USCG Restricts Traffic to Reduce Risk of Coal Ash Discharge

By MarEx 2018-09-24 10:39:33

On Saturday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port in Charleston, South Carolina declared a safety zone on the Waccamaw River at the town of Conway, where flood waters have overtopped a defunct coal ash disposal pit.  Residual flooding from Hurricane Florence has led to widespread damage in the Carolinas, including another coal ash pit breach near Wilmington, N.C. At Conway, the Waccamaw's waters flooded a defunct, remediated coal ash pit at the former Grainger Generating Station site. Site operator Santee-Cooper...

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Stricken Solo Yachtsman Rescued

By MarEx 2018-09-24 00:54:29

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has successfuly coordinated a multi-national search and rescue for injured solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy. An Indian Armed Forces P-8 aircraft sighted the stricken yacht SV Thuriya on Sunday approximately 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) west of Perth in remote seas and in bad weather. AMSA tasked a French fisheries patrol vessel, FPV Osiris, to respond, and Tomy has now been rescued. Tomy was participating in the Golden Globe Yacht Race and injured his back when his 10-meter (33-foot)...

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Doraleh Container Terminal

English High Court Continues Djibouti Port Company Restraint

By MarEx 2018-09-23 17:28:07

The High Court of England and Wales in London has continued the injunction first made on August 31, 2018 prohibiting the Government of Djibouti’s port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. (PDSA) from interfering with the management of the joint venture company, Doraleh Container Terminal S.A. (DCT).  On August 31, the Court issued an injunction against PDSA, as shareholder in DCT, prohibiting it from acting as if the joint venture agreement with DP World has been terminated. The continuation follows the...

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Trump Signs $147 Billion Infrastructure Act

By MarEx 2018-09-23 17:07:06

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a three-part package called a “minibus” at a signing ceremony in Las Vegas on Friday. The $147 billion act covers dredging activities in harbors and channels, infrastructure projects and beach and coastal restoration.    The Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act includes a 2.4 percent increase in military construction spending and an 11 percent funding increase for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Program....

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USS Kansas City Christening

Littoral Combat Ship Kansas City Christened

By MarEx 2018-09-22 22:01:17

The U.S. Navy christened its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22), on Saturday at Austal USA's yard in Mobile, Alabama. The future USS Kansas City is the second U.S. Navy ship to honor Missouri’s largest city. Originally intended to be the first Kansas City, the keel was laid for what was planned to be an Oregon City-class heavy cruiser on July 9, 1945 in the waning days of World War II. With the...

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Totoaba courtesy of Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd Returns to the Sea of Cortez

By MarEx 2018-09-22 21:35:34

The Sea Shepherd vessel the M/V Farley Mowat has arrived in the Sea of Cortez in the Upper Gulf of California to commence a campaign to protect the totoaba fish and the vaquita porpoise - currently the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The last study released showed that less than 30 vaquita were alive. The Sea Shepherd team sighted a vaquita in early 2015, and the Mexican government renewed its commitment to protect the endemic species, using navy...

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Quicker and Easier Than Falling Asleep…

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

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

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Autonomous Navigation along Inland Waterways

By Harry Valentine 2018-09-22 20:45:22

Advances in autonomous and computer assisted navigation could be applied along selected navigable inland waterways and sections of such waterways to improve future cost effectiveness and competitiveness of waterway transportation. The greatest benefit would occur along sections of comparatively narrow waterways where wave heights are minimal and navigation locks absent. The list of waterways would include sections of the Ganges River, Indus River, Nile River, Amazon River, Parana River, Mackenzie River, Lower St Lawrence River, Lower Hudson River and the...

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Celebrity Edge

Video: Celebrity Edge Nears Completion

By MarEx 2018-09-22 19:18:43

Celebrity Edge nears completion at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire shipyard in France. The 2,900-passenger vessel is the first of four vessels from Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class. Celebrity has named 19-year old Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai as the Godmother of the vessel which will debut later this year. 

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