DP Operators Caught in Catch-22

By Wendy Laursen 2015-05-04 18:23:08 Over the past 10 years, more than 1,900 offshore supply vessels (approximately 820 PSVs and 1,080 AHTSs) have been built. The influx of more modern vessels into the market place has led to cheaper day rates and an increased demand for competent crews, says Alessandro Ciocchi, Group Director, Offshore, for…

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Practical Security Applications

By Chris Georges 2015-05-04 16:17:15 It is 39 degrees at the gun range in Marriotsville, Maryland, and it’s a little chilly for this Floridian. But I am excited to learn about how to use various firearms. I have joined the other students taking the five-day, 35-hour Practical Security Applications course (SEC-APPS) at MITAGS. The gun…

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Shell Reaches Nigerian Oil Spill Agreement

By Kathryn Stone 2015-05-04 16:04:32 Shell has reached an agreement to clean up a local Nigerian community devastated by two oil spills in 2008. Representatives from the Amnesty International, United Nations Environment Program, the Dutch embassy met with Shell over the weekend to hash out a €134 to €446 ($149 to $497) million clean-up plan…

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Barge Carrying Caustic Chemical Sinks

By Kathryn Stone 2015-05-04 14:50:46 An emergency alert was issued on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast this weekend after a barge carrying ammonium nitrate capsized. The vessel was transporting around 180 tons of the caustic chemical Saturday when it ran into heavy seas. Two crew members onboard were rescued immediately after the vessel sank, but the…

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Maersk Meets with Iran over Seized Vessel

By MarEx 2015-05-04 12:17:58 Maersk Line said on Monday it had met again with the Ports & Maritime Organization (PMO) in Iran regarding the seizure of the vessel Maersk Tigris but has yet to receive any official documents from Iranian authorities. The Maersk Tigris was seized last Tuesday by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait…

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