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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
BP evacuates workers from platform after power generation issue
 
According to reports, BP stated that 63 non-essential personnel were transferred from the Etap platform, situated about 100 miles east of Aberdeen, following issues with power generation on Tuesday, February 18.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Ammonia could cut GHG emissions, says UK’s Royal Society
 
The UK Royal Society issued a report presenting the opportunities and challenges associated with the manufacture and future use of zero-carbon ammonia, in line with the global goals towards a sustainable and greener future.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Operations start for Italy’s Vado Gateway terminal
 
The new Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, marked the start of operations on 11 February 2020, when the container ship Maersk Kota became the first ship to have called at the new deep-sea container terminal, APM Terminals informed. 
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Cleaning and disinfection practices in COVID-19 case
 
Given the recent Coronavirus outbreak, crew members onboard more than ever need to be aware of the key practices for their safety and protection; routine cleaning, proper disinfection practices and appropriate treatment of waste produced from the COVID-19 are among those practices that can play an essential role in minimizing the spread of the virus in case a suspected case of COVID-19 is found onboard.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Indonesia enforces polio vaccine for those arriving from the Philippines
 
The Britannia P&I Club alerts that Indonesian sea and air ports implements compulsory polio vaccination to all ships arriving from the Philippines with non-Filipino crew. Therefore, the confirmed regulation applies to all vessels coming from the Philippines with with non-Filipino crew.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Westerdam passengers tested negative for coronavirus
 
The 781 passengers of the cruise ship Westerdam have tested negative for coronavirus, the Cambodian Ministry of Health announced. This completes the guests’ testing, the owner company Holland America informed. 
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Lessons Learned: Manual handling leads to back injury
 
Skuld Club published a case study of an incident reported to them to highlight the importance of being in line with the safety culture in order to prevent musculoskeletal injuries during operations onboard the vessel.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Watch: How waste cooking oil product absorbs oil spill
 
Oil spill is a major form of pollution and has negative impacts upon the marine environment. In order to face its affects, scientists from Flinders University in Adelaide along with the Australian Government and other collaborators, developed a material which can absorb oil spills.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Quarantine ends for Diamond Princess, passengers start to disembark
 
After more than two weeks, quarantine for the cruise ship Diamond Princess has officially ended and passengers have started to disembark, the owner Princess Cruises informed today. The ship has been docked in Yokohama, Japan since early February, amid coronavirus outbreak. 
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Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Why soft skills are more important than ever
 
Technical skills or in other words hard skills aren’t necessarily hard to acquire. They can be easily taught, and can be learned and improved over time. But non-technical skills known as “soft skills,” such as teamwork, effective communication, leadership, time management, and flexibility are highly valued in the modern workplace. In comparison to hard skills’, soft skills are more challenging to develop, since they have little to do with knowledge or expertise. According to a report issued by Deloitte in 2017, in the following 10 years, 2/3 of all the jobs would be soft-skills intensive. And shipping makes no exception.
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