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EU SHORT-SEA OPERATORS OPPOSE ITF’S CARGO-LASHING CLAUSE

10 JAN 2020  European short-sea and feeder ship operators say that they are challenging efforts by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to redefine container lashing as a cargo handling activity in order to bring it under the control of unionized dockers. The redefinition, which ITF has sought for many …

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WELL-TRAINED CREW WILL BE ASSETS IN SHIPPING’S GREENER FUTURE

05 JAN 2020 Seafarers are set to be viewed as an asset rather than a commodity in the future as the global maritime sector embraces greener technology that requires a more skilled workforce. That’s the view of crewing specialist Henrik Jensen, Managing Director and Founder of Danica Crewing Services. Jensen …

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KILLING OF TOP IRANIAN GENERAL MAY RAISE RISKS FOR MIDEAST SHIPPING

04 JAN 2020 Forces with U.S. Joint Special Operations Command have killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a leading Iranian political figure and the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. A JSOC drone destroyed a convoy carrying Soleimani and several Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leaders …

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FOUR STOWAWAYS SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR VIOLENT CONDUCT

03 JAN 2020  A UK court has sentenced four stowaways to long jail terms for threatening the crew of the con/ro Grande Tema off the Thames Estuary in 2018. The men were convicted of the crime of affray at London’s Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) last November. In December 2018, the defendants …

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CAN THE NEW SILK ROAD COMPETE WITH THE MARITIME SILK ROAD?

02 JAN 2020 Over the last few years, the public narrative about the New Silk Road rail route has become increasingly grand. Conceptually, this route could be a kind of high-speed internet for the transport of physical goods; politically, it could boost China’s standing on the global stage. But as with …

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PIRATES KIDNAP EIGHT FROM GREEK PRODUCT TANKER OFF CAMEROON

01 JAN 2020 Armed pirates have abducted eight mariners and injured another in an attack on a tanker off Cameroon, according to Greece’s shipping ministry. On Monday night, armed attackers came on board the product tanker Happy Lady at an anchorage about two nm off the Limboh Terminal in Cameroon. The pirates abducted one …

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CLINICAL TRIAL PROVIDES ‘FIRST REAL HOPE’ OF A LUPUS TREATMENT IN HALF A CENTURY

29 DEC 2019 Lupus is a potentially fatal autoimmune disorder that impacts roughly 5 million people worldwide, and yet it still has no known cause or cure. Today, most treatments come with a whole bunch of adverse side effects, and given how little we know, finding new avenues for medicine has …

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RUSSIA’S FLOATING NUCLEAR PLANT PLUGGED IN AT PEVEK

27 DEC 2019 Russia’s controversial floating nuclear power station has begun supplying electricity to a remote port in Siberia, despite widespread environmental and safety concerns, the state nuclear corporation Rosatom said Thursday. In a statement, Rosatom reported that the Akademik Lomonosov had plugged into the “isolated Chaun-Bilibino network” in the port of …

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