Society of Master Mariners

SAMSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES TO PAY $75 MILLION IN BRIBERY CASE

24 nov 2019 Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited (SHI) has agreed to pay penalties totalling more than $75 million to resolve a U.S. government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Department of Justice says SHI paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian intermediary knowing that some …

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INDIA AGREES TO RATIFY IMO SHIP RECYCLING CONVENTION

The largest ship recycling nation has agreed to ratify the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling which will push shipowners to take closer heed of how they dispose of tonnage India, perhaps the most important ship recycling nation, has announced its intention to ratify the IMO’s Ship Recycling Convention and …

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CONSEQUENCES TO CLIMATE IF EVERY PLANNED FOSSIL FUEL PROJECT GOES AHEAD

22 NOV 2019 As the world races to mitigate a climate crisis, too many nations are having their cake and eating it too. If nothing is done to curb the global extraction of fossil fuels, commitments to the Paris agreement and other national goals will mean very little. In just …

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PETROBRAS SET TO BECOME WORLD’S LARGEST OIL PRODUCER

21 nov 2019 Petrobras is on track to become the world’s largest oil producer among publicly listed companies by 2030, according to Rystad Energy. Brazil’s biggest-ever oil auctions in November were generally deemed to be disappointing, receiving muted interest from international exploration and production companies. However, national oil company Petrobras …

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WEST AFRICAN STOWAWAYS CONVICTED ON RIOTING CHARGES

21 nov 2019 A UK court has convicted four Nigerian and Liberian stowaways of the crime of affray for allegedly throwing fecal matter and threatening the crew of the Grimaldi con/ro Grande Tema last year. They were acquitted of the more serious charge of attempted hijacking. Last December, the defendants – Samuel Jolumi, 27, …

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HOUTHI FORCES RELEASE SOUTH KOREAN VESSELS

20 nov 2019 After South Korea deployed a destroyer and called for American assistance, Houthi rebel forces released two Korean vessels and one Saudi tug that they had captured near Hodeidah on Sunday night. The vessels – identified as the Woongjin T-1100, Woongjin G-16 and Rabigh 3 – were boarded and seized by Houthi …

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STUDY FINDS LINK BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND HEALTH

22 nov 2019 A new study by Yale University has found that within the two weeks prior to completing the survey 25 percent of seafarers had suffered depression, 17 percent had experienced anxiety and 20 percent had contemplated suicide or self-harm. The Seafarer Mental Health Study, commissioned by the ITF …

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OCEAN COULD SUPPLY TWO-THIRDS OF WORLD’S PROTEIN NEEDS

21 nov 2019 A new literature review compiled for the High Level Panel on a Sustainable Ocean Economy finds that the ocean could provide over six times more food than it does today – enough to provide protein for two-thirds of the world’s future population, according to estimates from the UN Food …

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WEST AFRICAN NATIONS FAILING TO COORDINATE PIRACY RESPONSE, TOGO LEADER SAYS

20 NOV 2019 West African states’ failure to coordinate their response to piracy off their coastline is the main reason attacks are persisting, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe said. Seaborne assailants boarded two vessels off the coast of Togo and neighboring Benin earlier this month, the latest in a series of …

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