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SOMALIA DETAINS BOXSHIP OVER CUT INTERNET CABLE

The Somali government has detained the container feeder MSC Alice on charges that her anchor cut the undersea fiber-optic cables that carry the nation’s internet traffic. Somalia has had no terrestrial internet connection to the rest of the world for the past three weeks, and the government is seeking compensation for damages. …

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NEW LEADERSHIP AT V.GROUP

Leading ship management conglomerate V.Group announced Friday that it has appointed a new CEO and chief commercial officer. Incoming CEO Ian El-Mokadem has a background in the testing and calibration industry as the former CEO of Exova. Exova provides testing and advisory services in the aerospace, defense and energy industries, …

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TURKEY PROACTIVE ON SHIP RECYCLING CONVENTION

Progress towards the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009) has been slow. However, Turkey, one of the world’s leading ship recyclers, has again shown its willingness to meet the requirements of the Convention with another yard achieving a statement of compliance. ClassNK issued the …

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MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES COULD BE WIPED OUT FOR GOOD WITH GENE-EDITING

Using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, scientists have discovered a new way to limit the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes, which has the potential to block the transmission of diseases like Zika and malaria across whole continents. The team’s model shows that by modifying the gene coding of mosquitoes to lower fertility rates, and controlling the way those …

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