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Volume Up in Dutch Maritime Technology Sector

 The Dutch maritime technology sector has had a good year. Turnover increased by 17%, from EUR 6.4 billion in 2013 to EUR 7.5 billion in 2014. The sector employed 31,680 FTEs, up from 29,361 in 2013.

Around-the-clock Cleanup Effort on Oil-fouled California Beach

Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline

Globavista Launch Software Product Update

Globavista drives greater efficiency in vessel fleets by providing enhanced operational intelligence to fleet managers with new software product updates, the developer announced.

China Denies Kra Canal Deal

 China has denied it is involved in work on the Kra canal, defusing hype over a project that purportedly lets ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore's port, reports Strait Times.

Global Warming Slowdown Tracked to Indian Ocean

 Global surface warming has slowed since the start of the twenty-first century, while Pacific heat uptake was enhanced. Analyses of ocean heat content suggest that

Dolphin die-off Spurred by BP Oil Spill

A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that

RV Polarstern Sets Course for Spitsbergen

  On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its home port in Bremerhaven, setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute,

Thailand, China Teams Up on Kra Canal

 Thailand and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Guangzhou to jointly cut a shipping passage across Kra Isthmus in southern Thailand, the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula.

EU Backs Migrant Crisis Naval Plan

 EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean.    The decision allows European governments to

Spaniards Sparkle in Volvo Ocean Race

 Spanish boat MAPFRE led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Newport, Rhode Island, and into the most challenging of the remaining three legs through the North Atlantic, reports AFP.

ABB Equipment for High-tech Ocean Simulator

ABB secures complete electrical and control package for world’s most sophisticated ocean simulator   The world’s first circular wave and tidal current test facility

New Multibeam Z-Boat

Teledyne Oceanscience, in partnership with Teledyne Odom Hydrographic, unveiled the first public demonstration of a multibeam echosounder-equipped Z-Boat 1800 autonomous remote survey boat at the U.

Face Off: China and US in South China Sea

 China has voiced “serious concern” over US plans for military air and sea patrols in the South China Sea.   There has been reports that US official reportedly

JMS Appoints Business Development VP

Juliet Marine Systems (JMS) announced  that Justin Manley has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Manley brings over 20

Philippine to Build Naval Base on Disputed Waters

 Philippine military will soon build naval base on the country’s western coastline, opposite the disputed Spratly islands, Reuters reported Armed Forces chief Gen.

Rolls-Royce Builds on Decade of Marine Research Collaboration

Ten years ago, Rolls-Royce partnered with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Marintek Research Centre to create a unique research centre in Norway.

Say No to Maritime Silk Road China: Indonesian leader

 Sultan of the Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X asked President Joko Widodo to reject the Chinese government bid to link the World

EU Asks UN for Help with Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

 The European Union seeks U.N. authorization to deploy military force in the Mediterranean to stop migrant smugglers.  EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini

Ballast Water Management - A Major Dilemma

 The shipping industry, despite those who might suggest otherwise, has a very respectable record of environmental improvement stretching back very many years. It

Russian, Chinese Navies Grow Even Closer

 Russian “joint maritime -2015 (1)” today (May 11) officially launched a joint military exercise, the exercise will continue until 21 May, reports Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

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