Monthly Archives: February 2020

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER MYSTERIOUS VIRUS IN BRAZIL WITH NO KNOWN GENES THEY CAN IDENTIFY

20 FEB 2020 Scientists have identified an enigmatic virus whose genome seems to be almost entirely new to science, populated by unfamiliar genes that have never before been documented in viral research. The so-called Yaravirus, named after Yara – or Iara, a water-queen figure in Brazilian mythology – was recovered from Lake Pampulha, an …

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LAWSUIT FILED OVER GOLDEN RAY WRECK REMOVAL CONTRACT

18 FEB 2020  Attorneys for salvors Donjon-SMIT filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Coast Guard in the U.S. District Court in Brunswick on Thursday in an attempt to halt salvage operations underway for the capsized car carrier Golden Ray. The Brunswick News broke the news saying that the complaint relates to …

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ATSB RELEASES FINAL REPORT INTO YM EFFICIENCY CONTAINER LOSSES

16 FEB 2020 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report from its investigation into the loss of containers from the container ship YM Efficiency, saying the loss of 81 containers overboard in very rough seas on July 1, 2018 highlights the importance of safe and effective container …

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BOXSHIP MAERSK TEMA ATTACKED BY PIRATES IN GULF OF GUINEA

16 FEB 2020 The container ship Maersk Tema has been attacked by pirates off the coast of Guinea, confirmed ship manager BSM on Friday. AIS tracking shows that on Friday morning, the Maersk Tema was under way and making 20 knots off São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea. At about 0805 hours GMT, at …

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CORONAVIRUS POLICIES DISRUPT CHINA’S SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY

14 FEB 2020  Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Times Shipbuilding (NTS) has declared force majeure for the delivery of two bulkers due to the coronavirus outbreak – an example of the challenges facing shipping interests in China since new public health restrictions were enacted in January. “Workers are still not coming …

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JAPAN GOES TO WTO WITH COMPLAINT ABOUT SOUTH KOREAN SHIPBUILDING

16 FEB 2020  Japan filed a petition against South Korea with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday over what it says is excessive aid to South Korea’s domestic shipbuilding industry. Local media reports that Japan has asked South Korea to discuss the issue which it says is affecting international competition, …

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SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT TO FUND SHIPPING MODERNIZATION PROGRAM

15 FEB 2020  South Korea’ Financial Services Commission has announced $690 million in funding to help modernize aging passenger and cargo ships. The plan aims to support the construction of 21 passenger vessels and 38 cargo vessels. Shipping companies will be reinbursed for up to 60 percent of the cost …

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