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SCRUBBERS HAVE LOWER CLIMATE IMPACT THAN LOW-SULFUR FUELS

18 SEPT 2020  As the shipping industry continues to debate the best means of meeting the 2020 sulfur reduction regulations, the independent environmental research consultancy CE Delft is releasing a new study that concluded that the use of exhaust scrubbers produces slightly lower CO2 emissions versus using very low sulfur fuel …

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NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP REALLY DOES SUCK THE JOY OUT OF LIFE, RESEARCH CONFIRMS

17 SEPT 2020 Most of us know first-hand that lack of sleep has a profound effect on how we function day to day. From irritability and increased clumsiness to greater susceptibility to colds and chronic diseases, there’s ample research to back this up. Now, a large new study also confirms that being …

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GREENPEACE STOPS BLOCKADE WITH SIX DETAINED AT SWEDISH OIL REFINERY

16 SEPT 2020  The environmental group Greenpeace’s protests continued at the oil refinery operated by Preem in Lysekil, Sweden. While the group ended its blockade of the port, six of its protestors were detained by the Swedish police yesterday. The demonstration began on September 10, when Greenpeace anchored its sailing …

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SECRET SHIPMENT: IRANIAN VLCC DELIVERS CONDENSATE TO VENEZUELA

15 SEPT 2020 An Iranian VLCC has arrived at Venezuela’s José petroleum terminal carrying two million barrels of condensate, defying U.S. sanctions on both nations. The vessel’s original name and IMO number appear to have been painted over, and she has begun broadcasting the name Honey over AIS. Lightweight condensate (drip gas) …

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SALVORS COMPLETE DIVE INSPECTION OF FIRE-DAMAGED VLCC NEW DIAMOND

14 SEPT 2020  The fire-damaged tanker New Diamond is “stable and safe” at a position about 50 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy reported Sunday. A joint Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Navy and commercial salvage team completed an underwater dive inspection to assess the vessel’s integrity on …

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IT PAYS TO BE KIND. PEOPLE LIVE LONGER IN SOCIETIES THAT SHARE MORE ACROSS GENERATIONS

13 SEPT 2020 Our natural inclination to help others in need runs extremely deep within our mammalian heritage – there’s many examples of altruism in primates and it’s even been demonstrated in mice. This generosity, prevalent across human cultures, has psychological and health benefits for us all as individuals. Now researchers have also found evidence that generosity helps people …

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SIX CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS PROBABLY AREN’T WORTH YOUR TIME, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS

12 SEPT 2020 The best ways to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 are by now well known: wear masks, maintain social distance, and avoid crowded areas – especially those indoors. But as public health experts have learned more about how the coronavirus spreads, it’s become clear that some precautions probably aren’t worth your time. …

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SEAFARERS CAUGHT IN ‘PERFECT STORM’, SEAFARER RIGHTS GROUP SAYS

12 SEPT 2020 A bulk carrier runs aground in Mauritius, spilling 1,000 tonnes of bunker fuel resulting in an environmental catastrophe. Forty crew members from a livestock ship perish after the ship capsizes and sinks in heavy weather. A VLCC carrying 2 million barrels of oil suffers a fatal engine …

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SHIPPING AGENTS AT SHARP END OF COVID CREWING CRISIS

11 SEPT 2020  The personal experience of one Inchcape marine services manager based in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands paints a vivid picture of the current crisis and how shipping agents are negotiating all sorts of hurdles to get exhausted and homesick crew members repatriated, and new ones boarded.  The …

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SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND A WAY TO MAKE FOLDABLE KEYBOARDS OUT OF ANY PAPER

09 SEPT 2020 Scientists have unveiled a new printing process that can turn just about any piece of paper or cardboard into a waterproof keyboard that you can fold up and put in your pocket – and it doesn’t require a power source. The tech makes use of a special coating …

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