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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
IEA: Oil demand and supply are close to historic peaks
 
According to IEA, global oil demand and supply are close to historically significant peaks at 100 mb/d, and neither show signs of ceasing to grow. Production has increased, driven by the US shale revolution, and supported by big increases in Brazil, Canada and elsewhere.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Finland develops action plan to reduce shipping emissions
 
Finland is trying to reduce GHG emissions from shipping and establish measures for reducing these emissions from next year. Actions will include improving energy efficiency of ships, research and development activities and the introduction of alternative fuels.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
USCG initiatives to improve cyber security
 
The US Coast Guard has invested heavily in cyber risk management efforts. These efforts focus on the US Coast Guard Cyber Strategy’s three strategic priorities of: defending cyberspace, enabling operations, and protecting infrastructure. To achieve these goals, USCG has established or is considering cyber-focused initiatives.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
New global fund focused on healthy oceans
 
In line with its commitment on green financing, the World Bank Group announced in late September the creation of PROBLUE, a new multi-donor trust fund intended to support healthy and productive oceans by tackling marine pollution, managing fisheries and fostering sustainable growth of coastal economies.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Procedural changes for loss of anchor incidents in Singapore
 
A recent change in the procedure for handling loss of anchor incidents in Singapore means that MPA Singapore now involves itself directly with the local contractors in such cases. This has also led to a change in the procedure for obtaining permission for the vessel to leave Singapore waters following such an incident.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Recommendations on installing scrubbers
 
As the 2020 sulphur cap is closer and closer, a number of ships are now installing scrubbers as a way to comply. In order to help operators in installing such a technology properly on the ships, DNV GL provides some recommendations. A financial assessment, choosing the right supplier and docking yard, as well as planning the commission test will be important.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
The opening of Arctic routes could offset ice melting
 
As the ice melting creates an uncertain future for the Arctic environment, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that the growth of trans-Arctic shipping and the subsequent increase in emissions may offset some of the overall warming trend in the Arctic by the end of the century.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Philippines strengthens compliance with STCW Convention
 
The President of Philippines issued an executive order, in late September, further strengthening the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to ensure the country’s full compliance with the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
UK works on zero emissions plan for shipping
 
On the occasion of the first day of Green Great Britain Week, clean shipping experts met on 15 October, to plot the route to zero emissions for the UK maritime sector. The Clean Maritime Council is expected to devise a strategy to reduce GHG emissions from ships to improve air quality.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
PGS to use seismic vessel to clean oceans from plastic
 
Petroleum Geo-Services launched a concept for collecting plastics at sea using seismic vessels. This project involves a single seismic vessel towing a boom and skirt arrangement with a bubble curtain that lifts plastic. The pilot will be carried out offshore, over a period of about two months in either the Atlantic or the Caribbean.
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