Meridian – Maritime

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance




From October 12, 2022 to April 15, 2023, Meridian will appear as a reduced summer edition

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Police Violence. Has France Become a Police State?

Bastille 2.0? 3.5 Million People Mobilize Against Macron

The arrogance and criminality of the Macron regime, which is controlled by the financial establishment. Bastille 2.0? The Storming of the Bastille occurred in Paris on the afternoon of July 14, 1789. The Bastille was a medieval armory, fortress, and political prison. It was the symbol of Royal Authority under the reign of King Louis XVI. The French monarchy was obliged to accept the authority of the newly proclaimed National Assembly as well as endorse the fundamental rights contained in the “Declaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen” (Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen), formulated in early August 1789. More than 230 years later, these fundamental rights (Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité) are now being contravened by corrupt governments in France under Macron and around the world on behalf of a totalitarian and illusive financial establishment...



Hypersonic ship-killer:

Navy taps Lockheed, Raytheon to start developing HALO missile

WASHINGTON — The US Navy has tapped Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to begin developing their own prototypes of a ship-killing, air-launched hypersonic weapon with the companies producing preliminary designs by the end of 2024 and, eventually, a prototype test flight. The Tuesday night announcement by Naval Air Systems Command, the service’s chief agency for procuring aircraft and their associated weapons, said both companies received contracts “valued at a total of $116 million” for the “first step to fielding a critical capability over the next decade that will address advanced threats and allow the Navy to operate in and control contested battle space in littoral waters and anti-access/area denial environments.” The weapon itself has been dubbed the Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Anti-Surface, or HALO, and is the follow-on program to the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, which was produced by Lockheed Martin and is currently fielded on the Navy’s F/A-18 and the Air Force’s B-1B. “As threat capability continues to advance, additional range, warfare capability and capacity is required to address the more demanding threat environment,” said Capt. Richard Gensley, precision strike weapons program manager. “Our team is leveraging science and technology and rapid prototyping arenas to support aggressive schedule execution.” “To bridge the gap until HALO is operational, the Navy recently funded an upgrade to the existing weapon which will incorporate missile hardware and software improvements to enhance targeting capabilities,” according to the Navy’s announcement. The new weapon’s fielding is planned for “later this decade,” the statement added...



MSC Adds Another Ultra Large Container Vessel to Its Fleet

MSC's fleet has welcomed the ultra-large boxship "CELESTINO MARESCA," which was delivered to the Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Company on March 23rd and is now being chartered to MSC. The vessel, built by the Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group at its Changxing shipyard in Shanghai, China, will start operating on March 30th. The new ship will follow the Lion route, which takes her from China to Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, and Morocco, before returning to Singapore and China. With a capacity of 24,116 TEU and a length of 1,312 feet, the MSC CELESTINO MARESCA is the second 233,000 dwt vessel that the Chinese shipbuilder has delivered to MSC this month...



Dolphin Deaths Spur Calls for Wind Power Halt in New Jersey

A spate of whale and dolphin deaths along New Jersey’s shore is prompting Republican lawmakers to call for a halt to preliminary work on Governor Phil Murphy’s offshore wind projects. The Republicans say the deaths may be the result of ocean floor surveying, part of the Democratic governor’s plan for 100% clean energy by 2035. Though wind farms don’t yet exist off the New Jersey coast, they say preliminary work may be interfering with the animals’ sonar communications and leading them astray. “The logical thing to do would be to pause all offshore wind projects until we have more data,” state Senator Michael Testa, a Republican from Vineland, said in a statement. On Wednesday, eight dolphins were scheduled for post-mortem exams a day after they were found stranded in Sea Isle City, 147 miles (237 kilometers) south of New York City. Two were dead and the others, suffering from an unspecified ailment, were euthanized, according to the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration...



Massive wave of protests sweeps across Israel

An estimated 630,000 people demonstrated against the government’s proposed judicial reform. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets across the country on Saturday to protest against the government’s controversial push to overhaul the judicial system. The organizers of the massive demonstrations – which took place in cities including Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, and Tel Aviv – announced on Friday a ‘Week of Paralysis’ to resist what they called an “attempt to turn Israel into a dictatorship.” According to figures provided by the organizers, a total of 630,000 people attended the rallies. In Tel Aviv alone, which was the main venue for the activists, around 200,000 protesters gathered, local media said...



Covid Emergency, Climate Emergency: Same Thing

In February 2022, 1,140 organizations sent President Biden a letter urging him to declare a “climate emergency.”

A group of US Senators did the same, in October 2022, and a House bill, introduced in 2021, also called on the president to “declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act.” Biden has considered declaring such an emergency, but so far he has declined, to the disappointment of many progressives. The United Nations (UN) has urged all countries to declare a climate emergency. The state of Hawaii and 170 local US jurisdictions have declared some version of one. So have 38 countries, including European Union members and the UK, and local jurisdictions around the world, together encompassing about 13 percent of the world’s population. Hillary Clinton was reportedly prepared to declare a “climate emergency” if she had won the 2016 election...



Ukraine war planned for the Great Reset?

One year of war and no end in sight? Why is a militarily superior power like Russia making slow progress against the Ukrainian armed forces? Are there ultimately other goals behind this war? There are many indications that this war is about far more than national interests. Reports from the Ukrainian and Russian populations and from investigative journalists support this statement. Learn more in this exciting documentary! February 24th marked the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. One year of war and no end in sight! wrote, „The Kremlin had a lightning bolt victory in mind when it attacked Ukraine a year ago. Twelve months later, there is a stalemate between Kiev and Moscow ... Neither Moscow nor Kiev is willing to negotiate on the basis of the status quo.“ Well, a blitzkrieg was supposedly planned but there has now been more than a year of war. More and more people in Europe, but also in the Ukraine itself, are asking the question, “Is Russia really not capable of achieving a military victory?” If, however, you compare the military strength of Russia and the Ukraine in 2022, the Russian army should be far superior...



Uncrewed Boats Are Changing the Way Wars Are Fought at Sea

When Ukraine successfully deployed self-driving “drone” boats for a major attack on the Russian navy at Sevastopol in Crimea in September 2022 it was a defining moment that changed the future of naval warfare. Uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) have been used before, but this was the first instance of multiple, armed USVs, used simultaneously in combination with aerial drones for a successful, offensive naval operation on a military target. Several Russian ships were damaged in the attack, and the USVs were reportedly able to penetrate the harbor defenses and cause damage to ships in protected anchorages. This will cause a rethink of the role of uncrewed vessels for offensive naval ops, and of harbor defenses to protect against such attacks...



Multipurpose electrically-driven remote-control homing torpedo

Mission - The TE-2 multipurpose electrically-driven remote-control homing torpedo is designed to engage submarines, surface combatants and other targets when fired from submarines and surface ships in autonomous and remote-control modes. Features - The TE-2 torpedo can be employed in ocean areas with water salinity of 30-35 ppm and water temperatures from 0°C to +25 °C. The torpedo features a three-beam anti-ship homing system, absence of an acoustic proximity fuze, and use of an active proximity electromagnetic fuze, which detonates when the torpedo passes near a surface combatant or submarine. The TE-2 torpedo is being developed in three variants: TE-2-01 with mechanical data input; TE-2-02 with electric data input; TE-2-03 with electric data input via a control and launch console...



Samoa PM expresses concern at China port deal

Samoa has cautioned that Beijing’s contract with the Solomon Islands may “morph into something else”. The awarding of a contract to a Chinese state-owned company to redevelop a commercial port in the Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara, may lead to deeper security tensions, the Prime Minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has said. The agreement struck between Beijing and Honiara will see the city’s international port and two domestic wharves upgraded as part of a $170-million project to be completed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC). The Chinese state-run infrastructure development company has managed various foreign projects since its formation 43 years ago, including in Israel, Nigeria and Colombia. It was the only company to submit a tender bid for the Solomon Islands port redevelopment project...



'So scary': 14 still in hospital as aerial pictures show hull of toppled ship

New pictures give an aerial view of a ship that lurched to its side in a dry dock in Edinburgh - in what a dockside worker described as a "very scary" incident. The Petrel, a research vessel owned by the “US Navy”, moved into a 45-degree angle during strong winds early on Wednesday morning, prompting a major rescue operation at Imperial Dock in Leith. A total of 35 people were injured, 21 of whom were treated in hospital. On Thursday, 14 remained in hospital for treatment...



Chinese military says US ship ‘warned’ away in South China Sea

China’s military says it tracked and warned away a United States warship that had illegally entered waters it claims in the South China Sea. The US Navy denied China’s claims, stating that the ship was on a routine operation and left the area of its own accord. In a statement on Thursday, the Southern Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said the USS Milius, a guided missile destroyer, intruded into waters around the disputed Paracel Islands. The PLA “organised sea and air forces to track and monitor [the ship] in accordance with the law” and “warned it to leave”, spokesperson for the Southern Theatre Command Tian Junli said...



View of the research vessel Petrel after it tipped on its side in a dry dock in Leith

Research vessel formerly owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen tips over in dry dock, injuring 25. Twenty-five people were injured when a ship came off its holding and tippedon its side in a dry dock in Leith, Scotland on Wednesday,the Scottish Ambulance Service said, with 15 taken to hospital. Ten people were treated and discharged at the scene, the emergency service added in a statement. Pictures posted on Twitter showed a large ship propped up against the wall of a dry dock. A local councillor posting on the social media site said strong winds had caused the incident...



Cluster Bombs And Abrams Tanks:

US Moving Closer To Hot War With Russia

The takedown of a US unmanned aerial vehicle near Crimea earlier this month may signal that Russia has had enough of US involvement in the Ukraine war. But Washington keeps pushing for new "wonder weapons" to be fast-tracked to Ukraine. How much further can DC push before a big push-back? Cluster bombs, Patriot missiles, and Abrams are all being readied for transport. This time will new weapons turn the tide?



United States to Send Additional HIMARS Rockets, 155mm Artillery Rounds,

HARM Missiles, AT-4 Anti-Tank Weapons and Other Ammunition to Ukraine

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs. This authorization is the thirty-fourth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021 and is valued at up to $350 million. Ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); 155mm artillery rounds; 25mm ammunition; High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs); 81mm and 60mm mortar systems and mortar rounds; AT-4 anti-armor weapon systems; Grenade launchers, small arms, and associated ammunition; Demolition munitions and equipment for obstacle clearing; Mine clearing equipment; Heavy fuel tankers...



The WHO’s Proposals for Future Pandemics Are Almost Everything Bill Gates Demanded

In his extremely stupid book on How to Prevent the Next Pandemic, Bill Gates proposed expanding the World Health Organisation with a division of pandemic shock troops called the Global Epidemic Response and Mobilisation team, or GERM. He envisioned a crack unit of 3,000 diversely talented technocrats who could be airdropped into a developing outbreak anywhere in the world and handle everything from subverting local human rights to sequencing random genomes. He was also very emphatic that he wanted more pandemic wargames, because they’re fun events where he gets to hobnob with his favourite virus wizards and pose as an important philanthropist for the cameras...



United States Approves Possible FMS of Tomahawk to Australia

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency: The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of Tomahawk Block V and Block IV All Up Rounds. (AUR) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $895 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to two hundred (200) Tomahawk Block V All Up Rounds (AUR) (RGM-109E); and up to twenty (20) Tomahawk Block IV All Up Rounds (AUR) (RGM-109E). Also included is support for all three segments of Australia’s Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS) to include the All Up Round (AUR), the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS) and the Theater Mission Planning Center (TMPC). The support consists of unscheduled missile maintenance; spares; procurement; training; in-service support; software; hardware; communication equipment; operational flight test; engineering and technical expertise to maintain the TWS capability; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $895 million...



Australia’s erosion of informed consent and the avoidable death of children

Deception can be lethal. The last three years of Covid have taught us that.

Adding to the pile of disconcerting information are revelations from recent Senate Estimate hearings regarding the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) handling of the deaths of two young children who suffered heart attacks. These sad events have been potentially causally linked to Covid vaccinations. Which begs the question, have Australian parents, through Department of Health vaccination consent forms, been misinformed into believing these vaccinations are safe and effective and provide more benefit than risk? If so, and the side effects – particularly for young children – outweigh the benefit, could the ‘safe and effective’ line be perceived as disingenuous? Such a conclusion would be a revelation so profound that trust in government regulators may be beyond redemption. Can informed consent really be considered valid if regulators do not thoroughly divulge risk? According to the Australian Government Department of Health immunisation handbook: valid consent is the voluntary agreement by a person to a proposed procedure, which is given after sufficient, appropriate, and reliable information about the procedure, including the potential risks and benefits, has been conveyed...



Joint military maneuvers between Russia, China and Iran

Russia, China and Iran are holding joint military maneuvers in the Arabian Gulf, Moscow's Defense Ministry said on Saturday. A live ammunition exercise involving strikes on sea and air targets was also conducted during the operation near the southern Iranian port city of Chabahar. The exercises took place on Thursday and Friday with the participation of the Russian frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” and the Chinese destroyer Nanjing. "Admiral Gorshkov" had already taken part in a joint exercise with China and South Africa last month. The ship is also equipped with Zircons, Russia's most advanced cruise missiles capable of being used against maritime targets.



Australia Did Not Promise US Support For Taiwan In Submarines Deal

Australia has “absolutely” not vowed to support the U.S. in a conflict over Taiwan in return for U.S. Virginia-class submarines, Australia’s Defence Minister Richard Marles said on Sunday. Australia, the U.S. and Britain this week unveiled the multi-decade AUKUS project in which Australia will buy the U.S. military submarines before joint British and Australian production and operation of a new submarine class, SSN-AUKUS. Australia’s center-left Labor government believes the A$368 billion ($244.06 billion) deal is necessary given Chinese military buildup in the region, which it has labeled the largest since World War Two. Asked on ABC television if, in return for access to the U.S. military submarines, Australia had given the U.S. any commitment to help during a conflict over Taiwan, Marles said: “Of course not, and nor was one sought.” China views democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, which Taiwan disputes...



“I’m Telling You, He Did It”: Seymour Hersh Blames Biden For Nord Stream Attack

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh told the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that Joe Biden made the decision to blow up Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines because he saw being a war president as giving him a better chance at re-election. Last month, Hersh published a report asserting that the pipelines were destroyed by the US as part of a covert operation. According to Hersh’s sources, the explosives were planted in June 2022 by US Navy divers under the guise of the BALTOPS 22 NATO exercise and were detonated three months later with a remote signal sent by a sonar buoy. One source told Hersh that the plotters knew the covert operation was an “act of war,” with some in the CIA and State Department warning, “Don’t do this. It’s stupid and will be a political nightmare if it comes out.” Last week, the New York Times reported that a “pro-Ukrainian group” had sabotaged the pipelines, using a team with as few as six people involved in the mission, contradicting previous assumptions that only a state would have had the resources to carry out the operation. According to Hersh, referring to Biden, “He did it. He did it, I’m telling you, he did it, adding...


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NYK Sends First Ship For "Green Recycling" in Bangladesh

Bangladesh-based ship recycling company, PHP Ship Recycling, has achieved a significant milestone by purchasing a ship directly from a shipping company for the first time. The ship, called KAMO, was sold by NYK, and was beached at the company's facility in Chattogram on March 9th. The sale is seen as a positive development for the industry, which has come under fire in recent years due to concerns over working conditions, lack of protection for workers, and pollution. PHP Ship Recycling has been working hard to change this, following the Hong Kong Convention adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2009. The company was awarded a Statement of Compliance by ClassNK in 2020, making it the first green ship recycling company in Bangladesh. It also obtained an ISO certificate for Energy Management, becoming the first ship recycling company in the world to have such a certification...




Where Ships Go to Die, Workers Risk Everything | National Geographic

In Bangladesh, men desperate for work perform one of the world's most dangerous jobs. They demolish huge ships in grueling conditions, braving disease, pollution, and the threat of being crushed or stabbed by steel sliced from the hulls...



The holy boost mantra collapses in on itself

England: Clear link between triple vaccination and high death rates

A guest contribution by Prof. Dr. Thomas Rießinger - The film "Forrest Gump" is now almost thirty years old, but its popularity has not waned, not least because of the wise statements of its protagonist Forrest Gump and the acting skills of the main actor Tom Hanks. “My mom always said,” Forrest says, “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.” As for life in general, she's undoubtedly right, because who wants to be able to predict what's going to happen in their life? In some areas of life one can doubt her statement. If you have been dealing with Karl Lyssenko Lauterbach for a certain period of your life, you have to disagree with Mother Gump, because in this case you can know very well what you are getting: scaremongering and mischief coupled with enormous overconfidence, a combination that looks more like a bowl of stale and dirty water than a box of chocolates. It is no different for those who take a little part in the life of Annalena Baerbock, the intern who is still working at the Federal Foreign Office: U-turns of 360 degrees, casual declarations of war against Russia, no nonsense is too big to not be happy about to be taken up by the ambitious international law scholar. In both cases - and not only in these two - one finds the polluted waters of incompetence far from the pleasant surprises that a box of chocolates might bring.


You never know what you're gonna get


But there are some areas where we immediately agree with Mother Gump. In the case of newly concluded marriages, the comparison with a box of chocolates should not be entirely wrong, and it is particularly true when it comes to a central question of our time: the effectiveness of the so-called Covid vaccines. "You never know what you're going to get," and you never know how what you're getting will play out. However, one occasionally comes across information sources such as the UK Health Security Agency's "National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports" where one can find information on the status of Covid vaccination in England, linked to data from the Office for National Statistics. on Deaths by Vaccination Status, England. The joy of these sources is somewhat diminished as soon as one sees that from the vaccination report of 1 December 2022 the clear presentation of the vaccination rates in the English population has been watered down so as not to overload people with too many details, but one can look into it continue to enjoy the data collected and even published up to November 2022.


It doesn't get you anywhere if, based on the number of deaths, you find that a certain percentage of those who died from or with or even in connection with Covid-19 have this or that vaccination status, even if the percentages are high: it is always necessary to put such numbers in relation to the respective vaccination quotas, and best of all to divide them up neatly for individual age groups, because the vaccination quotas of the age groups show clear differences. Perhaps focusing on the number of supposed Covid deaths does not help too much, because while there is often enough disagreement as to whether a deceased person should be counted among the Covid victims because of a positive PCR test result or After all, his recent serious motorcycle accident played a more relevant role, most doctors should be able to tell a dead person from a living person, regardless of the cause of death. I admit that this assumption may be overly optimistic with regard to medical graduates - I will not speak of doctors in such cases - who eke out a living as politicians or as journalists for public service broadcasters, but one also becomes such experts rarely found near a specific death.


Mortality rates of the triple vaccinated


I am therefore concentrating on the question of how the deaths that have occurred in England, regardless of the cause of death, are distributed among the individual vaccination classes and what can be concluded from this distribution. Since vaccination rates change over time, I will look at the half year from June 2022 to November 2022 on a monthly basis, from December 2022 the information about the vaccination status is hardly helpful. In each of these months, the vaccination rates within the considered age groups have changed little, so it is a reasonable approach to refer to the rates in the middle of the month. If you value it, you can also consult the odds at the beginning or end of the respective month…



Australia’s Submarine Program with U.S. and Britain Could Could Run Up to $245 Billion

Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine program with the United States and Britain will cost up to A$368 billion ($245 billion) over the next three decades, a defense official said on Tuesday, the country’s biggest single defense project in history. U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday unveiled details of a plan to provide Australia with nuclear-powered attack submarines, a major step to counter China’s naval build up in the Indo-Pacific. Albanese said the program would start with a A$6 billion ($4 billion) investment over the next four years to expand a major submarine base and the country’s submarine shipyards, as well as train skilled workers. “This will be an Australian sovereign capability – built by Australians, commanded by the Royal Australian Navy and sustained by Australian workers in Australian shipyards,” Albanese said in San Diego, California. “The scale, complexity and economic significance of the investment is akin to the creation of the Australian automotive industry in the post-war period,” Albanese added...



Anglo-Eastern Installs Starlink Internet Service on First of More Than 200 Managed Ships

Hong Kong-based ship manager Anglo-Eastern says it has rolled out SpaceX’s Starlink broadband internet service on an initial dozen vessels with more than 200 planned installations within the year. Anglo-Eastern Group is a leading ship management company with over 600 ships under management and a workforce of more than 27,000 seafarers worldwide. “This week marks the first formal installation of #StarlinkMaritime within our fleet. It is part of an initial order covering a dozen vessels of various ship types and trading patterns, so that it can be trialled before roll-out. 200+ installations are expected by year-end alone,” the company said in a tweet. The first Starlink installations come after a soft launch on ‘several vessels’ last year...



Panamax bulk carrier aground, Brazil

Bulk carrier LONDON 2012 aground in Sao Francisco do Sul, Babitonga Bay, Brazil, since Mar 11, with tugs working on her. The ship ran aground shortly after she left port, meaning that she’s in load. Cause of grounding unknown, probably the ship was about to anchor, but ran aground instead...



North Korea Launches Underwater Cruise Missiles Drills

North Korea said it launched two strategic cruise missiles in the waters of the East Sea of Korea, a drill that comes as the US and South Korea prepare to open 10 days of joint military exercises. The submarine “8.24 Yongung” launched the missiles off Kyongpho Bay, and the drill “confirmed the reliability of the weapon system,” North Korean state media KCNA reported on Monday. A general view of a submarine as North Korea fired two missiles striking an underwater target, according to state media, at an undisclosed location in North Korea March 12, 2023 in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS - South Korea confirmed the underwater launch and said its military had captured an unidentified missile...



Buying Virginia-Class Subs Will Strengthen Australian Sovereignty

Australia is expected to buy as many as five US Virginia class nuclear-powered submarines in the 2030s

The formal unveiling of the AUKUS plan is still a few days away, but we are already seeing strong signs that it will constitute a genuine trilateral partnership. If the blizzard of news reports detailing the plan is accurate, the Australian government and its US and British counterparts should be credited with a momentous defence, security and strategic outcome. Of course, implementing AUKUS will be a mammoth task, requiring long-term investment and resourcing, but, in a world full of partisan politics and protectionist and nationalist tendencies, these three countries have come together, maintaining bipartisanship, and demonstrated an understanding that the collective capability of the three is greater than the individual talent of any country alone. If AUKUS works—and given the strategic imperative, it has to work—it will strengthen and safeguard Australian sovereignty, not diminish it as some commentators have claimed. A British-designed nuclear-propelled submarine fitted out with US technology, the acquisition of US Virginia-class submarines as a stopgap, and a strengthened defence industrial base across all three countries will give Australia the best chance not only to defend our national interests but also to play a meaningful role in regional stability. Along with investment in the advanced capabilities pillar of AUKUS (including cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum and undersea technology) and the requirements set out in the upcoming defence strategic review, these measures will help to strengthen our ability to deter aggression and thereby avoid war, while preparing us to fight if necessary...



DP World To Install First High-Bay Container Storage System at Pusan Terminal

Global port operator DP World has announced the first commercial installation of its innovative BOXBAY high-bay storage system at its container terminal in Pusan, South Korea. Known as BOXBAY, the system is an intelligent High Bay Storage (HBS) system developed by DP World and industrial engineering specialists, SMS Group, through their joint venture Boxbay FZCO, which was established in 2016. The system allows for the storage and retrieval of containers from bays up to eleven stories high, maximizing space and increasing handling speed, energy efficiency, and safety, while reducing operating costs. Boxbay FZCO and Pusan Newport Corporation (PNC), which DP World holds a 66% stake in, signed an agreement on March 8 for the initial design and engineering works for the site at the Pusan terminal. Handling 5.3 million TEUs in 2021, PNC operates the largest terminal at the Port of Pusan...



Newly released footage contradicts Jan 6 Committee and legacy MSM ‘Capitol Riot’ narrative

Thousands of hours of footage not previously available to the public was analysed by Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson and his team. The video evidence contradicted government and US legacy media narratives on the events of January 6 2021, where a crowd of protesters had gathered in the Capitol precint in Washington DC following the disputed 2020 US Presidential election. Carlson claimed the new footage showed the House Committee set up to investigate the events of that day (known as ‘the Jan 6 Committee), as well as the legacy media, had lied to the public about what had happened. News reports on the day falsely claimed that 5 police officers had been killed by protesters. Mainstream media pundits and top Democrats immediately characterised the protest as a ‘deadly insurrection’ when the thousands strong crowd was in fact largely peaceful. High profile protester, the so-called ‘Q-Anon Shaman’ was labelled a ‘violent attacker’ and ‘white supremacist’ who had stormed the government buildings, but video showed that he and others were in fact non-violent, peaceful, and had been given a guided tour by security officers. According to Carlson, the video showed very little about the events of that day that was ‘violent or organised’. It was mostly ‘peaceful chaos’, he said. Reporting on the death of police officer Brian Sicknick, a Trump supporter, was also false. Footage showed Sicknick alive and walking around Capitol Hill, even waving the crowd to come inside, when according to legacy MSM he had already been murdered by protesters outside the building. The Jan 6 Committee also knew of this, said Carlson. Democratic party investigators who saw the Sicknick tape hid it from the public because it ‘would shatter the fraud they were perpetrating on the country...



US Navy Orders 44 Additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles for the Marine Corps Through July 2025

BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Sterling Heights, Michigan, is awarded a $256,885,866 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract M67854-16-C-0006 for Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV). The total cumulative face value of the contract is $2,327,974,121. This contract modification provides for the exercise of options for the procurement of 27 full rate production (FRP) ACV personnel variants, 17 FRP ACV command variants, and associated production, and fielding and support costs. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania (60%); Aiken, South Carolina (15%); San Jose, California (15%); Sterling Heights, Michigan (5%); and Stafford, Virginia (5%), with an expected completion date of July 2025. Fiscal 2023 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $256,885,866 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity...



Now is the Time to Oppose the WHO’s Globalist Pandemic Treaty

On February 1st this year, the World Health Organisation released the first draft of its much heralded pandemic response treaty. The draft treaty, snappily titled the ‘Convention or Agreement on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response’, is proposed as a solution to what the WHO calls the “catastrophic failure of the international community in showing solidarity and equity” during the “coronavirus pandemic”. A supposed lack of solidarity amongst national governments will not be the “catastrophic failure” uppermost of many readers’ minds when thinking back on Government health policy over the last three years. Despite this, the WHO’s draft treaty proposes preventing a recurrence of this alleged failure by substantially enhancing the powers of the WHO relative to those of national health authorities.  It does this despite initially affirming “the principle of sovereignty of States Parties in addressing public health matters” in its opening recital, and despite recognising the principle of state sovereignty as one of the guiding principles of the treaty in article 4. Yet notwithstanding these reassuring nods to the notion of state sovereignty, the WHO’s real attitude towards state autonomy can be gauged by a quick glance at the rest of the recitals and provisions in the agreement...



‘OS 35’ Shipwreck Survives Winter Storms

The Captain of the Port in Gibraltar has received a report about the damage to the OS 35 shipwreck caused by recent storms. The damage to the accommodation block and hull was expected, but is not considered extensive. The crack in the hull of the bulk carrier has extended to the port side and the ship is now held together by the bilge keel. However, the wreck has not moved from its original position following its controlled sinking last September as part of a plan to stabilize it for heavy weather...



MSC container ship lost overboard 45 containers, Bermuda

Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre reported containers loss from container ship MSC SHRISTI some 350 nm east of Bermuda. Some 45 empty containers fell overboard on 3 different occasions, in rough weather. According to track and AIS records, containers loss occurred during Mar 1- 2, when the ship was en route from Boston to Caucedo, Dominican Republic. At one time, ship turned back and made a log in opposite direction, probably trying to avoid further losses. The ship arrived at Caucedo on Mar 5, left on Mar 6, bound for Turkey...



What a meaningful name

Fire onboard 27m Princess motor yacht “Hot Pursuit” in Fort Lauderdale

Local media sources have reported that a fire broke out onboard the 26.82-metre Princess motor yacht Hot Pursuit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to 7 News Miami, the yacht was fully engulfed in flames on the water behind 710 Coral Way, near Las Olas Boulevard, yesterday morning. Fire crews arrived on the scene following multiple calls, with officials alleging that the fire was caused by an electrical problem. Hot Pursuit was found with heavy smoke and flames coming from her top deck, with no one onboard at the time of the fire. Local residents Benjamin Fisher and Vincent Ventura are said to have grabbed garden hoses in an attempt to put out the flames; with CBS Miami reporting that firefighters quickly attacked the flames from land and by water to keep them isolated to the upper decks...



Full round-up of yacht fires and casualties of 2022

There has been a tragic number of yacht casualties so far this year; eight motor yachts caught fire, three sank, two were attacked, and a 50-metre sailing yacht was hit by a rescue vessel. SuperYacht Times has rounded up all the casualties (and near casualties) of 2022... ...Ferretti released an official statement; "The fire that broke out in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday January 11, involving a boat under construction at the Cattolica shipyard, caused no injuries thanks to the immediate implementation of safety procedures, with the intervention of the shipyard's fire-fighting teams and the local fire brigade. The fire has been contained and extinguished, the site is safe. The causes of the incident are currently under investigation...



Ferry sank in Gabon waters, dozens might be missing

Ferry ESTHER MIRACLE, connecting Gabon coastal towns, sank early in the morning Mar 9 after she left Libreville, bound for Port Gentil. Vessel suffered water ingress and probably, capsized. 121 people were rescued, 2 were found dead, but fear is there were more people on board, than stated in manifest, more than 150. SAR continues, understood several persins were already identified as missing...



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UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine

The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad — a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus. In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-derived outbreak in Chad that was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon. “There is local circulation in Sudan and continued sharing of transmission with Chad,” the U.N. agency said, adding that genetic sequencing confirmed numerous introductions of the virus into Sudan from Chad. WHO said it had found 11 additional vaccine-derived polio cases in Sudan and that the virus had also been identified in environmental samples. There are typically many more unreported cases for every confirmed polio patient. The highly infectious disease can spread quickly in contaminated water and most often strikes children under 5. In rare instances, the live polio virus in the oral vaccine can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks...



Project Cosmos: 110m Lürssen superyacht Project 13759 launched

The 110-metre superyacht Project Cosmos has been technically launched from Lürssen’s facility in Rendsburg, Germany. This is the first time we’ve seen the superyacht, otherwise known as Project 13759. Very little is known about the project, aside from her having an interior volume of around 6,300 GT and a beam of 18-metres. Lürssen has constructed Project Cosmos with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, and expects to complete and deliver her next year. Project Cosmos has a large aft deck, complete with a swimming pool and large cut-out, which we can only expect to host a large tender. She also has an oversized foredeck that will likely be finished with a helipad. The superyacht also features an observation pod...




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Opera yacht leaving Germany for delivery


146m Lürssen superyacht Opera delivered

The 146.35m Lürssen superyacht Opera has been delivered to her owners. She was first launched in October 2022 from Lürssen’s facility in Bremen, Germany, and is currently on her maiden voyage, having recently arrived in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Opera is the sixth largest superyacht built by the German shipyard, and the 10th largest superyacht in the world, with an impressive volume of 12,518 GT. Terence Disdale Design was responsible for her exterior and interior design, while her builder penned her naval architecture...



Public urged to report suspicious activity around power lines

Canterbury Police are appealing to the public to report any suspicious activity around power poles and lines in their community. Senior Sergeant Roy Appley says, “Canterbury power company Orion is experiencing an increase in people intentionally tampering with its network throughout the region. “These incidents put the members of the public at risk of electrocution. “We have seen instances of potentially live wires that have been left hanging or jutting out of the ground from where people have tampered with cabling and other equipment. “These people may not realise that they are putting the lives of the public at risk. It is only a matter of time until a person or an innocent member of the public is seriously injured because of these actions.” If you see anyone acting suspiciously around power poles and lines, please ring 111 immediately. If you see power equipment that’s been damaged, please call Orion on 0800 363 9898, day or night...



“When do we deploy the new variant? We frighten the pants of everyone.” – British Government

“When do we deploy the next variant? We frighten the pants of everyone.” These are the exact words of former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock. He was communicating with Damon Poole, Department of Health Media Special Adviser. See screenshots of WhatsApp messages below: Hancock texted Poole how they would “frighten the pants off of everyone with the new strain”, to which Poole replied: “Yep that’s what will get proper behavior change”. “When do we deploy the new variant” asked Hancock, but Poole was careful: “Been thinking more about this and think we need to be more cautious”. “Worth doing a bit about no leaking at the top I think”. One week after this communication within the UK government the new variant was indeed deployed, to “frighten the pants off of everyone” and “get proper behavior change.”



Med-Beds Tech, Healing Technology of the SSP: James Rink and Mike Emery

Workshop with James Rink and Mike Emery on May 28, 2020 discussing Med Bed Tech, Holographic Examination Tables, Regeneration Tanks, as well as a lecture on the science of manifestation by Mike Emery...



UK researchers experiment with a solar geoengineering system called SATAN

Last September, researchers in the UK launched a high-altitude weather balloon that released a few hundred grams of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere, a potential scientific first in the solar geoengineering field. Solar geoengineering is the theory that humans can ease “global warming” by deliberately reflecting more sunlight into space. One possible means, climate alarmists believe, is spraying sulphur dioxide in the stratosphere. It is highly controversial given, among other issues, that blasting chemicals into our immediate orbit tampers with the natural order, making weather less predictable or threatening populations’ food supplies by causing drought. Let’s not lose touch…Your Government and Big Tech are actively trying to censor the information reported by...



Container Ship Refloated In Suez Canal After Breakdown?!?

A container ship that broke down in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Sunday causing some traffic to be diverted has resumed its journey, the Canal Authority said. The authority said in an earlier statement that the MSC ISTANBUL, sailing under the flag of Liberia, became stranded while transiting the canal on its way from Malaysia to Portugal. Four tugboats had been working to move it, and traffic in the vital waterway had not been affected, the statement said. “All the ships that are coming from the north have normally passed and navigation from the south also proceeded normally after the ships were diverted from the western channel to the eastern channel,” it added...



Philippines to Deploy Subsea ROV to Pinpoint Location of Stricken Tanker

Philippine authorities believe they have found the location of a tanker that sank off a central province last week, the environment ministry said on Monday, amid a race to assess the extent of an oil spill and contain further environmental damage. The tanker, the MT Princess Empress, is thought to be lying at about 1,200 feet (366 meters) below sea level, off Oriental Mindoro province, though the information still needed to be verified, the ministry said in a statement. A remotely operated vehicle would be deployed to help determine the exact location of the tanker, it said. Authorities want to know how much oil is inside and how to pump the remainder out and stop any leaks, experts said. The vessel was carrying about 800,000 litres (211,338 gallons) of industrial fuel oil when it suffered engine trouble on Feb. 28 in rough seas, according to the coast guard...



General cargo ship intercepted in the Atlantic, search under way

General cargo ship SINGAPORE SPIRIT was intercepted by Portugal Navy and maritime police on Mar 4 and brought to Lisbon. She was berthed on Mar 5, and in the evening same day police team launched a thorough search of the ship. according to police intel, SINGAPORE SPIRIT is having on board a large amount of contraband cocaine, probably originated in Trinidad and Tobago, 21 crew detained. Ship’s AIS records miss South American voyage, with last port of call Tekirdag, track start from Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago area, missing the leg from Europe to Caribbean. She was to call Italian port, according to AIS...



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International Drug Bust Nets $677 Mln Of Cocaine Off The Coast Of South America

A joint U.S. and Australian law enforcement operation busted an international drug ring after intercepting 2.4 tonnes of cocaine aboard a vessel off the coast of South America that had been bound for Australia. The cocaine, linked to a Mexican drug cartel, had a street value of around A$1 billion ($677 million), and was equivalent to half of Australia’s estimated annual consumption, making the seizure one of the biggest that Australian police have been involved in. Twelve suspects have been arrested and charged in the case, Western Australian state police said in a statement on Saturday, releasing details for the first time of an operation that began last November when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intercepted the vessel. Western Australian police substituted the cargo with identically packed fake cocaine and dropped it roughly 40 nautical miles west of state capital Perth on Dec. 28...



Protesters gather outside major American airbase in EU

Demonstrators descended on the Ramstein military installation in Germany, calling for an end to arms deliveries to Ukraine. Several hundred people gathered on Sunday outside Ramstein US airbase in southwestern Germany to demand an end to weapons shipments to Ukraine. The military site is where Western officials have regularly held meetings over the past year to coordinate their aid to Kiev. The demonstrators also called for a cessation of hostilities and peace talks between Ukraine and Russia. They chanted slogans and beat drums, with an assortment of banners seen during a live stream of the event on YouTube, including the Russian and Soviet flags. The placards called for the Americans to “go home...



Dubai Boat Show Features Electric Sailboat, $318 Million Superyacht

What do buyers of the world’s largest yachts want these days? Same thing that we all wanted more of during pandemic lockdowns: more space and a connection with the outdoors. In addition, owners want to either be environmentally conscious—or at least nod to the future of energy. (Massive motor yachts burn upwards of 500 liters of fuel an hour.) Vessels on display at the Dubai Boat Show illustrated the desires of those who have many millions to spend on these floating homes. New models had bigger windows, sleeker designs and understated decor as opposed to relatively cramped feel ships were known for years ago. Shipbuilders emphasized their boats’ energy efficient qualities, which should matter to the people who are truly driving "global warming"...



Philippines says Chinese navy ship spotted near disputed island

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Saturday it had spotted a Chinese navy ship and dozens of militia vessels around a contested Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea, as territorial tensions mount in the area. The Philippine Coast Guard said 42 vessels believed to be crewed by Chinese maritime militia personnel were seen in the vicinity of Thitu island, while a Chinese navy vessel and coast guard ship were observed "slowly loitering" in the surrounding waters...



Mediterranean Sea, Spain --- Mallorca in winter chaos:

More than a meter of fresh snow - the military's emergency unit intervenes

Masses of snow and record rain: The storm "Juliette" swept across Mallorca. The government requested military assistance. The weather is improving. The situation is still tense. Update from March 1, 2:15 p.m .: In Mallorca, the clean-up work is in full swing. Snow plows and heavy equipment from the military emergency unit UME have been supporting the emergency services on the island since Wednesday morning. Many paths in the Serra de Tramuntana are still blocked. There are currently around 80 people in the Lluc monastery, reports the local broadcaster IB3. They had decided on Tuesday evening to stay there. There are enough food and places to sleep. The excursionists actually wanted to enjoy the extraordinary snow in the mountains. But then the weather situation deteriorated dramatically. They took refuge in the Sanctuary...



Oceanco unveils new 131m superyacht concept Aeolus at DIBS 2023

Oceanco has unveiled the first renderings for its new 131-metre superyacht concept Aeolus at the Dubai International Boat Show 2023. The innovative motor yacht is characterised by her curved linear profile and use of sustainable materials throughout. Aeolus yacht concept from Oceanco exterior design - Named after the Greek god of the wind, Aeolus features exterior design by Giles Taylor with naval architecture from the boards of Lateral Naval Architects. “She is inspired by the spirit of the ocean,” commented designer Giles Taylor. “I wanted to bring together the ability to walk around the entire superstructure while still taking in the vistas of the ocean and staying connected with the sea...



SMIT Seeks Higher Salvage Award for Freeing Ever Given from Suez Canal

The Dutch salvage firm that helped prevent a global freight bottleneck when it dislodged a massive container ship stuck in the Suez Canal is fighting the vessel’s owners in a London court, claiming they were denied a proper payout. Teams from SMIT Salvage BV were rushed to the Suez Canal to help refloat the Ever Given and free the critical waterway in the spring of 2021. The firm, known for flying employees from one shipping crisis to the next, argued this week that the ship’s Japanese owners are preventing them for claiming a higher salvage award. SMIT, a unit of Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, had agreed a contract, which precludes them claiming an “opportunistic” salvage award potentially around ten times higher than that, lawyers for Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd. said in a court filing...




Cargill Testing New Sail Technology for Cargo Ships to Cut Emissions

Cargill, one of the world's biggest ship charterers, is stepping up a push to resurrect wind power for cargo ships as the agricultural commodities group moves to cut emissions from its chartered fleet, a top executive said. With about 90% of world trade transported by sea, shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions, yet environmental campaigners say regulatory efforts by the sector to cut emissions are still slow. Cargill will test a dry bulk vessel with two wind sails carrying cargo onboard later this year, said Jan Dieleman, president of the group's ocean transportation division. The ship will go into dry dock to mount the sails in the coming weeks, he added. "The performance of the sails will be closely monitored to further improve their design, operation, and performance," he told Reuters...



Anti-NATO protests hit France

Rallies against the US-led bloc and the supply of weapons to Ukraine have been held across the country. Multiple mass protests against France’s NATO membership and its continued support of Kiev were held on Sunday in the capital Paris and at other locations across the country. The demonstrations, taking place for the second consecutive weekend, were organized by the right-wing Les Patriotes party, led by Florian Philippot, who personally attended the rally in Paris. The politician claimed the event on Sunday, dubbed National March for Peace, attracted even more participants than last week, when some 10,000 showed up for a rally in the French capital. According to Philippot, smaller-scale anti-NATO protests were held at some 30 other locations across France as well...



The new look of the revolutionary Codecasa Jet 2020 designed by Tommaso Spadolini

The design of the Codecasa Jet 2020, the 70 metre superyacht inspired by aviation design, has been revamped by the architect, Tommaso Spadolini. Since it was presented for the first time in 2020, the innovative design of the Codecasa Jet has garnered a lot of attention. The yacht concept, created by Fulvio Codecasa, founder of the Codecasa Shipyard, breaks with traditional Italian naval architecture. As can be gleaned by the name, the design is inspired by aviation, reinterpreted for boating. The Codecasa Jet 2020, with its soft and compact layout, is very airplane-like. Even the forward section, thanks to its rounded shape, is similar to the pilot’s cabin in a classic airplane...


The US Navy's USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) guided missile destroyer ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images


The US Navy is changing the name of a warship to honor a former slave who escaped to freedom on a stolen Confederate ship

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced that the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser formerly named USS Chancellorsville will be called USS Robert Smalls, the Navy said in a Monday statement.  Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 in South Carolina, where as a young man he worked on the steamer Planter, which would later be used by the Confederacy for ammunition transport. Smalls was an expert sailor and navigator, and during the Civil War, as the ship's Confederate officers went ashore, he effectively hijacked the steamer and sailed it past Charleston gun batteries to deliver it to the Union Navy, freeing not only himself but over a dozen others as well. He continued to pilot the Planter, which was repurposed for troop transport, for the Union and later the ironclad USS Keokuk...



India Bans Oil Tankers and Bulk Carriers Older than 25 Years

India has withdrawn trading licenses for oil tankers and bulk carriers that are more than 25 years old, its shipping regulator said, as the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter looks to cut emissions and reduce the average age of its fleet. The order also bans acquisition of such vessels that are more than two decades old. Under current guidelines, vessels that are less than 25 years old can be acquired without any technical clearance. “There is a need to modernize the Indian fleet, which requires extensive review of the requirements of the registration and operation of the ships,” the Directorate General Of Shipping said in the order uploaded on its website late on Monday. The average age of Indian fleet has been increasing in the recent years, bucking a global declining trend. “Age norms will assist in ensuring gradual phasing out of fossil fuel ships and ushering in of alternate/low carbon energy efficient ships,” the order said. The regulation requires oil tankers older than 15 years to improve their working condition and subjects bulk carriers to additional checks to ensure adherence to high international standards...




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