Monthly Archives: June 2021

ARGENTINA’S MARITIME UNIONS RENEW STRIKES DEMANDING COVID VACCINATIONS

19 JUNE 2021  Argentina’s ports are again paralyzed by the latest in a series of strikes organized by the maritime unions as they seek to pressure the government to prioritize workers in the ports and maritime trades for COVID-19 vaccinations. A total of 16 unions representing the pilots, tug boats, …

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ITF FLAGS CONCERNS OVER REPATRIATION OF DECEASED SEAFARERS’ BODIES

20 JUNE 2021 Concerns are mounting amid shocking revelations that ports are increasingly refusing to repatriate deceased seafarers’ bodies under the the guise of COVID-19 pandemic measures. According to the the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), during the last 15 months there are have been at least ten instances where …

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CARBON CAPTURE USING CRYOGENIC TECHNOLOGY FOR STORAGE AT SEA

19 JUNE 2021 In the effort to develop solutions for the shipping industry to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a new concept is being proposed that uses cryogenic technology to capture CO2 emitted by ships and store it in liquid form. Norway’s TECO 2030 ASA and Chart Industries, based in …

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NIGERIA LAUNCHES DEEP BLUE CAMPAIGN TO STOP REGIONAL PIRACY

18 JUNE 2021  Nigeria marked the official launch of its highly anticipated Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project. The country’s leaders gathered to show off some of the $195 million of equipment that will be used in a coordinated effort with its …

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IMO MEPC SELECTS “BUSINESS-AS-USUAL” CARBON TARGETS FOR 2026

  17 JUNE 2021  The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has settled on an achievable 11 percent carbon intensity reduction target for 2026. The target is calculated on a per-tonne-mile basis, and it does not govern total CO2 emissions from shipping. As trade volume is expected to grow, the …

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AFTER HUNGER STRIKE, CREW OF ABANDONED BULKER FINALLY HEADS HOME

16 JUNE 2021 The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that the 19 remaining crewmembers of the abandoned bulker Ula will soon be headed home, bringing their two-year ordeal to a close at last. For one crewmember, it will mark the end of a 31-month stay on board. The Ula was abandoned by her …

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AUTONOMOUS RESEARCH BOAT GETS UNDER WAY FOR TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE

16 JUNE 2021  The IBM-sponsored autonomous vessel prototype Mayflower has departed the UK, bound on a transatlantic voyage to Plymouth, Massachusetts. The AI-enabled, electric-powered vessel was developed by IBM with the non-profit ocean research organization ProMare and a partnership of scientific organizations. It was formally launched in Plymouth, England in September, and …

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ATMOSPHERIC CO2 JUST HIT A PEAK NOT SEEN ON EARTH IN 4 MILLION YEARS

14 JUNE 2021 Despite slim hopes that global shutdowns during the pandemic might bring respite from the climate crisis, yet more evidence confirms that no such silver lining exists. Newly released measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in fact show that concentrations of the heat-trapping chemical have surged to record levels not seen …

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WORLD OCEANS DAY: WHY WE NEED A HIGH SEAS BIODIVERSITY TREATY

13 JUNE 2021  Oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. But, because many of us spend most of our lives on land, the 140 million square miles of blue out there aren’t always top of mind. While vast, oceans are not empty. They are teeming with life and connected to society …

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