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NIMASA 2016 Budget: Peterside unveils ‘Five-Point Strategic Agenda’ for development of maritime sector

    Five-Point Strategic Agenda are .Strengthening of maritime safety and security .Maintenance of clean maritime environment .Enhancement of port state control .Human and infrastructural capacity building .Increased revenue generation through elimination of corruption aided by sanitized-maritime environment (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The much –awaited ‘Five-Point Strategic Agenda’ to aid the development of the nation’s maritime sector that is contained in the ...

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No Retreat, No Surrender: NIMASA, Nigerian Air Force seal pact to quench piracy in Nigerian waters

  .Air Force sets to deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to enhance maritime surveillance .Air Force commences local production of (UAV) to aid security . Air Force, NIMASA move to reduce Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for quicker response . Air Force beckons on NIMASA, others to support mass production of (UAV) . Air Force to build capacity of some ...

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Global smartphone market shrank annually for first time in first quarter: Strategy Analytics

SEOUL: Global shipments of smartphones shrank 3 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier in the market’s first year-on-year contraction on record, researcher Strategy Analytics said on Thursday, reflecting growing strains on the industry. Strategy Analytics said in a statement January-March shipments fell to 334.6 million devices from 345 million in the same period a year earlier, as ...

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Patients with mental illness fare worse after hip surgery

People with psychiatric illnesses are more likely to have complications after hip replacement surgery, according to a recent analysis. This added risk is something doctors and patients should discuss in advance, the study team writes in The Journal of Arthroplasty. Previous studies have linked depression and other mental illnesses to greater complications after surgery and worse outcomes for patients, the ...

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Parasitic worms may hold key to cutting spread of HIV: researchers

Posted 28 Apr 2016 19:25 Email More A A LONDON- A parasitic worm which affects millions of the world’s poorest people may hold an important but little-known key to cutting the spread of HIV, researchers said ahead of a conference on the issue in London. Schistosomiasis affects at least 250 million people. It is caused by parasitic worms, picked up ...

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KNPC signs $4bn loan for Clean Fuels Project

State-owned refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) signed on Thursday the first tranche of financing for its multi-billion-dollar Clean Fuels Project, a major plank of the country’s economic development plan. The tranche, provided by local banks and lasting for 10 years, is worth KD1.2 billion ($3.98 billion) and led by National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House , KNPC ...

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Is death reversible?

We are repeatedly told through the medical establishment that brain death is “irreversible” and should be considered the end of the line. Or is it? Two biosciences companies are studying a clinical intervention in the state of death. Bioquark, a company focused on the development of novel biologics for complex regeneration and disease reversion, and Revita Life Sciences, a biotechnology ...

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25pc of buildings to be 3D printed by 2030

Dubai aims to become a leading hub of 3D printing technology and by 2030, as much as 25 per cent of buildings in the emirate will be based on this technology, it has been revealed. The 3D printing technology is capable of transforming the construction sector by lowering costs and reducing the time it takes to implement projects, His Highness ...

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DP World reports 3.7pc gross volume growth in Q1

Dubai-based DP World Limited, a leading global marine terminal operator, reported 3.7 per cent gross container volume growth in the first quarter of 2016. DP World Limited handled 15.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals during the first quarter of 2016, with gross container volumes growing by 3.7 per cent on a reported basis, ...

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E.U. Presents New Arctic Policy

The European Commission presented its new Arctic policy on Wednesday. The policy aims to protect the Arctic, to promote sustainable use of resources and to promote international cooperation and engagement with indigenous peoples. In order to further tackle climate change and safeguard environmental protection, the E.U. has already committed itself to reducing its greenhouse gases by 40 percent in 2030 ...

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First American LNG Shipment to Europe Reaches Port

On Tuesday, the LNG Carrier Creole Spirit arrived in the port of Sines, Portugal, carrying the first shipment of American LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility to reach Europe. The cargo is for delivery to the Portuguese oil and gas firm Galp Energia, and it will provide about one week of Portugal’s consumption, or about one percent of Galp’s annual ...

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Tanker Carrying Libyan Oil Blacklisted by U.N.

The United Nations Security Council Libya sanctions committee blacklisted on Wednesday an Indian-flagged tanker carrying crude oil shipped by the rival eastern Libya government, said diplomats, which would prevent it from entering any ports. Libyan U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi wrote to the 15-member sanctions committee on Monday asking for the tanker Distya Ameya to be blacklisted, according to a letter ...

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Court Gives Green Light to New Swedish Port

Construction consent has been given for the Stockholm Norvik Port, a planned freight port just north of Nynäshamn in Sweden. In accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code, construction and operation of the port required a legal ruling, and the Swedish Supreme Court has issued a positive ruling that does not to allow permission for an appeal to be heard. This ...

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El Faro’s VDR Recovery a Formidable Challenge

  The team of investigators and scientists on board Atlantis collaborated with investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) lab in Washington and determined that given the VDR’s proximity to the mast and other obstructions, recovery of the VDR cannot be accomplished with the equipment currently available on the ship. Video and photographic images revealed that the VDR appears ...

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New Brazilian Ports Minister resigns

Brazil’s Ports Minister, Helder Barbalho, has resigned from the government of President Dilma Rousseff, who is currently under threat of impeachment. Mr Barbalho was appointed earlier this year with a remit to boost confidence in the country’s port terminal privatisation process. In particular, he was entrusted with persuading more private sector operators to bid for new terminal concessions. In addition, ...

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Suez Canal underground tunnels digging to start in June

The actual dredging of underground tunnels at the Suez Canal will start in early June 2016 and to be completed in 18 months, Chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Kamel el Wazzir said. While inspecting the project site on Monday 25/4/2016, Wazzir said a large dredger has already been installed at the location and final technical preparations are being ...

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Maersk Starts Direct Service to Cuba

  Maersk Line marked the introduction of its first direct service from Northern Europe to Cuba on Friday April 22 when a 2,556 TEU container vessel arrived in the Port of Mariel, located 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the country’s capital, Havana.The Cuba call is part of Maersk Line’s CRX – Southbound service from Northern Europe to Manzanillo, Panama, providing ...

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Malta Refuses Entry to Tanker Carrying Libyan Crude

On Monday, maritime officials in Malta refused entry to the oil tanker Distya Ameya. The vessel is loaded with 650,000 barrels of crude from eastern Libya, and had been headed to Malta for delivery. In addition to forbidding entry, port authorities instructed agents to refuse “all requests” by the vessel. No AIS transmission has been received by public vessel-tracking services ...

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With Oil Down, Exxon’s Credit Rating Slips

ExxonMobil lost its top-tier credit rating from Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday for the first time in almost 70 years, as slumping crude prices crimp the oil giant’s ability to fund projects and return big amounts of cash to shareholders. S&P, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc, cut Exxon’s rating to “AA+” from “AAA,” a one-notch demotion that leaves ...

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Louisiana Company to Pay $715,000 for Spills

ORB Exploration LLC has agreed to pay civil penalties and state response costs and to implement corrective measures following alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act after three crude oil spills that occurred in 2013 and 2015. The spills occurred from ORB’s Louisiana facilities at Frog Lake and Crocodile Bayou – both located in the Atchafalaya River Basin. ORB ...

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2016 Brings Respite in Ship Breaking Market

The shipbreaking industry had a stormy 2015. The year started off with high volumes wherein the first four months of 2015 saw a 10 percent increase in the number of ships over the previous year and an increase of 88 percent in light ton displacement (LDT) volumes. The main reason for the increased LDT volume was Cape size bulkers being ...

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Disney Cruise Ship Rescues Three Fugitives

  The Disney Cruise Lines ship Disney Fantasy rescued three wanted fugitives on Thursday and handed them over to the authorities. In a release, the U.S. Marshals said that the cruise ship saved two men and one woman found holding on to a capsized boat about 40 nm off the coast of Cuba. The individuals, identified as Luis Rivera-Garcia, 26, ...

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Australia’s Prime Minister Defends Submarine Decision

On Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended a decision to build a A$50 billion ($40 billion) submarine fleet in partnership with France in Australia, rather than opt for a faster build that would have seen initial work offshore. Turnbull said Australia planned to sign a full contract with France’s DCNS Group by the end of the year after announcing ...

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Australia Releases New Antarctic Action Plan

  A new era of Antarctic engagement has been announced by Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt with the launch of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan. The Turnbull Government is providing A$255 million ($170 million) in funding over the next ten years to enhance Australia’s Antarctic logistics and science capabilities. This includes $55 million for infrastructure and ...

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El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Found

The voyage data recorder from the cargo ship El Faro, which sank in October during a hurricane off the Bahamas, was located on Tuesday in 15,000 feet (4,600 meters) of water, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said. The recorder, which may contain hours of information related to the ship’s engine and communications from its bridge before the sinking, was ...

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Maritime security: NIMASA, Navy, Army restrategise on co-operation to fight piracy in Nigerian waters

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Army have restrategised and intensified co-operation on maritime security in the Nigerian waters so as to put a stop to the rising cases of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. The development was a fall-out of separate working visits ...

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Dubai sees record 4.1m visitors from Jan to March

Dubai welcomed a record 4.1 million tourists during the first three months of the year, jumping up 5.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2015, official figures showed. According to figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), the region saw strong double digit growth in visitor numbers from the around the GCC and ...

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Dubai airport passenger traffic tops 7.2m in March

Passenger numbers at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) continued to rise in March with 7.2 million guests passing through the airport, according to the latest monthly traffic report. Passenger numbers at DXB grew 7.4 per cent to 7,237,509 in March 2016, up from 6,736,929 registered during the same month in 2015. This brings Q1 passenger traffic numbers at DXB to ...

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Cyprus: Attractive bonus for port workers who call it quits

The government compensation package for voluntary retirement at the Cyprus Port Authority is viewed as one of the most generous plans, with a maximum of €143,590 for workers who will decide to walk away. It has not been an easy ride for Transport Minister Marios Demetriades, who had an indefinite strike in his hands earlier this month at Limassol port. ...

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Shipping’s Failure To Agree Process For An Emissions Reduction Framework At Mepc 69 Risks Industry’s Reputation

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, believes that the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) recent Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 69) has failed to achieve the required minimum outcome. Before MEPC 69, the SSI, as well as many other member states and industry bodies, called for an agreement on a ...

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Oil down; Morgan Stanley, Barclays warn of bearish forces

Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Monday as data pointed to fresh U.S. crude builds, while leading banks in commodities said the two-month long oil market rebound has defied fundamentals. A Reuters poll forecast a nationwide U.S. crude build of 2.3 million barrels last week, a third straight week of such builds. [EIA/S] Market intelligence firm Genscape reported ...

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India: Bulk cargo buoying up major ports

World trade has been low. India’s exports and imports have dipped. Yet, the goods moved by the country’s major ports have surged in 2015-16. Consider this: The monthly cargo traffic at major ports has risen steadily from a low of 46.85 million tonnes in September 2015 to 52.22 million tonnes in January 2016, nudging up to the record 53.72 million ...

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Chengxi Shipyard lands first ever order for chemical tankers

CSSC Chengxi Shipyard has bagged its first ever deal to build chemical tankers with an order made by Sweden’s Ektank for four 18,600 dwt units. The subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), which builds mainly bulk carriers, said the maiden order for chemical tankers points to the yard’s progression on constructing higher value ships. The first of the four ...

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Maersk keen on taking ports on lease in India: Julian Michael Bevis

Shipping company AP Moller-Maersk is keen on taking Indian ports on lease, but is waiting for a clear picture from the government of India. In an interview, Julian Michael Bevis, senior director, group relations, South Asia, Maersk Line India Pvt. Ltd, said he is very positive about the shipping and port sector, especially with the present government. Policies like Sagarmala ...

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Tight Colombo 380 CST bunker fuel market to ease next week: sources

Firm demand for 380 CST bunker fuel and vessel delays have resulted in tightness for the fuel grade in Colombo, Sri Lanka, market sources said Monday. Only two physical bunker suppliers, Interocean Energy and Lanka Marine Service, have stocks to last them through April 29, the sources said. “We didn’t rush into selling our stock, and have been getting good ...

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South Africa: An Achilles Heel Perspective on Ports Regulation

The role and challenges of the Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA) were under the spotlight at the Exporters Club seminar held at the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Cape Town office recently. In this regard, Andrew Pike, Bowman Gilfillan’s head of the Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors sector group, explained the background to the establishment of the PRSA and the ...

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Hanjin in Restructuring Agreement with KDB

Following its Friday announcement of an intention to enter bank receivership, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping submitted an application Monday with major creditor Korea Development Bank (KDB) for a debt restructuring plan. Hanjin was said to be under pressure from the government and from KDB to accept restructuring. Competing Korean line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has already reached an agreement with ...

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IMO Restricts Sewage Discharge in Baltic Sea

In addition to new provisions on fuel efficiency reporting and an update on ballast water management rules, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting last week also took action on sewage discharge in the Baltic Sea. Newbuild passenger ships with keels laid after June 1, 2019 will not be permitted to discharge sewage waste within the Baltic Sea Special Area. ...

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Semi-Subs Pose Biofouling Risk in the Arctic

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meet for its 69th session last week, and Friends of the Earth International submitted a paper calling for a particular focus on semi-submersible drilling platforms. The paper was prepared by Dr Andrew N. Cohen of the Center for Research on Aquatic Bioinvasions in California. Bioinvasions can result alter food webs and habitats with new ...

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MSF Restarts Mediterranean Rescues

The medical relief charity Medecins sans Frontieres has relaunched rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, accusing European governments of failing to act to save migrants in peril at sea, it said on Monday. MSF halted its maritime rescue program in January, saying it hoped European Union member states would take up the task of search and rescue of migrants and ...

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Cefor: More Insurance Claims on Chinese-Built Ships

The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers, or Cefor, has released its 2015 report on trends in marine insurance, and in its opening section, the association chose to highlight a trend of relatively high rates of hull & machinery claims for Chinese-built ships. Cefor cautioned that it is usually hesitant to publish statistics by factors like builder, class, flag or engine ...

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U.S. Challenges Nations Wanting to Limit Navigation

The U.S. military conducted “freedom of navigation” operations against 13 countries last year, including several to challenge China’s claims in the South and East China seas, according to an annual Pentagon report released on Monday. The operations were against China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, the Philippines and Vietnam, the report said. It did not specify how ...

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The Power of the Paris Agreement is in the Market Place

In an extraordinary show of support for the Paris climate agreement adopted last December, 175 countries, including the U.S. and China, signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at a ceremony at U.N. Headquarters last week. The number far exceeded the historical record for first-day signatures to an international agreement. During the signing ceremony, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, ...

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[Updated] France’s DCNS Wins Australian Submarine Contract

France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12 new submarines for Australia, one of the world’s most lucrative defense contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. The victory for state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group marks a vote of confidence for France’s defense industry and is a ...

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Officer Sentenced to Jail for Fatal Collision

On Monday, the former second mate of the ferry Scottish Viking was sentenced to jail for his role in the August 2010 collision with the fishing vessel Homeland, which resulted in the death of a young fisherman. Pasquale Miccio, 48, had been on watch on the Viking as it approached a group of small fishing boats off St. Abb’s Head, ...

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Russian Product Tanker Catches Fire

Over the weekend, the Russian Caspian Sea product tanker Palflot-2 caught fire, with smoke pouring from a hold and from her deckhouse and stern. Ten members of her crew were evacuated by another vessel belonging to the same operator, national media reported. One man, chief engineer Andrey Vladimirovich Kramchuk, was reported killed. The crew were all Russian and Kazakh nationals. ...

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Less than 5 per cent of Aramco to be sold: Saudi deputy crown prince

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to sell less than 5 percent of its state oil giant Saudi Aramco via an initial public offering (IPO), Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview on Monday. He also said he expected Aramco to be valued at more than US$2 trillion, and that he wanted it to be transformed into a ...

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Dubai to promote driverless vehicles

Dubai, UAE will introduce legislation to promote the use of driverless vehicles and invite companies to propose automated transport systems for the emirate, the government said on Monday. The fast-growing city state, which has about 2.5 million permanent residents, aims to make 25 per cent of its transport – both public and private – driverless by 2030. That should save ...

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Saudi Arabia’s cabinet approves reform plan

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet agreed to implement a broad reform plan known as Vision 2030, which is expected to involve sweeping change to diversify the economy beyond dependence on oil exports, state media reported on Monday. “We hope citizens will work together to achieve Saudi Vision 2030,” King Salman said in a brief statement carried by state television. Details of the ...

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Global investors get a peek into Narendra Modi’s ambitious maritime development plans

In a few years from now, if India achieves even 10% of what was showcased at a gala maritime summit organized by the government in Mumbai last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari could lay claim to being the architects of a resurgent sector. The sector, through which 90% of India’s external trade by volume and ...

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First call of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s vessel received at Sohar

Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) received the first call of the Mediterranean Shipping Company Lana vessel at the Port of Sohar. The vessel is a regional service of the Mediterranean Shipping Company and arrived at the Oman International Container Terminal quay in the morning. It can carry 3660 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) and has a length of 218 metres. The ...

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271 ships transit Suez Canal with 14.8m tonnes in last 6 days

Suez Canal traffic data between April 16 and 21 showed that 271 ships transited the canal with a total load of 14.8m tonnes. The average number of the ships that transited the canal daily recorded 45.2 ships, with an average load of 2.3m tonnes daily, while the average load of every ship was 54,600 tonnes. Compared to July 2015, the ...

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ABS Releases New Condition Montoring Guidance

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has published two documents to help industry with condition monitoring. The new ABS Guidance Notes on Condition Monitoring Techniques helps owners choose appropriate monitoring techniques, and the ABS Guide for Surveys Based on Machinery Reliability and Maintenance Techniques provides updated methodologies for achieving classification ...

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Sri Lanka Port Authority debt rises to Rs. 233 billion in 2015

Sri Lanka Port Authority’s debts have risen to over Rs. 233 billion last year, the Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga said. Speaking at a function at the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) the Minister refuted the claims made by the former president and current parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa that the Ministry of Ports and Shipping is not suffering losses ...

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Port cargo traffic rises on swelling economy

Container traffic at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), which operates the country’s only deep-sea port, increased by almost 10 per cent during the first quarter of the year, compared to a year earlier, while tonnage rose by 11.5 per cent, a company official said yesterday. “The significant growth is related to our strong economy, which is driving an increase in import ...

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Krishnapatnam Port Inaugurates Maersk Salalah Service

Krishnapatnam Port, the country’s largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast inaugurated the maiden call of “M V Maersk Bentonville” as part of the direct weekly service from Krishpatnam to Salalah (Oman). The first voyage of Maersk Bentonville discharged 551 TEU’s and loaded 770 TEU’s of exports. The weekly service is expected to provide fastest and most competitive service ...

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Portuguese Galp Energia Confirms Purchasing US LNG Transfer to Europe

Portuguese energy Company Galp Energia confirms having purchased liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo that is currently en route from the United States to Portugal, a company’s spokesman told Sputnik. “We can confirm that we have purchased that cargo,” Pedro Marques Pereira said, commenting on the reports about US LNG shipment to Portugal. On Thursday, US media reported that a US ...

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Obama, Merkel make case for disputed US-EU trade deal

HANOVER, Germany: US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint pitch on Sunday (Apr 24) for deeper transatlantic trade in the face of mounting opposition, vowing to complete a vast US-EU trade pact that could spur much-needed economic growth. After talks in the northern town of Hanover where tens of thousands marched Saturday against the planned ...

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Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads

While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by promotions they see online. Big U.S. tobacco companies are all developing e-cigarettes. The battery-powered gadgets feature a glowing tip and a heating element that turns liquid nicotine and other flavorings ...

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WHO warns of potential for ‘marked increase’ in Zika cases

PARIS: The World Health Organization warned Monday (Apr 25) of the potential for a “marked increase” in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world. With mosquito season arriving in Europe, “the possibility of local transmission combined with the likelihood of onward sexual transmission could see a marked increase in ...

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Nepal living dangerously as slow reconstruction hinders earthquake recovery

Nepal's cultural treasures were badly damaged in the earthquake, and work to repair them is slow.

  KATHMANDU: A year after a massive earthquake devastated many parts of Nepal, Kanchidevi Shrestha is living in a home that still bears the scars of what happened.She runs a small shop in the small village of Gaurati, lying on a jarring dusty trail in hills above the badly hit town of Chautara in Sindhupalchok. The upper level is nothing ...

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Gulf reform plans encouraging, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund said it was encouraged by the efforts of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab oil exporters to repair damage to their state finances as low crude prices slash export revenues. “I do see in a number of countries action to address the budget deficit,” Masood Ahmed, director of the IMF’s Middle East and central Asia department, ...

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Saudi Arabia puts on hold $324m bourse tower project

Saudi Arabia has put on hold a 380 billion won ($324 million) financial centre project being developed by Samsung C&T Corporation at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) for a seven-month period owing to financial difficulties amid oil slump, according to a Korean daily. About 70 per cent of the KAFD stock exchange centre project has been completed, reported Pulse ...

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No urgency for oil freeze now: Indonesia

Indonesia’s governor to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) said on Monday that oil at $45 a barrel was “not bad” and that there would be no urgency to freeze output if crude remained at that price. Despite failure to reach a deal to curb oil output and support prices at an April 17 meeting of Opec and ...

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Libya’s Eastern Government Tries to Export Oil

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the eastern government attempted to export 650,000 barrels of oil this week, breaching U.N. resolutions, but that workers at the Marsa el-Hariga terminal had refused to load the shipment. “This had the potential to be a very ugly incident and I am pleased that it has been resolved peacefully without injury to anybody or ...

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BP Ships U.S. Crude to Venezuelan Terminal

British BP has shipped a U.S. crude cargo to PDVSA’s terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run company with some eight million barrels of light oil, according to sources and Reuters data. Venezuela started regular crude purchases last year and since ...

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North Korea Fires Submarine-Launched Missile

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast on Saturday, South Korea said, amid concerns that the isolated state might conduct a nuclear test or a missile launch ahead of a ruling party meeting in May. The North fired the missile to the northeast at about 6:30 p.m. (0930 GMT), the South’s office of the Joint Chiefs ...

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[Updated] Al Qaeda Loses Seaport

Yemeni and Emirati soldiers seized Yemen’s seaport of Mukalla from al Qaeda fighters on Sunday, depriving the group of the seaport that enabled it to amass a fortune amid the country’s civil war. Around 2,000 Yemeni and Emirati troops advanced into Mukalla, local officials and residents said, taking control of its maritime port and airport and setting up checkpoints throughout ...

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Greenland’s Waters Deeper than Thought

  Many large glaciers in Greenland are at greater risk of melting from below than previously thought, according to new maps of the seafloor around Greenland created by an international research team.Researchers from the University of California and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory combined observations that various groups had made during shipboard surveys of the seafloors in the Uummannaq and Vaigat ...

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The Arctic’s Global Appeal

  Last week experts from around the world gathered for the Arctic Shipping Forum in Helsinki. Much of the discussions relating to the growing cruise industry in the Arctic focused on equipment and not on rescuing passengers from icy water. However, Diego Jacobson, CEO of White Glacier, a company that has released a range of immersion suits, kept the topic ...

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Global Warming: Study Shows Half a Degree Matters

European researchers have found substantially different climate change impacts for a global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C by 2100, the two temperature limits included in the Paris climate agreement. The additional 0.5°C would mean a 10-cm-higher global sea-level rise by 2100, longer heat waves and would result in virtually all tropical coral reefs being at risk. “We found significant differences ...

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Libya’s Eastern Government Tries to Export Oil

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the country’s eastern government attempted to export 650,000 barrels of oil this week, but that workers at the Marsa el-Hariga terminal had refused to load the shipment. “This had the potential to be a very ugly incident, and I am pleased that it has been resolved peacefully without injury to anybody or loss of ...

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CMA CGM Cancels West Coast ULCV Service

CMA CGM has confirmed reports that it will not be deploying ultra-large container vessels like the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin on regular trans-Pacific runs. A spokesman for the line cited the “current trans-Pacific market situation” in comments to the Wall Street Journal. Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates have fallen to $750-$800 per forty-foot unit, roughly half the rate two years ago. ...

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Labour dispute resolution: NIMASA pursues ENL protested-dockworkers’ case to logical conclusion

  .Casual dockworkers to be paid terminal benefits first time in the history of Nigerian maritime sector (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Following the intervention of the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, in the case of the disengaged dockworkers of the ENL Terminal who protested to the Agency recently, the disengaged dockworkers will now ...

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NIMASA PR guru Hajia Lami Tumaka makes top 100 Public Relations Experts globally

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Hajia Lami Tumaka, a Public Relations Guru, and indefatigable Head of Public Relations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, has made the list of top 100 Public Relations Experts to follow EvanCarmichael.com worldwide in April 2016 , as just released by Evan CarMichael Public Relations. EvanCarmichael.com, is a popular website that was founded by Evan ...

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First Ocean-Going Methanol Fuelled Ship Delivered

On April 20, Norway’s Westfal-Larsen took delivery of the Lindanger, the world’s first ocean-going vessel capable of running on either methanol or traditional petroleum fuels. She joins the ro/pax Stena Germanica, which operates on the Baltic Sea, in the small but growing class of methanol-fuelled ships. “We are very pleased to see the completion and launch of this exciting and ...

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Cemfjord: Passage Planning and Flag State Exemptions

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released an investigation report into the capsize of the cement carrier Cemfjord on January 2, 2015, citing problems with passage planning as a cause for the incident and also flag state exemptions that potentially affected vessel safety. The fully laden, Cyprus registered cement carrier capsized in extremely violent sea conditions in the Pentland ...

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Rescue Exercise Conducted For Crystal Serenity Voyage

  A tabletop exercise focusing on a mass rescue operation in the Arctic was conducted in Anchorage, Alaska, last week. Participating in the Northwest Passage Tabletop Exercise were the U.S. Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Canadian coast guard, Canadian Armed Forces, Crystal Cruises, North Slope Borough, State of Alaska Division of Health Services and Emergency Management and Air Force Alaskan Command. ...

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Targeting Pirates’ Boats, Nigeria Bans Big Outboards

In its attempt to combat a growing outbreak of piracy, hijackings and kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Navy has decided to attack pirates’ equipment: its officials have issued an outright ban on outboard engines in excess of 200 horsepower on the country’s coastal waters. “It has been observed that criminals carry out their activities at sea with ...

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Protecting and Promoting the U.S.-Flagged Fleet

Klaus Luhta, chief of staff with the International Organization of Master, Mates, & Pilots, urged a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday to address the competitive disadvantages of operating U.S.-flag LNG vessels and reaffirmed the role that the nation’s merchant fleet in national security. U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) chaired the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee’s ...

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Development of IMO Climate Plan Blocked

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) meeting in London this week did not reach agreement on a work plan for developing carbon emissions reporting and regulation. Many industry groups and member states have called for addressing CO2 emissions within the International Maritime Organization’s regulatory authority, and the negotiators at this year’s COP21 climate discussions in Paris agreed, leaving ...

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South China Sea: China to Build Nuclear Plants

China is getting closer to building maritime nuclear power platforms that could one day to used to support Chinese projects in the disputed South China Sea, a widely-read state-run newspaper said on Friday. China has rattled nerves with its military and construction activities on the islands it occupies in the South China Sea, including building runways, though Beijing says most ...

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DP World Rolls Out VGM Weighing Service Worldwide

  Container terminal giant DP World has announced that in addition to its previous plans to implement verified gross mass (VGM) weighing at its UK facilities, it will make comprehensive weighing solutions available – for a fee – at all of its locations worldwide, except where prohibited by local regulation.It is the first global container terminal player to make such a widespread commitment. ...

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Port State Control: Sierra Leone Maritime Administration courts NIMASA on capacity building of personnel

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The pragmatic moves by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), being led by Dr. Dakuk Peterside, the director-general, to make the sector impactful, Sierra-Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) has hereby solicited for the support of NIMASA in building capacity of its personnel for effective Port State Control and training of seafarers, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. (Port State ...

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Mideast remittances top $120 billion in 2015

The Middle East is among the top outward remittance hubs in the world, with the figure in excess of $120 billion for 2015, a report. Remittances within the Middle East are rising rapidly as well, particularly with the Arab nationals transferring money from GCC countries to other Arab countries, added an internal research conducted by Xpress Money, one of the ...

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IEA sees biggest non-Opec output fall in 25 years

Crude prices firmed on Thursday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said 2016 would see the biggest fall in non-Opec production in a generation, helping to rebalance a market dogged by oversupply. IEA chief Fatih Birol said low oil prices had cut investment by about 40 per cent in the past two years, with sharp falls in the United States, ...

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Sea Shepherd Launches Operation in Gabon

The Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, has arrived in the Republic of Gabon for the commencement of a new campaign to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, under the direction of the Government of Gabon.Throughout the 2016 tuna fishing season, Gabonese marines (Marine Nationale) and officers with the Fisheries Enforcement Agency (ANPA) will be stationed onboard the Bob Barker, ...

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BHP Raises Oil Exploration Budget for 2016

  Australian firm BHP Billiton has announced that it will put $2.7 billion towards petroleum capital expenditures this year – including $640 million for exploration, up from $567 million in FY2015. “As others cut back on exploration, our investment will go further and help create new options for the future,” said CEO Andrew Mackenzie. The capex will be evenly split ...

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Confusion Clouds Saudi Arabian Oil Negotiations

  As far as Venezuelan oil minister Eulogio Del Pino is concerned, his counterpart Ali al-Naimi, the world’s most influential oil official for the past two decades, is no longer the voice of authority for Saudi Arabia. Del Pino is still trying to find who is. As prospects for the first deal between OPEC and non-OPEC in 15 years faded ...

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Indonesia Could be the New Somalia

  Indonesia fears piracy on a busy shipping route along its maritime border with the Philippines could hit levels seen in Somalia unless security is tightened, the chief security minister said on Thursday, following a spate of kidnappings. The waters form part of major shipping arteries that carry $40 billion worth of cargo a year, analysts say, and the corridor ...

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Hapag-Lloyd in Merger Talks with UASC

German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd is in talks to merge with rival United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), German monthly Manager Magazin reported on Thursday. According to the report, which pushed up shares in Hapag-Lloyd by more than 10 percent to a two-month high, a combination of the two groups would create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping group. It said the ...

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Ballast Water: Potential Discrimination on the Great Lakes

Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce in Canada, believes ballast water management rules that are unachievable, impractical and discriminatory are being imposed by the U.S. EPA and the IMO on Canadian short sea ships that never leave the bi-national waters of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Waterway and thus cannot introduce new aquatic invasive species. ...

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‘Over 400,000 lives lost yearly to marine incidences globally’

  .Safety of lives at sea is responsibility of global maritime players-NIMASA DG (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Chief Executive Officer of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), Mr. Bruce Reid, has said that over 400,000 lives are lost yearly, just as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, beckoned on maritime players to ...

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EU charges Google with abusing Android market dominance

BRUSSELS – The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with abusing the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system, opening a second front against the U.S. technology giant that could lead to large fines. European Union antitrust regulators said that by requiring mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser, the U.S. company was denying ...

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How Swedish start-up Neo Technology helped crack the Panama Papers

STOCKHOLM: Every start-up hopes for a lucky break. Swedish company Neo Technology only found out it was getting one the day the Panama Papers made headlines around the world. Journalists with access to the vast trove of data used the firm’s open-source database to make sense of 11.5 million documents, including emails, images and spreadsheets, leaked from Panamanian law firm ...

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Angola yellow fever outbreak exposes vaccine supply dilemma

LONDON: The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has killed 250 people in Angola and is straining global vaccine supplies, posing a dilemma for health officials who fear it could spread further in Africa and possibly into Asia. Some experts have called for a radical switch in strategy to use just one-tenth of the usual vaccine dose to conserve scarce ...

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Iran struggles to find enough ships for oil exports

Iran faces a struggle to increase oil exports because many of its tankers are tied up storing crude, some are not seaworthy, and foreign shipowners remain reluctant to carry its cargoes. Tehran is seeking to make up for lost trade to Europe following the lifting of EU sanctions imposed in 2011 and 2012, which deprived it of a market that ...

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Saudi Arabia close to securing $10bn loan

Saudi Arabia is close to securing a $10 billion loan from banks, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, as the world’s top oil exporter seeks to fill a record budget deficit caused by low crude prices. The kingdom had initally been seeking to raise between $6 billion and $8 billion through a loan lasting for five years for its first foreign ...

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Measuring the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010, and the Deepwater Horizonsank in about 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) of water on April 22. The sinking of the platform caused crude oil to gush out of the riser — the 5,000-foot pipe that connects the well at the ocean floor to the drilling platform on the surface. After a ...

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Lobbying Heats Up for Australia Submarine Tender

  Japan’s advanced attack Soryu submarine carried out drills with Australia’s navy on Tuesday as a German company launched a campaign to advertise its expertise – as a race for a A$50 billion contract to build Australia’s next submarine fleet neared a climax. Industry sources said the Australian government is speeding up its decision on the contract – France is ...

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