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FSRU Project: Nakilat in strategic alliance with Höegh LNG for ‘flexible delivery’ of LNG to global market

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Nakilat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Höegh LNG to collaborate on the utilisation of Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) as part of its strategic solutions to diversify and explore opportunities for effective and efficient delivery of LNG product to the global market  on Tuesday in Qatar, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. (Floating Storage and ...

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Admirality law: No maritime sector without legal framework- NIMASA DG

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that there can be no maritime sector without admiralty law considering its strategic importance in the governance of every aspect of shipping, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Peterside, who stated this when the Executive members of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association (NMLA), ...

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Fire breaks out at London’s Camden Lock Market

LONDON: Firefighters have brought under control the blaze in a building in London’s Camden Market, the London Fire Brigade said on Monday (Jul 10). The cause of the fire was unknown and there were no immediate reports of any injuries or casualties. The London Fire Brigade said on Twitter the “fire is now under control but crews will be damping ...

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COSCO Shipping, Orient Overseas shares leap after lofty US$6.3 billion bid

SHANGHAI: COSCO Shipping’s and Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas International Ltd’s (OOIL) shares leapt on Monday after the Chinese shipping giant made a US$6.3 billion offer for its smaller rival on Sunday. Analysts said the pricing of the deal, at a 31.1 percent premium to OOIL’s previous close, was high given the global container shipping industry is only just beginning to ...

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North Korea warns of nuclear ‘tipping point’ over US bomber drill

SEOUL: North Korea on Sunday (Jul 9) lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war. The allies held the rare live-fire drill as tensions grew over the peninsula following the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ...

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NIMASA Executive Director, 23 others bag NSE Fellowship

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Executive Director in charge of Operations in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engineer Rotimi Fashakin, has been conferred with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), the umbrella body of the Engineering profession in Nigeria, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head of Corporate ...

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Nakilat assumes management of LNG Al Sheehaniya

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Sheehaniya from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from 6 July 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on 19th October 2016, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. According to a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from Nakilat Shipping Qatar ...

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‘Welcome to Hell’ anti-G20 protests begin

HAMBURG: Several thousand demonstrators vowing to “Smash G20!” marched on Thursday (Jul 6) with Hamburg police bracing for possible violence from a hardcore of several hundred hard-left activists. Police put the number of participants at some 8,000 at the beginning of the procession that was due to head towards and encircle the venue for the Group of 20 summit starting ...

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US, South Korea stage show of force after North Korea ICBM test

WASHINGTON: US and South Korean troops fired missiles into the waters off South Korea, the US military said on Tuesday (Jul 4), in a show of force after North Korea’s ICBM test. “The deep strike precision capability enables the (South Korean)-US alliance to engage the full array of time critical targets under all weather conditions,” the US Army said in ...

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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile ahead of G20 summit

SEOUL: North Korea test-launched a ballistic missile from its western region into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, ahead of a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 nations in Germany later this week. The missile flew for about 40 minutes and landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Japanese government said, ...

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GE closes Baker Hughes deal, becomes No. 2 oilfield service provider

HOUSTON: General Electric Co on Monday completed its buyout of Baker Hughes Inc, merging it with its own oil and gas equipment and services operations to create the world’s second-largest oilfield service provider by revenue. The new company, to be called “Baker Hughes, a GE company,” will begin trading on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ...

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Feeling unwanted and unwelcome, African migrants hit by new tax in Israel

TEL AVIV: Nine years ago, Teklit Michael fled Eritrea to avoid military conscription, survived a perilous journey across the Sinai peninsula and sought asylum in Israel. The 29-year-old Eritrean community organiser now works as a cook at a restaurant in south Tel Aviv – alone, without family and in legal limbo, awaiting a response to his asylum request. Since May, ...

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Total signs major Iran gas deal, defying US pressure

TEHRAN: French energy giant Total was set to defy US pressure on Monday (Jul 3), signing a multi-billion-dollar gas deal with Iran, the first by a European firm in more than a decade. Total is to invest an initial US$1 billion (€880 million) in the South Pars offshore gas field as part of a consortium with Chinese and Iranian firms. ...

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Saudi Arabia, allies give Qatar two more days to accept demands

DUBAI/DOHA: Four Arab states which accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism agreed to extend until late on Tuesday a deadline for Doha to comply with a list of demands, as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced concern to both sides about the dispute. Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands – including closing Qatar-based al Jazeera TV and ejecting ...

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U.S. Warship Claims Freedom of Navigation

  The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday. The freedom-of-navigation operation was designed to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said. The vessel sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands. ...

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Japanese Carriers Forge Ahead with Alliance

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) have formally established a joint holding company for their container business alliance. The new company, named Ocean Network Express, includes terminal operation businesses outside Japan. The three companies have received all the necessary approvals with local competition laws, except for South Africa. In South Africa, the new ...

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CMA CGM Sells Stake in Los Angeles Terminal

  CMA CGM has signed a binding agreement for the sale of a 90 percent equity interest in the Global Gateway South terminal in Los Angeles for $817 million. CMA CGM is selling the share to EQT Infrastructure III and its partner P5 Infrastructure but will retain a minority 10 percent share of the terminal, which it acquired last year ...

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Keppel Readies World’s First FLNG Conversion

    Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard will soon deliver the world’s first converted floating LNG (FLNG) to Golar LNG. The vessel was named Hilli Episeyo at a ceremony in Keppel Shipyard on Sunday. Upon completion, the FLNG will be put in operation offshore Kribi, Cameroon, for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon, and will be the ...

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International businesses caught in Qatar crossfire

DUBAI/DOHA: International businesses are being caught in the crossfire of Qatar’s dispute with its Arab neighbours as it delays shipments, lengthens travel times and prompts contingency plans in case the crisis deepens. The feud between Arab powers threatens to undermine the region’s progress in positioning itself as business friendly and raises concerns that some firms may be forced to pick ...

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China Launches New-Class Destroyer

China’s new 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer was launched at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard on Wednesday. The new Type 055 destroyer was independently developed and manufactured by China, with the nation claiming to have made a series of technical breakthroughs in overall vessel design, information integration and assembly. The new destroyer is equipped with new types of air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine ...

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Trump travel ban: US lays out visa criteria for applicants from 6 Muslim nations

WASHINGTON: Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close US family relationship or formal ties to a US entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the US State Department on Wednesday. The guidance defined a close familial relationship as being a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including ...

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Massive cyberattack hits global companies, causes turmoil

  A major cyber attack worldwide disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms on Tuesday, reported CNBC. The virus used is similar to the ransomware attack last month that infected more than 300,000 computers, according to cybersecurity experts. The widespread cyberattack apparently targeting Ukraine rippled across Europe and spread to computer systems of banks and major ...

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Saudi Aramco unit buys into Irish wastewater company

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of global oil giant Saudi Aramco, has acquired a major stake in Irish wastewater treatment technology company OxyMem. The Saudi group’s funding will help OxyMem to boost investment in product development and expansion of its manufacturing capacity and increase its sales force. OxyMem said its ground-breaking membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) ...

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Sanctions on Qatar Could Become Permanent

  A UAE government spokesperson warned on Wednesday that Qatar’s diplomatic and economic isolation from its Arab neighbors could become a permanent state of affairs. The Saudi-led sanctions regimes include a ban on Qatari-flagged ships in Bahraini, Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian ports. “Qatar is not responding positively to [the demands] we’ve sent,” said UAE spokesman Omar Ghobash, speaking to BBC. ...

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Search Effort Continues for Missing Argentine Fishermen

  An Argentine Navy salvage vessel is working with a remotely operated vehicle to inspect the hull of the shrimp trawler Repunte, which sank in a storm about 35 nm off of the port of Rawson, Argentina on June 17. Seven men remain missing ten days after the vessel went down, and the SAR effort continues. Three crew members were ...

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WWL Executives Indicted for Price Fixing

  Shipping executives Anders Boman, Arild Iversen and Kai Kraass have been indicted with participating in a long-running price fixing conspiracy. The indictments were unsealed in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore and relate to price fixing on international ro-ro cargo shipments to and from the U.S. and elsewhere, including the Port of Baltimore. A federal grand jury returned the ...

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Meat processor cuts deal with ABC in ‘pink slime’ defamation case

REUTERS: Beef Products Inc has settled its defamation and libel lawsuit against American Broadcasting Co and its reporter Jim Avila, the meat processor said on Wednesday. BPI had claimed ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co , and Avila defamed the company by using the term “pink slime” and making errors and omissions in its 2012 reporting on what the ...

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US defence secretary says Syria appears to have heeded US warning on chemical attack

BRUSSELS: Syria appears to have heeded a U.S. warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. “It appears that they took the warning seriously,” Mattistold reporters flying with him to Brussels for a meeting of NATOdefence ministers. “They didn’t do it.” Asked whether he believed ...

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World Seafarers day: No maritime sector without seafarers- NIMASA DG

  .Peterside assures seafarers of better working condition . Your challenges are our challenges, just as your successes are our successes- Peterside (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Seafarer with the Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, averring that there can be no maritime ...

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Opec, non-Opec conformity level hits 106pc

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and the participating non-Opec countries have recorded the highest conformity ever with their voluntary adjustments in production, achieving a level of 106 per cent, reported AzerNews. The overall conformity levels by Opec and participating non-Opec producing countries have steadily increased from January to May 2017, exceeding 100 per cent in both April and ...

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Keel Laid for Hapag-Lloyd’s First Expedition Cruise Ship

A keel-laying ceremony was held on June 20 for Hanseatic nature, the first of two expedition cruise ships being built for Hapag-Lloyd. Hanseatic nature‘s maiden voyage is planned for April 2019. The second ship, Hanseatic inspiration, will launch six months later in October 2019. The vessels are being built by the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. The ships’ hulls will ...

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Shipping Confidence Hits Three-Year High

  Shipping confidence reached its equal highest rating in the past three years during March to May this year, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents to the survey was up to 6.1 out of 10.0 from the 5.6 recorded in the previous survey in February 2017. Increased ...

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Amnesty: EU Should Cut Ties with Libyan Coast Guard

  In advance of an upcoming European Council session, Amnesty International called on the European Union to stop working with the Libyan Coast Guard, which is receiving EU assistance in its counter-human trafficking mission. “The EU is allowing the Libyan coastguard to return refugees and migrants to a country where unlawful detention, torture and rape are the norm. They are ...

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Belgium has identified station bomber: Interior minister

BRUSSELS: Belgian security forces have identified the man who set off an explosion at one of Brussels’ busiest train stations before he was shot and killed, in the latest attack to hit Europe, authorities said on Wednesday (Jun 21). Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the attack Tuesday evening could have been much worse because the “big explosion did not happen,” ...

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Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO: Report

NEW YORK: Founder of ride-hailing company Uber Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO on Wednesday (Jun 21) after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay, the New York Times (NYT) reported. Kalanick had earlier taken a leave of absence following a months-long investigation led former US Attorney General Eric Holder, who was hired by Uber to look into ...

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Qatar says news agency hacking linked to states boycotting Doha

DOHA: Qatar’s attorney general said on Tuesday his country has evidence that the hacking of Qatar’s state news agency was linked to countries that have severed ties with Doha. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut their ties with Doha over comments allegedly made by the emir and posted briefly on the Qatar News Agency’s website on ...

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Chinese and Russians aim to end Airbus-Boeing duopoly

PARIS: China’s C919 and Russia’s MC-21 may be absent from the tarmac at the Paris Air Show, but their makers don’t hide their ambition to nose into the biggest part of the civil aviation market – single-aisle medium-haul aircraft – which is dominated by Airbus and Boeing. “For decades there were just two families of competing aircraft in the single-aisle ...

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USOC backs proposal for dual award of 2024, 2028 Olympics Games

LOS ANGELES: A top U.S. Olympic Committee official has welcomed the prospect of the 2024 and 2028 Games being awarded simultaneously, which would all but guarantee Los Angeles as one of the hosts. Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee’s executive board recommended that hosting rights for both Games be awarded at the same time. Los Angeles and Paris are ...

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Explosion rocks Brussels train station, suspect shot dead

BRUSSELS: Belgian soldiers shot a terror suspect after an explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels on Tuesday (Jun 20) in the latest attack to hit Europe. Witnesses said the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) before setting off the blast, with initial reports saying the explosion could have come from an explosive belt. Subsequent accounts pointed to ...

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Turkey to start building first nuke plant in 2018

The Turkish subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear energy company Rusatom plans to launch its project to build the first nuclear power plant (NPP) in Turkey next year, Russian news agency Tass reported, citing a statement from the Rosatom State Nuclear Corporation. Russia and Turkey signed an inter-governmental agreement in 2010 on cooperation in the construction and operation of Turkey’s first NPP. ...

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With Whole Foods, Amazon on collision course with Wal-Mart

  CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO: When Wal-Mart Stores Inc bought online retailer Jet.com for US$3 billion last year, it marked a crucial moment: the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, after years of ceding e-commerce leadership to arch rival Amazon, intended to compete. On Friday, Amazon.com Inc countered. With its US$14 billion purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc, the largest e-commerce company ...

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US destroyer almost foundered after collision, bodies found: Seventh Fleet

    YOKOSUKA, Japan: The bodies of missing sailors were found in flooded compartments of the USS Fitzgerald, which came close to sinking after a collision with a container ship off Japan tore a gash under the warship’s waterline, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet commander said on Sunday (Jun 18). Vice Adm. Joseph P Aucoin declined to say how many ...

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Armed police swoop on knifeman at UK parliament

  LONDON: Armed police arrested a man with a knife at the gates of the British parliament on Friday (Jun 16), nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in exactly the same spot. Officers swooped and fired an electric stun gun, while detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether the man had an extremist motive. At 11.10am ...

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DP World, Kazakhstan to build port community system

Dubai-based DP World, a leading enabler of global trade and the Kazakhstan government have signed two agreements for the development of a Port Community System (PCS) and to integrate customs processes ahead of the Astana Economic Forum. PCS is a one stop electronic platform developed by DP World company Dubai Trade that enables the exchange of information between organisations involved ...

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market for US$13.7b

    NEW YORK: Amazon will acquire upscale US grocer Whole Foods Market, known for its pricey organic options, for US$13.7 billion, the companies announced Friday (Jun 16), in a deal that underscores the online retailer’s growing influence. Under the all-cash deal, Amazon will acquire the Texas-based champion of organic and specialty food for $42 a share. Whole Foods traded ...

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White House says no determination yet on ‘Dreamer’ immigrants

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is still reviewing a policy set in 2012 by U.S. President Barack Obama that protects from deportation nearly 600,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, known as “Dreamers,” a White House spokesman said on Friday. “No final determination has been made,” said the spokesman, who asked that his name not be used. Rescinding ...

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Trump says no proof on ‘collusion’ with Russians

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday (Jun 16) to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor. “After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” the US president ...

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Wreckage of missing Malaysian fighter jet found

KUALA LUMPUR: The wreckage of a Malaysian fighter jet which crashed a day ago was found on Friday, the air force said. The Hawk 108 fighter jet took off at 11am Thursday and contact was lost 30 minutes later when the plane was believed to be near the border of the Malaysian states of Pahang and Terengganu. In a statement ...

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Pilots of missing Malaysian air force plane found dead

KUALA LUMPUR: The pilots of a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) jet that went missing north of Kuantan near the Pahang-Terengganu border have been found dead, Malaysian state media reported on Thursday (Jun 15). The two pilots of the Hawk 108 fighter jet were found in a swamp near Chukai in Terengganu at 2.30pm on Thursday, according to the Bernama ...

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IEA: Qatar Sanctions May Affect Tanker Loadings

In its latest oil market report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that the ongoing embargo on Qatari shipping was causing “logistical headaches” for crude oil transportation.“Qatar pumps just over 600,000 barrels a day of crude and exports some 500,000 barrels a day, almost exclusively to Asia. Buyers often co-load cargoes from elsewhere in the Gulf, typically sold as 500,000 ...

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Spain’s Ports Shuttered as 48-Hour Strike Begins

  Spanish dockers intensified a series of strikes Wednesday with a 48-hour full stoppage, the first of its kind in their ongoing dispute with port employers’ association Anesco over job guarantees and labor reforms. Negotiations late Tuesday that were intended to head off the strike were not successful. The unions, led by Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar (CETM), had ...

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China Aircraft Leasing buys 50 Boeing aircraft for US$5.8 billion

HONG KONG: China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Ltd said it would buy 50 Boeing 737MAX series aircraft from Boeing for an aggregate list price of US$5.8 billion, to meet demand for more efficient aircraft while expanding its fleet portfolio. The aircraft lessor’s unit had agreed to buy the Boeing aircraft, in a deal to be settled from internal resources and ...

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Bank of America to lay off more workers

REUTERS: Bank of America Corp has begun laying off employees in its operations and technology division, part of the second-largest U.S. bank’s plan to cut costs. On Wednesday the bank cut jobs across that division, many of which came from its Charlotte, N.C., headquarters, a spokesman said. He would not specify the number of jobs lost. The cuts come as ...

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China censures Emirates airline after two safety incidents: Report

SHANGHAI/DUBAI: China’s civil aviation authority has fined Dubai-based carrier Emirates and barred it from adding new destinations and aircraft in China for six months after two incidents of “unsafe operations”, the state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday (Jun 15). According to the report the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said that the pilots were responsible for an incident ...

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Tigerair to operate under Scoot brand from July

SINGAPORE: Tigerair will officially come under Scoot – its sister budget airline under the Singapore Airlines Group – on Jul 25, the two airlines said in a news release on Thursday (Jun 15). This marks the completion of the two carriers’ integration, a process which began in May last year, when they were brought under a common holding company, Budget ...

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Malaysian air force plane missing; search and rescue mission launched

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force has reported that it has lost contact with a Hawk 108 fighter jet which is believed to have gone missing north of Kuantan near the Pahang-Terengganu border. The RMAF said in a statement on Thursday (Jun 15) that contact was lost at 11.30am after the aircraft took off from the Kuantan airbase. “The ...

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COSCO and MSC Recognized for Whale Protection

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) have released a report card on shipping company efforts to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.Collisions between endangered North Atlantic right whales and large shipping vessels are one of the leading causes of death for these rare whales and hinder the recovery of their entire ...

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Another Japanese Shipbuilding Alliance Announced

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has reached an agreement with Oshima Shipbuilding to form a commercial shipbuilding alliance. The agreement will establish a technical alliance that focuses on development of new ship designs and technologies, standardization of design and construction and efficient shared use of tools and equipment. The alliance follows on from a previous agreement reached at the end of ...

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Israeli minister backs closing Al-Jazeera bureau

    JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that he was in favour of closing the offices of Qatari channel Al-Jazeera, after several Arab states did so. “There is no reason for Al-Jazeera to continue to transmit from Israel,” he told public radio. “It is not media, it is a propaganda outfit in the style of the Soviets ...

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Senior US congressman Steve Scalise shot at Virginia baseball practice: Lawmaker

ALEXANDRIA: At least five people people including a top Republican congressman were wounded in a Washington suburb early Wednesday morning (Jun 14) when a shooting erupted as they practiced for an annual baseball game between lawmakers. Senior congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, according to fellow Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks who told CNN at least two law enforcement ...

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At least 6 dead in London Grenfell Tower fire

LONDON: At least six people were killed on Wednesday (Jun 14) when a massive fire tore through a London apartment block in the middle of the night, with witnesses reporting terrified people had leapt from the 24-storey tower. “I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery ...

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Big Ships Account for 80 Percent of Shipping’s CO2

At Nor-Shipping 2017, researchers with DNV GL released a study that points to the difficulty of reducing the industry’s CO2 output below current levels. The problem is structural: big cargo vessels emit 80 percent of shipping’s greenhouse gases, but they’re also the industry’s most efficient ships, and squeezing out additional improvements may be a challenge. Just 35 percent of the fleet – mostly large ...

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Petrofac wins big Kuwait Oil Company contract

British oilfield services firm Petrofac said it has been awarded a five-year contract to provide specialist technical training and competency development services for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). Petrofac clinched the $35 million contract following a competitive tendering process. The work will be undertaken within Kuwait by the training services team who form part of Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services division. ...

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Electric and Hybrid Propulsion Leaders Recognized

  The fourth annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced in Amsterdam this week, highlighting a range of innovative vessels and the people and equipment that made them possible. An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of ...

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Subsea Pipelines Act as Fish Havens

  A first-of-its-kind study led by the University of Western Australia into the ecological value of offshore infrastructure has revealed that subsea pipelines in north-west Australia provide safe havens for commercially important fish. The study, published in Continental Shelf Research, was carried out by researchers from UWA’s Oceans Institute in collaboration with Woodside. It is the most extensive research published ...

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New Rescue Boat Tows New Sea Shepherd Boat

On Monday afternoon, the newly christened rescue vessel Anneliese Kramer provided a tow to the newly christened Sea Shepherd patrol boat Emanuel Bronner. Both vessels were commissioned early this month, and it was the Kramer’s very first rescue mission. According to private SAR organization Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS), the Bronner suffered an engine casualty near the mouth of the ...

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Boeing and Huntington Ingalls Partner Up on Unmanned Subs

  Boeing has joined forces with Huntington Ingalls to develop its “Echo Voyager” prototype autonomous submarine for the U.S. Navy. Boeing is best known as an aerospace giant, but it also has decades of experience in building unmanned underwater vehicles for the military. But the Voyager takes the concept to an entirely new level, Boeing says: it is capable of ...

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Qatar Airways profits reach US$540 million before Gulf crisis

DOHA: Qatar Airways said Sunday its net profits rose by almost 22 percent in the last financial year that ended in March, before the diplomatic fallout with its Gulf neighbours. The results cover the period from Apr 1, 2016 to Mar 31, 2017, well before Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar and severed air links ...

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Dollar cleans up as UK election shock stuns sterling

LONDON: A shock British election result that left no single party with a clear claim to power hit sterling on Friday and left the dollar on course for its best week in over a month, while world shares headed toward their first weekly fall since April. The outcome of the snap poll, called by Prime Minister Theresa May to try ...

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EU fears Brexit delay, uncertainty after shock UK vote

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders fear Prime Minister Theresa May’s shock loss of her majority in the snap British election will delay Brexit talks due to start this month and so raise the risk of negotiations failing. “We don’t know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end,” tweeted Donald Tusk, the EU summit chair overseeing negotiations that the ...

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E.U. Industry Sets Offshore Wind Targets

  The governments of leading offshore wind markets, Germany, Belgium and Denmark joined industry leaders in signing a joint statement on boosting offshore wind development in Europe. The statement, setting targets for 2030, was signed at the opening of Offshore Wind Energy 2017, the industry event co-organised by WindEurope and RenewableUK in London. The industry has been on a steep ...

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Seismic Ships Could Clean Up Ocean Plastic

  Seismic survey company Petroleum Geo-Services has developed a concept for efficient, large scale collection of plastic from the oceans. The solution uses seismic vessels and takes advantage of their air compressors and capabilities for handling large towing configurations. The PGS concept consists of a seismic vessel and a support vessel towing booms, in a fan formation, which are connected ...

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Offshore Drilling Market Not Turning Around Yet

Research consultancy Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has forecast a challenging earnings environment for the offshore rig market during the next two years. In the first of its new quarterly sector reports, MSI compares the current market to the slump of the 1980s. Its data model shows the rig market to be in an even deeper hole than 30 years ago, ...

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Australia Ratifies Ballast Water Convention

  Australia has ratified the Ballast Water Management Convention, with Australia’s High Commissioner to Britain, Alexander Downer, signing the protocol in London this week. Teresa Lloyd, CEO of industry body Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL), says Australian shipowners applaud the move. “The convention requires ships to have equipment to ‘treat’ ballast water so as to render it harmless. This technological ...

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New BIMCO President Elected

Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of the Greek shipping company Common Progress, has been elected President of BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, with 2,100 members in more than 120 countries.Papagiannopoulos has set three clear themes for his two-year presidential term. The first is to promote digitization across the industry. BIMCO will be working on a range of projects using convergent ...

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HSA recalls 9 lots of HIV test kits that may give false negative results

SINGAPORE: Nine lots of a brand of HIV screening test kits have been recalled, after it was found that the kits could result in false negative results for some people in the early stages of an HIV infection, announced the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Monday (Jun 5). The affected lots of SD Bioline HIV Ag/Ab Combo were supplied to ...

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Changi Airport unveils 14,000 sq m Canopy Park at Jewel

    SINGAPORE: Changi Airport on Wednesday (Jun 7) gave a glimpse into a sprawling rooftop park featuring play attractions, gardens and walking trails at Jewel, its new retail and lifestyle development. Located five floors above ground, the Canopy Park spans 14,000 sq m, or the size of 11 Olympic-size pools. Visitors can walk and bounce on sky nets, challenge ...

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London terror attack: The victims

LONDON: Seven people were killed in Saturday’s terror assault in central London and 48 taken to hospital after three assailants attacked an area thronged with international revellers. The dead include a Canadian charity worker, an Australian nurse and a French bistro worker, while the injured came from a variety of countries including Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain and New Zealand. Here ...

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US-backed force enters IS-held Raqa

  Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand in the village of Hazima on the northern outskirts of the Islamic States (IS) group’s Syrian bastion of Raqa on Jun 6, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Delil Souleiman) HAZIMA: US-backed fighters broke into the city of Raqa on Tuesday (Jun 6) as they launched a final assault to drive the Islamic State ...

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Qatar flight ban begins, first efforts seen to resolve crisis

RIYADH: A ban on Qatari flights imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies took effect on Tuesday (Jun 6) as first efforts were made to resolve the biggest feud to hit the Arab world in years. Saudi Arabia and allies including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar on Monday, accusing the ...

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Attitudinal change required to obey Port Environmental Laws- NPA MD Hadiza Usman

(TRADE NEWSWIRE): A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has tasked staff of the organization and operators around port environment to have a change of attitude in obeying environmental laws for a pollution free environment, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. She made this clarion call while addressing stakeholders at a One-day event marking World ...

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Qatar denounces ‘unjustified’ cut of Gulf ties

  DUBAI: Qatar on Monday (Jun 5) slammed the decisions of four Gulf states and Egypt to sever ties with it, saying they were “unjustified” and aimed to put Doha under political “guardianship”. “The measures are unjustified and are based on false and baseless claims,” the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to the unprecedented steps taken by ...

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SpaceX’s first recycled Dragon arrives at space station

MIAMI: SpaceX’s first-ever recycled spaceship arrived Monday at the International Space Station, two days after the unmanned Dragon cargo capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Live images on NASA television showed the spaceship approaching the orbiting outpost, then being grabbed with the station’s robotic arm at 9:52 am (1352 GMT). “Capture complete,” said NASA astronaut ...

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Saudi Arabia shuts local Al Jazeera office in Qatar row: State media

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Monday shut the local office of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s influential satellite channel, hours after the kingdom and other Arab powers cut ties over Doha’s alleged support for Islamists and Iran. Riyadh views Al Jazeera as critical of its government, but the outlet says it is an independent news service giving a voice to everyone in the ...

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London attacker believed to be Moroccan, lived in Dublin: Report

  DUBLIN: One of the three attackers shot dead in London on Saturday night was carrying an Irish identity card and had lived in Dublin, according to a report Monday (Jun 5) by RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster. Citing police sources, RTE said the man is believed to have been from Morocco and married to a Scottish woman. “An Garda Siochana ...

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China says Iran membership of Shanghai security bloc to be discussed at summit

BEIJING: China supports Iran’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) security bloc, jointly led by China and Russia, and the subject will be discussed at the group’s summit this week, a senior diplomat said on Monday. The SCO refused to initiate Iran’s accession last year despite a request from Russia which backs Tehran’s bid, indicating possible divisions between Beijing ...

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South Korea launches US$10 bln fiscal package to boost jobs, welfare

SEJONG: South Korea’s new government announced a 11.2 trillion won (US$10 billion) fiscal stimulus package on Monday, increasing social welfare subsidies and taking steps to deliver on President Moon Jae-in’s election promise to create 810,000 public sector jobs. But Moon’s ruling Democratic Party faces a challenge passing the extra budget bill as it only holds 40 percent of the 299 ...

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Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

DUBAI: Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, state news agencies from the countries announced on Monday (Jun 5). Saudi Arabia broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, saying the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as ...

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Swedish Club Publishes “Anatomy of an Accident”

The Swedish Club has published Anatomy of an Accident which provides insights into serious vessel casualties. Illustrating just how easily an incident can escalate; the guide explores the various parties and processes involved in dealing with an emergency situation, and the complicated interplay between the cast of professionals involved in bringing an incident to a resolution. Developed out of The ...

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All Roads Lead to Automation

  Top notch safety reduces lost working hours, the costs of damaged equipment and lowers insurance premiums. Automation can also be a solution to other vital terminal operator concerns by reducing operating costs, optimizing efficiency and economic utilization of space, argues Dr Oscar Pernia, Vice President of Terminal Operational Innovation at Navis. “Our industry is ten years behind other industries ...

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Box-Shaped Scrubber Suits Container Ships

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems have jointly developed the world’s first rectangular scrubber designed to suit to the space limitations of container ships. The scrubber is based on Mitusbishi’s flue-gas treatment technologies for thermal power plants. The adoption of a rectangular box-shape configuration offers ease of installation in small spaces and SOx emissions treatment for the ...

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Qatar Wants to Stay Top in LNG

  Qatar Petroleum has signed an agreement with Japan’s engineering company Chiyoda to study further boosting LNG capacity in order to remain the world’s largest LNG exporter. Qatar, the top LNG producer with a capacity of about 77 Mtpa, is facing a growing competition from new LNG sources including Australia and the U.S. The state-owned company has asked Chiyoda for ...

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How to Steal a Ship

In 2013, Professor Todd Humphries of the University of Texas made news by demonstrating how he could “takeover” navigation of a large yacht by co-opting its navigation system with false GPS signals. Even though the captain and crew knew what was going to happen, the vessel was out of sight of land and the changes in course were too subtle ...

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Death Ship: Coroner Rules Foul Play

  After a two-year investigation into the deaths of two foreign seafarers on the Sage Sagittarius, dubbed the Death Ship, Australia has determined that they met with foul play at the hands of other, unidentified people on board. The chief cook, Caesar Llanto, disappeared overboard in August 2012, and chief engineer Hector Collado was killed while the ship was docking ...

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Poll sends shudders through London markets

LONDON: An opinion poll forecasting a hung parliament in Britain sent shudders through London markets on Wednesday (May 31), launching the pound and stocks onto a roller coaster ride. British Prime Minister Theresa May found herself fighting to shore up her election campaign after a shock projection by pollsters YouGov forecast the Conservatives would fall short of a majority in ...

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NY Times offers buyouts in newsroom reorganisation

  NEW YORK: The New York Times said on Wednesday (May 31) it was offering buyouts to its newsroom employees in a move aimed at eliminating multiple layers of editing, to focus more on reporting. A memo to staff cited by the newspaper said an unspecified number of buyouts would be offered to the newsroom staff, with the savings used ...

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Bank of America CEO talks down second-quarter expectations

REUTERS: Bank of America Corp second-quarter earnings will be hurt by a drop in trading revenue, lower-than-expected interest rates and the sale or shuttering of certain assets, according to comments from Chief Executive Brian Moynihan on Wednesday. Speaking at an industry conference, Moynihan said trading revenues are on track to be some 10 percent to 12 percent lower than the ...

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Trump’s loss is Li’s gain as Berlin rolls out red carpet for China’s PM

BERLIN: China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin on Wednesday at the start of a European tour, poised to jump into the global climate change leadership gap left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s impending withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. China’s number two official was received with military honours at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, becoming the second leader of ...

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FIFA announces Chinese sponsor Vivo for 2018, 2022 World Cups

  ZURICH: Global football body FIFA announced another Chinese sponsor on Wednesday, saying that smartphone maker Vivo will be a backer for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA is trying to recover from the worst corruption scandal in its history and has been struggling to sign up sponsors since several dozen football officials, including several in senior FIFA positions, ...

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Malaysia Airlines plane forced to turn back to Melbourne due to disruptive passenger

SINGAPORE: A Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to turn back to Melbourne due to a disruptive passenger, the airline said on Wednesday (May 31). “MH128 departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm and was to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on 1 June made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating Captain was alerted by a cabin crew of ...

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