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UK-based KVH Videotel recently released a new training offering that’s free to industry. Seafarers Mental Health and Well-Being includes a brief video, information booklets and facilitator notes. The project was developed in collaboration with... Full story

 

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Recently, the IACS published nine of its 12 recommendations on cyber safety with the aim of enabling the delivery of cyber resilient ships whose resilience can be maintained throughout their working lives. These are the result of long-term efforts... Full story

 

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According to the IMO, next year’s World Maritime Day theme will be centered on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community in order to help raise gender equality awareness and shine a light on women in the industry who are making contributions in... Full story

 

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BC’s coastal waters are getting a much-needed boost in oil spill response operations and equipment. The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has entered into a lease agreement with the City of Nanaimo, located on Vancouver Island, to... Full story

 

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Two Port of Long Beach crane operators set a new US record for moving cargo at Total Terminals International’s Pier T. Using a single crane, the pair moved 564 containers on the Gudrun Maersk... Full story

 

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Apparently there’s a new tourist attraction in the Maldives for those confident enough to have a submarine pilot take them on an hour-long voyage under water. The DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S is a three-person, eight-meter craft that can give adventu... Full story

 

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Recently the maximum allowable vessel beam for Neopanamax vessels transiting the Panama Canal was extended to 168.14 feet, enabling even more giant ships to keep global trade moving. Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents A gas leak was responsible... Full story

 

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A variety of stakeholders are being polled in a new initiative being undertaken by the Canadian Government. Transport Canada is reviewing the role ports across the country play in economic trade and development, and is asking for input from sectors... Full story

 

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Incremental improvements in the price of oil and a lowering of supply chain costs, have prompted the resurgence of deepwater projects, to the tune of $136.8 billion over the next four years, according to Douglas Westwood market researchers. While... Full story

 

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A new handbook was recently released by The Nautical Institute, entitled Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships. According to reports, the book gives practical advice on the available equipment and best practices on how mariners can safely work... Full story

 

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In less than a decade, most ships plying the waters could “increasingly resemble floating computers” according to DNVGL’s look at the emergence of digitization in the industry. An improvement in Internet connection capabilities, the... Full story

 

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In less than a decade, most ships plying the waters could “increasingly resemble floating computers” according to DNVGL’s look at the emergence of digitization in the industry. An improvement in Internet connection capabilities, the...

 

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Shore power has become a reality at the Port of Montreal, Canada. The two-phase $11 million undertaking was completed in August of this year. The new facilities enable ships that need to winter at the Port as well as cruise ships to have access to... Full story

 

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On September 8, the long-awaited BWM Convention officially came into force. The new rule means ballast water has to be treated before it’s offloaded from vessels, in order to stop invasive species from being transferred into non-indigenous waters.... Full story

 

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Hapag-Lloyd’s recent merging with UASC will see newbuilding orders stop for the foreseeable future. The company reportedly has stated that it has enough vessels to meet economies of scale and realize market growth opportunities with its combined... Full story

 

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The IMO recently released a new video on search and rescue operations in polar waters. This follows on the heels of a video created on the IMO Polar Code, published in May 2017. Concerns have been raised that there isn’t enough marine...

 

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Liquified natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) are cited as bringing potential economic benefits and reduced emissions for owners and operators of vessels that ply Canada’s Great Lakes and eastern coastal waters. According to a... Full story

 

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The tide is changing for the maritime industry, as digitalization becomes more of an intrinsic part of the shipping world. To that end, the new president of BIMCO, Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common Progress, has committed to promoting... Full story

 

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Piracy incidents took a downturn in 2016, according to reports received by the International Maritime Organization. A reduction in incidents of approximately 29 percent occurred from 2015 to 2016 globally, while there was an 85 percent reduction of... Full story

 

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A new online global digital map of ocean litter is now available thanks to the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The AWI Litterbase reveals the scientific data, along with how it affects, for instance, fish and seabirds which may ingest litter, get... Full story

 

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New Zealand has become the latest country to adopt the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) in an effort to improve conditions for seafarers who work on New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels. Reportedly New Zealand labor laws already provide... Full story

 

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By 2020, Rolls-Royce hopes to bring to the shipping world a cutting-edge fleet of human-less ships. Working with various partnerships that include Finnish government investing body DIMECC and Norway’s Maritime Administration’s Norwegian Forum...

 

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ExxonMobil reports in its 2017 The Outlook on Energy edition that by 2040, global demand is expected to jump about 25 percent higher than it did in 2015. The majority of demand is reportedly to come from non-OECD nations and economic-rapidly growing... Full story

 

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has a website for kids that gives out information about the shipping industry, ways the industry is working to protect the atmosphere and the world’s oceans, explains types of vessels, and more. The... Full story

 

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The Polaris is touted to be the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Built at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for Arctia Ltd., the construction of the vessel which can switch between LNG and ultra-low-sulfur diesel, was supervised by the Finnish... Full story

 

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