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Friday, Mar 29, 2024 - 11:00 AM

Two high-speed military cargo ships are stuck in the Port of Baltimore following Tuesday morning's collapse of the 1.6-mile-long Francis Scott Key Bridge. The major US East Coast port has been paralyzed for several days as the bridge collapse prevents inbound and outbound vessel traffic along the harbor's channel. 

Using the automatic identification system, or AIS, data that tracks commercial vessels, three bulk carriers, two general cargo ships, one vehicle carrier, one tanker, and four Ready Reserve Force vessels (RRF), along with the container ship Dali that struck the bridge, are trapped in the harbor, according to the shipping blog gCaptain

The three bulk carriers include:

  • The Liberian-flagged JY River, owned by JIADE INTERNATIONAL SHIP and managed by WAH KWONG SHIP MANAGEMENT HK of Hong Kong.
  • The Thailand-flagged Phatra Naree, owned by PRECIOUS STONES SHIPPING LTD and managed by PRECIOUS SHIPPING PCL of Thailand.
  • The Portuguese-flagged Klara Oldendorff, owned and managed OLDENDORFF CARRIERS GMBH & CO of Germany.

The vehicle carrier is:

  • The Swedish-flagged Carmen, owned by WALL RO/RO AB and managed by WALLENIUS MARINE AB of Sweden.

The general cargo ships include:

  • The French-flagged Saimaagracht, owned by REDERIJ SAIMAAGRACHT and managed by SPLIETHOFF'S BEVRACHTINGS BV of the Netherlands.
  • The Panama-flagged Balsa 94, owned by EASTERN CAPITAL MARINE INC and managed by HIONG GUAN NAVEGACION CO LTD of Hong Kong.

The tanker is:

  • The Marshall Islands-flagged Palanca Rio, owned by MINSHENG RUIYANG TIANJIN SHPG and managed by PUMA ENERGY SUPPLY & TRADING of Singapore.

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force vessels include:

  • The Cape Washington, a Cape W Class roll-on/roll-off vessel.
  • The Gary I. Gordon, a Gordon-class roll-on/roll-off vessel.
  • The SS Antares (T-AKR-294), a Algol-class fast sealift vehicle cargo ship.
  • The SS Denebola (T-AKR-294), another Algol-class fast sealift vehicle cargo ship.

According to the military blog The War Zone (TWZ), Algol class vessels are "some of the fastest cargo vessels of their general size anywhere in the world." These ships are part of the RRF, a subset of vessels within Mar-ad's National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) that provide surge sealift capability to the Pentagon for overseas conflicts.

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TWZ said the activation process of RRF vessels takes about five to ten days. The vessels are operated with a skeleton crew until called upon. 

RRF are stationed at major marine ports around the world.

Claire's Observations:  OUCH!! And our military doesn't have a "Plan B", when this kind of situation happens?!?    Will these cargoes just sit in the harbor until the ships can leave  And yes, these circumstances are rare, but they still do occur.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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On Friday Israel conducted its deadliest strikes on Syria in months, or perhaps even years, given the immense death toll is mounting into several dozens killed amid a large emergency response to the scene.

The airstrikes were conducted deep into Syria, in northern Syria's Aleppo province, and left over 40 people dead. This reportedly included Syrian soldiers, Hezbollah militants, and civilians. Most international reports are saying 42 were killed, but the Syrian government did not initially give a precise casualty count.

Stillframe of local footage showing massive attack on northern Aleppo.

The anti-Assad opposition and UK-based organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) described that the Aleppo attack left the highest number of dead among Syrian soldiers in a single such Israeli attack. While Israel doesn't typically directly own up to or confirm such attacks on Syrian soil, its military has been conducting sporadic attacks on Syria going back years.

The attack happened in the pre-dawn, overnight hours - with state-run SANA emphasizing that many civilians were killed and wounded, but without giving a figure.

Syria's defense ministry pointed to the airstrikes having some level of coordination from "terrorist organizations" on the ground which "in conjunction" to the air raid carried out drone attacks, presumably from Al-Qaeda (Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham) occupied Idlib. Some reports are saying that Israeli warplanes hit a "Hezbollah warehouse" - though there's no ground confirmation of this.

This new major attack comes the day after Israeli airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus, which reportedly wounded two civilians. Israeli officials and media have long claimed to be waging a campaign against Iranian and IRGC operatives and assets in Syria

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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A coalition of states has filed a lawsuit to block the latest iteration of President Joe Biden’s plan to shift repayment of student loans from former students to taxpayers.

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, who is leading the lawsuit, said this year’s plan to forgive student debt violates many of the same principles as Biden’s first attempt to do so, which was shot down last year by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Fox Business.

“Not since the Civil War has a president told the Supreme Court, ‘Yeah you blocked me, but I’m gonna do it anyway.’” Kobach told Fox News in an interview. “Biden is trying to twist federal law once again, and his new plan is just as illegal as the old plan.”

Tags: ECONOMY, EDUCATION, WHITE HOUSE
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Damaged building and debris following an air strike in Ukraine
Russia launched air strikes on Ukraine on March 29, 2024 (Picture: Social media/east2west news)

The prime minister of Poland has said Europe is ‘in a pre-war era’ as Vladimir Putin’s barbaric bombardments on Ukraine came alarmingly close to his country’s borders on Friday.

Russia deployed some 99 missiles and kamikaze drones on power plants in central regions in Ukraine, deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure.

People were left without electricity in the latest barrage on the country’s already damaged power infrastructure.

Power stations were hit in Stryi, Lviv region, and Burshtyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region, both in the direction of Nato and EU state Poland.

Polish PM Donald Tusk said in an interview with newspaper network LENA: ‘We have not had a situation like this since 1945.

‘I know it sounds devastating, especially to people of the younger generation, but we have to mentally get used to a new era. We are in a pre-war era. I don’t exaggerate.’

Nato was forced to scramble its fighter jets in Poland amid the strikes in the early hours of today.

The Operational Command of the Polish armed forces said on X: ‘Polish and allied aircraft are operating in Polish airspace, which may result in increased noise levels, especially in the southeastern part of the country.’

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Two high-speed military cargo ships are stuck in the Port of Baltimore following Tuesday morning's collapse of the 1.6-mile-long Francis Scott Key Bridge. The major US East Coast port has been paralyzed for several days as the bridge collapse prevents inbound and outbound vessel traffic along the harbor's channel. 

Using the automatic identification system, or AIS, data that tracks commercial vessels, three bulk carriers, two general cargo ships, one vehicle carrier, one tanker, and four Ready Reserve Force vessels (RRF), along with the container ship Dali that struck the bridge, are trapped in the harbor, according to the shipping blog gCaptain

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A Tesla owner recently discovered that his infidelity could potentially be exposed through the vehicle's app, a revelation he shared on an online platform.

The man, who has not yet been caught in his adulterous acts, posted his findings on Reddit, warning others of the potential risks associated with the app's tracking features.

The man, who chose to remain anonymous, explained that the Tesla app could allow his wife to track his location, monitor his driving speed, identify where he parks the vehicle, and even detect if there is another passenger in the car. His post on Reddit has since garnered over 140 comments, with some users offering advice on how to circumvent the app's tracking features, while others suggested he simply remain faithful to his wife.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
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