VIDEO: Ukraine grain export ship passes inspection, heads for Lebanon

Ukraine grain export cargoes might soon start flowing more rapidly. In a hopeful sign, yhe Turkish Ministry of National Defense reports that the first ship to depart Ukraine with an export cargo of grain since the Russian invasion is on its way to Lebanon after passing inspection.

The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni arrived in Istanbul’s waters on Tuesday evening, after sailing from Ukraine’s main Black Sea port of Odesa on Monday.

“A joint civilian inspection team comprising officials from the...

Can U.S. LNG exports meet European demand?

U.S. LNG exports

As the EU seeks to wean itself from dependency on Russian natural gas, U.S. LNG exporters have been major beneficiaries. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says that United States became the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter during the first half of 2022. Most U.S. LNG exports went to the EU and the U.K. during the first five months of this year, accounting for 71%, or 8.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), of the total U.S. LNG exports. The U.S. provided 47%...

U.S. will supply Ukraine with over 20 Metal Shark military vessels

To help Ukraine better protect its coastline, waterways, and ports, the United States is providing the country with a range of defense assets that include 23 welded-aluminum military vessels built by Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark.

The 18 boats being sent to Ukraine under the $450 million security assistance package announced last week include six of the U.S. Navy’s new 40 PB maritime combat vessels. Built by Metal Shark and delivered to the Navy in 2021 as part of a currently active...

VIDEO: Ukraine takes out Russian Navy tug

Within weeks of receiving Harpoon shore-based anti-ship missiles from Denmark, Ukraine appears to have been using them to good effect. Ukraine’s defense forces tweeted today that the Russian Navy tug Spasatel Vasily Bekh had been “successfully demilitarized” by the Ukrainian Navy.

Spasatel Vasily Bekh, a tug of the russian black sea fleet, successfully demilitarized by the @UA_NAVY. The ship was transporting personnel, weapons and ammunition to the occupied Snake Island.
Moskva never be alone…

Wärtsilä pulls out of Russia

Wärtsilä Corporation is to write-off approximately EUR 200 million (about $217 million) related to assets and business operations in Russia.

A statement released by the company today says:

“Wärtsilä strongly condemns the war in Ukraine. Human rights, safety and prosperity are very important for Wärtsilä, and we value a peaceful and stable business environment wherever we operate.

“After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Wärtsilä immediately suspended all deliveries, sales, orders, and bidding to Russia....

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