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CANADA CREATES NEW VISA PROCEDURES TO FACILITATE CREW CHANGES

10  JUNE 2020  Canada is joining the list of nations responding to the growing calls to address the challenges in completing crew changes due to the restrictions designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. A broad collation of shipping organizations, maritime associations, ship owners, and labor are all calling …

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POLARIS VLOC STELLAR BANNER TO BE SCUTTLED

08 JUNE 2020 The Brazilian Navy has authorized the scuttling of the damaged VLOC Stellar Banner at a position about 80 nautical miles off the coast of Maranhão, Brazil. The Stellar Banner suffered damage to her bow during her departure from the Vale-operated Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal in Maranhão on February 24. Her …

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REPORT PROVIDES SNAPSHOT OF COVID-19 IMPACT ON GLOBAL PORT OPERATIONS

07 JUNE 2020 A new report from the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), a non-profit global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organizations in 90 countries, provides a snapshot of the on-going economic impact of the coronavirus on global port operations. The report, which included a record …

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CYPRIOT SHIPOWNERS CALL FOR ACTION ON GULF OF GUINEA KIDNAPPINGS

A rare anti-piracy success in the Gulf of Guinea: boat crews from the Spanish Navy patrol vessel Serviola rescue a Nigerian tanker, April 2019 (Armada Española) 28 MAY 2020  In a statement Thursday, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expressed “growing frustration at the ineffectiveness of the international community” in solving …

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SAFEBRIDGE ANNOUNCES FREE ACCESS TO ITS DIGITAL CERTIFICATES PLATFORM

20 APRIL 2020  Safebridge announces free access to its digital certificate management platform myCert as part of a new initiative of the #BeSafe campaign launched to alleviate the adverse impact of the pandemic on the maritime industry and to ensure the welfare of seafarers. As a third initiative of the #BeSafe campaign, …

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OCEAN CREATURES HAVE BEEN PROTECTING US FROM MILLIONS OF VIRUSES THIS ENTIRE TIME

03 APR 2020 It’s fair to say that the world has had more than enough of viruses right now. Unfortunately, the converse is not necessarily true. The incredible vastness of the virosphere is hard to overstate. While several thousand kinds of virus have been studied in detail, scientists say we haven’t even scratched the …

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JAPANESE COMPANY ORDERS WORLD’S FIRST ZERO-EMISSION BUNKER TANKERS

02 APR 2020  Japan’s Asahi Tanker Company has announced plans to  build the world’s first two zero-emission electric bunker tankers. The vessels are being designed by e5 Laboratories, Inc. and will be powered by large-capacity lithium ion batteries. They will be delivered between March 2022 to March 2023, and the …

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NEW STUDY OF THE CORONAVIRUS ‘SPIKE’ PROTEIN COULD HELP EXPLAIN ITS IMMENSE SPREAD

01 APR 2020 When a new disease comes out of the woodwork, scientists across the world leap into action to try and find out what they can about it, hopefully providing new ways to help. Researchers at the University of Minnesota (UM) have done just that – by investigating the …

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FIRST CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES ON A CONTAINER SHIP

31 MAR 2020  Maersk Group has confirmed that five seafarers aboard the container ship Gjertrud Maersk have tested positive for COVID-19, including four individuals who are asymptomatic. Last week, they were evacuated to a hospital in Ningbo, China for treatment, along with two additional crewmembers who tested negative. All are in stable …

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DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO DISINFECT ALL GROCERIES NOW? AN EXPERT EXPLAINS

31 MARCH 2020 There is no evidence currently that COVID-19 is transmitted by food. The biggest risk when it comes to COVID-19 and groceries is being around other people in the grocery store while you are shopping.  Should I keep my groceries in the garage or on the porch for …

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