|.: 2-Jun-2015 :.
|Frocking and pinning ceremony on USS Antietam|
On May 29, at a frocking and pinning ceremony on the ship’s flight deck, the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam frocked 31 Sailors and pinned two senior chiefs to their new pay grade.
the petty officers stood in accordance with their ranks in a manner of one first class, 12 second class and 18 third class, where Capt. Michael McCartney, who is the commanding officer of Antietam, expressed his best wishes and congratulated each frockee. Agter that the two senior chiefs were requested come and receive their new senior chief collar devices and combination covers.
Capt. Michael McCartney commented “ At this prestigious frocking ceremony our sailors were thrilled.”
It all started somewhere in 1800, it is a custom which known to be in the history and permits sailors the right to wear the rank, insignia and assume the responsibilities of their next pay grade. However, frocked sailors do not get the pay of their new grade until promoted in real sense.
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Woolf, from Antietam’s supply department, said, . “It was an honour to be present at the ceremony, I did not realise that this is happening for real and good. It was an amazing feeling to receive it in the first try. Most of the second classes I know got in on their fourth try.”
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|Royal Navy ship saves the lives of 4,000 migrants|
During past few days, Royal Navy ship based out of Plymouth has rescued more than 4,000 migrants in the Mediterranean.
Previous week, HMS Bulwark arrived to help several children who were on board a wooden boat along with many other migrants in the crisis zone. According to Italian Coastguard the ship rescued more than 4,000 people Friday and Saturday.
The Italian Coastguard says 22 operations have been carried out and during one mission, 17 bodies were found on three boats.
As a commitment given to NATO, Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean will be deployed tomorrow from Plymouth to take part in the largest multinational maritime exercise this year in the Baltic Sea, named as BALTOPS.
Captain Tim Henry, Commanding Officer of flagship HMS Ocean, commented, "BALTOPS is a multinational exercise that gets 17 NATO together and partner countries to be involved in actual and challenging maritime training in a region of collective importance.
“This kind of exercises aids in the development of alliances and should be seen as a demonstration of our functional elasticity and also to make sure that the regional security is taken care of.
He further added, ” This is one more great responsibility for HMS Ocean of being the Royal Navy's Flagship this will be an opportunity to work with our co-workers from Strikeforce NATO under whose Command we will operate."
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|The Port of Duqm phenomenal development in a short span of time|
In 2007, at the time when the first dredging ship arrived in Duqm, there were only some restaurants, in the proximity.
It’s been a mark of achievement as there is a drastic development at Duqm from being an inactive coastal hamlet to a fast-growing industrial area within a span of eight years.
An alliance between the Omani Government and the Consortium Antwerp Port (CAP) - The Port of Duqm Company, has been the major factor in changing this.
As the dredging ship deepened the sea bed, experts started the making of the basin and quay walls of an ambitious sea port project that focused to paves the way of economic development for Al Wusta Governorate.
In 2011 when the port invited the first ship, a numerous infrastructure development projects had already started taking place. In a short span of less than four years, the city has an airport of its own, three big hotels, and several high standard residential apartments, though the port is still awaiting for the second and third phases of development.
The port is playing a key role in Middle East’s maritime landscape which is rapidly changing, grateful to its strategic geopolitical location.
Captain Wim Aertbelien, Harbour Master and Chief Pilot, Port of Duqm said,
“We have been creating business with the infrastructure available. Currently, we manage more with project oriented cargo because the Ministry of Oil and Gas has titled the port as the entry point for heavy equipment for the development and maintenance of oil fields in the Sultanate”.
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|Shipowners’ Club announces Steve Randall on Board as Commercial Director|
Today the Shipowners’ Club, one of the premier P&I insurer in the domain of smaller and specialist vessel sector, made an announcement about appointing Mr Steve Randall as Commercial Director to the Board of the Shipowners’ Protection Limited (SPL) as.
Earlier, Steve was a Commercial Director for Asia for a span of three years, will be responsible to strategise drive the Club’s business development from Singapore, with a major focus in his new designation on international business development. Also, Steve will work in accordance with the underwriting and claims teams in both London as well as Singapore.
Steve, who has been working for the past 36 years at the Shipowners’ Club, he joined in the year 1978 and shifted to Singapore in the year 2009 as General Manager with the opening of the branch, for handling the responsibility for the Club’s business in the region.
As of now, the office has a bigger team that has increased from number of 7 to 38, and has positioned itself as a market pioneer in Asia Pacific. Responsible for half of the Club’s overall tonnage, the Singapore office also now underwrites 95 per cent of the 200+ bunker tankers in Singapore, home to the world’s largest bunkering port.
Steve Randall, Commercial Director of the Shipowners’ Club, said,
“I have got a great opportunity to work more closely with my co-workers in the London office on the commercial direction of the Club to explore our markets outside of Asia. However, Singapore stays as one of our crucial markets globally, I am looking out to build upon the richness of experience and depth of management in new territories so that we are able to take benefit of new chances wherever it is available for the advantage of our members.”
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|Campbell Shipping’s Caprice rescues another ship carrying sea migrants in distress|
A maritime rescue center in Malta told Bhatt that the ship Campbell Shipping’s Caprice, was sailing quite close to another vessel in distress. There were only some details. Just coordinates a position about two hours from Bhatt’s location and a rough calculation about the people stuck on board of the affected vessel which is not less than 400 to 500 passengers.
From Lativa, Capt. Joshua Peris Bhatt and his crew left aboard a dry bulk carrier hauling 27,000 metric tons of barley. The ship was scheduled to reach Qatar, and it sailed into Mediterranean Sea, it was just before reaching Italy when it was asked to change it’s direction.
Bhatt got an idea when he got a call from coast guard that he would be leading a large rescue operations.
However, at the time of his arrival at the coordinates, there were no other ships present, no coast guard and nothing big enough to accommodate so many passengers. There was only a small fishing boat,in the vicinity.
Some english speaking people aboard the boat, he told that the small fishing boat was the one that called for help. The passengers were facing water scarcity and there was not much food and above that there were pregnant women on board.
The ship was cramped up with many migrants, there was hardly any inch of the vessel left without them.
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|Announcement by US Defence Secretary on New Maritime Security Initiative|
At Asia’s prestigious security summit which was organised at Singapore this weekend, Ash Carter who is the U.S. defense secretary made an announcement of a new initiative.
During his speech, Carter mentioned the U.S. aims for a better regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific to address faced challenges including five elements: reaffirming long-standing rules and norms; improving regional institutions; modernizing alliances and partnerships; improving capacity-building; and enhancing connectivity. The address structured on remarks given by Carter and other U.S. defense officials recently on the upcoming phase of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.
As expected, maritime security was the most talked about and highlighted topic during Carter’s speech. In particular, Carter commented that the Department of Defense would be starting a new Southeast Asia Maritime Security initiative. He also said that the Congress had already taken required steps to give a nod to an amount up to $425 million dollars for these maritime capacity-building efforts.
He Carter did not share the details about what the new initiative would entail. As Carter stated, these comprise of providing equipment and infrastructure support to the Vietnamese coast guard, supporting the Philippines to construct a National Coast Watch System to enhance its maritime domain awareness, and to conduct sea surveillance exercises with Indonesia.
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