Shipping News
Op-Ed: National Maritime Day Reflections in the Era of COVID-19
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With states reopening and medical professionals cautiously optimistic about our ability to maintain a flattened COVID-19 curve it might seem tempting to assume a gradual return to normal. But to borrow from the most quotable of statesmen, Winston Churchill, the reality is “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

 

CHINA NEWS
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XI STRESSES RESOLVE TO ELIMINATE POVERTY

 

President Xi Jinping has urged efforts to ensure that the targets and tasks of poverty elimination are completed with high quality amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Innovative VLCCs With Air Lubrication and Sail Assist Ordered in China
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China Merchants Shipping and China Shipbuilding completed a virtual contract signing calling for the construction of two innovative VLCCs. The new 307,000 DWT vessels will be part of China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) ongoing expansion and will be the 99 and 100 vessels built at the China Shipbuilding’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC).

 

Sailing Into Headwinds Using Wind Power
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The combination of precedents using deck-mounted windmills to sail directly into a headwind and new developments in kite technology that drive ground level electric generators, offers the possibility of adapting kites to sail vessels directly into headwinds. 

 

Thun Orders Tanker Designed to Rest on the Bottom
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Thun Tankers has ordered a second product tanker designed to maximize capacity when resting safely on the bottom.

 

USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles
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The hospital ship USNS Mercy has departed Los Angeles and returned to her home port in San Diego, ending her seven-week mission to assist the LA area's healthcare system.

USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles
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The hospital ship USNS Mercy has departed Los Angeles and returned to her home port in San Diego, ending her seven-week mission to assist the LA area's healthcare system.

COVID-19 Pandemic Creates New Cybercrime Risks
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The confusion attending the COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for cybercrime, particularly cyberattacks targeting the human element. Fraudulent “phishing” attempts and similar deceptive tactics are an omnipresent cyber threat, and they can be even more potent in times of heightened uncertainty and stress. According to Lloyds Register's cybersecurity outfit, Nettitude, about 80 percent of current email-based threats attempt to exploit COVID-19-related communication. 

 

Standardization is Key to Boosting Economies of Scale
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The networked economy of container shipping relies on collaboration.

In serving the multitude of clients bringing goods from their point of origin to their point of destination, the supply chain industry may be conceived as a network of actors having different capabilities to fulfill the needs of the customer.

Fifteen Seafarers Abandoned on Ship Without Rudder
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Fifteen seafarers have been abandoned on a Spanish-flagged ship that does not have a rudder. The crewmembers have been left without electricity, lights, wi-fi, refrigeration, GPS, security or safety lights on MV Celanova (IMO 9268394), reports the ITF.