UN Court Halts Japan’s Antarctic Whaling

The UN International Court of Justice ordered Japan on 31 March to stop whale hunting, thus dismissing the argument used by Japan that the hunting was being made for scientific purposes.

2014.04.01 - UN Court Halts Japan's Antarctic Whaling

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New Study Reveals Increase in West Antarctic Glacial Loss

Six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving faster than they did 40 years ago, causing more ice to discharge into the ocean and global sea level to rise, according to new research.

2014.03.31 - New Study Reveals Increase in West Antarctic Glacial Loss

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New Optimization Product for LNG Sector by Eniram

Last week Eniram announced at Gastech 2014, the world’s largest LPG, LNG and natural gas event, another advanced fuel-saving product based on the established Eniram vessel platform.

2014.03.31 - New Optimization Product for LNG Sector by Eniram Figure 1

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Helix Producer 1 Emergency Disconnect and Production Shut-in

Last Friday the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) responded to a report of an emergency disconnect and production shut-in onboard the Helix Producer 1 located approximately 100 miles southwest of Houma, La.

2014.03.30 - Helix Producer 1 Emergency Disconnect and Production Shut-in

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Gastech 2014 and Opportunities in LNG Shipping

According to Andrew Clifton, General Manager for the Society for International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators, there are unprecedented opportunities in LNG shipping today. Last Tuesday in Gastech 2014 Andrew Clifton stated that there are more ships and terminals than ever before. Within 3 to 4 years, there will be a fleet of over 500 LNG vessels in service. It is worth mentioning that in 1997, there were only 100 vessels in service.

2014.03.28 - Opportunities in LNG Shipping

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Chevron Acquires Shallow Water Acreage Offshore Myanmar

Chevron announced that its Myanmar subsidiary, Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co., Ltd., has been granted exploration rights in a block located offshore Myanmar, in the Rakhine basin.

2014.03.28 - Chevron Acquires Shallow Water Acreage Offshore Myanmar Figure 1

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BG Group Enters New Exploration Basin, Offshore Myanmar

BG Group today announced it has been awarded new exploration acreage offshore Myanmar. BG Group will operate two blocks, A4 and AD2 (45% and 55% equity respectively).

2014.03.27 - BG Group Enters New Exploration Basin, Offshore Myanmar Figure 1

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The Importance of Regular Realistic Fire and Abandon Ship Drills on Passenger Ships

Preliminary results from the Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ships, carried out between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 in the Paris MoU region highlight the importance of regular realistic fire and abandon ship drills on passenger ships.

2014.03.27 - The Importance of Regular Realistic Fire and Abandon Ship Drills on Passenger Ships

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Forecast of Global Exporters and Importers of Energy

Maintaining a robust global energy marketplace is critical to meeting rising global energy demand. The backbone of the global energy marketplace is free trade, which enables energy to move across various boundaries by pipeline, ship, railway, or in the case of electricity, by transmission lines. Oil and natural gas are the most widely traded energy sources, but other forms of energy, including coal, electricity and some renewable fuels, are also actively traded on the international market.

2014.03.27 - Forecast of Global Exporters and Importers of Energy Figure 1

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Use of Drones in POLAR Shipping

Fednav recently became the first shipping company to employ drones, or Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV), for ice reconnaissance on a commercial voyage. The Umiak I, one of Fednav’s most powerful icebreakers, used a variety of video-equipped drones to scout ahead of the vessel in the ice-covered waters of the Labrador Coast. The goal was to provide the captain and officers with detailed real-time visual information on the local ice conditions.

2014.03.27 - Use of Drones in POLAR Shipping

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