft to assist the international search and rescue effort in the East China Sea following a Saturday collision between two commercial vessels. Read More
Coast Guard Civil Penalties Possible for Operator of Sunken SS El Faro
The operator of the SS El Faro container ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 now faces the prospect of a U.S. Coast Guard-initiated civil penalty investigation, according to a Final Action Memo released by the Coast Guard today.
VIDEO: NTSB Investigators Cite Poor Seamanship, Old Equipment for Deadly Sinking of Cargo Ship El Faro
The deadly 2015 sinking of cargo ship El Faro was caused by a combination of factors, including outdated equipment and poor seamanship, according to recent findings of federal investigators.
USS Fitzgerald, USS John S. McCain Collision Report
The following is a summary of findings from investigations into the collisions of guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), released to the public on Nov. 1, 2017. Read More
Pentagon: Oil Tanker Hit by 3 RPGs Near Yemen in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait
An oil tanker was hit by three rocket-propelled grenades fired from militants in skiffs last week in a little-reported incident, which took place near where U.S warships came under fire from Yemen-based Houthi militants last year, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
Official: German, Japanese Forces to Evaluate Tanker Hijacked by Somali Pirates
International forces are set to assess the situation of an oil tanker allegedly seized by Somali pirates on Monday, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
Experts: China Continues Using Fishing Fleets for Naval Presence Operations
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When you look at the thousands and thousands of fishing boats operating out of China, you really should consider them a third arm of Beijing’s naval presence, an expert in maritime security said this week. Read More
Experts: Awareness Key to Fighting Maritime Crime
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Awareness in the maritime domain and on land is key to enforcing laws regarding fisheries, the environment and crime on the seas and in coastal waters, the chief operating officer of a not-for-profit research organization told attendees at a forum Monday on the changing role of non-state actors in protecting marine resources. Read More
MARAD: Certifying More Mariners To Serve In Sealift Surge A ‘Top Priority’
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Maritime Administration is working with the Coast Guard to certify sea service veterans as credentialed merchant mariners, in an attempt to address a personnel shortfall that MARAD Administrator Paul Jaenichen called a “top priority.” Read More