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National Maritime Day: Remembering our Past, Focusing on our Future

By Capt. Jim Tobin 2018-05-22 13:12:00

On May 22, six days before Memorial Day, many Americans will quietly observe National Maritime Day, a day set aside 85 years ago by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to acknowledge the importance of our merchant fleet and remember mariners who died in service to our nation. Many Americans...

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Philly Shipyard Announces 275 Layoffs

By MarEx 2018-05-22 20:01:00

On Tuesday, Philadephia Shipyard notified Pennsylvania's Department of Labor that it is planning to lay off 275 people effective July 20.  The notification - filed on National Maritime Day - comes as the Aker-owned shipbuilder attempts to find new orders...

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Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Marc Grégoire, Chairperson, Pilotage Act Review

Canada Reviews Pilotage Act

By MarEx 2018-05-22 19:44:41

The Government of Canada, under its Oceans Protection Plan, has reviewed the Pilotage Act, and the final report recommends changes to labor models and considers the impact of amalgamating the nation's four pilotage authorities. These pilotage authorities conduct more than...

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Indian Fishermen Sue World Bank for Environmental Damage

By MarEx 2018-05-22 19:25:00

An association of traditional fishermen from Kutch, Gujarat is suing the World Bank in American courts over a new coal-fired power plant that is allegedly hurting their livelihoods. On Monday, they won an important victory when the U.S. Supreme Court...

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Seafarers Count in Ethical Purchasing Decisions

By Mark Dickinson 2018-05-22 19:00:25

Cast an eye around your home. Much of what you see arrived by sea. Furniture, washing machines, crockery, clothes, home entertainment systems and food – 90 percent of all the world’s goods in fact have been packed in containers and...

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New Cabotage Bill Would Support U.S. Shipbuilding

By MarEx 2018-05-22 17:13:00

On National Maritime Day, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and a bipartisan coalition from both houses of Congress announced a new version of the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act. The bill would require a portion of American crude...

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Saudi Coalition: Damaged Bulker was Not Smuggling Explosives

By MarEx 2018-05-22 14:09:00

On Monday, a spokesman for the Saudi military coalition in Yemen confirmed that the recent explosion aboard the bulker Ince Inebolu was not caused by explosive materials smuggled on board.  The blast damage pattern indicates that the blast did occur...

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Ley Argues Her Live Sheep Long Haul Export Prohibition Bill

By Sussan Ley 2018-05-21 23:47:18

From a childhood in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates to an early life as a mustering pilot then worker in the shearing sheds of Western Queensland, 17 years as a sheep...

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Australia and New Zealand Form Research Ship Collaboration

By MarEx 2018-05-21 20:34:11

Australian and New Zealand scientific research organizations have established the first formal collaboration aimed at promoting the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of research ships.  Called RVONZA (Research Vessels Of New Zealand and Australia), the group's inaugural meeting was...

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