Mini Transat – The great escape

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* Giancarlo Pedoti and Benoît Marie widen the gap
* Slow down for the entire series
* Five boats at over eight knots

The break is between the leading group and the rest of the fleet. The first six prototypes achieve a flawless course, allowing them to outrun their pursuers, while maintaining top speeds that are likely to protect them from any attacks. Performance The performance of Julien Pulvé (802 MExT-ICA) is most welcome as the Rochelais has made up lost time after his forced Lanzarote stop: still Sixth, he is now 245 miles ahead of Annabelle Boudinot (791 Agro650.org).

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Mini Transat – The elastic is broken

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* The front of the fleet gets the trade winds
* The further north the competitors are, the better of they are
* Tickets for the podium still available

The situation is terrible. Whereas frontrunners Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) and Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com) are making speeds greater than 10 knots, the further towards the middle of the fleet we go, the more speed drops. Some are completely becalmed. At this rate, the ranking can still be affected by major changes.

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Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:NAT) has created a new offshore supply vessel company, Nordic American Offshore Ltd. that has completed a $250m private placement. It will seek listing on the NYSE.

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Hamilton, Bermuda, November 27, 2013

In a press release November 1 2013, the investor market was informed that NAT was coordinating the establishment of Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (“NAO”). NAO, an offshore supply ship company, has now been established and NAT is its largest shareholder (26%) with an investment of $65 mill.

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Carnival picks MAN for next gen newbuild

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Fincantieri strengthens Russian ties

November 27, 2013—Fincantieri has won a contract from RosRAO, the Russian Federal Unitary Enterprise for radioactive waste management, to build a semi-submersible floating platform for the transportation of nuclear submarine reactor compartments. It will also work with Russia’s Krylov State Research Center on a project to develop a drillship able to navigate in ice up to 1.5 m thick and ambient temperatures of -40°C and with a four-month operational autonomy.

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bravery awards ceremony

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American rescuers and a Chinese seafarer have been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on 25 November 2013 at IMO Headquarters in London.

Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Randy J. Haba and Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Daniel J. Todd of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, were nominated by the Government of the United States, for responding to a distress alert from HMS Bounty, during the pre-dawn hours of 29 October 2012, and overcoming the effects of cold, fatigue and ingesting sea water to deliver 14 crew members of HMS Bounty to safety, during Hurricane Sandy.

Mr. Yang Jinguo, a crewmember on the ferry Tong Chang Qi Du 11, was nominated posthumously by the Government of China, for sacrificing his own life while trying to rescue a person in distress on the ferry, after it had collided with the cargo ship Shun Qiang 28.

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