When a devastating bushfire hit the Australian town of Mallacoota on New Year’s Eve, local commercial marine operators and maritime agencies played a vital role in providing relief for those affected. One of the enduring symbols of this year’s horror bushfire season was the sight of hundreds of people being evacuated ..
While the title fails to mention it, this book also covers mine layers and mine sweepers of the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy. The other craft are all interesting but, for this reviewer, it is the submarines that are the focus of his attention. Unfortunately, the vast amount of information contained in this ..
Recent months have seen some excellent examples of why the world needs emergency services craft. Most recently, we experienced the Covid-19 virus pandemic. Just prior to that, we saw the Australian bush fires and, a little earlier, the evacuation of cruise ship passengers from a volcanic explosion on an island off New ..
Countries that have weapons on their national flags rarely prosper. We saw this last week with Saudi Arabia, where the national banner features crossed swords, whilst Angola (with a machete and an appropriately broken cog on its flag) remains mired in the corruption of former President Dos Santos, whose son and daughter are ..
In his determination to boost the PRC‘s status as world power, Chinese President Xi Jinping is proving to be an adept player of his maritime cards. Little is seen of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) vast land forces, but the PLA Navy is playing a major role in advancing Xi’s ambitions, by pursuing, in parallel ..
The Cambodian island of Koh Rong, long a backpacker’s haven, lies just a quick boat ride from Sihanoukville, a city that has come to symbolise the governmental intimacy of Cambodia and China. Omnipresent Chinese-owned casinos, along with frequent reports of criminal behaviour, have turned Sihanoukville into a “sordid ..
Recent months have seen some excellent examples of why the world needs emergency services craft. Most recently, we experienced the Covid-19 virus pandemic. Just prior to ..
The Los Angeles Port Police has unveiled a new US$1.5 million vessel equipped with night vision, wireless communications, advanced navigation and nuclear, chemical and ..
Japan Marine United (JMU) delivered a new Dunkirkmax bulk carrier to an unnamed shipowner on Tuesday, June 2. The 182,000DWT vessel has been named Empress Zonda. It has ..