The Quad Launches Maritime Surveillance Plan to Counter China

Fourth EstateA Chinese fishing fleet heads to sea from the port of Zhoushan in Zhejiang province, China.

Leaders of the Quad – an informal alliance made up of Australia, Japan, India, and the United States – said the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) would help with real-time maritime surveillance in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, …

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Haitian Refugee Boat Ends Up in Cuba Instead of US

Fourth EstateA group of Haitian migrants is approached by a U.S. Coast Guard Ship | Duke University

An overloaded Haitian cargo boat bound for the United States had already motored through Cuban waters towards the Florida Keys when the vessel reportedly began taking on water and was forced to return to Cuba on Tuesday.  According to the …

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U.S., Japan, Australia, and India to Track Illegal Chinese Fishing

Japan, India, Australia, and the US agreed Tuesday to launch a satellite-based maritime initiative at the Quad Summit in Tokyo to monitor Chinese illegal fishing.   “We’re looking at capabilities that will continue to track shipping” when vessels fishing illegally …

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At Least Seven Died After Passenger Boat Catches Fire off Philippine Coast

Fourth EstateThe vehicle ferry Mercraft 2 burns on May 23. | M/V Calucin RoRo Captain

At least seven people died when a fire broke out on a passenger boat off the coast of the Philippines on May 22 morning. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) told radio station DZBB Super Radyo that five men and two …

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Macron Offers to Help Lift Black Sea Embargo

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The French President’s office released a statement on Tuesday confirming that President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin through a phone call for the first time in a month following a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on …

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Hundreds of P&O Ferry Passengers Left Stranded in Irish Sea After Power Loss

Fourth EstateP&O Ferries. Pride of Kent. - Paul Smith

Hundreds of passengers onboard a P&O Ferries ship were left stranded in the Irish Sea for two hours on April 26 due to a mechanical failure. The European Causeway, which can carry up to 410 passengers and 53 crew members, …

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Indian Coast Guard Arrests 9 Pakistani Nationals With 56kg Heroin

Indian authorities on Monday apprehended a Pakistani ship “Al Haji, on the Indian side of the Arabian sea near Gujarat, with the consignment of heroin worth almost $36m. “The operation was jointly carried out by Gujarat’s ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) and …

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Greek Authorities Impound Russian Tanker

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Greek officials apprehended the Russian-flagged tanker “Pegas,” which was docked near the island of Karystos. According to a report by the local news outlet Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA), the detention order was issued by the Authority Against Legalising Income from …

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Oil Tanker Sinks Off Tunisia, Divers Claim 750t of Fuel Has not Leaked

Fourth EstateXelo, a bunkreing tanker carrying 750 tons of diesel fuel oil in an undated file photo - Handout

Government divers have claimed that Xelo, a tanker carrying 750 tons of diesel fuel has not leaked yet after it sunk while sailing from Egypt to Malta last Saturday off Tunisia’s southeast coast. Xelo sailed under the flag of Equatorial …

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U.S. Seizes Mega Yacht Owned by Russian oligarch in Spain

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U.S. federal agents and Spain’s Civil Guard seized a mega yacht that was allegedly owned by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.  According to the information released by the Civil Guard, the 78 meters long yacht named “Tango” was valued at more …

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