Society of Master Mariners

PORT OF CHALNA

STARTING OF PORT OF CHALNA AFTER INDEPENDENCE OF BANGLADESH.  Port of Chalna was established on December 11, 1954 at Chalna, about 11 miles upstream of Mongla and named Chalna Anchorage. It was administered by the Central Government of Pakistan. In December 1971, there were six Pilots in addition to Harbour …

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SCIENTISTS JUST FOUND AN UNEXPECTEDLY LARGE SOURCE OF NATURAL GREENHOUSE GASES

02 FEB 2020 Hydrocarbon gases bubbling from the bottom of the Red Sea are polluting the atmosphere at a rate equivalent to the emissions of some large fossil fuel exporting countries, researchers said Tuesday. The gases seeping from the waters – which are ringed by the resorts and ports of several countries, …

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GWADAR HANDLES FIRST AFGHAN CARGO, AFTER SEVEN YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT

01 FEB 2020  The shipment of goods from the recently-built port of Gwadar, Pakistan to customers in Afghanistan has begun, according to Pakistani media. The boxship Diyala has offloaded two containers of fertilizer for Afghan customers at Gwadar, and the cargo will be trucked overland to the border town of Chaman, Kandahar. …

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SIX SEAFARERS FALL ILL AS CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK CONTINUES

31 JAN 2020  Six seafarers aboard a French-operated container ship have fallen ill during a voyage from China to Egypt, raising concerns that they could be the first reported mariners to have contracted the new coronavirus strain originating in Wuhan. According to Sri Lankan media, six crewmembers aboard the container …

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SEAFARERS COMPLAIN OF RACISM AND LACK OF SHORE LEAVE

29 JAN 2020  The Seafarers Happiness Index published by The Mission to Seafarers this week highlights crew concerns about racism and a lack of support dealing with it along with concerns about a lack of shore leave to relieve stress. The index, undertaken in association with P&I insurer the Ship …

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BALTIC DRY INDEX FALLS TO OVER 3-YEAR LOW

28 JAN 2020 The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index fell to its lowest level since April 2016, dragged down by lower vessels rates across categories. * The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, dropped 11 points, or 2.0%, to 546 …

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MAKING WAVES

28 JAN 2020 Founded little more than a decade ago, privately-held IMAT (Italian Maritime Academy Technologies) has quickly established itself as a global leader in maritime training. The former cruise ship captain had a dream. He’d just returned from a trip to the U.S. where he saw a state-of-the-art maritime …

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