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Update: Fri, May 26 2017    

Navy's new ship docks in Davao City

THE Barkong Pilipinas Gregorio del Pilar , a frigate ship of the Philippine Navy, docked in Sasa Wharf, Davao City after its participation in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition Asia 2017 held in Singapore. The Naval Task Group 80.5 with 236 navy onboard of the ship led by its commander Captain Donn Anthony Miraflor were welcomed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Eastern Mindanao Command deputy commander Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Mindanao Captain Ramil Roberto Enriquez and Fleet-Marine Ready Force Commander Commodore Albert Mogol and other officials and members.

Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Acceptance Trials

The future USS Gerald R. Ford departed Naval Station Norfolk for its second set of sea trials, known as acceptance trials May 24. Acceptance Trials demonstrate to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey the ship's ability to conduct operations at sea and that the ship is constructed in accordance with contract specifications. Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors will operate many of the ship's key systems and technologies, overseen by INSURV and the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and accompanied by shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding.

Piracy Comes Back in Somalia

Piracy in Somalia is making a comeback and the Gulf of Guinea remains the world's most active hotspot for crew kidnappings, UK Chamber of Shipping said quoting latest data. The report said that during the first three months of 2017, armed pirates hijacked two vessels off the coast of Somalia, an area in which previously no merchant ship had been hijacked for five years.

CDCs must continue to be bridge between residents and Government: PM Lee

Student volunteers hand out rice to one of the needy households in the North West District. SINGAPORE: The Community Development Councils are not just "hands and legs" on the ground to implement programmes, but must continue to be a bridge between residents and the Government, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday .

Canada funded ops nets 17 terror suspects

A Malaysian terrorist suspect deported from Turkey to Kuala Lumpur was among 17 people arrested in Interpol's recent cross border operation to combat terrorism and crime in Southeast Asia. Interpol, on its website, said Operation Sunbird III involved the police, immigration and maritime authorities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries working to screen passports against the international police organisation's global databases at 35 land, air and sea border points.

Thousands of Chinese officials have trained in city state but numbers enrolled are now declining

A "key pillar" propping up China and Singapore's strained bilateral relationship, the Lion City's role as a top overseas training ground for Chinese officials, appears to be shifting. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's notable absence from Beijing's biggest diplomatic event of the year last week, viewed by observers as a deliberate snub, cast a fresh spotlight on tensions stemming from a diplomatic spat over the South China Sea last summer.

ABS Mobile App Simplifies Subchapter M Compliance

NS Workboat, a new mobile application from ABS Nautical Systems purpose-built for the workboat/inland sector, aims to streamline onboard tasks for Subchapter M compliance. "This app answers the growing demand for easy-to-use point solutions a need that is particularly pronounced in the workboat sector, where many companies have little to no IT support on their boats," said ABS Nautical Systems Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Schwarz.

Singapore leaders strongly condemn Manchester Arena attack, send condolences

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May respectively to convey their condolences on Monday's attack on Manchester Arena. At least 22 were killed , including children, and nearly 60 others injured in what Mrs May called a "callous terrorist attack".

Lloyd Named Nautical Institute CEO

Last week's Nautical Institute London Command Seminar saw the appointment of Captain John Lloyd RD MBA FNI as the Institute's new chief executive officer, succeeding Philip Wake OBE RD MSc FNI, who is retiring after 14 years in post. Speaking at Trinity House, the venue for the third of the Institute's 2017 command seminar series, Captain Lloyd said, "I am delighted to be leading the next phase of development at The Nautical Institute, at a time of great change for our industry.

Pacific Radiance, Allianz JV in Middle East

Crest Offshore Marine , the wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Radiance, has entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Allianz Offshore Middle East . According to JV agreement, both companies are jointly incorporating a company in Singapore known as Allianz Radiance .

A resurgent China and Donald Trump's one smart move

Tom Plate says Beijing's pointed treatment of Singapore and warning of potential war with the Philippines show it is not to be trifled with. And so, the US president, despite being besieged on the home front, may have got it right holding off on South China Sea naval operations International relations gets advertised and promoted by theorists as if it were insanely complicated.

Lew Chuen Hong named new Chief of Navy

RADM Lew Chuen Hong, currently Chief of Staff - Naval Staff, will take over as Chief of Navy on Jun 16, 2017. SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Defence on Monday named Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, 40, as the new Chief of Navy.

Gulf Navigation Sails to Profit

Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding has reported a 39% growth in net profit at the end of the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The result came at a stage while the company is witnessing a significant improvement in its performance, successful settlement of legal cases and entering into various global partnerships to strengthen its competitive position in the marine sector.

Varsity seats - " to cap or not to cap?

Looking ahead: Sunil Chandra, Google's vice-president for operations and staffing, once said: 'What counts for Google is not your degree, but what you can do with what you know.' SOON after Education Minister Ong Ye Kung touched on capping university places, an interesting question was floated online: Should all Singaporeans who aspire to become university graduates be offered a place in the local universities assuming, of course, that they can benefit from degree studies? Ong, who was speaking at a symposium in Switzerland, had said a country's education system needs to be aligned with the needs of the economy.

Timid Thailand

It was not clear why Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was not invited to the One Belt, One Road summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping from May 14-16. The Chinese leader may simply have forgotten to extend an invite to the Thai premier or it could reflect the level of importance that China has attached to Thailand for this massive infrastructure development.

Indian Navy to hold exercises with Indonesia, PNG and Aus3 min ago

Singapore, May 20 The Indian Navy will hold bilateral exercises with Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia after completing a maritime exercise with Singapore. The Navy is currently taking part in the annual Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise 2017 with the Republic of Singapore Navy which will be completed on May 24. "After we conclude SINBEX with RSN, we will set course for further interaction for Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia before returning home," said Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

S & P Credit Rating for Shipowners' Club

Following a request by The Shipowners' Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association , as from 19 May 2017 AM Best will no longer provide a rating of the Club. This decision was taken by the Club in December 2016 following a review of the costs and benefits of maintaining two interactive ratings, coupled with a review of market practice and appetite for rating information.