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Quicker and Easier Than Falling Asleep…

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-09-22 20:58:55

Harry Potter asks his godfather’s spirit, “Does it hurt?” after he’d passed away.  The answer Sirius Black gave was, “Dying?  Not at all. Quicker and easier than falling asleep.” That answer may be familiar to enclosed space victims.   The air we breathe consists of several major components. Oxygen, critical for human life makes up about 20.9 percent of that air. That majority of air is made up of nitrogen – close to 78 percent. The remaining one percent largely...

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Mitigating Threats to Undersea Internet Infrastructure

By Jacob Styczynski 2018-09-19 18:36:04

Submarine cables and the internet traffic they carry, including as much as 99 percent of international telecommunications data, have been a focus area for government officials in recent months. In June 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned entities supporting Russia's "underwater capabilities," citing concerns of Russian activity "tracking undersea communication cables." The sanctions shortly followed the re-establishment of a NATO command post tracking Russian submarines in December 2017, prompted by the same concerns of Russian activity near submarine cables....

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Preparing Your Boat For the Hurricane Season

By Mayra Paris 2018-09-12 17:18:35

The 2017 hurricane season made headlines around the world after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated much of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Damages totaled upwards of $200 billion, making it the costliest hurricane season in U.S. history. Boat owners were among the hardest hit. The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) says over 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed by Irma and Harvey, with many more losses in the Caribbean due to Hurricane Maria. Unfortunately, scientists...

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From Data Noose to Data Intelligence

By Geert Schouten 2018-09-10 18:17:00

Maritime newbuild projects, conversions and maintenance projects have at least one thing in common: millions are lost in search for the right information. About 30 percent of all work within maritime projects consist of unnecessary searching, searching and more searching for data. The right data. This of course has a cause and luckily there is also a solution. First of all the cause. I visit many maritime companies that have heard of digital transformation, but are unable to give it...

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What Technology is Doing for the Cruise Industry

By Ian Richardson 2018-09-06 18:35:59

To help the cruise industry capitalize on the benefits of technology, ICE’s Co-Founder and CEO, Ian Richardson has agreed to chair a new technology initiative as part of Cruise Lines International Association’s Executive Partner Program. This initiative brings together cruise lines, technology vendors and industry experts to discuss key issues affecting the industry and how best to tackle them. In all areas of cruising, technology can potentially resolve issues and improve service. Here...

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Industry Readies for Blockchain Summit Singapore

By Sean M. Holt 2018-08-26 22:18:31

As MarEx continues its persistent coverage of blockchain technology for the maritime industry, we will be attending the Blockchain Summit Singapore on August 28. Blockchain Summit Singapore is a one-day conference and exhibition connecting over 700 industry leaders, business decision makers, tech innovators and investors. Blockchain Summit is the largest dedicated Blockchain Event Series in the world. With no co-located side events, it is purely a Blockchain focused audience. There are over 60+ speakers, 25 case studies and 34 sessions...

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OSHA's Respirable Silica Rules Now Apply to Maritime Industry

By Tom Davis 2018-08-24 13:23:44

To protect workers from dangers associated with exposure to breathable silica dust, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed "Respirable Crystalline Silica" standards. These standards are applicable to all employers and employees subject to OSHA. In addition to federal OSHA, there are also 28 OSHA-approved state plans. States are allowed to implement their own, statewide occupational safety and health programs pursuant to written agreements with the U.S. Department of Labor. State Plans are required...

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Radar-Based Oil Spill Detection System Benefits Port of Valdez

By MarEx 2018-08-23 18:47:34

Maritime activity in the Arctic is increasing as permanent sea-ice diminishes and the probability of oil spills in the region is increasing as well. High priority has been placed on developing options for identifying and recovering oil in Arctic waters. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, which sees supertankers, handling more than 1.5 million barrels of crude oil, transit through its waters every day. The tankers are escorted by a fleet of nine tugs...

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Africa Opens its Doors to the World

By Thomas Okbo 2018-08-12 01:55:12

A diverse continent with more than 50 different countries, Africa is blessed with vast natural resources - offshore oil and gas reserves, precious metals and diamonds, iron ore, cocoa, timber and more. That wealth of resources, coupled with an increasingly skilled workforce, key trade hubs and growing import markets, has enabled the continent to claim a strategic position on the world stage. And yet, it still holds a multitude of untapped opportunities for...

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LNG to Become the Fuel of Choice for Shipping?

By Alain Bourgeois 2018-08-04 20:40:11

Looking at LNG as a marine fuel, the IEA, in their 2017 World Energy Outlook estimates the market potential to 26 million tons per annum by 2030. According to DNV GL, LNG could account up to one-third of marine fuels by 2050. The IMO requirement that marine bunkers contain no more than 0.5 percent sulfur by 2020 which will have a dramatic impact on the operations of all of the world’s marine vessels. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, and there...

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