Society of Master Mariners

LATEST UN CLIMATE TALKS ARE A WRAP, AND YOU SHOULD BE REALLY DISAPPOINTED

20 JAN 2020                             Global climate talks lurched to an end in Madrid on Sunday with finger-pointing, accusations of failure and fresh doubts about the world’s collective resolve to slow the warming of the planet – at a moment when scientists say time is running out for people to avert steadily …

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OCEAN IS WARMING AT A RATE OF 5 ATOM BOMBS PER SECOND, SCIENTISTS WARN

19 JAN 2020 After analyzing data from the 1950s through 2019, an international team of scientists determined that the average temperature of the world’s oceans in 2019 was 0.075 degrees Celsius (0.135 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the 1981–2010 average. That might not seem like a significant amount of warming, but …

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INDIA BACKS AWAY FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA TRADE DEAL

18 JAN 2020  India’s decision in the final months of last year to withdraw from negotiations for the mega-regional trade agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) disappointed the countries of Southeast Asia, which are also members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). On one level, …

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CERTIFIED MARINE CHEMISTS HELP WITH ENCLOSED SPACE SAFETY

17 JAN 2020  Certified Marine Chemists could be an asset make the maritime industry safer for confined space hazards. Several of the articles that have appeared on The Maritime Executive have advocated for additional training, awareness and regulation. The call for training and regulation is not new to the maritime …

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OPEN LOOP SCRUBBERS NOT TO BE USED IN SUEZ CANAL

16 jan 2020 The Suez Canal Authority has clarified its stance on scrubbers in a circular which indicates that ships transiting the waterway can burn heavy fuel oil and must not discharge wash water from open-loop scrubbers. Circular No. 08/2019 states: “In consideration of using fuel oil with low sulfur …

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PANAMA CANAL INTRODUCES FRESHWATER SURCHARGE

15 JAN 2020  Due to changing rainfall patterns and historic low water levels at Gatun Lake, the main source of water for the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced a new freshwater surcharge beginning February 15. Despite the use of extensive water-conservation measures, this past year’s rainfall was 20 percent …

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IRAN WON’T TARGET STRAIT OF HORMUZ OVER SOLEIMANI’S KILLING. ANALYSTS BELIEVE

14 JAN 2020 Iran is unlikely to block the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s busiest oil-shipping channel, in reprisal for the killing of Qassem Soleimani for fear of aggravating its Gulf allies and China, regional analysts said on Monday. Tehran has long threatened to block the waterway between Iran and …

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SILVER WHISPER SETS SAIL ON WORLD’S FIRST SEVEN-CONTINENT CRUISE

13 JAN 2020 The Silversea Cruises luxury cruise ship Silver Whisper has departed on a record-setting voyage – a 140-day itinerary visiting all seven continents. While longer cruise voyages have been conducted, this is the first to incorporate such geographic breadth. “Legends of Cruising is our most immersive World Cruise to date, …

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WORLD BANK PREDICTS MODEST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 2020

14 JAN 2020  Global economic growth is forecast to increase to 2.5 percent in 2020, the World Bank says in its January 2020 Global Economic Prospects. Growth among advanced economies as a group is anticipated to slip to 1.4 percent in 2020 in part due to continued softness in manufacturing. …

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ARTIFICIAL EXPERIENCE

12 JAN 2020  The “artificial” experience provided by simulators is widely recognized as both effective and cost-efficient, says Captain Chris Hearn, Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) at the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Canada. CMS has the most comprehensive suite of maritime simulators in Canada and is …

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