#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – may 11 – At least 40 people have died as a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya‘s coast, east of the capital, Tripoli, Reuters reports, citing a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
Fifty-one people were rescued.
Libya’s porous borders with its sub-Saharan neighbours and its proximity to Italy and Malta across the Mediterranean have made the North African country a common transit route for migrants trying to reach Europe.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 07 – The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov has joined the permanent Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea, RIA Novosti quoted Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga as saying.
The Udaloy-class destroyer will house the command staff of the task force comprising warships and auxiliary vessels from Russia’s Northern, Black Sea and Baltic fleets.
The command was previously based on board the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser and the Admiral Levchenko destroyer, which have fulfilled their objectives as part of the task force.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 02 – The German government said on Wednesday it would send a frigate to take part in an international mission in the Mediterranean Sea to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
Up to 300 German soldiers will take part in the deployment to help protect the US vessel, MV Cape Ray, AFP reported.
The weapons will be broken down aboard that vessel at sea using hydrolysis.
#AceWorldNews – ITALY – March 27 – Italy’s navy said Thursday it had rescued 128 migrants from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria.
The migrants, including eight women and 13 minors, were rescued from a boat crossing the Mediterranean Sea which got into difficulty off the coast of Sicily, AFP reported.
They were transferred on board the San Giorgio frigate and were being taken to the Sicilian port town of Augusta.
#AceWorldNews Russian fighter jets have started training exercises over the Mediterranean Sea, the Navy said Friday.
The drills began from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, which docked last month in Cyprus, Navy spokesman Vadim Serga told Interfax.
Training included tactics for engaging aerial targets and other battle techniques.
The aircraft involved in the exercises included Sukhoi SU-33 air defense fighters and Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters. The flights will continue if the weather is favourable.
The US Navy earlier sent a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, to the Black Sea, and described it as a routine deployment scheduled before the Ukraine crisis.
#AceWorldNews says that the Italian navy said on Wednesday it had rescued nearly 600 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa over the past 24 hours, AFP reported.
“The Navy has rescued 596 migrants on six vessels,” including three rubber dinghies, it said.
Operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) was launched after more than 400 migrants from Eritrea and Syria perished in twin tragedies off Italian shores in October 2013.
English: RPMNF’s ROV recording the 4th-century CE Joni wreck site in Albania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
#AceEnvironmentNews says LS of CHICAGO — Oysters, barnacles and corals that cling to ancient artifacts strewn about the seafloor are often a scourge in the eyes of marine archaeologists; researchers might spend days carefully scraping stubborn life forms off vases pulled from shipwreck sites. But some scientists say these nuisances deserve more attention.
English: RPMNF Expedition Areas 2012 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The RPM Nautical Foundation is starting to document the creatures clung to ancient ceramic amphoras, as they map shipwrecks throughout the Mediterranean. These new data points promise to help scientists learn more about the region’s underwater ecology and history, Derek Smith, a researcher at the University of Washington and RPM team member, explained here Friday (Jan. 3) at the Archaeological Institute of America‘s annual meeting.
To study how species spread and colonize in different underwater regions, ecologists traditionally lay down small square tiles and return to them in a year or so to see what’s latched on, but amphoras are actually a much better proxy for the natural environment, Smith said. [See Underwater Photos of the Life Thriving on Ancient Vases]
“The amphoras have shape to them, they’ve got little cracks and crevices, they’ve got an interior and an exterior space, they’ve got different material types like different clays from around the region — things like that inspire all different communities to show up,” Smith told LiveScience. “So looking at things that have been in the ocean for 2,000 years versus one year on a settlement tile provides clues to settlement and recruitment processes that you can’t get anywhere else in ecology.”
Courtesy of: LS