Marine Projects Vessel News Roundup | June 18 – A Chinese large crane ship, a Dutch TSHD conversion project and more

Deliveries include cutter suction dredgers for an Indian owner and an amphibious dredger for a Ukrainian government agency. A Dutch yard completes conversion work on an inland vessel to make it suitable for dredging projects as construction is underway on a Chinese heavy-duty crane ship. Finally, an Indian yard has been selected for the supply […]

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Russia’s “shadow” tanker fleet targeted by new UK sanctions

A suspected Russian shadow tanker following its apprehension in Indonesian waters, July 2023

The UK government, in co-ordinated action with G7 partners to support Ukraine, recently announced 50 new sanctions designations and specifications to degrade Russia’s ability to wage war. New targets include ships in Russia’s “shadow fleet”, institutions at the heart of Russia’s financial system,...

New amphibious dredger to be delivered to Ukrainian land reclamation agency

A new amphibious dredger built by Aquamec for use in Ukraine

The Ukrainian State Agency of Land Reclamation and Fisheries will soon take delivery of a new amphibious dredger built by Aquamec of Finland. The vessel, which was purchased with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is designed to undertake a range of duties in swamps...

Australia to provide boats as part of military aid for Ukraine

A rigid inflatable boat built by Australia's Sentinel Boats

The Australian government will provide new high-speed rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to the Ukrainian military as part of an aid package worth approximately AU$100 million (US$67 million). Sentinel Boats of Tasmania will supply the RIBs, each of which will be of HDPE construction for greater...

HASC’s Adam Smith Says Pentagon Must Assess Platform Capability for Modernization Efforts

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD-27) conducts a high-energy laser weapon system demonstration on a static surface training target, Dec. 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon must make modernization choices between legacy systems and new technology like lasers by evaluating each platform’s capability,the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said this week. 

“The aircraft carrier battle groups have been enormously helpful” in deterring Iran and its proxies over the...

State Dept. Official: U.S. Committed to Nuclear Defense of Japan, South Korea

Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) pulls into port in Busan on Feb. 18, 2023. US Navy Photo

Allies and partners want reassurance that Washington’s nuclear umbrella remains in place as China intensifies “one of the largest nuclear build-ups in history” and North Korea’s behavior becomes increasingly provocative, now sending weapons and ammunition to Russia, a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

Kurt Campbell, deputy secretary, told a Hudson Institute...

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