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Feature: New SOLAS requirements increase safety at sea

 

 

 

 

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The SOLAS convention mandates safety standards

The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships

The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster, the second in 1929, the third in 1948, and the fourth in 1960. The 1974 version includes the tacit acceptance procedure - which provides that an amendment shall enter into force on a specified date unless, before that date, objections to the amendment are received from an agreed number of parties.


As a result, the 1974 Convention has been updated and amended on numerous occasions. The Convention in force today is

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Researchers develop new system to improve safety at sea

 

 

 

 

Published On: Sun, Feb 1st, 2015 | Oceanography | By BioNews

 

New satellite imaging concept proposed by University of Leicester-led team could significantly reduce search areas for missing boats and planes

A space scientist at the University of Leicester, in collaboration with the New Zealand Defence Technology Agency and DMC International Imaging, has been testing a concept for using satellite imagery to significantly improve the chances of locating ships and planes, such as the missing Malaysian flight MH370, lost at sea.

A preliminary study published this month in the International Journal of Remote Sensing, identified 54 satellites with 85 sensors, currently only taking images of land, which could be used to take images of the Earth’s oceans and inland waters.

La Operación Atalanta continuará dos años más

 

 

 

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Informe de la Armada: la piratería en Somalia está erradicada

En 2014 no se ha registrado ningún secuestro. Los piratas “están dejando el negocio”

La piratería y los asaltos a buques en Somalia han quedado reducidos a contados episodios esporádicos. En 2014 no se registró ni un solo secuestro, frente a la treintena de incidentes de 2011. Para la Armada española, la misión se da por cumplida aunque el operativo seguirá en activo hasta diciembre de 2016.

 

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Sevilla 10/02/2015 – Las organizaciones regantes UPA, Areda y la Asociación de la Pesca y Acuicultura del Bajo Guadalquivir (Pebagua) se han reunido con el director del Espacio Natural de Doñana Juan Carlos Castellano, con el que han coincidido en la postura de rechazo al dragado, atendiendo al informe negativo de la Comisión Científica.

Por su parte, otro colectivo afectado, Feragua, se han reunido con el secretario de Estado de Medio Ambiente, de quien han recibido como contestación que no aprobará ninguna medida que implique incrementar la salinidad de las aguas.

Las organizaciones han vuelto a plantear

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Bigger Container Ships Pose Bigger Risks

 

Insurers, Others Worry About the Potential for Catastrophic Accidents

 

Gregory J. Millman

The Wall Street Journal

 

Feb. 8, 2015 7:50 p.m. ET

The big container ships that ply the world’s trade routes are growing ever larger, holding down the cost of ocean shipping, but also raising concerns among vessel operators, insurers and regulators about the potential for catastrophic accidents.

The ships, designed to carry freight stowed in large metal containers, transport much of the world’s seaborne cargo, including manufactured goods and, increasingly, farm products. Their increasing size already is straining the unloading resources at some port facilities and—along with labor troubles—has contributed to major traffic snarls at the nation’s West Coast ports.

Since the economic downturn, shipping lines have sought to stay competitive by

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