Monthly Archives: March 2021

IMO CAUTIONS OF COMPLACENCY AS NUMBER OF CREW STUCK AT SEA DECLINES

31 MARCH 2021 Marking one year since the declaration of the global pandemic, the IMO is highlighting that the crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to create challenges, and despite some improvement, they warn that now is not the time for complacency. Seafarers are continuing to provide vital …

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INDIA QUIETLY COMMISSIONS ITS FIRST BALLISTIC MISSILE TRACKING VESSEL

30 MAR 2021  Joining an elite club of nations with access to nuclear missile tracking vessels, the Indian Navy secretly commissioned the highly secretive Ocean Surveillance Ship, bestowing it with the coden ame VC-1118. Reports suggest that this move will boost India’s ballistic missile defense system as well as systematically …

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AMAZON MAY NOW ACTUALLY BE MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE WORSE, SCIENTISTS WARN

29 MAR 2021 It’s no secret that the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon, is under immense pressure, nearing an ecological tipping point and at risk of collapsing. But the situation is much worse than perhaps we realize, according to new research that suggests the Amazon’s bleak future has arrived in …

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GROUNDED MEGA SHIP IN SUEZ CANAL PARALYZES TRADE FOR SECOND DAY

24 MAR 2021 Tugs and diggers have so far failed to dislodge a massive container ship stuck in the Suez Canal on Wednesday, increasing the chances of prolonged delays in what is arguably the world’s most important waterway. Work to re-float the ship was suspended until Thursday (25th March) morning …

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OUTBREAK OF MYSTERIOUS PARALYZING CONDITION SQUASHED BY COVID–19 PANDEMIC

28 MAR 2021 The grim pall of the COVID-19 pandemic ensures that 2020 will go down as an infamous year in the history of human disease. But this dark chapter held some surprises we can be thankful for, too. In a new study, researchers found that a predicted 2020 outbreak of a mysterious paralyzing …

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DESPITE PROGRESS, WOMEN STILL UNDERREPRESENTED IN MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE -SURVEY

27 MAR 2021 The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has released the results of the first survey to examine the representation of women across the maritime search and rescue (SAR) sector. The #WomenInSAR survey, which was supported by Trinity House, attracted more than 1,600 participants from women and men in …

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U.S. PLASTIC WASTE EXPORTS MAY VIOLATE BASEL CONVENTION

26 MAR 2021  Despite new treaty requirements, U.S. customs data suggests that American exporters and the ocean carriers that transport their cargo are still shipping plastic waste to recycling plants in developing countries. These operations are often associated with uncontrolled dumping, allowing “recycled” plastic to escape into waterways and wash …

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DENMARK TO DEPLOY FRIGATE TO GULF OF GUINEA TO COMBAT PIRACY

25 MAR 2021  Expressing its serious concern about the maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish government announced that it plans to deploy a frigate to the region in the fall of 2021. The decision to deploy a naval vessel to the region comes after the Danish …

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SUPERTANKERS LOSING MILLIONS ARE A BULLISH VACCINE TRADE

24 MAR 2021 By Alex Longley and Alaric Nightingale (Bloomberg) — The market for moving oil across the world’s oceans is currently so bad that owners of the industry’s biggest supertankers are actually subsidizing the delivery of cargoes. Strange to think, then, that shares of two of the market’s biggest pureplay …

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BOTTOM TRAWLING IN THE OCEAN IS RUNNING THE TAP ON EARTH’S LARGEST CARBON SINK

23 MAR 2021 Fishing trawlers that drag big nets along the ocean floor potentially release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the world’s commercial aviation industry. The first study to estimate the real carbon footprint of bottom trawling globally has found this type of fishing releases roughly 1.47 billion tonnes …

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