Monthly Archives: April 2021

SPEED OF OCEAN CURRENTS IS CHANGING IN A MAJOR WAY, SCIENTISTS WARN

9 MAY 2021 Scientists already know the oceans are rapidly warming and sea levels are rising. But that’s not all. Now, thanks to satellite observations, we have three decades’ worth of data on how the speeds of ocean surface currents are also changing over time. In research published on 23 April in …

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COVID-19 CAUSES MORE PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS THAN WE THOUGHT

8 MAY 2021 Like everything in this pandemic, the knowledge we have about how COVID-19 affects pregnancy has changed since we first learnt about the virus at the start of 2020. Unfortunately, gathering information and research in this area has been slower than many doctors would like, and a new study has now found that …

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HOW 100 GIANT COMPANIES DOMINATE THE OCEAN ECONOMY

7 MAY 2021 One hundred companies control 60 percent of the ocean economy. Can they work with policymakers, scientists and civil society to lead the sustainable way? Humanity has depended on the ocean for millennia. But the extent and diversity of today’s ocean use is unprecedented. Many ocean-based industries are …

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OCEAN IS BECOMING MORE STABLE – AND THAT MAY NOT BE A GOOD THING

6 MAY 2021  If you’ve ever been seasick, “stable” may be the last word you associate with the ocean. But as global temperatures rise, the world’s oceans are technically becoming more stable. When scientists talk about ocean stability, they refer to how much the different layers of the sea mix …

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FUTURE CARBON-FREE THERMAL ENERGY AND SHIP PROPULSION

5 MAY 2021  The maritime sector seeks to reduce carbon emissions using ammonia, methanol, hydrogen and battery power and even liquefied air as the basis for propulsion. While solar, wind, ocean current and wave power contribute to the production of several forms of carbon-free propulsion energy, advances in lower cost …

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COVID – 2 SIMPLE CHARTS SHOW WHEN YOU DON’T NEED TO WEAR A MASK UNDER NEW CDC GUIDELINES

29 APRIL 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants people to know there are clear, personal benefits to getting vaccinated. On Tuesday, the agency released new guidelines for when fully vaccinated people – that is, those who’ve allowed their shot(s) two full weeks to take effect – can take off …

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SAUDI FORCES THWART BOMB BOAT ATTACK AT PORT OF YANBU

28 APRIL 2021  On Tuesday (27TH APRIL), Saudi forces reported that a bomb boat had been intercepted and destroyed near the port of Yanbu.  Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, told The Gate that Saudi marine units had destroyed a “remotely piloted and booby-trapped …

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CREWMEMBER ATTACKED DURING ARMED ROBBERY IN SINGAPORE STRAIT

27 APRIL 2021  The ReCAAP piracy reporting center has issued a new warning about the risk of boardings and armed robberies in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait traffic separation scheme. On April 17, two ships were boarded and robbed within the span of four hours – and in one incident, …

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ITF CONDUCTS WELFARE CHECK OF EVER GIVEN CREW MEMBERS

25 APRIL 2021 International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) representatives boarded the Ever Given in the Suez Canal’s Great Bitter Lake on Sunday for a welfare check of its crew. The health and welfare check comes as the ship remains at anchor in the Suez Canal under detention by canal authorities …

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