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Security Guidance Updated for Gulf of Guinea

By The Maritime Executive 03-31-2020 06:43:51

Industry organizations, supported by government and military organizations, have worked together to produce a new publication that will help mariners detect, deter and delay external threats to their safety. Best Management Practices to Enhance Maritime Security for Vessels & Mariners Operating Off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea (BMP WA) consolidates and enhances existing guidance for specific threats in this region. The publication is free to download from www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org, which also includes links to other maritime...

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Japanese Destroyer Collides With Chinese Fishing Boat

By The Maritime Executive 03-31-2020 06:32:39

On Monday night, a Japanese destroyer collided with a Chinese fishing vessel off Zhoushan, within the 200 nm Chinese EEZ boundary.  Japanese defense ministery Kono Taro confirmed the accident in a message on Twitter on Tuesday. According to the minister, the destroyer Shimakaze collided with a vessel about 350 nm to the west of Japan's Yakushima Island. The collision left a hole of about three feet long by three-quarters of an inch wide located about 15 feet above the Shimakaze's...

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FMC Investigates Operational Solutions for Ports

By The Maritime Executive 03-31-2020 06:32:30

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has issued an order authorizing Commissioner Rebecca Dye to identify operational solutions to cargo delivery system challenges related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Order states: “Recent global events have only highlighted the economic urgency of responsive port and terminal operations to the effectiveness of the United States international freight delivery system. Given the Commission’s mandate to ensure an efficient and economic transportation system for ocean commerce, the Commission has a clear and compelling responsibility...

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WTO, WHO and FAO Call for Action on Food Trade

By The Maritime Executive 03-31-2020 06:09:06

The heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a joint statement on March 31 calling on governments to minimize the impact of COVID-19 related border restrictions on trade in food.  “Now is the time to show solidarity, act responsibly and adhere to our common goal of enhancing food security, food safety and nutrition and improving the general welfare of people around the world,” the agency heads...

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Arctic Neighbors May Pollute Each Others' Waters

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to new research.  The study, published in the journal Earth’s Future, predicts that by mid-century, the average time it takes for sea ice to travel from one region to another will decrease by more than half, and the amount of sea ice exchanged between Arctic countries such as Russia, Norway, Canada and...

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Shipbuilding

Source: Asahi Tanker Company

Japanese Company Orders World's First Zero-Emission Bunker Tankers

Japan's Asahi Tanker Company has announced plans to  build the world's first two zero-emission electric bunker tankers. The vessels are being designed by e5 Laboratories, Inc. and will be powered by large-capacity lithium ion batteries. They will be delivered between March 2022 to March 2023, and the first will enter service in Tokyo Bay as bunker vessel. In addition, digitalization, automation and Internet of Things (IoT) technology will reduce crew workload and improve operational efficiency. The shipyard building the vessels...

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Training

Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Canadian Research Position Focuses on Marine Passenger Transportation

The Canadian Ferry Association is investing close to CAN$700,000 to establish an Industrial Research Chair in marine passenger transportation technologies, at Memorial University located at St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada. Memorial University offers an undergraduate program in ocean and naval architectural engineering that includes a mandatory co-operative aspect. The university is apparently still open to accepting application for the research chair. Introduction Canada’s intercity passenger transportation system includes essential airline and maritime modes. On Canada’s west and east coasts, building...

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WTO, WHO and FAO Call for Action on Food Trade

The heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a joint statement on March 31 calling on governments to minimize the impact of COVID-19 related border restrictions on trade in food.  “Now is the time to show solidarity, act responsibly and adhere to our common goal of enhancing food security, food safety and nutrition and improving the general welfare of people around the world,” the agency heads...

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