Reports that commercial ships have become targets of alleged sabotage near the Strait of Hormuz have focused new attention on the region as tensions have risen. A look at the key waterway: WHERE IS THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ? The Strait of Hormuz is the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. It is in the territorial waters of Iran and Oman, which at its narrowest point is just 33 kilometers (21 miles) wide. The width of the shipping lane in either direction is only 3 kilometers (2 miles). It flows into the Gulf of Oman, where ships can then travel to the rest of the world. The strait is viewed as an international transit route. WHY IS THE STRAIT IMPORTANT? One third of all oil traded by sea passes through the strait. Anything affecting it ripples through global energy markets, raising the price of crude oil. That then trickles down to consumers through what they pay for gasoline and other oil products. WHY IS IT IN THE NEWS? Since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran … [Read more...] about AP EXPLAINS: Strait of Hormuz, a vital global oil route
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Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Updated 4:58 pm CDT, Sunday, May 12, 2019 FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, an oil tanker approaches to the new Jetty during the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates said Sunday, May 12, 2019 that four commercial ships near Fujairah "were subjected to sabotage operations" after false reports circulated in Lebanese and Iranian media outlets saying there had been explosions at the Fujairah port. less FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, an oil tanker approaches to the new Jetty during the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates said ... more Photo: Kamran Jebreili, AP Photo: Kamran Jebreili, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption … [Read more...] about UAE says 4 ships targeted by ‘sabotage’ off its east coast
As the ice disappears, the Arctic is increasingly busy. More ship traffic is pouring into northern shipping routes that are now open for longer periods at the same time that demand for oil and gas is rising. The dissolving ice has become less predictable, raising the risk of ships running aground and spilling oil or stranding cargo, crew and cruise passengers. There are also worries about illegal fishing and smuggling. Even more profoundly, Arctic experts say icebreakers must fill a crucial military gap, bolstering the U.S. presence in a region where nations are jockeying for dominance. It’s one thing to handle a ship running aground, a crisis in which countries would be expected to cooperate. It might be quite another if a rival state decided to encroach on the U.S. exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 miles offshore, or step up a military show of force. The presence — or absence — of an icebreaker could then be a telling message of strength or weakness, … [Read more...] about The U.S. urgently needs new icebreaker ships to patrol the Arctic. Will Trump’s border wall get in the way?
KIEV — Russia has seized three Ukrainian naval ships in a strait near Moscow-annexed Crimea, raising fears of military escalation and prompting an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday. In the unprecedented incident, Russia said it used weapons "in order to stop the Ukrainian military," which it claims illegally entered its waters, confirming "three Ukrainian navy ships were boarded and searched." Ukraine’s navy said the incident took place on Sunday as two small warships and a tugboat were heading through the Kerch Strait, a narrow waterway that gives access to the Sea of Azov that is used by Ukraine and Russia. It said a Russian border guard vessel rammed the tugboat in "openly aggressive actions" and then fired on the ships, immobilising all three. The confrontation at sea is a dangerous development in the long-running conflict pitting Ukraine against Russia and Russian-backed rebels in the east of the country. The UN Security Council will hold an … [Read more...] about Russia seizes three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea
Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city of Đà Nẵng plans to build an internal water route and pier system to transport cargo between Tiên Sa and Liên Chiểu ports and ease congestion on National Highway 14B caused by commercial cargo. General Director of Đà Nẵng Port Joint Stock Company Nguyễn Hữu Sia told the Việt Nam News the project will be built with total investment of VNĐ300 billion (US$13.3 million) and will be operational in the second quarter of 2020. Sia said the internal water route will reduce the number of containers in Tiên Sa Port that need to be transported on National Highway 14B by 20 per cent. He said the route will be open to ships and barges under 5,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) from ports in Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Bình and Quảng Nam and north-south cargo shipment services. “We plan to build a customs clearance and logistics … [Read more...] about Đà Nẵng to develop a new internal water cargo route