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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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LAND-BASED CO2 COULD BE STORED SUBSEA

Statoil has been contracted by Gassnova to evaluate the development of a carbon storage facility on the Norwegian continental shelf for CO2 generated by land-based industry.  The storage project is part of Norwegian authorities’ efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway. If it goes ahead, it would …

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WAX IN MGO FUEL MAY HAVE LED TO FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a safety bulletin related to the fatal explosion on the container vessel Manhattan Bridge in January. The Bridge suffered a boiler explosion as she was berthing at Felixstowe on the night of January 19. The second engineer and an engine room oiler were investigating a boiler …

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THE PANAMA CANAL’S CAUTIONARY TALE

Construction of the Panama Canal, 1913. By Jonathan E. Hillman President Trump’s exchange with President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama sparked a social media maelstrom last week. “The Panama Canal is doing quite well. I think we did a good job building it, right?” Trump remarked during a meeting at the White House. …

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