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STATS Group Earns the Subsea Pipeline Projects Award

activity on developing equipment suitable for the subsea hot tapping and isolation market, recognizing the potential and scale of this market.   “During this time STATS has completed four international subsea pipeline repair projects in a range of pipeline sizes, in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Gulf of Thailand and Gulf of Mexico.   “We are delighted to be recognized by the Pipeline Industries Guild for our achievements in this field and the award is recognition to the commitment of the STATS team in introducing the BISEP to the subsea pipeline market.   STATS

Sanchi oil spill modeling - February 2018 (Image: NOC)

Sanchi Oil Spill Puts Coral Reefs at Risk

The list on environmental concerns continues to grow in the aftermath of the Sanchi tanker tragedy.   Iranian tanker Sanchi sank in January after colliding with another vessel in the East China Sea, killing all 32 crew aboard and raising concerns about damage to the marine ecosystem. Multiple oil slicks were reported to have come from the ship, which was caring nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, and there are fears that the ship may be leaking heavy fuel oil.   Now scientists say water polluted by the Sanchi oil tanker may reach coral reefs in the Ryukyu Island chain, based on the

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Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan

Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension.   The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence.   “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules

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China's Giant Floating Solar Plant Goes Live

China's Three Gorges Group started producing power from a 150-megawatt floating solar plant in east China, the largest of its kind in the world, official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.   The solar power project in Huainan in Anhui province, developed by the new energy unit of state-run Three Gorges Group, is expected to be in full operation in May next year, the report said.   The one-billion-yuan Huainan project is a new experiment aimed at cutting the cost of constructing and operating solar power plants, Lu Chun, chairman of Three Gorges Group was cited as saying. (Reportin

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

of the marine environment.   China’s Yangtze River, known locally as the Chang Jiang, is the country’s longest river and the third longest in the world. It originates in the mountains of the Qinghai Province and runs from west to east, terminating in Shanghai where is pours into the East China Sea.   It is an economically important route for ships carrying freight from inland regions to the coast. The waters of the Yangtze are notoriously difficult to navigate with unseen submerged obstructions, treacherous crosscurrents and whirlpools. Many ships have been sunk and many others

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New Market Player M² Subsea Buys a Fleet of 32 ROVs

service,” Arnold said. “Key to this will be the company’s collaboration with vessel owners and operators, helping them to maximize utilization of vessels and offering competitive solutions to meet our clients’ demands.”   M² Subsea said it expects to create at least 50 onshore and 100 offshore jobs operating primarily in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and eventually Asia Pacific and the Middle-East by the end of 2017.   Meet the M² Subsea Leadership Team Mike Arnold – President and CEO: Arnold has 35 years’ experience in subsea

China's Maritime Expansion Big Worry for the World, Says Japan

 Japan says its concerns over China's military buildup in the South and East China Seas are shared by many other countries. The issue is expected to be discussed at upcoming talks between the two countries, says a report in Reuters. "Honestly speaking, not only the Japanese people but also states of the Asia-Pacific region and the international community have big worries," Kishida said.   China has shown a "fast-paced and opaque increase in military spending, and unilateral actions to change the status quo in the East and South China seas."   Ties between China

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

. He was addressing a hearing on U.S. military strategy and posture in the region.   China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States when it imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, above the East China Sea in late 2013.    Meanwhile, the revised version of the US maritime strategy (A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower - CS-21R), released last month, has been generating excitement in maritime circles.    It is especially valuable for clearly identifying Chinese

China Reef Work Could Lead to New Exclusion Zone

;And it might be a platform if they ever wanted to establish an air defense zone."   China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States when it imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, above the East China Sea in late 2013.   The United States responded by flying B-52 bombers through the zone in a show of force.   China has denied speculation that it plans to declare a new ADIZ in the South China Sea but its rapid reclamation work has alarmed other regional states with territorial claimants

The United States pressed China to implement structural reforms in its exchange rate and to modify its "aggressive behaviour" in disputed waters during a preliminary round of bilateral talks on Tuesday, senior U.S. officials said. (Photo: U.S. State Department)

Maritime Disputes Headline U.S.-China Talks

on Tuesday. "Continued Chinese exchange rate reform will play a critical role in China's success," the official said. As well as China's currency, North Korea's nuclear programme and escalating tensions between China and neighbours in the South China Sea and with Japan in the East China Sea will be on the agenda. The officials said the U.S. would call on China and other countries to clarify their territorial claims by ensuring they are consistent with international law. "It is our observation that ambiguity about claims can be destabilising and can lead to confrontation

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