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Libyan Coast Guard Accused of Abandoning Survivors

By MarEx 2018-07-17 20:52:57

On Tuesday, the maritime rescue NGO Proactiva Open Arms accused the Libyan Coast Guard of abandoning three migrants on the wreckage of a makeshift boat in the Central Mediterranean. Two died shortly before they were found by the rescue vessel Astral, according to the ship's physician. Open Arms released a graphic video of the debris field and the remains. [Note: this content is not suitable for all audiences, and viewer discretion is advised.] The Libyan Coast Guard reported Monday that it...

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An F-35B Lightning II prepares to land on the flight deck of the USS Wasp while underway in the Philippine Sea, March 23, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amy Phan)

USS Wasp Trials New Aircraft Landing System

By MarEx 2018-07-17 19:52:05

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighters deployed to the Pacific on board the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship have successfully tested Raytheon's Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) to guide them onto the ship's deck in all weather and surface conditions up to Sea State 5.  The system allows precise landings through GPS receivers and an encrypted, jam-proof datalink connecting to software and receiver hardware on the aircraft and an array of GPS sensors, mast-mounted antennas and shipboard...

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IMO Animates 70 Years of Better Shipping Safety

By MarEx 2018-07-17 19:31:34

This year, the IMO is celebrating 70 years of helping international shipping become safer, more secure and develop a greener environmental footprint. Celebrations will include a series of events and commemorative productions being released throughout the year.  The latest is a short animated film which shows how IMO has developed mandatory international regulations covering almost every aspect of shipping. As a result, modern shipping conforms to the highest practicable standards and is the safest, cleanest and most efficient way to...

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Coast Guard Offloads Cocaine Worth $260M in San Diego

By MarEx 2018-07-17 19:19:06

On Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast capped its latest patrol in the Eastern Pacific with the delivery of 7,800 kilos of cocaine at San Diego's 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. The haul came from two interceptions conducted by the crew of the Steadfast and two by the crew of the cutter Alert.  "I continue to be impressed by the dedication and tenacity of the crews aboard our cutters and the difficult, dangerous missions they perform,” said Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda,...

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adidas Runs From “Virgin” Polyester

By MarEx 2018-07-17 19:12:24

adidas plans to only use only recycled polyester in its shoes and clothing by 2024. The company will also stop using “virgin” plastic in its offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centers starting in 2018. Eric Liedtke, head of Adidas’ global brands, told the Financial Times that about 50 percent of the material used in the 920 million individual items adidas sells is polyester. “With those kind of volumes, we cannot make the transition overnight.” adidas said its apparel line...

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Damen, Ampelmann and VEEM Partner on Single Marine Access Solution

By MarEx 2018-07-17 18:42:32

At the end of June, Damen Shipyards Group along with Ampelmann and VEEM hosted a Marine Access Event. Over two days, delegates from both the offshore renewable and non-renewable industries had the opportunity to sail from IJmuiden in the Netherlands to experience the latest in marine access solutions. The demonstrations took place on board a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009 equipped with an Ampelmann L-type gangway and two VEEM VG 260SD gyro stabilisers. This combination of VEEM gyro stabilizers, the...

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Fassmer Completes Ninth Set of Lifeboats for T-AO Tankers

By MarEx 2018-07-17 18:27:13

Fassmer Service America LLC proudly announces the completion of its ninth set of lifeboats for U.S. Military Sealift Command's T-AO fleet. Pictured above are four Fassmer CLRT (Closed Lifeboat Rigid Tanker) 9.4-meter, 69-person lifeboats. This set is for the USNS Pecos (T-AO-197), and will replace the ship's current aging lifeboats.  These boats are equipped with a 10 minute supply of breathing air for the engine and passengers, along with an integral seawater spray system to cover the entire boat. This will allow the lifeboat to drive through burning oil to safely...

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GTT Receives Tank Design Order from HSHI

By MarEx 2018-07-17 17:53:21

GTT has received a new order from the Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), concerning the tank design of two LNG carriers of 174,000 m3, on behalf of a European shipowner. GTT will realize the design of the LNG tanks of both units, which will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system, a proven technology developed by GTT. The delivery of the ships is planned during the first semester of 2021. Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO...

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Liberia Adopts Ship Finance Law Amendments

By MarEx 2018-07-17 17:48:14

The Republic of Liberia has responded to the needs of shipowners and the ship financing and legal community by amending Liberian maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. As a result, Liberia is the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters. The advantages offered to the shipping industry by Liberia as a result of the changes made to the country’s maritime law are by no means limited to leasing...

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SWTG and AutoNaut Partner with The Ocean Cleanup

By MarEx 2018-07-17 17:36:16

Seiche Water Technology Group (SWTG) will be providing an AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel and a suite of mitigation technologies to monitor and help ensure the protection of marine-life during the first-ever deployment of an ocean clean-up system by the Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup.  Seiche systems for passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) will be deployed to detect and track whales and dolphins. Hydrophones deployed via PAM buoys will be installed and operated by Seiche personnel.  Assistance will also be provided by...

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