Monthly Archives: December 2019

SHIPPING ENTERING UNCHARTED WATERS WITH NEW IMO FUEL RULES

20 DEC 2019 Faced with imminent new global marine pollution rules, shipping companies and insurers are puzzling over the risks. To reduce emissions of toxic sulphur that cause premature deaths, shipowners who have long relied on the dirtiest residues of oil extraction will have to either switch to low-sulphur fuel …

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SCIENTISTS UNCOVER THE CAUSE OF MYSTERIOUS ‘TIGER STRIPES’ ON SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS

19 DEC 2019 Saturn’s moon Enceladus has captivating scientists ever since the Voyager 2 mission passed through the system in 1981. The mystery has only deepened since the arrival of the Cassini probe in 2004, which included the discovery of four parallel, linear fissures around the southern polar region. These features were nicknamed ‘Tiger …

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OCEAN GARBAGE COLLECTOR IS FINALLY HAULING IN BAGS OF PLASTIC WASTE

18 DEC 2019 It has been six years since Boyan Slat began developing a system to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a trash-filled vortex in the Pacific Ocean that’s more than twice the size of Texas. In 2013, Slat’s organisation, The Ocean Cleanup, debuted a U-shaped device that passively …

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20 COMPANIES CAUSED MORE THAN ONE-FIFTH OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION SINCE 1965

17 DEC 2019 Our oceans are acidifying at a rate not seen in 66 million years. They’re now 26 percent more acidic since 1880, which is profoundly changing ecosystems and impacting the fisheries that rely on them, all around the world. This is not only threatening countless jobs, including 4.3 million livelihoods …

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THE CONDITIONALLY UNMANNED BRIDGE: OPEN WATER VESSEL AUTONOMY

16 dec 2019 When people start to get carried away on the subject of autonomous shipping, Eero Lehtovaara, Head of Regulatory Affairs at ABB Marine & Ports, likes to bring the conversation back down to earth: an autonomous vessel is not necessary unmanned but an unmanned vessel is, by default, …

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GUARDIANS AT THE GATE

15 dec 2019 Class societies provide a vital service by ensuring vessel safety from the design phase through construction and throughout the ship’s lifespan. Thanks to the technical expertise they’ve gathered by performing this function, they’re well-positioned to help shipowners adapt to technological and regulatory change. As trusted third parties, …

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PURE CHAOS OF MAGNETIC FIELDS MAY EXPLAIN THE INTENSE SHINE OF BLACK HOLES

12 DEC 2019 There’s some irony in the fact that the darkest objects in the sky – black holes – can be responsible for some of the Universe’s brightest light. Simulations of the magnetic fields surrounding black holes and neutron stars have now provided new insights into their astonishing brilliance. Astrophysicists from Columbia …

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CONTAINER SHIP DESTROYS STS CRANE AT PORT OF ANTWERP

11 DEC 2019 On Monday afternoon, the container ship APL Mexico City struck the gantry of an STS container crane at the port of Antwerp, causing the crane to collapse. The APL Mexico City broke loose from her moorings at the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp on Monday at about 1400 hours.  …

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