East China Sea News

(Photo: STATS Group)

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 Group

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

Photo: Japan's Ministry of Defense

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

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

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

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

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

Photo: Teledyne RD Instruments

Teledyne RD Instruments ADCPs to Support China’s WPOS Project

with Teledyne RDI’s 75 kHz Long Ranger ADCPs, as well as a series of additional Workhorse ADCPs ranging from 150 to 600 kHz. The ADCPs will be utilized to monitor ocean currents at depths of between 400 and 6,000 meters, including the powerful Kuroshio current, which runs northeast through the East China Sea. Teledyne RDI’s 38 kHz Ocean Surveyor (OS) ADCP will also be used to collect detailed, deep-water current profiling data while their research vessel is underway. Teledyne RDI worked closely with their local representative, Laurel Technologies, as well as scientists and members of

Team Researchers: Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

East China Sea Physical Oceanography Under the Microscope

;Quantifying, Predicting, and Exploiting Uncertainty” (QPE) is using data collected in the field to understand how uncertainty in computer models of the ocean near Taiwan changes in time and space. The QPE team hopes it will be able to improve the current oceanographic understanding of the East China Sea, and improve methods used to model similar currents around the world. Just days before a team of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Taiwan University set out to conduct fieldwork in the East China Sea, Typhoon Morakot—one of the most destructive

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