Monthly Archives: April 2022

GLOBAL GRAIN TRADE OF $120 BILLION IS BEING REDRAWN BY RUSSIA’S WAR IN UKRAINE

12 APR 2022 Across Ukraine’s farm belt, silos are bursting with 15 million tons of corn from the autumn harvest, most of which should have been hitting world markets. The stockpiles — about half the corn Ukraine had been expected to export for the season — have become increasingly difficult to get to buyers, providing a glimpse into the turmoil Russia’s war has wrought …

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OIL THE EU IMPORTS FROM RUSSIA

11 APR 2022 The European Commission has proposed new sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, including a ban on buying Russian coal and on Russian ships entering EU ports. Yet the EU faces an uphill slog to wean itself of energy imports from its Eastern neighbor. Following is a summary of key …

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PSYCHOTHERAPY MAY BE THE KEY TO MANAGING CHRONIC BACK PAIN, STUDY REVEALS

10 APRIL 2022 A comprehensive new study involving more than 13,000 patients suggests that the best treatments for chronic back pain should cover both physical and mental aspects – rather than concentrating solely on physical remedies. Through a systematic review of 97 previous trials covering 17 different approaches to handling …

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A SHOCKING 99% OF US ARE NOW BREATHING UNHEALTHY AIR, WHO WARNS

9 APRIL 2022 We often take the air we breathe for granted, but new data reveals that the pollutants behind millions of preventable deaths now taint the air most of us breathe at unhealthy levels. “Air pollution has an impact at a much lower level than previously thought,” says World Health Organization technical officer Sophie …

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IN A CHANGE OF PLAN, SALVORS WILL LIGHTER CARGO OFF OF EVER FORWARD

8 APR 2022  After multiple attempts to tow the grounded container ship Ever Forward to deeper water, salvors have decided to give up the attempt and lighter off cargo to reduce the ship’s displacement.  The 1,100-foot Ever Forward grounded on March 13 while transiting south in the Chesapeake Bay towards Norfolk, Virginia. Donjon Smit …

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GREENPEACE PROTESTERS BLOCK RUSSIAN COAL SHIPMENT AT HELSINKI

07 APR 2022  Greenpeace activists have been targeting Russian energy shipments at ports around Europe since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, and the group’s Finnish affiliate is extending the direct action campaign to cover coal cargoes. On Tuesday morning, 10 Greenpeace activists scaled a fence at the Salmisaari …

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CARGO SHIP SUNK BY RUSSIAN SHELLING AT PORT OF MARIUPOL

06 APR 2022  A small cargo ship in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol came under fire overnight reportedly injuring one crewmember and causing the vessel to sink. It is one of approximately a half dozen foreign-registered ships believed to be trapped in the city and port that has been under …

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PANAMA CANAL PROPOSES NEW TOLL SYSTEM, RAISING TRANSIT COSTS

05 APR 2022 The Panama Canal Authority proposed a comprehensive restructuring of its toll system on Friday, which would increase rates charged on cargo such as vehicles, oil and gas and soybeans that cross the waterway as ocean shippers rake in record profits. The changes would reduce the current structure to fewer than …

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GOLDEN RAY’S OWNERS AND SALVAGE COMPANY SUED FOR NEGLIGENCE IN SALVAGE

04 APR 2022  The last sections of the wrecked car carrier Golden Ray were removed from the waters near Brunswick, Georgia six months ago, but the legal battles over the shipwreck are continuing. In the latest move, the Georgia county where the wreck occurred filed suit in U.S. Federal Court alleging negligence …

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GENERAL AVERAGE DECLARED ON EVER FORWARD AS SALVAGE COSTS GROW

03 APR 2022  After two failed salvage attempts and with the prospects that the Ever Forward will remain stuck in the mud for possibly another week, her owners Evergreen Marine of Hong Kong today declared General Average. Evergreen had warned a week ago that it would evaluate the issue of General Average …

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