Progress made in developing GHG strategy for international shipping

Briefing: 28 30/10/2017

​IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “The working group made some considerable progress in bringing together the proposals for the different elements of the draft IMO GHG strategy. I am confident that Member States will continue to work on this ahead of the next working group session, to build convergence so that the draft initial IMO GHG strategy can be adopted as planned at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2018.”  

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Unsafe mixed migration by sea – an ongoing humanitarian challenge

Briefing: 29 30/10/2017

​“Although governments and the merchant shipping industry will continue rescue operations, safe, legal, alternative pathways to migration must be developed, including safe, organized migration by sea, if necessary,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

Unsafe mixed migration by sea continues to claim many lives, despite the strenuous efforts made by Governmental and naval rescue services, often supported by merchant vessels, abiding by the long-standing tradition and legal obligation to go to the rescue of persons in distress at sea.

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Sail Aid UK News: Expanding fundraising options to broaden appeal

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Expanding fundraising options to broaden appeal
The team behind Sail Aid UK has been looking into additional fundraising options to help broaden the reach and appeal of its initiative beyond the pro-sailors and to also attract support from the huge cruising fraternity that enjoys sailing the Caribbean waters as much as anyone.

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Navy, USCG issue Draft RFP for Polar icebreaker; New alert underscores piracy risk off Nigeria

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Navy, USCG issue Draft RFP for Polar icebreaker
October 30, 2017 — The U.S. Navy in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard under its Integrated Program Office, recently took the next step and released a draft RFP for the Heavy Polar Icebreaker Program. The draft RFP is for the Detail, Design, and Construction of one heavy polar icebreaker, with options for two additional ships. Interested parties will have to respond by December 11, 2017. The final RFP will be released in 2018, with a contract award expected in FY 2019—subject to appropriations.

 

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Delve deeper into the Ocean with drones

Delve deeper into the Ocean with drones

 

 

With the help of drones, areas of the ocean which have previously proved challenging to access are now within reach. Treacherous arctic conditions make exploration from a boat in these remote areas difficult, even for the most experienced researchers. Deploying drones enables researchers to capture accurate more reliable data, in a safer and more cost-efficient way. Intel are championing the use of drones in marine research and working in partnership with Parley for the Oceans and Oceans Alliance they are using ‘Snotbot’ drones to analyse the condition of whales and the environment. The drones collect spout water from whales in oceans around the world to help researchers better understand the rich biological data that whale snot holds, including DNA, stress and pregnancy hormones, viruses, bacteria and toxins.

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China Cup – AY Race Report 4 & Summary

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11th China Cup International Regatta

AY Race Report 4 & Summary

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

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Kiwis add China Cup to trophy cabinet…
By CCIR Media – Andy Rice
Sunday 29th October 2017, Shenzhen, China: Yiihua Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand has won the China Cup after sailing a strong final day in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design division. The breeze blew in at around 10 knots this morning, setting up the perfect scenario for a big battle between the defending champion Vanhang Longcheer and the America’s Cup winners, along with some other hot contenders that included My Side from South Africa and Team Hollywood from Australia. Goto AY Photo Gallery

 

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China Cup – AY Race Report 3

 

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Longcheer extends lead with win around the island
By CCIR Media – Andy Rice
Saturday 27 October 2017, Shenzhen, China: Vanhang Longcheer extended her lead in the Beneteau 40.7 division of the China Cup International Regatta after winning Saturday’s round the island race. The defending champion skippered by Australia’s Joseph Dennis O’Keeffe is proving hard to beat this year, and it will require some exceptional sailing by the other top crews if they’re to get past the current leaders.

 

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