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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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U.S. NAVY TESTS OUT EXOSKELETON TECHNOLOGY

16 NOV 2019 The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport is looking to take a load off the shoulders of the Navy’s sailors and civilian workforce by testing out everyday applications for exoskeleton systems. Human Assistive Technology (HAT) is the development and use of technology to reduce strain a …

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U.S. COAST GUARD INTERDICTS SEMI-SUB CARRYING $70M IN COCAINE

15 NOV 2019 On October 23, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane intercepted a suspected semi-submersible smuggling vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and seized more than two tonnes of cocaine. The crew of a maritime patrol aircraft alerted the Harriet Lane to the suspect vessel’s presence, …

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NOAA PLANS TO STOP PRODUCING TRADITIONAL PAPER CHARTS

14 NOV 2019 On Friday, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey announced plans to phase out the production of all traditional paper nautical charts. Over the next five years, NOAA says that it plans to transition to electronic chart (ENC) products with a focus on improving data …

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SPIKE IN OIL-TANKER RATES MAY BE OVER, BUT A BOOM IS COMING

13 NOV 2019 A surge in the cost of hiring oil tankers last month may already seem like a distant memory, but the rally was enough to convince analysts monitoring the industry’s fortunes that a couple of boom years are on the way. Daily earnings for very large crude carriers, …

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ITF CALLS FOR ACTION ON GULF OF GUINEA PIRACY

12 nov 2019 Following back-to-back attacks on two vessels in the Gulf of Guinea last week, the International Transport Worker’ Federation has called for urgent global and regional cooperation to fight piracy off West Africa. On November 2, pirates kidnapped nine crewmembers from the Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita while the vessel …

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IMO RELEASES HARMONIZED DATA STRUCTURE

11 nov 2019 The IMO has made its compendium of data structures available as a tool for software developers to create systems for exchanging data electronically. The aim is to facilitate the streamlining of the many administrative procedures necessary when ships enter or leave port. The IMO Compendium is a …

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CLIMATE-DRIVEN SPEED LIMITS WOULD ALSO BENEFIT WHALES

10 nov 2019 A new report commissioned by the NGOs Seas at Risk and Transport & Environment suggests that a modest reduction in vessel speed would greatly reduce shipping’s impact on human health, the climate and the marine environment. Ship speed reduction is one of the largest single interventions available …

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