The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa.
The US Marshals Service that has under custody the North Korean-owned vessel, Wise Honest, is under discussions on selling the seized vessel, as they have been ordered by a federal court. Yet, it is to be decided whether the Otto Warmbier family will receive the sale proceeds.
The US Port of New Orleans welcomed arrival of the American Harmony, the second modern cruise riverboat in the US last week. The newest ship in American Cruise Lines’ series of five modern riverboats will remain docked in its homeport until it departs on its inaugural Mississippi River cruise on 17 August.
China published a white paper on July 24, to analyze its defensive national defense policy in the new era and explain the practice, purposes and importance of China’s attempts to build a fortified national defense and a strong military. The white paper is called ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era’, and aims to help the international community understand China’s national defense.
Vietnam accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of breaching its sovereignty and demanded China to remove the vessels from Vietnamese waters. The two countries are engaged in a dispute regarding the possible energy-rich of waters in the South China Sea for years.
The US highlighted the United Nations arbitral tribunal’s 2016 decision invalidating China’s line claim in the South China Sea is ‘final’ and ‘legally binding,’ as the US is strongly against China’s attempts to assert its ‘unlawful’ maritime claims. Namely, the US Department of State noted last weekend that breaching the tribunal decision that rejected China’s nine-dash line maritime claim would be against the law.
Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) announced the completion of the biggest project in their 30-year history, the largest superyacht conversion to ever occur in the US. The ‘Big Project’ converted an ex-offshore supply vessel to a superyacht.
The US seeks to enlist allies in the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, Reuters reports.
The hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in Manta, Ecuador for the first mission stop of the 2019 deployment, on June 26. While in Manta, US service members and medical professionals will cooperate with partners and host nation medical professionals to provide necessary medical assistance in communities with health care needs.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about the possibility of countering the military threat from Iran by establishing a wide, global coalition that includes Asian and European countries.
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