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SAUDI FORCES REPORT ATTEMPTED BOMB-BOAT ATTACK ON TANKER OFF YEMEN

07 MAR 2020  Saudi Arabia’s military said Wednesday that its forces prevented an “imminent terrorist attack” against an oil tanker about 90 nautical miles southeast of Nishtun, Yemen in the Arabian Sea. “The failed terrorist attempt was carried out at [1439 hours] on Tuesday 03 March 2020 during the [voyage] …

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WHO ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19 CONTROL ON BOARD VESSELS

06 MAR 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidelines to avoid or manage an outbreak of coronavirus on board ships. The recently-released guide calls on shipowners to provide crew with guidance so they can recognize signs and symptoms of the virus. If a suspected case is identified, WHO recommends that the ship …

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SALVORS PREPARE TO LIGHTER BUNKER FUEL FROM GROUNDED VLOC

04 MAR 2020    Efforts to remove fuel from the grounded very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Banner are set to begin soon, according to Brazilian environmental agency Ibama. The ship, which went aground off the coast of São Luís, Brazil on February 24, has about 4,000 tonnes of fuel and 290,000 …

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ICS: CARRYING HFO MAY RESULT IN FINES AND DETENTION

04 MAR 2020 On March 1, it became illegal for ships to carry high-sulfur fuel oil (HFO) unless the ship is equipped with a scrubber. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warns that any ships found to be non-compliant face the possibility of detention. As of March 1, maritime enforcement …

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TIME TO RETHINK THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBAL BIOFOULING

03 MAR 2020 The rapid pace of technological innovation has had a growing impact on the shipping industry. But as owners and fleet managers face increasing pressure to improve environmental performance, new technologies will be necessary to ensure a profitable and sustainable future. The impact of biofouling on ship fuel …

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NEW CORONAVIRUS MAY CIRCULATE FOREVER AS A SEASONAL, ENDEMIC PATHOGEN, EXPERTS FEAR

03 MAR 2020 The new coronavirus is likely here to stay. Experts think will probably become a permanent part of the human respiratory-virus repertoire. “This is going to be with us for some time – it’s endemic in human populations and not going to go away without a vaccine,” Amesh Adalja, an …

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AAPA: PORTS ARE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE

02 MAR 2020  Chris Connor, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), has issued a statement about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak saying: “While the global economic impacts to the port and maritime industry from the coronavirus outbreak are significant and growing, the human impacts are our …

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IMO 2020 ENTERING NEW PHASE WITH CARRIAGE BAN

01 MAR 2020 A tweak to new environmental rules for the shipping industry is just days from taking effect, closing off a loophole for would-be cheats looking to cut their fuel bills. Starting March 1, shippers will be prohibited from carrying highly sulfurous marine fuel for later consumption at sea, …

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SCIENTISTS DISCOVER MYSTERIOUS VIRUS IN BRAZIL WITH NO KNOWN GENES THEY CAN IDENTIFY

20 FEB 2020 Scientists have identified an enigmatic virus whose genome seems to be almost entirely new to science, populated by unfamiliar genes that have never before been documented in viral research. The so-called Yaravirus, named after Yara – or Iara, a water-queen figure in Brazilian mythology – was recovered from Lake Pampulha, an …

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