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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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WORLD POWERS TIE UP FOR NAVAL FORCE TO POLICE MIDEAST OIL ROUTES

07 NOV 2019 An MH-60S helicopter hovers in the air with an oil tanker in the background as the USS John C. Stennis makes its way to the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo By Verity Ratcliffe (Bloomberg) –A U.S.-led coalition created to …

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GREEN GROUPS RETURN TO COURT TO STOP ARCTIC OIL DRILLING OFF NORWAY

06 NOV 2019 Environmental groups urged a Norwegian appeals court on Tuesday to take emissions from the country’s oil and gas exports into account when ruling on the government’s decision to allow oil firms to explore in Arctic waters in 2016. The session follows the dismissal by a lower court …

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PIRATES KIDNAP FOUR CREW FROM GREEK TANKER OFF TOGO – TOGO NAVY

04 NOV 2019 Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo on Monday and fled after taking four crew members as hostages, the West African nation’s navy and Greek authorities said, two days after a similar attack in the waters of neighboring Benin. Of the missing crew members, two …

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PIRATES KIDNAP NINE FROM BULK CARRIER OFF BENIN

03 NOV 2019 A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin on Saturday, and nine crew members were kidnapped, the company said on Sunday. The remaining crew of the Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the …

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GREEK SHIP MANAGER DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN BRAZILIAN OIL SLICK

02 NOV 2019 The manager of an oil tanker being probed by Brazilian authorities in connection with an oil spill off the country’s coast has found “no proof” of the vessel conducting activities that may have led to leaks on a journey between Venezuela and Malaysia. In a statement sent to Reuters …

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DISPARITY: THE MISUSE OF AID

30 OCT 2019 The International Federation of Journalists has hosted the premier screening of a new film exposing how global aid budgets are used to reinforce spiraling inequality in the world. The film Disparity was directed by activist Renu Mehta and features nine Nobel Laureates, with narration by Sir Ben Kingsley. It …

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MONKEYS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT DEVOURING RATS AT A PALM OIL PLANTATION IN MALAYSIA

27 OCT 2019 To the pig-tailed macaque, there’s nothing better than sweet fruit plucked from a sprawling palm oil plantation. Except maybe fresh rat. That’s good eating too, apparently. Researchers have found that far from being a pest themselves, monkeys could be welcome guests at Malaysian palm oil plantations, more than making up …

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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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DUTCH FIRMS AIM TO TURN TROUBLESOME SEAWEED INTO FUEL

25 oct 2019 Dutch shipbuilder Damen is working with waste processing company Maris Projects to tackle the issue of invasive sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean region. The partners are working on a bioprocessing solution to gather the seaweed and turn it into energy, delivering both environmental and socioeconomic benefits. A significant …

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