Monthly Archives: October 2019

U.S. GOVERNMENT WINS FORFEITURE OF NORTH KOREAN BULKER

23 oct 2019 On Monday, a federal judge awarded the U.S. government the ownership of the North Korean bulker it sold for scrap earlier this month.  “Today’s judgment of forfeiture finalized the U.S. government’s seizure of the Wise Honest and officially takes this North Korean vessel out of commission,” said U.S. Attorney …

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377 VESSELS COULD OPERATE IN THE U.S. ARCTIC BY 2030

23 oct 2019 The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) has released its report, A Ten-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region, 2020–2030, estimating that 377 vessels could be operating in the region by 2030. The report details how future natural resource activities, commercial shipping, infrastructure …

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STRANGE NEW VIRUS COULD REPRESENT ‘ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF VIRAL EVOLUTION’

22 OCT 2019 By sifting through pig faeces, scientists in Japan have discovered a new type of virus that could challenge the already complicated notions of how we categorise what viruses are, and what they can do. Unlike living organisms that fall within the three ‘domains of life’ – bacteria, archaea, and …

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CONTAINER SHIP CAPSIZES NEAR HO CHI MINH CITY

21 oct 2019 A container ship carrying 285 containers capsized on the Long Tau River, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 17 crew of the 132-meter (433-foot), 657 TEUs VietSun Integrity of the vessel are reported safe. Local media reports indicate that the pilot notified …

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WHITE SMOKE COMING FROM GOLDEN RAY

20 oct 2019 White smoke that was coming from the car carrier Golden Ray currently being salvaged in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, has now been stabilized. The cause of the smoke is currently unknown. The Unified Command says that the situation is being monitored and a safety boat and a tugboat equipped with firefighting …

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LABOR REFORMS SIGNAL END OF KAFALA SYSTEM IN QATAR

20 oct 2019 Qatar has announced reforms aimed at ending the kafala system and therefore upholding the rights of migrant workers. “Kafala” is an Arabic word which means “sponsorship.” Kafala is unique to the Middle East. The Kafala system allows nationals to employ non-Gulf nationals. The power is entirely in …

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LIVESTOCK EXPORTER ACTS ON TRANSPARENCY

18 oct 2019 Livestock exporter RETWA, the largest exporter of sheep from Australia to the Middle East, has acted on the industry’s transparency commitment and released some animal welfare data from its most recent voyage. The data has been released prior to the closing of a call for comments by the Australian …

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ARCTIC WINTER DELAYS SALVAGE OPERATION IN SVALBARD UNTIL 2020

17 oct 2019 The work on removing the grounded trawler Northguider from a remote Arctic shore in Svalbard has been postponed until next year. The wreck has more hull damage than anticipated, according to the insurer, and poor ice and weather conditions on scene have delayed the work so much that it …

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IBM BACKS NEW AUTONOMOUS VESSEL FOR TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE

16 oct 2019 On Wednesday, IBM announced that it is joining an effort to build an autonomous research vessel for a transatlantic crossing. In honor of the fourth centennial of the famous voyage of settlers from England to the Americas, it will be named the Mayflower.  The five-ton, wing sail/solar/diesel powered …

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