46 People Rescued From Sinking Fishing Boat Off Alaska’s Coast — TIME

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard said. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships, in a fairly calm seas,…

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Despite Legal Victory in South China Sea, Philippines’ Oil Remains in Troubled Waters — Fortune

“Chinese coastguard vessels harass our survey ships.”

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Survey reports mining bribe claims

Ropate Valemei | The Fiji Times | June 10, 2016 CIVIL society organisations (CSOs) report numerous instances where chiefs of deep sea mining (DSM) project-affected communities were swayed by bribes…

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SitRep: Released Gitmo Detainees Kill Americans; Two U.S. Carriers In The Med. — Foreign Policy

Deadly Chinese Drones; Baghdad Hit Again; and Lots More

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Japan Protests After a Chinese Warship Sails Close to Disputed Islands — TIME

Japan lodged a formal complaint with China over an incident in the early hours Thursday in which it said a Chinese naval vessel sailed close to disputed islands in the East China Sea. Reuters cites a statement in which Japanese Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki “express[ed] a serious concern” to the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo after…

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Mangrove replanting in SI and PNG

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WWF with support from the Australian Government’s overseas aid program managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been working with communities and local government in Manus Province and Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea and in Gizo (capital of Western Province in Solomon Islands) to plant and rehabilitate mangroves. By doing so we will be conserving biodiversity, enhancing climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction in these coastal communities, with the aim to improve livelihoods of these coastal communities. WWF Programmes

I caught up with Turamunij Merrick on Facebook and discovered that Mangrove nursery was erected over the weekend by the local villagers at Ulingan, Madang, Papua New Guinea and some planting have already taken place at the bay inlet. Picture courtesy of  Turamunj Merrick Facebook .

 

PMIZ Phase 1 funded under a US$95 million soft loan from the China Export Import Bank.

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I decided to publish some information about PMIZ where I previously worked from 2006 to 2011.  If you see the picture above, the existing portion of the PMIZ is on the far left hand side of picture with the square field. The rest is forecasted in Phase 1.

The Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) is expected to kick of its detailed engineering design phase in April of this year once the design concept is approved and endorsed by National Fisheries Authority and Department of Commerce and Industry as lead agencies of the Government of Papua New Guinea.

The Detailed Engineering Design will be undertaken by China Shenyang International Economic Cooperation who has been engaged as the General Contractor under a Project Agreement with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The first phase of development of the PMIZ will be funded under a US$95 million soft loan from the China Export Import Bank. Phase 2 will cost US$66 million. The total project cost is US$161 million. The Government of PNG is required to put up 20% as equity. GoPNG is required to up K11.6 million as counterpart fund before the loan for Phase 1 can be released.

Detailed Design will take up to 6 months and construction will take 3 years to complete Phase1 of PMIZ.