Society of Master Mariners

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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DATA SHOWS WE’RE LIVING THROUGH EARTH’S SECOND HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD

19 NOV 2019 This year is increasingly likely to be the planet’s second- or third-warmest calendar year on record since modern temperature data collection began in 1880, according to data released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This reflects the growing influence of long-term, human-caused global …

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ASIA TOPS CHILD LABOR AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACTIVITY

18 nov 2019 A new report indicates that a significant share of child labor and human trafficking in global supply chains occurs in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, with South-East Asia having the highest percentage of child labor. The report, Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking …

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IMO AGREES GOAL-BASED APPROACH TO CUTTING EMISSIONS

17 nov 2019 Meeting last week, the IMO has agreed that a goal-setting approach is the best way to reduce carbon emissions in the short-term. Full details of the approach will be resolved next year. States and NGO’s discussed the details and the complexities of the different submitted proposals and …

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EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK TO STOP FINANCING FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS

17 nov 2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) will end financing for fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 in a move to aligning all its financing activities with the goals of the Paris Agreement. EIB Group financing will unlock EUR one trillion ($1.1 trillion) of climate action …

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