Pallbearers from HMAS Melbourne (III) carry the late Captain John Stevenson, AM, RAN (Retd) into the Naval Chapel at HMAS Kuttabul for his funeral.

Australian Navy Captain from Melbourne - Evans Collision Dies

By MarEx 2019-02-16 17:18:46

The Royal Australian Navy has honored the life the man in change of HMAS Melbourne (II) when the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Frank E Evans turned under the Australian aircraft carrier's bow and was cut in half. Captain John Philip Stevenson died on January 30, aged 98, after a career marked with distinguished service in war and peace, as well as tragedy and controversy. In 1969 he was in command of HMAS Melbourne (II) when the tragedy occurred in which...

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BP: Renewables to Grow Faster Than Any Fuel in History

By MarEx 2019-02-16 20:24:45

BP has published the 2019 edition of its Energy Outlook, exploring the need for more energy to support continued global economic growth and rising prosperity and the need for a more rapid transition to a lower-carbon future.  The Outlook also considers the possible impact of an escalation in trade disputes and the implications of a significant tightening in the regulation of plastics. Much of the narrative in the Outlook is based on its evolving transition scenario which assumes that government...

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Pangolins: No Respite from Poaching

By MarEx 2019-02-16 19:33:33

February 16 is World Pangolin Day. Pangolins are still the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world. Hundreds of thousands of pangolins have been poached and all eight species are threatened with extinction in the wild. Pangolins are shy and secretive nocturnal creatures that live on ants and termites. Their defense mechanism is quickly to curl into a ball when threatened, which is where their name originates, “penggulung”, meaning “roller” in Malay. What sets pangolins aside from other mammals, and...

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Current Economic Opportunities at the Strait of Gibraltar

By Harry Valentine 2019-02-16 18:40:07

The combination of weather driven, climate driven and oceanic dynamics has caused a continually flowing water current at the Strait of Gibraltar. It has been revealed in data pertaining to rainfall and evaporation in the region and offers future ocean-based economic development opportunity in the region.  Introduction A televised nature documentary has revealed that evaporation across the Mediterranean Sea removes three times the volume of water as the combined volume of rainfall over the sea and rivers flowing into the...

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Shipping Containers House the Homeless of Bristol

By MarEx 2019-02-16 18:19:18

Old shipping containers are being turned into living spaces in the U.K. as part of a project by the charity Help Bristol’s Homeless.  The social collective notes that more and more people sleeping rough on the street, tented groups springing up and more people are sofa surfing. This inspired army veteran and restaurateur Jasper Thompson to found Help Bristol’s Homeless in 2017. “The most important thing is that the homeless people who are here are the ones leading the project....

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Inaugural Congress Champions Sekimizu's Passion for Maritime Heritage

By MarEx 2019-02-16 16:20:58

The inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage to be held in Singapore from March 13 to 15 will be opened by former IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu. Raising awareness of shipping with the general public has been a long-term passion for Sekimizu, and MarEx spoke to him about how he is turning his vision into reality through the Congress. Why, as a former Secretary-General of the IMO, are you promoting a wider awareness of shipping among the general public? The...

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U.S. Coast Guard Receives Funding for New Heavy Icebreaker

By MarEx 2019-02-15 22:02:00

The compromise federal funding package that President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday has received attention for its passage - which averted a second government shutdown - and for the relative shortage of border security funding in its 1,100-plus pages. It also contains significant good news for the Coast Guard, which received $655 million to build one heavy icebreaker and $20 million in long-lead-time funding for a second, according to USNI News.  As part of the budget deal finalized this...

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Photos: Ferry Strikes BBC Freighter on Amazon River

By MarEx 2019-02-15 17:55:23

[Brief] In the early hours of Friday morning, the ferry Men del Norte II collided with the bulker BBC Zarate on the Amazon River, near the port of Iquitos, Peru. The ferry partially sank following the collision. The crew of the Zarate aided in rescuing the ferry's 100 passengers and crew, with the assistance of good samaritan boats and first responders from the nearby port. No fatalities have been reported, though many survivors lost their possessions. Two trucks aboard the...

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Eyes in the Sky: Hunting Smugglers in All Weather

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2019-02-15 17:03:31

It was completely dark in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on the evening of October 3, 2018. Dense bands of cloud shrouded the moon, obscuring all light. Storms intermittently rumbled, dampening the darkness with sheets of rain. Five thousand feet above the sea, a large white airplane sliced through the gloom, its telltale orange stripe and Coast Guard shield obscured by the shadows. Pilots and crew members inside the HC-130 Hercules airplane did not mind the obscurity; in fact,...

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