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Search Underway for Missing Towboat Crewmember on Ohio River

By The Maritime Executive 07-05-2020 04:57:27

[Brief] The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a man-overboard search on the Ohio River near Alton, Indiana.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at about 1200 hours that a deckhand from a towing vessel had gone overboard without a life jacket. The position of the MOB incident was believed to be between river mile marker 675 and mile marker 700. The male deckhand was described to be in his 50s, about 280 pounds and 5 feet...

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How Does Plastic Pollution Affect the Ocean?

By China Dialogue Ocean 07-05-2020 03:28:24

[By Emma Bryce and Mary Flora Hart] Every day, eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean. That’s equivalent to one truckload dumped into the sea every minute of the day. From there, it goes on a long and destructive journey. “The plastic that enters the ocean can be carried vast distances by currents to all parts of the world, including remote Antarctica and the Mariana trench, the deepest place on Earth,” says Winnie Lau, senior officer for The Pew Charitable...

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How China Has Overtaken Japan in Naval Power and Why it Matters

By CIMSEC 07-05-2020 01:31:30

[By Toshi Yoshihara] A major reversal of fortunes at sea has gone largely unnoticed. Over the past decade, the Chinese Navy sped past the Japanese maritime service across key measures of material prowess. The trendlines suggest that China will soon permanently displace Japan as the leading regional naval power in Asia. This historic power transition will have repercussions across the Indo-Pacific in the years to come. It behooves policymakers to pay attention to this overlooked but consequential shift in the...

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Pirates kidnapped 5 crew members from a Singapore-flagged cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirates Attack Second Vessel in Gulf of Guinea Kidnapping Five Crew

By The Maritime Executive 07-03-2020 07:37:33

A cargo vessel was the latest target of pirates in the waters off Benin. This attack came just one day after reports of an even more brazen attack on a vessel in the oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea. In the latest incident, security firm Dryad is reporting that heavily armed individuals boarded Pacific International Lines’ 27,379 DWT general cargo vessel the Kota Budi. Five Chinese nationals working as crew members, including possibly the master, were reportedly kidnapped from the Singapore-flagged...

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Study: Gas Hydrate Plug May Have Led to Deepwater Horizon Blowout

[By Nancy Bazilchuk] Ten years ago, the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico killed eleven men and resulted in the largest accidental oil spill in history. Years of investigations concluded that the drilling crew missed critical warning signals that would have stopped the problem. A new analysis suggests that wasn’t the case. The magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon accident is almost impossible to fathom. On April 20, 2010, eleven men died when the drilling rig exploded. An estimated...

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Shipbuilding

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Bath Iron Works Adds More Non-Union Labor as Strike Continues

Maine shipyard Bath Iron Works is bringing in additional non-union subcontractors in order to keep up work on its longstanding U.S. Navy destroyer contract, which is running months behind schedule. The move comes as the 4,300 members of shipbuilders' union IAM Local S6 - the majority of BIW's workforce - are out on strike over a contract disagreement.  "We are outraged that this company would further expand its use of low-wage subcontracting,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. in...

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Training

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New President of The Nautical Institute to Focus on Three Challenges

The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Jillian Carson-Jackson has vowed to help the Institute and wider maritime community meet three important challenges – those of diversity and inclusion, branch engagement and managing the impact of technology.  Speaking at today’s Nautical Institute Annual General Meeting she announced a pledge from the Institute on diversity and inclusion saying: “There has been a concerted effort over the past years to raise visibility of not just women, but the overall role of...

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BBC Shipping Forecast Times to be Phased Back to Normal

From Monday, July 6. the BBC’s broadcasts of the UK Maritime Weather Service, including the Shipping Forecast, will begin to be phased back to normal broadcast times and radio frequencies.   All broadcasts apart from the one currently being put out at 0533 will revert to previous times and previously dropped broadcasts reinstated.   From Monday, July 6, the Shipping Forecast will be broadcast at 0048 on FM and LW, 0533 on FM and LW, midday...

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