NASA Science Zeros in on Ocean Rise: How Much? How Soon?



Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future.

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Pure Trapani


Three races completed at 2015 Melges 32 Worlds resulting in very tight top tier

Trapani, Italy – After a brief one-hour delay, PRO Anderson Reggio sent teams to the North race course to initiate and complete the first three races of the 2015 Melges 32 World Championship series organized by B.Plan Sport & Events (BPSE) in cooperation with Melges Europe.

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World’s longest cable ferry to begin operations this fall; VT Halter lays keel for second LNG fueled Crowley ConRo

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World’s longest cable ferry to go in operation this fall
August 26, 2015—BC Ferries’ cable ferry, the 150-passenger, 50-vehicle Baynes Sound Connector, was expected to be towed from Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver last night to arrive this morning at Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island. When it enters service this fall, it is expected to be the longest cable ferry in operation—about 1.9 km.

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Oman Sail’s Sultanate of Oman boosted by Trofeo di Roma prospects and news of Extreme Sailing Series switch to GC32s

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Leigh McMillan’s Sultanate of Oman GC32 crew are riding high as they kick off their Trofeo di Roma campaign with a lead in the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour rankings, a win at last weekend’s Extreme Sailing Series and some exciting news from the foiling racing circuit adding extra impetus to their preparations.

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Nordic American Tankers – Letter from the Chairman & CEO on the Tanker Market and Related Matters


Hamilton, Bermuda, August 26, 2015

Although not much time has passed since we released our 2Q2015 report, I would like to share a few points with you at this time. As we pointed out in our message to you in November 2014, a low oil price is good for the tanker industry. There is one main reason why the price of oil is down – and that is increased production and supply of crude oil. As it stands, demand is strong but high OPEC production has resulted in increased supply of oil. The strong tanker market in the last year or so reflects that reality, and thus we have experienced both an increase in the demand for our vessels and in the rates we are able to charge for our services. As of now, we expect the significant volumes of oil being transported to continue.

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RoPax aborts delivery voyage to get new engine installed; Singapore Strait attacks underscore need for patrols

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RoPax aborts delivery voyage to get new engine installed
August 25, 2015—Canadian broadcaster CBC reports that the first of two new $50-million Ropax ferries ordered by the Government of Newfounland and Labrador service is returning to Damen Shipyards, Galati, Romania, to have a new engine installed. CBC says the 80m MV Veteran was making the crossing from Europe to Newfoundland and Labrador when it experienced what provincial Transportation Minister David Brazil called a “glitch” in one of its engines.

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The 46th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race deserves to be memorable. An anniversary year, it attracted a record fleet of 356 yachts; it provided a mix of weather that tested tactics, seamanship, determination and, on occasion, patience; and, significantly it was won by one of the sport’s unsung heroes: a yachtsman who has quietly gone about his business winning races and regattas without fuss in a manner that reflects well on the spirit of the sport. The victory of Géry Trentesaux and his talented crew on the 35-foot Courrier du Leon may not have been as remarkable as the last edition’s double-handed version, but they are worthy winners of the trophy. Sailors who understand the sport, competing to challenge themselves as much as testing their ability against their peers. Winners who properly embellish the already rich folklore and history of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

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Pegasus Airlines PWA Windsurfing World Cup Alacati winners announced as Pierre Mortefon for the Men’s title and Sarah-Ouita Offringa for the Women’s


LONDON – (25 August 2015) The PWA Windsurfing World Cup, sponsored by Pegasus Airlines for the ninth year running, came to an end at the weekend with its final races as 95 windsurfers (64 men, 31 women) from 33 countries competed for the Cup. Pierre Mortefon was the winner in the Men’s category and Sarah-Ouita Offringa won in the Women’s’. The winning windsurfers together shared the prize of €55,000.

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Morgan Lagravière and Nicolas Lunven gearing up with two months to the Transat Jacques Vabre


After competing in the Artemis Challenge and especially by making it onto the podium in the Rolex Fastnet Race, Morgan Lagravière and Nicolas Lunven stepped up their preparation for the Transat Jacques Vabre. And with the return delivery between Plymouth and Trinité-sur-Mer, the Safran duo also confirmed their qualification for the major event of the 2015 season. With just two months until the start from Le Havre on October 25, the countdown has begun…

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