Society of Master Mariners

CANADA SAYS CHINA HAS ROLE TO PLAY IN KEEPING RED SEA SAFE

22 FEB 2024 Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Sunday said China should play a role in keeping the Red Sea safe for commerce because Chinese ships are at risk there as well, and urged Beijing to stop helping Russia sidestep international sanctions. In an interview, Joly said she told China’s Foreign …

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AUSTRALIA MOVES TO STRENGTHEN SAFETY RULES FOR OFFSHORE OIL WORKERS

21 FEB 2024  Australia’s Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King has introduced legislation to strengthen laws governing the safety of people who work on the nation’s offshore oil and gas projects. This bill follows a recent review of the offshore safety regime by the Department of Industry, Science and …

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TANKER OPTIMIZED FOR WIND-ASSISTED PROPULSION ACHIEVES STRONG FUEL SAVINGS

20 FEB 2024  A partnership between Finland’s naval architects Deltamarine and UK-based BAT Technologies looks to develop new standards in sustainable shipping. The companies held a presentation in London for their new concept, a wind-optimized design for an Aframax/LRII tanker that they report could establish a new benchmark in sustainable …

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WORLD’S CORAL REEFS ARE 25 PERCENT BIGGER THAN WE THOUGHT

19 FEB 2024  The world’s coral reefs are close to 25% larger than we thought. By using satellite images, machine learning and on-ground knowledge from a global network of people living and working on coral reefs, we found an extra 64,000 square kilometers of coral reefs – an area the size of Ireland. …

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KOREAN COAST GUARD RESCUES 11 FROM SINKING CARGO SHIP

17 FEB 2024  South Korea’s Coast Guard is reporting the rescue of 11 sailors from a small cargo ship that was caught in a strong storm south of the Korean peninsular. According to the report, the crew was safely aboard a Coast Guard rescue vessel less than two hours after …

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MAERSK BOXSHIP CAPTAIN DELIVERS WEATHER SEMINAR WHILE UNDER WAY

13 FEB 2024  On February 1, MITAGS instructor and professional mariner Captain Rich Madden delivered a live seminar for U.S. National Weather Service forecasters from the container ship Maersk Columbus, which was transiting off the coast of West Africa. It may be among the first educational seminars delivered remotely from a merchant ship …

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EARTHQUAKE OR SECRET NUCLEAR BLAST? A NEW TOOL EXPOSES THE TRUTH WITH 99% ACCURACY

12 FEB 2024 Since the first detonation of an atomic bomb in 1945, more than 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have been conducted by eight countries: the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Groups such as the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization are constantly on …

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AMAZING SPIRAL-SHAPED CONTACT LENS USES ‘OPTICAL VORTEX’ TO CORRECT VISION

11 FEB 2024 Scientists have designed a striking new contact lens that could revolutionize ophthalmology. It’s based on a spiral pattern that lets the eye focus at different distances and in varying lighting conditions. Beyond contact lenses, its inventors say the tech could be applied to a range of miniaturized imaging …

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G-7 AIMING TO FORCE RUSSIAN OIL AWAY FROM SHADOW FLEET

10 FEB 2024 A UK official said that Group of Seven nations are aiming to curb Russia’s ability to use a vast shadow fleet of tankers to deliver its oil, the latest sign of a ramp up in western sanctions on Moscow. Russia, with the help of mystery traders and shipping companies, assembled a …

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