Monthly Archives: October 2019

INCREDIBLE, RARE UNDERWATER FOOTAGE SHOWS WHALES USING BUBBLE ‘NETS’ TO HUNT

16 OCT 2019 Did you know some cetaceans use “nets” to catch their food? Like humpback whales. They’ll dive down and swim in a ring around their prey, blowing out bubbles as they go. That rising ring forms a column that traps fish, allowing other whales in the group to …

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IMO ALLOWS TRANS-BOUNDARY CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE

15 oct 2019 A new IMO resolution will allow projects for subsea CO2 sequestration to be shared across national boundaries Parties to the London Protocol agreed last week that trans-boundary export of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the purpose of carbon capture and storage (CCS or sequestration) can now be provisionally …

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FIRST PHOTOS OF DAMAGED IRANIAN TANKER RELEASED

14 oct 2019 Iranian state news outlet Shana has released its first images of the damage to the tanker Sabiti, which suffered two explosions and two hull breaches on Friday. The managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, told state media on Monday that the …

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FREIGHTER GOES AGROUND OFF CORSICA

14 oct 2019 At about 0300 hours Sunday morning, the coastal freighter Rhodanus went aground on Corsican shores near the Bonifacio Strait. According to French maritime agency Premar Mediterranee, the vessel ignored repeated calls from three navigation safety centers for about 50 minutes, and she continued on a steady course until she reached …

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BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT CONVENTION AMENDMENTS ENTER INTO FORCE

13 0ct 2019 The Ballast Water Management Convention amendments formalizing the implementation schedule for the D-2 standard entered into force on October 13. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the BWM Convention) entered into force in 2017. The amendments formalize an …

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BLOCKCHAIN SHIP REGISTRATION SYSTEM UNDER DEVELOPMENT

12 oct 2019 The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Singapore tech startup Perlin have teamed up to build an advanced digital blockchain ship registration preparation system for international adoption. Called the International E-Registry of Ships, it aims to streamline, standardize and drastically improve the …

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PANAMA CANAL CONTAINERSHIP TRANSITS DIP IN 2019

10 OCT 2019 The number of containerships transiting the Panama Canal during its fiscal year ending 30 September declined slightly, by 1.1% to 2,575. But there could be further reductions after ocean carriers announced a number of blanked sailings in the coming weeks on their Asia to US east coast …

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ONE SIMPLE CHANGE TO CAFETERIA MENUS COULD MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE TO THE PLANET

09 OCT 2019 We all know by now that eating less meat is good for the planet – the production of meat products for human consumption leaves behind a hefty carbon footprint. Now scientists have worked out a very simple way that canteens in schools and colleges could greatly reduce the …

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FAST FACTS: HOW DO HURRICANES FORM?

08 OCT 2019 Hurricanes form over the ocean, often beginning as a tropical wave – a low pressure area that moves through the moisture-rich tropics, possibly enhancing shower and thunderstorm activity. Hurricanes are powerhouse weather events that suck heat from tropical waters to fuel their fury. These violent storms form …

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HERE’S WHY SCIENTISTS ARE WORKING SO HARD TO KEEP WARMING BELOW 2 DEGREES CELSIUS

07 OCT 2019 We know that our planet has experienced warmer periods in the past, during the Pliocene geological epoch around three million years ago. Our research, published today, shows that up to one third of Antarctica’s ice sheet melted during this period, causing sea levels to rise by as much as 20 …

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