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PART I: FISH FARMING IS FEEDING THE WORLD, BUT AT WHAT COST?

05 SEPT 2021 Gunjur, a town of some fifteen thousand people, sits on the Atlantic coastline of southern Gambia, the smallest country on the African continent. During the day, its white-sand beaches are full of activity. Fishermen steer long, vibrantly painted wooden canoes, known as pirogues, toward the shore, where …

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SALVORS COMPLETE FINAL CUT OF GOLDEN RAY WRECK REMOVAL PROJECT

04 SEPT 2021  On Saturday, salvors completed the very last cut in the long-running Golden Ray wreck removal project. All that remains is to load out the last two segments of the hull and clean up the seabed, and the waters of St. Simons Sound, Georgia will have the same appearance as before …

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SCIENTISTS IDENTIFY THE IDEAL LEVEL OF EXERCISE INTENSITY FOR BOOSTING FITNESS

01 SEPT 2021 We all agree that exercise is good for you: but how hard and how often should you push yourself to get the best results? A large study looking at the link between habitual physical activity and fitness levels shows that “moderate-vigorous physical activity” is the most efficient …

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NIGERIAN COURT SENTENCES 10 PIRATES TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON

28 JULY 2021 A court in Lagos, Nigeria has sentenced 10 pirates to prison for the kidnapping of the crew of the fishing vessel Hailufeng II last year. The Chinese fishing trawler Hailufeng 11 was captured by pirates on May 14, 2020 within the Ivorian EEZ. She had 18 crewmembers …

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INDICATORS SHOW WORSENING OF CREW CHANGE CRISIS DUE TO PANDEMIC

08 JULY 2021  The most recent data from a tracking effort that records the number of crew approaching the end or exceeding their contract periods points to further worsening of the crew change crisis brought on by the restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sponsor of the effort point …

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EVOLUTION OF QUANTUM MARINE STABILIZERS’ TECHNOLOGY AND CONTROLS

06 DEC 2020  In recent months, Quantum Marine Stabilizers has been developing new technologies involving Windfarm Offshore Service Vessels (OSV) and Next Generation Barge designs. To enhance operational performance even further, Quantum is using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict future wave patterns.   As the “intelligence” of the controls continue to advance, the …

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FIRST POSSIBLE SOMALI PIRACY ATTACK ON TANKER IN THREE YEARS

28 AUG 2020  A Panamanian-flagged chemical tanker has possibly been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. If the reports are confirmed, it would be the first successful hijacking in the region in three years. Security analysts Dryad Global is reporting that the 8143 DWT Aegean II, managed by Hanan Shipping of …

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EMISSIONS PROJECTED TO RISE 50 PERCENT BY 2050 IN IMO FOURTH GHG STUDY

05 AUG 2020 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) released the long-awaited 575-page final report for its Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study. Coming six years after the third report, the results are viewed as a critical scorecard measuring the success of the shipping industry towards the goals of reducing greenhouse gas …

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WORLD’S BIGGEST CRANE SHIP SETS ANOTHER RECORD

22 JULY 2020 The superlarge crane ship Sleipnir has set another record: the largest single-lift jacket removal. Last week, Sleipnir successfully lifted and removed the 8,100 tonne jacket for the Jotun-B platform in the Norwegian North Sea. The platform was installed in 1998 by the Heerema crane ship Thialf, which returned to the Jotun field …

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ITF: THE DEADLINE FOR CREW CHANGE IS OVER

16 JUNE 2020   After weeks of calling on governments to facilitate maritime crew changes and designate the millions of workers in critical transport industries as key workers, the International Transport Works’ Federation (ITF) issued a statement to seafarers saying simply, “Enough is enough.” The ITF had repeatedly said in …

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