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Deepwater Horizon Costing BP $42 Billion






Workers building a boom against oil spilt after the Deepwater Horizon accident

By MarEx 2015-04-19 16:56:24

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon accident, the largest oil spill in U.S. history, many Louisiana oystermen are fearful that a once-bountiful population of the mollusks may never recover.

"My kids are losing hope," said Wilbert Collins, 77, a retired third-generation oysterman in southeastern Louisiana with four sons who followed him into the industry. The family business has endured a 60 percent drop in yields in the past five years.

The explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010, left 11 workers dead and huge stretches of the Gulf fouled with oil that gushed from the site for 87 days.


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Maritime court opens in Seychelles




Stephen Spark

IHS     13 April 2015

A dedicated maritime crime court in Seychelles was formally opened yesterday.

The two-storey annexe to Seychelles' Supreme Court building on Île du Port - comprising two large courtrooms, detention cells, witness waiting area, judges' chambers, and lawyers' meeting rooms - will hear cases of piracy and maritime crime.

Funding was provided by the UK and Dutch governments and the trust fund of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

Acting Chief Justice Durai Karunakaran said yesterday, "The opening of the Supreme Court annexe marks the culmination of steps taken over the past five years to establish Seychelles as a unique and leading jurisdiction for combating piracy in the region."

In the four

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Podemos pregunta a la Comisión Europea si está dispuesta a reducir emisiones en el Estrecho




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Pablo Iglesias y Tania González plantean la extensión de las Áreas de Control para el azufre

Redacción algeciras | Actualizado 02.04.2015 - 01:00


Los eurodiputados de Podemos Pablo Iglesias y Tania González han preguntado a la Comisión Europea si tiene previsto proteger de algún modo los espacios marítimos de la Bahía de Cádiz y del Estrecho de Gibraltar por el impacto medioambiental que supone la intensa actividad industrial y el tráfico marítimo, con 106.000 barcos al año.

Esta pregunta llega tras la visita de una delegación de representantes de Verdemar-Ecologistas en Acción a Bruselas, donde plantearon a eurodiputados éste y otros temas de interés para la comarca del Campo de Gibraltar.

En un comunicado, Podemos dijo

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Legend of the Seas Hit by Sickness





By Wendy Laursen 2015-04-13 20:03:29

Around 115 passengers and crew on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Legend of the Seas have reported ill with vomiting and diarrhea.

The ship is coming to port in San Diego, California on April 14, 2015. 

"Royal Caribbean is undertaking direction from the CDC to inhibit the sickness and prevent further outbreaks," the company said in a blog post.

The news follows that this week of at least 100 people sick on Celebrity Cruises vessel Celebrity Infinity.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 95 of 2,117 passengers and five of 964 crew members were ill during the vessel’s March 29 to April 13 cruise.

The ship returned to San Diego, California on April

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Not Enough Protection Against Cyber Attacks






By MarEx 2015-03-25 16:53:36

Modern bridge systems and advanced ships technologies could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack, says the new report out by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), which discussed the rising concern that ships do not have sufficient cyber protection.

Automatic identification systems (AIS) are used for tracking and identification by vessel traffic services, which exchange data with ports, coast guards and nearby vessels. AIS systems supplement marine radars, which is a primary method of collision avoidance for waterborne traffic. A ship’s position, course and speed are displayed on ECDIS (electronic chart and display and information system). ECDIS charts for navigation are updatedoff the internet, and if the system is hacked and false information is downloaded could create a major casualty. 

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