Monthly Archives: May 2021

THE GLOBAL DEATH TOLL FROM WORKING TOO MUCH HAS BEEN CALCULATED, AND IT’S AWFUL

31 MAY 2021 Long hours and overwork are likely to be causing hundreds of thousands of deaths a year around the globe, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) – and the problem is getting worse. In 2016, researchers estimate that around 745,000 people died worldwide from strokes …

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JUST 20 COMPANIES PRODUCE OVER 55% OF ALL SINGLE-USE PLASTIC WASTE IN THE WORLD

30 MAY 2021 Humanity’s vast problem with single-use plastics doesn’t come out of nowhere. Before this avalanche of transient, throwaway waste is disposed of in landfill or by burning – unless it finds its way into the natural environment – somebody gets paid to produce it, making money by bringing this inevitable pollution into existence. Now, …

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EXPERIMENTAL ASTHMA VACCINE WORKS IN MICE, AND COULD BE TRIALED IN HUMANS SOON

29 MAY 2021 Asthma affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, but an experimental vaccine offers new hope to successfully treat this chronic lung disease, linked to hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. So far the prototype vaccine has only been tested in animals, but the researchers now …

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NATIONAL MARITIME DAY: A YEAR TO REMEMBER AND A DAY TO LOOK FORWARD

28 MAY 2021  On National Maritime Day, in addition to honoring mariner heroes from 1776 forward, I also like to reflect on the significant challenges that the merchant marine faced during the preceding 12 months. This year, that exercise was eye opening! We were well into the pandemic by this …

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SHIPPING INDUSTRY UNITES IN EFFORT TO STOP GULF OF GUINEA PIRACY

27 MAY 2021  To raise world attention on the threats to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea and take the first steps to improve security, a task force of stakeholders from across the shipping industry launched the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy. Nearly 100 organizations had …

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EU FOCUS ON BLUE ECONOMY TARGETING MARINE POLLUTION AND SHIP RECYCLING

26 MAY 2021  The European Commission is calling for a new approach in developing a sustainable blue economy, telling all member states that they need to develop plans in 2021 addressing the maritime sector. The EC said that a sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European …

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CAN THE G7 COUNTRIES CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE TO CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD?

25 MAY 2021  Western nations have been critical of China’s outpouring of development capital in Africa under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and have even urged African governments to avoid Chinese financing. With huge infrastructural investment gaps to cover, it has been imperative for Africa to seek a lenient …

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STRANDED AUSTRALIAN COAL CARGO ARRIVES IN CHINA AFTER 356 DAYS AT SEA

23 MAY 2021 The Jag Anand, stranded off the Chinese coast for 356 days with Australian coal, left the port of Jingtang yesterday after delivering its cargo, according to shipping data analyzed by Bloomberg. Chartered by Cargill Inc, the vessel left the port of Gladstone on May 26 last year, laden with …

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NEW KIDNAPPINGS AS EFFORTS GROW TO STOP GULF OF GUINEA PIRACY

22 MAY 2021  After a lull in piracy activity in the Gulf of Guinea, five crew members were reportedly kidnapped from a Ghanaian fishing vessel on May 19 operating beyond the traditional range of the Nigerian pirates. The latest incident came as international efforts renewed calls for action to end …

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MHSS: SEAFARERS NEED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT BEFORE BOARDING

24 MAY 2021  Shipping companies have a duty of care to prepare their crew psychologically and physically before letting them board a vessel, according to the head of Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS), a Hamburg-based startup which provides a 24/7 hotline for crewmembers to speak confidentially to clinical psychologists. Christian Ayerst, …

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