Exclusive-Satellite images reveal floating barrier at mouth of disputed atoll in South China Sea

By Greg Torode and Karen Lema HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) – Satellite images of the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea show a new floating barrier across its entrance, near where Philippine ships and China coast guard vessels have had frequent run-ins. One of the images taken by Maxar Technologies on Feb. 22 … Read more

Mysterious skull of an enormous sea creature washes up on a California beach. See it

A gigantic skull on a Monterey Bay beach that has visitors posting snapshots to social media poses something of a mystery, a California museum reported. The skull at Pajaro Dunes State Beach in Watsonville probably belongs to either a fin or blue whale, experts told SFGate. “They’re both gigantic whales,” Robert Boessenecker, chief paleontologist at … Read more

Red Sea battle expands with EU stepping up its efforts against Houthis

The battle for the freedom of navigation in the Red Sea has expanded with the entrance of a European Commission naval defense effort in the past week, and more U.S. and allied strikes against Houthi land targets over the weekend, but to date, combined military efforts have not deterred rebel attacks. On Saturday evening, United … Read more

Oil slick in the Red Sea from a British-owned ship attack by Yemen’s Houthis, US military says

CAIRO — An attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a Belize-flagged ship earlier this month caused an 18-mile (29-kilometer) oil slick, the U.S. military said Saturday. It also warned of the danger of a spill from the vessel’s cargo of fertilizer. The Rubymar, a British-registered, Lebanese-operated cargo vessel, was attacked on Feb. 18 while sailing … Read more

France says Russian forces threatened to shoot down aircraft patrolling the Black Sea

PARIS — Russian forces threatened to shoot down French flights patrolling last month in international airspace over the Black Sea, signals of a “particularly aggressive” posture from Moscow as its invasion of Ukraine struggles to make headway, France’s defense minister said Thursday. The minister, Sébastien Lecornu, didn’t give specific details about the French flights or … Read more

US admiral says the fight against the Houthis in the Red Sea is the largest battle the Navy’s fought since World War II

The Red Sea conflict is one of the largest battle the US Navy has ever fought. “I think you’d have to go back to World War II,” Vice Adm. Brad Cooper told 60 Minutes. The Navy has fired about 100 surface-to-air missiles and sent about 7,000 sailors to the Red Sea. A US Navy admiral … Read more

Somalia’s president accuses Ethiopia of trying to annex territory with Somaliland sea deal

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accused Ethiopia on Saturday of trying to annex part of his country’s territory by signing a sea access deal with the breakaway region of Somaliland. The agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland signed Jan. 1 “is nothing more than annexing part of Somalia to Ethiopia, and changing the borders of Somalia,” … Read more

Canada says China has role to play in keeping Red Sea safe

By Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Sunday said China should play a role in keeping the Red Sea safe for commerce because Chinese ships are at risk there as well, and urged Beijing to stop helping Russia sidestep international sanctions. In an interview, Joly said she told China’s Foreign … Read more

Russian landing ship Caesar Kunikov hit in Black Sea, it has sunk – intelligence sources

Drones of Defence Intelligence of Ukraine (DIU) have struck the Russian landing ship Caesar Kunikov in the Black Sea on the morning of 14 February. Source: Ukrainska Pravda sources in DIU Details: Ukrainska Pravda sources reported that it was a DIU operation, resulting in the sinking of the Caesar Kunikov. В Чорному морі щось палало. … Read more

Trade leaders urge governments around world to join Red Sea defense

A ship transits the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on January 10, 2024 in Ismailia, Egypt. Sayed Hassan | Getty Images Trade associations representing sectors across the global economy have joined an open letter urging more governments around the world to join Red Sea maritime security efforts. The letter, obtained exclusively by CNBC, was … Read more