Chinese Survey Ship Spotted Off Coast of Central Vietnam

China has sent a survey ship with a Coast Guard escort into Vietnamese waters of the South China Sea, ship tracking data show. Vietnam has yet to react publicly to the deployment, but it comes at a diplomatically sensitive time. The new prime minister of Japan is set to visit Vietnam next week, and the Nikkei newspaper reported Wednesday that Japan is planning to sell defense equipment to Vietnam – a move that is likely to be opposed by China, which views Japan as a strategic rival. The Shiyan-1 survey…

Vietnamese cargo ship flooding, limping along coastline, South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 288 Cargo ship CONG THANH 27 with 12 crew on board reportedly flooding in South China sea off Vietnam coast north of Danang, moving along coastline at a slow speed. Understood water ingress started early in the morning Oct 7, while the ship was en route from Hai Phong to Hai Tho, southern Vietnam. The ship reduced speed and headed for coast. As of 1600 UTC, latest available AIS position was dated 0900 UTC Oct 7.Cargo ship CONG THANH 27, MMSI 574014192, length 79 meters, flag Vietnam. Source…

US Simulates Takedown Of Hostile Ship, ‘Flexing’ In Disputed South China Sea

U.S. Marines conducted a simulated takedown of a hostile ship in the South China Sea last week in a supposed “flex” against Chinese claims in the hotly disputed waters, according to a press release from the service. The USS Germantown stood in as a “foreign ship that had been identified as a non-compliant vessel transporting illicit cargo,” which was taken down by Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s maritime raid force, the press release said. Cpl. Richard Simons IV, a reconnaissance marine with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st Marine…

Progress in Ammonia-Fueled Ship Design with Class Society AiP Issued

A shuttle tanker design previously built by Samsung (file photo) By The Maritime Executive 09-25-2020 01:42:23 The development of ammonia-fueled ships took another step forward with the announcement this week that Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an ammonia-fueled tanker design. It is the latest development among the competing projects seeking to commercialize ammonia as a fuel source for the maritime industry. Ammonia is among the zero-carbon fuels that are being…

Indonesia Protests Presence of Chinese Ship in Its Waters

Indonesia said on Monday that it had protested to Beijing about the intrusion of a Chinese coast guard ship in its exclusive economic zone off the Natuna Islands, as ship tracking data seen by BenarNews revealed a Chinese fishing fleet entered the area around the same time. While the coast guard vessel left the area on Monday, ship-tracking data showed the fishing fleet less than 130 nautical miles from Natuna Besar, and less than 90 nautical miles from Laut Island, in Indonesia’s Natuna regency, at around 11 pm local time.…

Cattle export ship wreck: Crewman’s family still hope he will be found as Japanese Coastguard stop search

Family of a Southland man missing after an animal freighter capsized in the South China Sea last week were yesterday still hopeful he would be found, but overnight the search was called off. Lochie Bellerby was one of two New Zealanders among the 43 people who were on the cattle ship Gulf Livestock 1, which capsized during a typhoon. Three people from the ship were found last week, only two of whom survived. In a statement last night, Bellerby’s family said they were “still hopeful for the safe return of…

Capsized cattle ship: Mum of missing Kiwi wants answers

The family of a Kiwi missing after the livestock export ship he was on capsized in the East China Sea says the government is not doing enough to find him. Father of two Scott Harris (37) is one of two New Zealanders  – the other thought to be from Southland – who were on the Gulf Livestock 1, with 41 other crew. The ship capsized off the coast of Japan last week  amid strong winds and heavy seas whipped up by Typhoon Maysak. Three crew have been rescued so far, one…

42 missing as cattle ship capsizes in East China Sea

A ship carrying 43 crew and nearly 6,000 cattle from New Zealand to China capsized after losing an engine in stormy weather in the East China Sea, the only crew member rescued so far told Japan’s coastguard. The Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress call from the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan yesterday as Typhoon Maysak headed through the region towards the Korean peninsula, bringing strong winds, heavy seas and drenching rains. Japan’s coastguard said it had rescued one crew member while searching for the ship. According…