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AUTONOMOUS REVOLUTION

Autonomous cars are already being tested on the streets and it looks like crewless ships will follow in the water. Rolls-Royce, which is working on autonomous technology in the maritime sector, envisages a remotely-operated local vessel being in operation by 2020 and a remotely-operated autonomous vessel in international waters by …

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FISHING AND THE HUMAN ELEMENT

A recent Nautical Institute Seaways article, in co-ordination with the New Zealand-based FISH Safety Foundation, looked in detail at the growing need to openly discuss safety in the global fishing industry, including the protection of basic human rights: The positive contribution of fishing to the world economy, and the vital …

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PRODUCT TANKER GOES AGROUND OFF BROOKLYN

The Victoria’s trackline: east across Raritan Bay and north towards Fort Hamilton; a 180-degree turn to head south again at 1545; and an abrupt stop at 1600, five nm south of Verrazano Narrows Bridge.   On Friday evening, the product tanker Kamome Victoria briefly grounded five nm south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which spans …

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HOW TO ENSURE SUSTAINABLE SHIP RECYCLING GLOBALLY

As required under the European Regulation on ship recycling, the European Commission recently published a report on the feasibility of a financial instrument that would facilitate safe and sound ship recycling. Questions were raised on a number of issues, including the compatibility of such a financial instrument with E.U. and international law, …

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SALVAGE TUG TAKES M/V CHESHIRE IN TOW

Salvors with Resolve Marine have secured a tow line to the stricken bulker Cheshire, which has been drifting unmanned off the Canary Islands for over a week. On August 12-14, the Cheshire’s cargo of 40,000 tonnes of fertilizer overheated and began to emit clouds of fumes, forcing her crew to evacuate by helicopter. Persistent hazardous …

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