Monthly Archives: November 2021

WARMING EVENTS COULD DESTABILIZE THE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET SOON. VERY SOON

30 NOV 2021 Here’s another reminder of the precarious position that the world’s climate and ecosystems are in: a new study estimates that global warming could push the Antarctic ice sheet past a tipping point in as little as 10 years. In other words, the point of no return in …

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WHY WE’RE TURNING TO MUSIC TO HELP TREAT NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

29 NOV 2021 You probably don’t realize it when you’re listening to your favorite song, but music has an incredibly powerful effect on the human brain. Singing, playing an instrument, or listening to music have all been shown to activate numerous areas of the brain that control speech, movement, and cognition, memory and emotion – often all …

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NUCLEAR PROPULSION COULD BE “TRANSFORMATIVE” FOR U.S. SHIPPING

28 NOV 2021  The U.S. Department of Energy is investing $8.5 million in research on small, modular nuclear reactors – including reactor technology for marine propulsion. DOE has awarded ABS nearly $800,000 to address challenges to the adoption of new reactor technology in commercial maritime applications. Conventional pressurized-water reactors have …

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THE 5:2 DIET HAS ONE KEY ADVANTAGE OVER TRADITIONAL DIETS, NEW STUDY CLAIMS

27 NOV 2021 In the last decade, the ‘5:2 diet’ has exploded in popularity, transforming the eating patterns of thousands of people seeking to lose weight. The 5:2 diet is an example of what’s called intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating. At its most basic, the 5:2 system means you can eat …

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BIOFOULING IN FOCUS – A SMOOTH HULL REDUCES YOUR VESSEL’S GHG EMISSIONS

26 NOV 2021 Biofouling can significantly increase ships’ GHG emissions reveals an IMO study delivered at this month’s United Nations summit. The Hempaguard MaX system is one of the antifouling coatings on the market that maintains a fouling free hull over five years, writes Mads Raun Bertelsen, Head of Hull Performance Solutions …

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COP26 DEAL SEES PROGRESS ON OCEAN PROTECTION

25 NOV 2021  Marine conservationists have welcomed an “important and hard-fought-for win” as the ocean was incorporated into the UN climate change regime at the close of the COP26 summit in Glasgow over the weekend. But there was also a warning that any progress would be undone by the lack …

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ENGINE ROOM EXPLOSION KILLS TWO ABOARD CHEMICAL TANKER

24 NOV 2021  On Monday night (22nd Nov), the chemical tanker Chemical Master sustained an engine room explosion, leaving it disabled and adrift off the coast of Portugal. The blast killed two Indian seafarers, operator Chemship BV has confirmed. The Chemical Master was under way off Portugal at the time of the casualty, en …

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FAST TURNOVER SET UP EXHAUSTED CAPTAIN FOR $73M ACCIDENT

24 NOV 2021  A tanker operating company’s decision to change masters without a handover period led to a $73 million allision, according to a National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Brief issued Tuesday. On Oct. 17, 2020, the tanker Atina struck the oil and gas production platform SP-57B near Pilottown, Louisiana. The Atina, …

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EIGHT MORE MERCHANT MARINERS CHARGED IN TEST-SCORE FIXING SCHEME

23 NOV 2021 Eight additional current and former merchant mariners have been indicted related to a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana. U.S Attorney Duane A. Evans announced the latest indictment on November 18, 2021. The defendants are each charged with obtaining, and intending to use, officer-level …

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IMO KICKS OFF MEPC 77 MEETING TO CONSIDER SHIPPING’S PATH TOWARDS DECARBONIZATION

22 NOV 2021 The long-anticipated IMO MEPC 77 meeting (more officially the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Environmental Protection Committee 77th meeting) kicked off on Monday, November 22nd. Though the meeting was held virtually, a number of delegates were physically at IMO’s headquarters on the Thames, in contrast to the MEPC26 confab, …

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