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Duty Free Ends in Europe, but Tax Differences Remain

Duty free shopping in Europe dies at midnight on June 30, heralding an end to one source of cheap alcohol and cigarettes for travelers and lower profits for many transport firms.


Duty Free Ends in Europe, but Tax Differences Remain

Duty free shopping in Europe dies at midnight on June 30, heralding an end to one source of cheap alcohol and cigarettes for travelers and lower profits for many transport firms.


Non-Smoking Seals Have More CO, Dive Deep

Deep diving animals & Michael Tift: Photo credit NMFS permit #14636 SIO

Carbon monoxide (symbol CO) a potential new treatment for human diseases, has been found in elephant seals at levels on a par with chronic cigarette smokers, according to resarch by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. With its imperceptible features, carbon monoxide is widely known as the “silent killer” due to its risks at lethal concentrations. Far less known is that carbon monoxide is produced naturally in small quantities in humans and animals


Suez Canal Security Alert

Suez Canal transit: File photo

The US Coast Guard recently issued ‘Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-14’ (MSI 04-14), which details a number of incidents in which threats and an alleged act of sabotage were perpetrated by Suez Canal Port Authority workers against the crews of ships which refused to provide them with cigarettes during their transit, informs The Standard P&I Club. Whilst the provision of cigarettes as a gratuity to Suez Canal workers is a well-known custom


Biscay Storm Lost Containers Sighted, One Lands on UK Beach

Agency officer at work: Image courtesy of MCA

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was informed that a number of containers were lost from a Maersk cargo ship as it crossed the northern stretches of the Bay of Biscay in stormy conditions on 14, February 2014. Some have now been spotted and one has been washed ashore reports the agency in an update. Simon Porter, MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer, now informs: "We have been carrying out extensive searches over the last four days and spotted three containers


Larson Electronics Releases New LED Spotlight Light

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Larson Electronics Magnalight Announces Release of Military LED Spotlight Light with Magnetic Base   Larson Electronics' Magnalight.com has announced the release of the HML-5M-LED Handheld LED Spotlight with magnetic base designed to provide reliable and powerful illumination under tactical and professional conditions. Producing 3,600 lumens and pulling only 1.6 amps on 24 volts, this handheld LED spotlight is based on Magnalight's proven HML series of military spotlights that have seen


Booze Cruises Still Booming

Despite doom and gloom forecasts from ferry operators, the abolition of duty free sales has not slowed the demand for ferry day-trippers. Four months after the European Union abolished duty-free sales, thousands of eager British "Booze Cruisers" still pour daily across the English Channel, lured by the cheaper prices in France. Paris and London may be locked in an angry war of words over France's continuing ban on British beef


Larson Electronics’ Magnalight Announces New Handheld LED Spotlight

 Magnalight HL-7LED-3C Handheld LED Control Light

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com announced today the addition of the HL-7LED-3C Handheld LED Control to its line of LED spotlights.   This handheld LED spotlight light with an ergonomically designed solid plastic handle produces 1,596 lumens and uses specially designed LED reflectors to produce a light beam 650' long by 50' wide. Drawing only 24 watts of power @1.7 amps, this LED spotlight provides a highly effective alternative to traditional incandescent handheld spotlights


Indian Court Renders Decision on Carrier's Responsibility

The high court in Kerala, India, has rendered a landmark decision holding that the burden of narrating what happened on board a vessel on the high seas in the lead-up to a fire and consequent loss of cargo is upon the shipowner. The case related to short-delivery due to fire in a cargo of ammunition comprising charges, fuses and projectiles on board the vessel 'Indian Grace' during its voyage from Udevella to Cochin


Eleven Immigrants Killed In Ferry Fire

At least 11 illegal immigrants died in a fire last Monday on an Italy-bound Greek ferry with more than 400 people aboard, Merchant Marine Ministry officials said. They said the body of a man, believed to be another Kurd immigrant, was found by firefighters in the back of a truck in the garage where a fire broke out. "We also found two passports but have not verified if they belonged to stowaways or regular passengers," one official said.


Monitored Confined-Space Entry

Preparation and vigilance are everything when it comes to confined space entry.

Protecting Workers, and Ensuring Safe Sailing for the Maritime Industry. The cable-laying vessel GS Global Sentinel was undergoing repair work. Shipyard workers and members of the ship’s crew found a mysteriously high hydrogen sulfide reading in a confined space on board that created a


Cuba Struggles to Attract Investors Despite Reforms

Photo: Lukas Mathis

Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.






 
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