Grounded Crew Boat Spills Fuel off Cameron, Louisiana
Maritime Trade Route Facilitates Africa's Growing Drug Problem
IMRF Awards Shortlist Announced
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Grounded Crew Boat Spills Fuel off Cameron, Louisiana

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are overseeing the response to a fuel spill from the crew boat Candy Store, which ran aground late Sunday night near Cameron, Louisiana. An estimated 1,000 gallons of diesel were released due to damage to one of her tanks.  Relative to HFO, diesel dissipates quickly, and the Coast Guard says that most of the spill has already disappeared. The vessel's operator has transferred the remaining 2,000 gallons of fuel in...

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Maritime Trade Route Facilitates Africa's Growing Drug Problem

Sub-Saharan Africa will experience the largest rise in illicit drug users globally in the next three decades. Findings from an ENACT transnational organized crime project forecast that East Africa will be hit the hardest, with the proportion of people using illicit drugs increasing faster than other regions. This spike is due largely to changes in drug flows, urbanization and the large youth population. ENACT is funded by the E.U. and run by Interpol and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS)...

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IMRF Awards Shortlist Announced

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has announced the individuals and organizations shortlisted for its 2018 awards. Alexander Menzel from Surf Life Rescue in Germany and Captain Siddarth Sharma, a ship's master from India, are shortlisted for the IMRF Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation.  Menzel established the Surf Life Rescue Association in Germany with a group of friends to cover the entire scope of water rescue in 2015. The organization has grown to more than...

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Charity Intervenes and Abandoned Officer Gets Paid

The U.K.-based charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has intervened to facilitate the successful repatriation of an Ethiopian Chief Officer who was abandoned on Kish Island in Iran. The officer's wages have also been paid after negotiations led by HRAS Iranian intern, Sayedeh Hajar Hejazi. The charity was contacted by the seafarer on October 12. He had completed a six month contract which had been extended by four further months without pay before the owner had deducted two months and...

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Video: IMO Promotes Just-In-Time Operations

Reducing the amount of time ships spend waiting outside port and at anchor could significantly reduce ship emissions, according to studies carried out by members of the IMO GloMEEP Global Industry Alliance (GIA). A new GIA video explaining the Just-In-Time concept was shown at IMO Headquarters, during a presentation to delegates on the sidelines of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships this week. Implementing “just-in-time” ship operations means ships receive information in advance so...

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Crewmember Suffers Fatal Fall from Dock at Eisenhower Locks

A crewmember of the CSL-owned bulker Spruceglen died Tuesday night after falling into the water near the St. Lawrence Seaway's Eisenhower Locks.  At about midnight Tuesday, the crewmember was lowered from the ship to a dock on the downstream side of the locks in order to tie off the vessel while it waited for its turn to proceed. While on the dock, he reportedly lost his balance and fell into the water. Two St. Lawrence Seaway personnel went into the water...

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U.S. Tops Global Competitiveness Index

The changing nature of economic competitiveness in a world that is becoming increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies is creating a new set of challenges for governments and businesses, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. According to the report, many of the factors that will have the greatest impact in driving competitiveness in the future have never been the focus of major policy decisions in the past. These include idea generation, entrepreneurial culture, openness and agility. The...

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U.S. Navy R&D Center Closed by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael took a heavy toll on the USAF's Tyndall Air Force Base at Panama City, Florida, as has been well-publicized in the media. But damage to the U.S. Navy's surface warfare research center at Panama City could also have serious implications. It was the only Navy installation to evacuate in advance of the storm, and it is still closed to all but the most essential personnel. In a notice to servicemembers on Sunday, the command said that most servicemembers and employees...

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Olivia Hooker: A Veteran’s Story

On Veterans Day, we will join together as a country to thank the men and women who have and are serving our country in uniform. Dr. Olivia Hooker is one of the veterans that we will thank, and her story is one of exceptional courage and determination. Dr. Hooker served on active duty as a yeoman from March 1945 to June 1946. She was the first of only five African American women to serve in the Coast Guard during World War...

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Brazil Takes Delivery of the Former HMS Ocean

[By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez] Brazil’s new helicopter carrier, PHM Atlantico (A 140), docked in Rio de Janeiro on August 25 after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth, United Kingdom, its former home. The vessel is the new pride and joy of the Brazilian Navy. However, apart from possessing an imposing appearance, how is this vessel useful to Brazil? The New Ship Atlantico was formerly known as HMS Ocean (L 12), an amphibious assault ship that belonged to the British Royal Navy. It was commissioned...

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Shell Exits Denmark's Offshore Oil and Gas Sector

Following Chevron's lead, Shell has decided to sell its interests in the Danish North Sea offshore sector. In an announcement on Wednesday, the Dutch oil major said that it will sell its shares in its Danish upstream sector division, Shell Olieog Gasudvinding Danmark, to the Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco). Noreco will pay $1.9 billion and assume Shell's obligations in the Danish North Sea, including its share of the decommissioning and redevelopment costs for the overhaul of the Tyra platform.  In...

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