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SEVEN KIDNAPPED FROM MSC CONTAINER SHIP

26 MAR 2020  Seven Ukrainian seafarers were kidnapped from the container ship MSC Talia F on Sunday. The 957-TEU vessel was en-route from Lomé, Togo, to Port Libreville, Gabon, and is now at anchor in Gabon. The remaining 10 crewmembers are believed to have taken refuge in the vessel’s citadel. Dryad Global …

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HERE ARE SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU AVOID FAKE CORONAVIRUS NEWS

25 MAR 2020 The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic“. Fake news spreads faster and more easily today through the internet, social media and instant messaging. These messages may contain useless, incorrect or even harmful information and advice, which can hamper the …

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DESPITE OUTBREAK, YANGZIJIANG SECURES $1.15B CONTAINER SHIP ORDER

22 MAR 2020  Despite the disruption and uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, Chinese conglomerate Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured a giant $1.15 billion order for up to ten dual-fuel containerships with a capacity of 14,000 TEU each. The firm order is for two vessels, with eight more available as …

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IN THE KNOW PODCAST 14-THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON GLOBAL SHIPPING

21 MAR 2020  Since December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world. The outbreak and the public health response have had a serious impact on every sector of the maritime industry: global cruise lines have halted operations, container carriers have had to blank dozens of sailings, and offshore …

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NEW HULL-CLEANING ROBOT TRAVELS WITH THE SHIP

16 MAR 2020  Jotun and Kongsberg Maritime have jointly developed a robotic hull cleaning device called the HullSkater, designed to be carried with the vessel and deployed regularly to remove early-stage fouling.  The HullSkater removes bacteria and biofilm from the hull before macro-fouling like weeds and barnacles can take hold. …

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GLOBAL RECESSION RISK SPIKES AS WORLD POWERS DOWN, MARKETS SLUMP

20 MAR 2020 A pandemic-driven global recession is becoming more likely by the day as the flow of goods, services and people face ever-increasing restrictions and financial markets slump. In just the past day or so, President Donald Trump curbed travel to the U.S. from Europe, Italy’s government ordered almost every shop …

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EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN CHINESE TRADE EXPECTED AFTER CORONAVIRUS

19 MAR 2020  An editorial appearing in China Daily states that after the Coronavirus epidemic is curbed, the consumption that has been constrained will be rapidly released, and there will be explosive growth in imports and exports. Liu Ying, a researcher at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of …

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BAWAT’S BALLAST WATER SYSTEM AWARDED U.S. COAST GUARD TYPE APPROVAL

18 MAR 2020 One of the easiest to use and most cost-effective ballast water treatment systems has been awarded Type Approval by the U.S. Coast Guard. The system, from Danish company Bawat, is the only treatment system available to shipowners that relies on heat pasteurization to kill off potentially dangerous …

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THE BELT AND REBRANDING INITIATIVE

17 MAR 2020  China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) continues to defy simple explanations. Initially used as a means to promote and frame the country’s key foreign policy initiatives, it has now morphed into somewhat of an umbrella term for all sorts of Chinese overseas activities. Is this development evidence …

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SIPRI: SAUDI ARABIA IS WORLD’S LARGEST ARMS IMPORTER

16 MAR 2020  International transfers of major arms during the five-year period 2015–19 increased by 5.5 percent compared with 2010–14, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The largest exporters of arms during the past five years were the U.S., Russia, France, Germany and China, …

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