Month: January 2019

Naval Aviation News – Boeing Receives P-8A Poseidon Contract From U.S. Navy – 28.01.2019

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 28, 2019 — The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $2.4 billion production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining …

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Yachting – SANSSOUCI STAR for Sale with Price Reduction

The 1982 built motor yacht SANSSOUCI STAR is reportedly to be for sale for Eur 2,900, 000 after a price reduction of Eur 1,000,000. She’s currently berthed at Sete, France and home ported at Belize She was built at Husumer Dock & Reparatur at Husum in Germany as a 53 m as loa ( 175 …

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Naval News – Indian Navy Inaugurates Naval Air Station – 24.01.2019

With an eye on China, the Indian Navy, on Thursday 24th January, commissioned a new airbase in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Aimed at expanding its footprint in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the base – INS KOHASSA, was inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in presence of top Navy commanders. “The close proximity …

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Offshore News – Solstad Offshore writes down fleet by almost $100m

Solstad Offshore has retrospectively booked an impairment of NOK850m ($99.28m) on the value of its fleet in the third quarter of 2018. When releasing its original third quarter results, Solstad considered it unnecessary to carry out an impairment test on its fleet value, as it matched independent broker valuations. However, the company was questioned by …

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Naval News – German Navy drops out of Mediterranean Sea Operation Sophia – 24.01.2019

German Navy units will no longer be taking part in operation Sophia – an EU-led effort to tackle migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean sea, German officials have announced. Bremen class frigate FGS AUGSBURG F 213 is currently deployed to operation Sophia and will not be replaced by another German Navy ship once her deployment ends …

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Passer By – Towage of H 591 loaded – 21.01.2019

On Monday 21st January 2019 a towage convoy consisting of tugs FAIRMOUNT GLACIER and KOLGA towing Cargo/Launch Barge H-591 loaded with jacket passed 45 nm offshore Malta bound to offshore Israel at Leviathan Oil Field. FAIRMOUNT GLACIER was built in 2006 by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair , Japan with a Bollard Pull of 200 tons. …

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Coastguard – USCG only icebreaker arrives at Antarctica

According to the United States Coast Guard the 150 crew members of the icebreaker POLAR STAR arrived Thursday 17th January in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in Antarctica. Homeported in Seattle, the 42-year-old only operational heavy icebreaker, and the crew …

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Casualties – Cruise Liner Captain Suspended – January 2019

The captain of a Japanese flagged cruise liner that struck a pier at a US Navy facility in Guam on the night of December 30, 2018, was found to have consumed alcohol over the legal limit during testing following the incident. The collision, which left both the pier and the Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) vessel …

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Valletta (Grand Harbour) Commercial Shipping Movements – Week 2 of 2019.

Monday 7th January, 2019. From 0003 to 0415 hrs the 1995 built ITA flag ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA was at Valletta berthed at Laboratory Wharf. Former Name – TRANSEUROPA until December 2013. IMO : 9010175; 183m; 32,553 GRT. Vessel was represented in Malta by Sullivan Maritime Ltd – www.sullivanmaritime.com From 0525 to 1127 hrs the 1999 built PRT flag ro/ro ship PAULINE RUSS was at Valletta …

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Preserved Ships – Black Pearl (1909) – Malta

Once you are passing by Ta Xbiex Yacht Marina you can’t miss a Black Wooden Schooner sitting on her hard in the corner – BLACK PEARL. She was built in Pukavik, Sweden in 1909 and is one of the last surviving wooden trading schooners. The BLACK PEARL , originally named the BLACK OPAL , has …

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