Japan, U.S. Consider Joint Air Patrols

By Reuters 2015-04-29 11:04:19 Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said. News of the deliberations came as Japan and the United States unveiled new…

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Maritime History Preserved Through Heritage Program

By MarEx 2015-04-29 09:30:05 Maritime history plays a central role in our national narrative, and DOT has a responsibility to protect and promote this rich legacy. That’s why the Maritime Administration (MARAD) has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to use proceeds from MARAD’s Federal Ship Disposal Program to support the National Maritime Heritage…

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Updated: Fire extinguished on evacuated car ferry

The fire aboard the car ferry Sorrento was reported to be under control this afternoon – 24 hours after the evacuation of its 156 passengers and crew.
Spanish news agencies said that the authorities were waiting for it to be completely extinguished before sending personnel aboard the vessel prior to taking it under tow, probably to the port of Palma in Majorca.
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Crew of Seized Maersk Vessel Reported Safe

By Reuters 2015-04-29 09:01:59 Danish shipping company Maersk said on Wednesday the crew of the Maersk Tigris container ship were safe and “in good spirits” after Iranian authorities seized the vessel in the Strait of Hormuz the previous day. Iranian patrol boats fired warning shots as they intercepted the vessel, stoking tensions in one of…

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