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Cruise ship Princess Daphne lands at Saigon Port

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:17 am

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company have received the luxury cruise ship Princess Daphne, which has brought more than 500 visitors and crewmembers to Ho Chi Minh City on December 30.

The visitors, mostly from Australia, took a tour of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi tunnels and My Tho City in the Tien Giang province.

This is the first time Princess Daphne has arrived in Vietnam. The cruise ship will leave the city on the evening of December 31 and return to Vietnam on January 15.

The Saigontourist Company have reported that it has welcomed over 60,000 foreign visitors from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain to Vietnam by cruise ships. This leading tour operator in Vietnam has join with the Asia Cruise Services Network-ACSN, in order to promote cruise tourism in the country.

Source: SGGP

2,500 cruise ship tourists visit Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

The luxury cruise ship Costa Classica brings foreign visitors to Vietnam.(Photo: Vietnamplus)

Saigontourist Travel Service Co. received the luxury cruise ship Costa Classica bringing around 2,500 visitors and crew in Ha Long City, the northern province of Quang Ninh, on November 23.

The visitors, mostly from France, Spain, the UK and Germany, are in a six-day trans-Viet route to popular tourist spots in Ha Long, Hanoi, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City from November 23 to 28.

The cruise liner is scheduled to make another trip to Vietnam on January 22, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Fire leaves 4,500 stranded on cruise ship in Pacific

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

US students’ ship docks at Sai Gon port

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

Rescue on blazing ship carrying 111 off English coast

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

LONDON, Oct 27, 2010 (AFP) – An operation was under way Wednesday to rescue 111 people from a factory fishing vessel which caught fire southwest of the Isles of Scilly off southwest England, the coastguard said.

“There are 81 persons in life rafts with 30 people remaining on the ship fighting the fire,” a spokesman said, adding that the “Athena” was 230 miles (370 kilometres) southwest of the Isles of Scilly.

Source: SGGP

Somali pirates hijack sugar cargo ship with 24 crew: EU

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

BRUSSELS, Aug 6, 2010 (AFP) – Somali pirates seized a freighter with 24 Syrian and Egyptian crew members in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, the EU’s anti-piracy force said, reporting the second pirate capture this week.

The Syria Star, flagged in Saint Vincent and Grenadines, radioed for help on Thursday and “reported that she was under attack from pirates who had climbed onboard and fired shots at the crew”, said the European Union NAVFOR Somalia mission.

Helicopters were dispatched and tried to establish contact with the ship, which was carrying a cargo of sugar, but they found only an abandoned skiff nearby containing fuel and ammunition, the force said in a statement.

“When warships arrived on the scene shortly after, the Syria Star had reversed course and was heading South East back towards the Horn of Africa under the control of the pirates, who refused to respond to radio contact.”

The vessel’s crew was predominantly Syrian and there were only two Egyptians.

It was the second pirate seizure this week.

On Monday, the sea bandits captured a Panamanian freighter with 23 crew from Egypt, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Gulf of Aden.

A day later, a Spanish warship foiled an attack on a Norwegian chemical tanker off the Horn of Africa. The vessel was holding seven suspected Somali pirates pending possible prosecution.

This week, a Saudi insurance company said it would pay a 20-million-dollar ransom to free a hijacked ship and its 14-member crew held hostage for five months.

“The owner of the Al-Nisr Al-Saudi ship, which was hijacked by Somali pirates, said the insurance company has agreed to pay a ransom of 20 million dollars to win the release of the ship and its 14-member crew,” Arab News said on Monday.

The pirates had been torturing the crew of 13 Sri Lankans and one Greek as well as threatening to kill them unless the ransom was paid, the daily quoted the ship’s owner, Kamal Arri, as saying.

The tanker, he said, was not carrying any oil when the pirates captured it in the Gulf of Aden in March as it sailed back from Japan to the Saudi port of Jeddah.

Arri said his company had so far lost about eight million dollars as a result of the hijacking.

Foreign naval powers have deployed dozens of warships since 2008 in a bid to secure the Gulf, a crucial maritime route leading to the Suez Canal through which tens of thousands of merchant vessels transit each year.

But pirates have gradually extended their area of operations, seizing ships as far east as the Maldives’ territorial waters and as far south as the Canal of Mozambique.

Naval missions, including the European Union’s Atalanta deployment, have boasted success in curbing attacks but the number of hijacked ships and detained seafarers remains at one of its highest levels since Somali piracy surged in 2007.

Unofficial figures show 2009 was the most prolific year yet for Somali pirates, with more than 200 attacks — including 68 successful hijackings — and ransoms believed to exceed 50 million dollars in total.

Source: SGGP

N.Korea to hold more talks with US military on ship sinking

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

SEOUL, July 29, 2010 (AFP) – North Korea and the US-led United Nations Command will hold more talks Friday about the sinking of a South Korean warship, two days after the end of a major military exercise denounced by Pyongyang.

Colonels from the two sides will meet at 10 am (0100 GMT) at the border truce village of Panmunjom, the UN Command said in a statement.

South Korean army officers gather as they plan a military exercise in Seoul on July 28, 2010. AFP

Cross-border tensions have risen sharply since South Korea and the United States accused the North in late May of torpedoing the ship near the disputed inter-Korean border with the loss of 46 lives.

US and South Korean forces Wednesday wrapped up a four-day naval and air exercise — the first in a series — which they said was intended to warn the North against further attacks.

“These defensive, combined training exercises are designed to send a clear message to North Korea that its aggressive behavior must stop,” said General Walter Sharp in a statement.

Sharp commands the 28,500 US troops in South Korea as well as heading the UN Command, which has been based in the South since the end of the 1950-53 war to enforce the armistice which ended the conflict.

North Korea vehemently denies any role in sinking the Cheonan corvette in March, but agreed to hold talks with the UN Command about the incident. It fiercely denounced this week’s war games and threatened military retaliation.

At a previous meeting at Panmunjom the North demanded to send a high-level team to the South to inspect evidence dredged from the seabed.

Seoul has displayed part of what it says is a North Korean torpedo to support its contention that its neighbour was to blame for the warship attack.

It has rejected the North’s demand to send investigators, saying the UN Command should handle the case as a serious breach of the armistice.

When the talks were last held on July 23, the two sides discussed forming a joint group to assess the circumstances of and evidence on the sinking.

Source: SGGP

Libya ship ‘stalls’ off Gaza as Israeli gunboats hover

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A Libyan ship loaded with aid for Gaza apparently stalled off the coast of the besieged territory on Wednesday, its every movement closely watched by a fleet of Israeli warships hovering nearby.

As of Wednesday morning, it was still unclear whether the freighter would rechart a course for the Egyptian port of El-Arish, or would continue to head for the Gaza Strip in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade on the territory.

Crates are loaded onto the cargo ship Amalthea at the Greek port of Lavrio on July 9. AFP

“The boat is in international waters, 60 miles from El-Arish and 80 miles from Gaza,” a military spokeswoman said. “As far as I know it is not moving.”

Overnight, the vessel appeared to have stalled with engine trouble, according to Israel public radio and the Kadhafi Foundation charity involved in the shipment.

Public radio, whose monitor has been listening in to radio transmissions between the ship and the navy, broadcast what it said was the ship’s captain reporting his main engine had failed.

The radio later reported that the Israeli boats were within visual range of the vessel, and were contacting the captain with questions every time there was suspicious movement on deck.

In Tripoli, Yussef Sawan, head of the Kadhafi Foundation, confirmed the cargo ship, the Amalthea, had engine trouble, but blamed its lack of progress on the Israeli navy.

“Because of a malfunction, the cargo ship was moving slowly but now it has stopped. The Israeli navy is preventing us from moving,” Sawan told AFP.

“Eight Israeli warships are surrounding the Libyan aid ship for Gaza and preventing the continuation of its journey,” he said.

The ship, which is carrying a cargo of 2,000 tonnes of foodstuffs and medicine, has been charted by the charity which is run by Seif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.

Sawan said earlier that the warships were “threatening” the cargo ship which he said was still headed for Gaza, denying an Egyptian claim that it was due to arrive in El-Arish, an Egyptian port some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Gaza.

“The ship is still headed for Gaza and will not change course,” Sawan said.

On Tuesday, the ship’s Cuban captain had told the navy he would change course and head for El-Arish, an Israeli official told AFP.

However, warships continued to closely monitor the ship, fearing the move was a ruse, he said.

Speaking to the Maariv daily, a senior military official said naval forces were not expecting any problems from those on board but they were prepared to respond if it became necessary.

“We do not expect any resistance,” he said. “But if our soldiers do encounter problems, they will not hesitate to use force.”

The last time Israel tried to stop Gaza aid ships the resulting skirmishes left nine Turks, including a dual US national, dead while dozens of other people were injured, including nine Israeli commandos.

Washington on Tuesday urged both parties to act with caution.

“We have urged the Libyan government to avoid any unnecessary confrontation,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, calling on all parties “to act responsibly” in meeting Gaza’s needs.

Mashallah Zwei, a representative of the charity on the boat, told AFP on Tuesday that the navy had “threatened to send their warships to intercept the boat and escort it toward the (southern Israeli) port of Ashdod if we do not change course.

The 92-metre (302-foot) freighter had left Greece on Saturday carrying a crew of 12 of various nationalities, along with nine passengers: six Libyans, a Nigerian, a Moroccan and an Algerian national, the shipping agent said.

Earlier this week, Israel’s military published the results of an internal inquiry into the May 31 raid, which found that while mistakes had been made, the troops’ use of live fire was “justified”.

Global pressure over the May 31 debacle forced Israel to significantly change its policy on Gaza, and now it prevents only the import of arms and goods it says could be used to build weapons or fortifications.

Source: SGGP

DPRK open to talks with Seoul over sunken ship

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Sunday it was open to inter-Korean military talks to address the sinking of a Republic of Korea (RoK) warship but urged the United States to cease its involvement in the case.

The salvaged bow of the South Korean warship PCC-772 Cheonan is placed on a barge in April 2010.

The North, however, renewed a demand that the South first allow Pyongyang to carry out its own inspection to verify the facts of the case — a condition Seoul has refused.

“Our intention was to dispatch our inspection group to RoK from the very day the authorities linked the case with us and then open North-South high-level military talks to discuss the results of the inspection,” an unnamed military official from the North said in a message disclosed by the official news agency KCNA.

“We still remain unchanged in our stand to open the above-said military talks and probe the truth about the case,” the official said in a telephone message sent to the US side.

The statement came just a day after G8 leaders condemned the sinking of the RoK warship, the Cheonan, in an official communique released after two days of talks in Canada.

Tensions are running high following the sinking of the South’s corvette near the maritime border in March with the loss of 46 lives.

President Barack Obama said in Toronto he stood “foursquare” behind RoK leader Lee Myung-Bak and scolded DPRK for its “irresponsible behaviour”.

RoK, citing the findings of a multinational probe, says a DPRK torpedo sank the ship and is pressing for the United Nations to censure DPRK.

But the North strongly denies any involvement and has threatened a military response to any UN actions.

The North’s military official said Sunday that it was “preposterous” and “absurd” for the US-led United Nations Command to address the Cheonan issue.

Seoul insists that the UNC, which has supervised the armistice along the border since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended, should handle the sinking, which it says is a violation of the truce pact.

Pyongyang has demanded that the US-led UNC be dismantled.

“The US forces side should no longer meddle in the issue of North-South relations under the name of ‘UN Forces Command,'” the North’s military official said.

The North’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea, in charge of handling cross-border relations, issued a statement Sunday denouncing the South’s recent military drills and plans to play a bigger role in US-led global efforts to stop the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction.

It branded such RoK policies as “reckless and frantic moves of the puppet warmongers to start a war of aggression” against DPRK.

In Toronto on Saturday, Obama and Lee agreed to extend Washington’s wartime command of RoK forces until 2015 in a demonstration of the strength of their alliance.

This means that in case of war on the Korean peninsula, the United States would assume operational command of RoK forces. Washington had been due to transfer wartime command to Seoul in April 2012.

The delay in the transfer drew mixed responses from RoK political parties.

The ruling Grand National Party welcomed it as an appropriate measure to earn more time to better cope with growing threats from North Korea, which conducted a second nuclear test last year.

But the main opposition Democratic Party criticised the government for abandoning a leadership role in defending the nation.


Source: SGGP

Luxury cruise ship comes back to city

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

After taking a one-year hiatus, the five-star cruise ship SuperStar Virgo returned to Vietnam on June 8.

Swimming pool on the SuperStar Virgo cruise ship

The cruise ship, transporting more than 3,000 visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and other homelands, landed Ho Chi Minh City’s Lotus Port, scheduled to stay for one day.

The travelers visited the city’s destinations, taking traditional Vietnamese food.

The cruise ship will be back to Vietnam June 22.

Saigontourist, the leading travel company in the country, has received more than 37,000 visitors in the first six months of the year.

Source: SGGP