Monthly Archives: November 2020

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM IS GOING TO TOTALLY DISINTEGRATE SOONER THAN WE THOUGHT

04 DEC 2020 Although the ground beneath our feet feels solid and reassuring (most of the time), nothing in this Universe lasts forever. One day, our Sun will die, ejecting a large proportion of its mass before its core shrinks down into a white dwarf, gradually leaking heat until it’s nothing …

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NORWEGIAN SHIPOWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEMOLITION SALE

03 DEC 2020  A 54-year-old Norwegian ship-owner has been sentenced to six months in prison for his role in the attempted demolition voyage of the decommissioned LASH vessel Eide Carrier (later renamed Tide Carrier, Harrier).  Prosecutors with the white-collar crime agency Okokrim charged Georg Eide, owner of defunct salvage firm Eide Marine Services, …

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WAKASHIO SPILL SHOWS NEED FOR INDIAN OCEAN ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP

02 DEC 2020 For several years, Japan has been investing heavily in its diplomatic engagement with Indian Ocean island states and may now need to consider how to better extend that engagement to environmental security challenges. A recent environmental disaster in Mauritius caused by the grounding of a Japanese cargo …

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A DAY-BY-DAY BREAKDOWN OF CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS SHOWS HOW THE DISEASE PROGRESSES

01 DEC 2020 As doctors observe a growing number of coronavirus patients, they have identified a few patterns in how typical symptoms progress. As many as 40 percent of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. And 20 percent of symptomatic cases become severe or critical. Among patients …

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FINISH FIRST CUT ON GOLDEN RAY WRECK REMOVAL

30 NOV 2020  After weeks of work and adjustment, salvors have finally finished cutting and lifting the first of eight sections of the wreck of the ro/ro Golden Ray in Georgia’s St. Simons Sound. The bow section was fully separated and hoisted on Saturday (28th Nov) morning, then deposited onto a deck barge …

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FIRST CUT IN GOLDEN RAY SALVAGE PROGRESSES THROUGH KEEL

29 NOV 2020 Responders are continuing with the first cut in the salvage of the Golden Ray car carrier in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, the St. Simons Sound Incident Command said Wednesday in an update on the cutting process. The cutting of section one has now progressed through the keel, …

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FOUR PEOPLE CHARGED IN $200K FAKE US COAST GUARD CREDENTIALING SCHEME

28 NOV 2020  Four individuals have been charged in a scheme to sell phony US Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The grand jury indictment alleges that the scheme netted over $200,000 in profits from the production and sale …

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MOL TESTS FIRST TECHNOLOGY TO CAPTURE MICROPLASTICS IN BALLAST WATER

27 NOV 2020  Micro plastics, the residue of plastic in the ocean, are one of the challenges which environmentalists are looking to confront. In a first of its kind demonstration project, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in collaboration with the Miura Company have developed and tested a water filtration device to …

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BRITISH PORTS ARE SCRAMBLING AS BREXIT DEADLINE LOOMS FIVE WEEKS AWAY

26 NOV 2020  With just over five weeks left until the end of the Brexit transition period, fear is continuing to rise that the UK ports, terminals, and the services that support the operations are not ready. Increasingly there are predictions of the consequences ranging from delays and backlogs to …

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OIL TANKER HIT BY BLAST AT SAUDI TERMINAL IN RED SEA

25 NOV 2020 An explosion damaged a Greek-managed tanker at a Saudi Arabian terminal on the Red Sea just north of the Yemeni border, the ship’s manager said on Wednesday, in an attack confirmed by Saudi Arabia. In a statement published by state media, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis …

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