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Argentina's Submarine San Juan Found

By MarEx 2018-11-17 17:14:25

Exploration company Ocean Infinity has found the ARA San Juan, the Argentine Navy submarine which was lost along with her crew of 44 on November 15, 2017. In the early hours of November 17, after two months of seabed search, Ocean Infinity located what has now been confirmed as the wreckage of the San Juan. The submarine was found in a ravine in 920 meters (3,020 feet) of water, approximately 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of Comodoro Rivadavia in the...

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Carnival Cruise Line Cuts Steel on First LNG-Powered Ship

By MarEx 2018-11-17 23:56:50

Carnival Cruise Line has cut the first steel and revealed the new livery for its 180,000-ton XL vessel that will be the first-ever ship operating in North America to use LNG.  The vessel will be the line’s largest vessel to date and the first to be powered by LNG. The steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, and the vessel is expected to be delivered in 2020. A second XL ship will start construction in 2020...

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Twenty-Five Biologists Urge Russia to Stop Capturing Whales

By MarEx 2018-11-17 21:57:22

A group of prominent whale and dolphin biologists from across the globe have sent a letter urging a Russian federal agency to stop capturing free-ranging orcas in the Sea of Okhotsk for sale to marine parks overseas. In a letter delivered last Monday to the Far East office of the Russian Federal Service for Overseeing Natural Resources, 25 scientists noted that such captures are highly stressful to free-ranging orcas, leading to injuries, deaths, fractured social networks within pods and potential...

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The Growing Need to Reverse Declining Caspian Sea Levels

By Harry Valentine 2018-11-17 21:43:29

During the mid-1970s, water levels in the inland Caspian Sea dropped to record lows before steadily rising until mid-1990s. Since 1995, water levels began to steadily decline by seven centimeters per year. Warmer summer temperatures have increased evaporation as summer winds push the humidity south across Iran toward the Arabian Sea. A population of some 80 million people would benefit from action aimed at replenishing Caspian Sea water levels and maintaining optimal peak levels. Introduction While water levels of inland...

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Foul Play Suspected in Canadian Coast Guard Shipyard Incident

By MarEx 2018-11-17 21:10:58

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Corporal McLaren is partially submerged, with police considering the incident suspicious. The vessel was released from its secured cradle at the Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. shipyard and slid down the slip. A spokesman for the yard said that vandals had entered the yard on Friday night and cut the cradle cable and safety chain with a cordless mini-grinder. "If a cable fails, it frays. This was a clean straight cut." The 42-meter patrol ship is...

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Future of the Fjords

The Fjords Announces Construction of New Zero-Emissions Vessel

By MarEx 2018-11-17 19:51:51

Cruise operator The Fjords has announced it plans to add another all electric passenger vessel to its fleet, with Legacy of The Fjords now under construction at Brødrene Aa in Norway.  The 400-passenger, carbon fiber catamaran shares the design of sister ships Vision of The Fjords and Future of The Fjords, but unlike the others will operate in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, from July 2019. The Fjords operates 11 vessels serving Western Norway’s fjords. Vision and Future are the current...

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U.S. Announces Roadmap to Accelerate Offshore Wind

By MarEx 2018-11-17 19:31:16

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, the first federally funded public-private partnership focused on advancing the offshore wind industry in the United States, has released its first Research and Development Roadmap. In June, in line with New York State's work to advance offshore wind energy, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) was awarded $18.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy over four years to lead the consortium. The DOE award was matched by...

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U.S. Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship 11 (Sioux City)

By MarEx 2018-11-17 19:08:49

The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Sioux City (LCS 11) – the nation's sixth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – at the United States Naval Academy on Saturday.  The USS Sioux City is the 13th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Freedom-variant design. She is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of Sioux City, Iowa. The fourth-largest city in the state, Sioux City was founded in 1854 at the navigational head of the...

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APEC 2018: U.S. Voices Anti-China Sentiment

By MarEx 2018-11-17 18:53:20

Speaking at the APEC CEO Summit 2018, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. will join with Australia in developing a new naval base on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea - one of a number of anti-China measures he proposed at the event. Pence told the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting that the U.S. will contribute to the expansion of the Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island. He also indicated that America would continue taking part in...

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