Typhoon Mangkhut Roars Across Philippines and Hong Kong
Trump Gives Go Ahead to More Tariffs
Coast Guard Hurricane Response Continues in North Carolina
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Trump Gives Go Ahead to More Tariffs

U.S. President Donald Trump has directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports from China. The tariffs will take effect on September 24, 2018, and be set at a level of 10 percent until the end of the year. On January 1, the tariffs will rise to 25 percent.   “If China takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries, we will immediately pursue phase three, which is...

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Typhoon Mangkhut Roars Across Philippines and Hong Kong

Typhoon Mangkhut passed over Hong Kong, Macau and southern Guangdong province over the weekend, bringing high winds and torrential rains. The massive storm had already caused extensive damage on the island of Luzon, the Philippines, and it passed through the American territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands last week. According to the Hong Kong Observatory, Mangkhut clocked in at up to 155 knots as it moved across the Western Pacific, and it arrived in Luzon with a maximum sustained...

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Coast Guard Hurricane Response Continues in North Carolina

The U.S. Coast Guard and other branches of the armed forces have been conducting a round-the-clock rescue and response operation in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence's arrival last Friday.  Coast Guard helicopter crews redeployed from around the region in preparation for the storm, and are currently operating out of Elizabeth City and Savannah, Georgia. These aircrews have rescued more than 400 people and 200 pets in North Carolina since the hurricane landed.  In addition, the service's shallow...

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Maersk Adjusts Fuel Surcharge Ahead of 2020 Sulfur Cap

Maerks Line has announced a new bunker adjustment factor (BAF) surcharge it says will enable customers to predict, plan and track how changes in fuel price impact the shipping freight rate. The new BAF surcharge aims at recovering the Maersk Line costs of compliance with the global sulfur cap which enters into force on January 1, 2020. The cap means that ships will use fuel with a sulfur content of less than 0.5 percent, rather than the 3.5 percent that...

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Human Rights Video: The State's Duty to Protect

The U.K-based charity Human Rights at Sea has launched the first in its series of freely available educational films on the United Nations (U.N.) Guiding Principles on Business and their application in the maritime environment.  Part 1 explains the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and focuses on the first pillar, which is the State’s Duty to Protect. The film was produced by Marlins, and an infographic is available.

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Canada to Assess Shipping's Impact on Coastal Marine Ecosystems

Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies to look at ways of assessing the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems. The $95,000 initiative will involve collecting data from six pilot sites: Northern British Columbia, Southern British Columbia, the St. Lawrence River (Quebec), the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick), the South Coast of Newfoundland, and Cambridge Bay (Nunavut). In August, Canada's Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced an investment of over $175 million in seven measures...

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Annual Global Shark Catch Exceeds One Million Tons

Fishing pressure on threatened shark populations has increased dramatically in recent years, and consumers should reject shark fin products as a matter of urgency, say the researchers involved in a newly-published assessment of stocks. Data suggest that global shark catches now exceed one million tons per year, more than double what they were six decades ago. This over-exploitation now threatens almost 60 percent of shark species, the highest proportion among all vertebrate groups. The study, published in Marine Policy, was...

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Global Marine Premiums Up By Two Percent

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has released its annual statistical report on the marine insurance market highlighting that global marine premiums were $28.5 billion in 2017, up by two percent from 2016. However, the IUMI says that, despite this increase, there is an increasing mismatch between income levels and covered risk when current premium levels are viewed in relation to covered risks and the impact of claims. In the hull market, falling vessel values have, among other market...

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ICS Releases Guide to Sulfur Rule Compliance

The IMO sulfur cap is fast approaching, and to help shipowners prepare, the International Chamber of Shipping has produced a guide to compliance using low sulfur fuels.  On January 1, 2020, the vast majority of the world's fleet will be required to bunker with low-sulfur fuel, and ICS secretary general Guy Platten suggests that the industry will need to prepare well in advance. “Shipping companies may need to start ordering compliant fuels from as early as the middle of 2019,...

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The Coast Guard's Largest Overseas Unit

Naval operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began with the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002. The Navy drew on its plans for combat operations in Iraq, and in September 2002, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) requested U.S. Coast Guard support. Preparations for Coast Guard deployment moved quickly. In October, the service’s Atlantic Area Command (LANTAREA), headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, created a deployable detachment to oversee personnel, supply and maintenance needs for patrol boat operations in the Arabian...

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Container Feeder Tries Bunkering with Vegetable Oil

Low-carbon shipping group GoodShipping has announced its first carbon-free shipment - a voyage of the container feeder Samskip Endeavor fueled by vegetable oil.  Prior to the voyage, the Endeavor took on 22,000 liters (about 20 tonnes) of hydrotreated used cooking oil provided by GoodFuels Marine. This amount corresponds to the annual marine fuel consumption of five of GoodShipping's ocean freight customers - Tony’s Chocolonely, Dopper, Blygold, Magic Marine and Mystic. The voyage will offset all of their carbon emissions from...

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