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CHINA DOMINATES IN OIL TANKER MARKET AS REFINERS PREPARE FOR IMO 2020

26 OCT 2019 China’s demand for crude oil shows no signs of abating. There are currently more supertankers bound for the Asian nation than at any time since the start of 2017 and possibly longer. That could signal that China’s refineries are planning to run hard through the end of …

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FDA IS CALLING FOR BREAST IMPLANTS TO COME WITH SERIOUS HEALTH WARNINGS

24 OCT 2019 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under fire from women who say they were harmed by breast implants, proposed on Wednesday that manufacturers detail possible complications from the devices, including rare cancers, a range of other symptoms and the need for additional surgeries. The agency recommended that manufacturers …

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PIRACY ALERT ISSUED FOR EASTBOUND LANE OF SINGAPORE STRAIT

24 oct 2019 ReCAAP ISC has issued an alert after three incidents involving ships underway in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait. The three incidents occurred in the western sector of Singapore Strait over the last four weeks. ReCAAP ISC advises all ships to exercise enhanced vigilance and recommends …

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RADICAL NEW METHOD CAN DIRECTLY EDIT HUMAN CELLS TO GET RID OF GENETIC DISEASE

24 OCT 2019 Scientists in the US have developed a powerful new genome editing system that could offer significantly more precision and efficiency than the current CRISPR standard. While CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary medical technology that lay the modern foundations for editing genetic code – including variants associated with disease – there have long …

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U.S. GOVERNMENT WINS FORFEITURE OF NORTH KOREAN BULKER

23 oct 2019 On Monday, a federal judge awarded the U.S. government the ownership of the North Korean bulker it sold for scrap earlier this month.  “Today’s judgment of forfeiture finalized the U.S. government’s seizure of the Wise Honest and officially takes this North Korean vessel out of commission,” said U.S. Attorney …

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377 VESSELS COULD OPERATE IN THE U.S. ARCTIC BY 2030

23 oct 2019 The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) has released its report, A Ten-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region, 2020–2030, estimating that 377 vessels could be operating in the region by 2030. The report details how future natural resource activities, commercial shipping, infrastructure …

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STRANGE NEW VIRUS COULD REPRESENT ‘ENTIRELY NEW SYSTEM OF VIRAL EVOLUTION’

22 OCT 2019 By sifting through pig faeces, scientists in Japan have discovered a new type of virus that could challenge the already complicated notions of how we categorise what viruses are, and what they can do. Unlike living organisms that fall within the three ‘domains of life’ – bacteria, archaea, and …

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CONTAINER SHIP CAPSIZES NEAR HO CHI MINH CITY

21 oct 2019 A container ship carrying 285 containers capsized on the Long Tau River, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 17 crew of the 132-meter (433-foot), 657 TEUs VietSun Integrity of the vessel are reported safe. Local media reports indicate that the pilot notified …

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WHITE SMOKE COMING FROM GOLDEN RAY

20 oct 2019 White smoke that was coming from the car carrier Golden Ray currently being salvaged in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, has now been stabilized. The cause of the smoke is currently unknown. The Unified Command says that the situation is being monitored and a safety boat and a tugboat equipped with firefighting …

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LABOR REFORMS SIGNAL END OF KAFALA SYSTEM IN QATAR

20 oct 2019 Qatar has announced reforms aimed at ending the kafala system and therefore upholding the rights of migrant workers. “Kafala” is an Arabic word which means “sponsorship.” Kafala is unique to the Middle East. The Kafala system allows nationals to employ non-Gulf nationals. The power is entirely in …

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